Bristol scout group celebrates centenary

December 19 2017

A scout group in Bristol has been celebrating its centenary with a series of events, and wants to thank the local community for all their support.

A scout group in Bristol has been celebrating its centenary with a series of events, and wants to thank the local community for all their support.

Based in Horfield Baptist Church, the 91st Bristol Scout Group was formed in 1917, with a cub pack starting in 1920 and a beaver group starting in 1987. 

As part of the series of centenary events in 2017, in April the church hall was filled with a maze made of cardboard boxes, including secret rooms and their own version of the Clifton suspension bridge which took 270 hours to create in total. In May, selected Scouts went on a 35-mile hike in two days over Dartmoor as part of the Ten Tors challenge, and a week-long centenary camp took place in August.

Back in 2016 the scout group held an internal competition to design their centenary badge, with the winner having their design made into a badge for all beaver, cubs and scouts to wear.  The winner was one of the group’s cubs, who also saw the design put on to centenary camp hoodies.

The highlight of the celebrations was the centenary party held at the church in November, where 100 people, including past and present members and supporters, turned up to mark the group’s 100th birthday with presentations and speeches from current Group Scout Leader, Dave D'Silva and District Commissioner, Chris Gavriel. 

Former King's Scout and leader of the 91st Bristol Scouts, Arthur Steel, has also recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Arthur spoke of his time with the scout group with his brother Peter Steel (who was also a previous scout master) and cut the cake with a member of the cubs. Continuing the family’s tradition for supporting the scouts, Arthur’s great grandson Dan Steel is serving on the 91st Bristol committee as a parent rep, with his son also a scout and his daughter a cub.

Mike Harrup, the 91st Bristol Scout Group chairman, said: “The scout group is grateful for the support it receives from the local community around Gloucester Road, as well as parents, volunteers and Horfield Baptist Church.

“All roles within the scout group are voluntary and the activities provided by the group wouldn't be possible without volunteers giving their time and skills. We would welcome anyone who would like to volunteer their time and services to the group.”

The 91st Bristol Scout Beavers meet at 6pm and Cubs at 7pm on Wednesdays, and Scouts meet at 7pm on Tuesdays. 

To find out more about joining the 91st Bristol Scouts or supporting them as a volunteer, visit their website: 

http://www.91stbristol.org.uk/ or email: info@91stbristol.org.uk.