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1st Aberdeen Scout Group

1908 was a special year for the young people across the world, not least the pupils of Aberdeen Grammar School, for it not only heralded the founding of the Scout Movement but also the establishment of the Grammar School Scout Troops.

And so it has followed in the fullness of time, that 2008 saw the centenary of these events when the 1st Aberdeen Scout Group held its Centenary celebrations on the first week-end of October last.  (Most boys of the Middle School back in 1908 were members of the 1st or the 9th, who wanted to be the third, but weren’t quick enough, and later the 17th and 38th Scouts.)

An illustrated history of the 1st ‘s first 100 years, entitled ‘First Century’, compiled and edited by two ex-leaders is available together with a USB key giving access to the 1st ‘s Centenary web-site which contains over 1000 photographic and other records dating back to 1910.  (It is thought that portable cameras were in their infancy then and were not available to record the first 2 years).  The website is a searchable data-base of names and dates and most of the compromising photographs have been edited out but those left will be removed on receipt of a suitable donation to 1st Group funds.

The dinner was a great success a tribute to the skills of the leadership past and present, but also to the boys (men) who stayed with it and turned out in their 100s, (well over 100), to pay their respects to their Scouting ‘Alma Mater’ and catch up on the friendships which were tied up for many, so long ago and are still being made today.  Apart from anything else, many of the ‘boys’ made lifelong friendships amongst themselves and their leaders.  Five or ten years difference at the age of 15 is seen as a large gap, but 50 years later it is nothing at all.

On the Sunday, after the Centenary Dinner sometime, possibly it was a.m. the door of the Scout H.Q in Forest Avenue Lane was thrown open, (after the nails had been removed), and tables and chairs piled up with the actual photograph albums and log-books etc., for the original Authors to thumb back through.  One or two members who were no longer able to glide round the floor in the approved Madam Murray style the night before could browse through the memorabilia at a more leisurely pace as befitted their octogenarian status, (one of them a KING’S Scout).  Photographs included in the data base! For more information click this link. (For copies of ‘First Century’ and the data base dongle, these are obtainable from Hunter Cairns at hunter.cairns@talk21.com)

Who said nostalgia was a thing of the past?

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