Everyone is invited to join us for our annual Scout Group Christmas Carol service on Monday 20th December at St Mary’s Church (the parish church of Lifton). We were unable to celebrate Christmas with a carol service last year, so we are really looking forward to this year’s service which will be led by Revd Phillip Conway. The service will start at 6.30pm and there will be refreshments available after the carols, including mince pies!
The past year has seen remarkable growth for our group since we were able to restart face-to-face Scouting in April not only have we seen our Scout section double in size, we’ve also maintained a full Cub Scout section and we have doubled our Beaver Scout numbers.
In addition, we have just heard that two of our Scouts have been selected to be part of the Devon Scouts’ contingent at the next World Jamboree in South Korea in 2023. This is a wonderful international camping opportunity for these two Scouts, who were able to demonstrate that they had the necessary skills and aptitude for this adventure.
Not only has there been a remarkable increase in young people, the group has also recruited a number of new leaders. Our volunteer leaders are one of the most essential parts of any Scout Group and since September we have welcomed five new leaders, taking us from 14 leaders to 19 leaders. The new leaders are primarily for the new Beaver Colony, but we also have new leaders for the Cub Scout age group which is 8 to 10 year olds and the Scout section age group which is 10 to 14 year olds. Each of the new leaders brings a wealth of experience, some even bring water sports activity qualifications which is great and will help when we meet at Roadford Lake during the summer months. We will also be offering leaders training for use in operating the safety boat and in supervising sailing instruction.
The Scout motto is “Be Prepared” and in 2022 the 1st Lifton Scout Group celebrates its 50th Anniversary. We are grateful to all the young people and leaders that have been part of our group over the years and we are in a good position to offer Scouting activities for the next 50 years or more! It is all down to the wonderful volunteer team and the parents, for the support that they provide.’