8th LONDONDERRY (STRAND) SCOUT TROOP
Last year Camp was held at Dunseverick and, as the weather was excellent, the Scouts thoroughly enjoyed canoeing, rock climbing and bathing. It was a pleasure to have the Rev. Mr. Bolton with us for a few days and also the Venture Scouts and their Leader, Thompson Campbell, for a weekend period. The Group Scout Leader spent the whole camp with us and the Troop enjoyed a memorable ten days under canvass.
The summer also saw two Strand Scouts, John Reid and Robin Hetherington, attending the Essex 7th International Jamboree. Over two thousand Scouts from all over the world camped together in splendid surroundings. John and Robin brought back many very interesting badges, which they obtained by exchanging with the foreign Scouts.
The combined Christmas Party with the Cub Scouts was a great success.
In the early months of the New Year a long term project competition on fund raising was staged. Mr. McGuire and Mr. Bolton judged the entries and Milton Kerr was awarded the prize for the best presentation of ideas.
When the District Commissioner (Mr. Noel Bogle) visited the Troop to present Scout Leader, Uel Hamilton, with his Warrant and Advanced Wood Badge Practical Course Certificate, he also presented the following badges to the Scouts:
Congratulations to Ivor McConnell on winning first place in the Junior Section of the Scout Orienteering Competition at Gortin Glen Forest.
Scout Work is progressing most satisfactorily and the Troop has enjoyed plenty of outdoor work at weekends. This year the summer camp will be held in the Isle of Man during the month of July.
The Troop is flourishing and it is hoped that more boys from our own congregation will come along and join us in 8th.
S.C.R. Hamilton, SCOUT LEADER
8th LONDONDERRY (STRAND) CUB SCOUTS
In Spring 1972 membership of our Cub Scouts totalled 12 boys. By the summer five boys left the Pack to either join Scouts or because their parents had left to reside elsewhere.
However, new members were found, enrolled and invested and the numbers slowly rose. As a temporary measure the experiment of running a Waterside section of the pack was tried to give an opportunity for boys aged 8 - 10 our Waterside families to join the 8th Londonderry Group.
Recruiting has progressed rapidly for the "home" sixes and the Waterside sixes and membership now totals 20, coming close to our target of 24 Cub Scouts i.e. four "sixes". Five of the Cub Scouts belong to Strand Congregation.
Emphasis as always is on fun, comradeship and training to "Be Prepared".
We have enjoyed several successful feasts and parties. Games are a big feature of a Pack Meeting.
Eight Arrow Badges have been gained and presented and more will be earned in the coming weeks. Some twenty-five Proficiency Badges have been earned for Athletics, Swimming, Hobbies, Scientist and Home Help.