Kelmscott Scout Group celebrate 101 years in the community

Sherril Jones (Past Cub Leader), Bianca Hyde, Corey Geary & Michelle Hyde (Current Group Leader) Front - Brian Francis 9.
Sherril Jones (Past Cub Leader), Bianca Hyde, Corey Geary & Michelle Hyde (Current Group Leader) Front - Brian Francis 9.

THOUSANDS of local children and volunteers have passed through the doors of the Kelmscott Scout Group since its inception in May 1917.

To recognise these 101 years in the local community, the group is inviting all former youth and adult members back to the Kelmscott Hall for a special celebratory dinner on August 18.

Kelmscott Scout Group leader Michelle Hyde said they were one of the longest continually running scout groups in WA.

“I don’t really think about it most of the time, but when I do stop to think I think wow – what a privilege to be part of something that has been around for so long and endured,” she said.

“It is through the dedication of the adults who have been leaders, the families that have supported the group and the youth themselves constantly returning for the next scouting adventure that has helped to keep the group going.

“This celebration is about them, their commitment to the group and scouting over the years past, their adventures and experiences.

“Without the past members we would not have a group today and we would love to have as many people from the past there as possible to hear their stories and share their experiences of scouting here in the Kelmscott area.”

Despite being introduced to WA in 1908, Ms Hyde said scouting remained an enjoyable activity for modern youth.

“Scouting has a lot to offer children including indoor and outdoor activities,” she said.

“It is fun to do things together with friends at the same time we are learning new skills and helping out other groups in the community.

“We also have a lot of opportunities to try out adventurous activities as well and discovering new skills whilst challenging ourselves in a safe environment.”

For more information on the celebration dinner on August 18 or to RSVP, contact Ms Hyde on 0417 960 763 or michellehyde@iinet.net.au.