Scouting stalwart Ramsay Main on hand for 1st Subiaco Scouts’ 110th birthday

1st Subiaco Scouts group leader Ramsay Main with cubs Rajdeep Notay from Subiaco (9) and William McLarty from Dalkeith (9). Picture: Jessica Warriner.
1st Subiaco Scouts group leader Ramsay Main with cubs Rajdeep Notay from Subiaco (9) and William McLarty from Dalkeith (9). Picture: Jessica Warriner.

THE Subiaco scouts are celebrating 110 years of adventures – and Ramsay Main has been there for 50 of them.

The group leader of the 1st Subiaco Scouts started his journey as a cub in July 1968.

More than 2000 young people have since passed through the scouts under his guidance, and Mr Main has trained up 60 scout leaders.

“It gives me great satisfaction to see youth members and adults achieve milestones they didn’t think possible,” he said.

Mr Main’s achievements are numerous; he introduced the Sixers Camp in 1977, holds interstate and international hikes every three years, implemented GPS trackers for remote outdoor activities, changed the role of the group leader to a CEO role responsible to a board, convinced the committee to redevelop the hall’s outdoor space and more.

The group leader said the scouting model at the 1st Subiaco Scouts gave young people the opportunity to try a multitude of new skills, build self confidence and provide service to others.

Ramsay Main on his first day as a cub with the 1st Subiaco Scouts in 1968.

“These opportunities not only help our kids when they’re young, but also carry forward into their adult lives,” Mr Main said.

His most memorable moments from his time with the scouts are the outdoor adventures – hikes on the Bibbulmun Track, Overland Track in Tasmania, and Rees/Dart Track in New Zealand.

But the skills young scouts pick up go beyond navigating the outback; Mr Main has been running a chef competition for the scouts for the past 17 years.

“It began when one of our scout leaders was concerned scouts were eating two minute noodles on outdoor scouting activities,” Scout Group chairman Thomas Murrell said.

“Under his leadership more than 400 scouts have taken part in the annual competition where standards are high, competition is fierce, and the quality of food outstanding.”

Locals can experience the culinary creations for themselves at the Scouts’ Taste of Subiaco event on Saturday, March 10, from 12pm to 5pm.

There will be five scout stalls featuring free food spanning the history of the group, along with entertainment, food trucks, fundraising for a refurbished scout hall kitchen, and a 110-year birthday celebration.

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