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Introduction to Scouting

A Scout is a member of a worldwide family of around 28 million people. In the UK alone there are over 499,000 boys and girls involved with Scouting. It all began in 1907 with Robert Baden-Powell and an experimental camp of 20 boys on Brownsea Island. Now, there are various sections accomodating different age groups and although Cubs move up to Scouts new members are equally as welcome. With the motto "Be Prepared" scouting aims to "promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as members of their local, national and international communities" and to create "responsible citizens". The Scout Association is currently headed by Chief Scout Bear Grylls and former Scouts include David Beckham, Paul McCartney, Richard Branson, Tony Blair, David Attenborough, Natasha Kaplinsky and Nelson Mandela.

St. Columba's Scouts

The current leader is the enthusiastic Kenneth Hughes (aka Skip) and is supported by ASL Richard McQuillan along with the Young Leaders. If you have any questions or queries feel free to contact Ken or fill in the Enquiry Form. Today's leadership team aims to meet the hopes of every joining member. The Scout programme is based around a selection of badges and, at St. Columbas, we aim to have every Scout finishing with the highest award attainable, the Chief Scout Gold Award. More information can be found on the Badges section of this website. Aside from this goal, Scouts attending can expect an enjoyable evening every week with a wide range of activities combined with physical activity Scout-style. There will be at the very least one camp away every year and this will be supplemented with other nights away and occassional hiking.
Traditionally the Scout year begins in line with school but because of changes in testing for secondary education St. Columba's Scouts has opted to move Cub scouts up after Christmas to avoid unnecessary disruption. New Scouts are very welcome indeed at any time of year. Every Friday St. Columba's Scouts participate in traditional flag-break where the Scout flag is unfurled and the Scout Promise is recited by all followed by a review of the Scout Law which is essentially the code of conduct.

The Scout Promise

On my honour, I promise that I will do my best,
To do my duty to God and to the Queen,
To help other people,
And to keep the Scout Law.

The Scout Law

  1. A Scout is to be trusted.
  2. A Scout is loyal.
  3. A Scout is friendly and considerate.
  4. A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
  5. A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
  6. A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
  7. A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.
Despite not being the largest Scout troop in Ballymena, St. Columba's Scouts always participate enthusiastically in District activities. Whether it be football, bowling, table-quiz, first aid, uni-hock, go-karting, surf-kayaking, orienteering or whatever, St. Columba's Scouts do their best in all.