Centenary celebrations for Scouts

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The Scouting movement in the Horsham area has been celebrating a centenary.

In 1912 Broadbridge Heath Scout Troop was officially recognized by the then Boy Scout Association – now the Scout Association. It had existed pre-1910 but in an unofficial capacity. One hundred years on, to mark this momentous event an open day and cream tea was held at their headquarters in Billingshurst Road on Sunday September 9. Photographs dating from 1912 through to 2012 were on display, together with old equipment, uniforms and other artefacts. The biggest collections were those from attendees at the World Jamborees in 1983 Canada, 1998 Chile, 2003 Thailand and 2011 Sweden. Contributions were received from as far away as Australia and the USA as well as from the villagers themselves.

Many old friendships were renewed with ages ranging from six to 91 years. Leaders, helpers, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers from every decade from the 1930s to the present day passed through the doors and received a copy of a book detailing the first 100 years. The Scouts look forward to the next 100 years and wonder how things will have changed during that time!