Stewarton Scouts Celebrate a Century
A hundred years ago, the first signs of scout uniforms were seen around the idyllic village of Stewarton, when the first meeting was held by Reverend Alex Chisholm MA. It had only been a few years since the creation of Scouting, but it hadn’t taken long to find its way to this small place in the heart of Ayrshire.
Today, these same uniforms with their distinctive blue and brown neckies are a fixture around the town, and are a key part of its culture and heritage. With scouting related activities and meetings taking place around the town all year long, you would be hard pushed to go a week without seeing that familiar uniform.
All sections of the group are represented at public events throughout the year without fail, from the crowning off the Corsehill Queen in June, to the Remembrance Day Parade and service in November. Stewarton Scouts have been present in Stewarton for as long as anybody can remember, from a time when its numbers were dwindling, to today, where numbers are at a record high and are among the best in Scotland.
Earlier this month I had the pleasure of speaking to the group’s two longest serving members, Group Scout Leader Thomas (Tam) Sloan and Assistant Beaver Leader Annette Waddington, who have both been with the group for over thirty years.