School children from a leading North Yorkshire School stood side by side as they were sworn into the Scouting Movement, and officially became the first Beavers to join Cundall 1st Colony.
Nearly two dozen young pupils from Cundall Manor School, near Topcliffe, proudly made their Beaver Scout promise. They stood up in front of their Beaver leaders, parents, teachers and invited special guests, to receive their neckerchiefs and woggles as Cundall 1st Beaver Colony was officially sworn in.
Before the ceremony, the 23 children, aged just five, six and seven years, took the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the Scouting Family and show their guests a glimpse of what being a Beaver involves.
In their Lodges, named after nearby rivers, the children stood up to talk about key figures in the movement such as Robert Baden Powell and the very popular, Bear Grylls. The invited guests were not sitting down for long as they were invited to join their children in a game of Beaver Football. To bring the proceedings to a close, the young boys and girls brought the house down with the Cundall 1st rendition of the Beaver Call.
Cundall 1st Beavers Colony is one of four Beaver groups in the Easingwold District and the District Commissioner, Andrew Garner, was invited to attend the special investiture ceremony and to present the children with their neckerchiefs.
Andrew said: “It was an absolute delight to welcome the 23 new Beavers of 1st Cundall Manor Scout Group to the family of Scouting. We now have more young people than ever enjoying Scouting in the Easingwold area thanks to the commitment and efforts of our hardworking volunteers.”
Stuart Bayne, Cundall 1st Cub Scout Leader, who oversees the two Scouting packs at the school, said: “It was an honour to invest so many Beavers into our brand new Colony here at 1st Cundall Manor Scout Group. The Group started just over a year ago, with the Cub section, after it became apparent that some children were missing the opportunity to go to Cubs elsewhere due to the extended school day at Cundall. The Cub Pack is at full strength now and thanks to our inspirational and energetic new leaders, the Beaver Colony is also doing tremendously well.”
Stuart is on the look-out for help to set up and support a Scout Pack at the school. A large number of the current Cub Scouts are due to move up to Scouts in the next school year.
To find out more information on the Scouts and Beavers at Cundall Manor School or to book a taster day visit www.cundallmanorschool.com or call 01423 360 200