Special milestone of 100 years for Donnybrook Scout group

Honour: South West Scouts regional chief commissioner Neil McPherson with Donnybrook Scout group leader Debbie Bourke. Photo: Matthew Lau
Honour: South West Scouts regional chief commissioner Neil McPherson with Donnybrook Scout group leader Debbie Bourke. Photo: Matthew Lau

It was a momentous occasion for a small scout group in Donnybrook last Thursday as the group was officially recognised for 100 years of existence.

Sufficient evidence from a newspaper clipping proves that the group formed on June 27 in 1916.

The special guest at the belated celebration on December 8 was South West Scouts regional chief commissioner Neil McPherson, who presented Donnybrook Scout group leader Debbie Bourke with a certificate.

In attendance were the current crop of scouts – who have been dubbed “The Centenary Scout Group” – along with their parents, scout leaders, and prominent people of Donnybrook.

Chuffed: “The Centenary Scout Group”. Photo: Matthew Lau

Chuffed: “The Centenary Scout Group”. Photo: Matthew Lau

Despite a couple of closures, due to wars, Donnybrook Scouts has operated continuously since 1963.

It was originally troop number 71 in Australia, but after it restarted from the 1960s on with a new hall it became troop number 247.

The tight-knit troop consists of four leaders, 15 scouts, and a cub pack of 12.

We will be out and about next year and letting people know that we are going strong after 100 years.

Debbie Bourke

Donnybrook Scout group will open a Venturer Scouts section next year for the older scouts.

Scout leader Mark Davies received a silver wattle for 10 years of service.

Donnybrook Scouts’ centenary coincides with the cub scouts’ 100th year of existence in Australia.

The leaders have opened a competition to scouts, past or present, to design a centenary badge to wear on their uniforms.