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.

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