Beavers celebrate landmark birthday

DEDICATED Beaver scouts from across Ipswich have joined together to celebrate one hundred years of scouting along with millions of people across the world.

DEDICATED Beaver scouts from across Ipswich have joined together to celebrate one hundred years of scouting along with millions of people across the world.

As part of the global celebration of the scouting centenary on Wednesday Ipswich Beavers renewed their vows and held a party on Cornhill in Ipswich.

The girls and boys, aged from six to eight, renewed their Beaver promise to do their best, to be kind and helpful and to love God along with 28 million others from different corners of the globe.

Carol Lockwood, the Wolsey District Beaver leader, said: “They all had a fantastic time.


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“Some of them were overwhelmed by it all, but they very much enjoyed being part of the occasion and being part of 100 years of scouting.”

The 70 Beavers and 30 Beaver leaders from seven different Beaver colonies from Ipswich had a picnic and sang campfire songs.

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They also enjoyed a cake in the design of the number 100 which was shared with all of the Beavers and adults present.

The beavers also handed out homemade cakes to the public and passers by.

Ipswich scouts, explorers, and cubs held their official ceremony at Christchurch Park, in Ipswich.

The event was part of one of many in the UK and the rest of the world to mark the scouting centenary, including the world jamboree held in Chelmsford, Essex, which saw tens of thousands of scouts and their leaders turn up for the international celebration.

Scouts also gathered in places as far away as Namibia, Ecuador and Bucharest in Romania, where Scouts formed a human chain around the parliament building.

n. Lieutenant General Robert Baden-Powell founded the scouts on August 1, 1907, by founding an experimental camp of just 20 boys on Brownsea Island in Dorset.

n. The idea behind the scouts is to build a tolerant and peaceful society and was originally based on Baden-Powell's book, Scouting for Boys.

n. In more recent years the worldwide phenomenon has become popular for girls as well as boys and a third of all scouts and beavers are currently girls.

n. The world jamboree began in Chelmsford, Essex, on Wednesday where 40,000 Scouts have gathered for a 12-day celebration of youth and goodwill.

n. The scouts renewed their vows at 8am and it is thought the moment was witnessed simultaneously by an estimated 28million scouts around the world via satellite link.

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