Special blessing marks 50 years of scouting in Boxmoor

4th Boxmoor Scouts celebrated their 50th year with a party, a cake and a Papal blessing! Leaders past and present
4th Boxmoor Scouts celebrated their 50th year with a party, a cake and a Papal blessing! Leaders past and present

Members of Hemel Hempstead’s 4th Boxmoor Scouts have celebrated their 50th year with a party, a cake – and a Papal blessing!

The group was started in 1963, and Peggy West, one of the original team, still dedicates three evenings every week to its activities.

During the evening, members and leaders from the 1960s right through to current youth members watched a presentation of films and photos, and swapped stories.

Having recently held a competition to design a celebratory badge, the winning entry was also used to decorate the 50th anniversary cake.

The highlight of the year for 4th Boxmoor, the only Roman Catholic Scout Group in Hemel Hempstead, is the Papal blessing that was received to commemorate this milestone in the history of the group. It was organised by friends of the group as a surprise for Peggy.

Elsewhere this weekend, at Phasels Wood local scouts went back to basics for a weekend of bushcraft. Instead of tents, they erected bivouac shelters to sleep in and cooked on open fires.

Natural shelters were built, crayfish were cooked for lunch and chickens were roasted for dinner. Bushcraft is a really fantastic opportunity for the young members to learn basic survival skills and enjoy the countryside.

To join the adventure of scouting in Hemel Hempstead contact District Commissioner Russ Dyble on 07790 296378 or email join@hemel-scouts.co.uk