A Night of Celebration and Inspiration - Malvern Scout Group
|Venturer Leader Peter presents Takuma Peters with his Queen's Scout Pin|
Malvern Scout Group has plenty to celebrate this year and so June 30 was a special night of celebration and inspiration.
Over 90 present and former Scouts, as well as family members crowded into the Malvern Hall to celebrate 70 years of excellence at the Malvern Scout Group and the Group’s first home grown Queen Scout in 23 years, Tak Peters. The night of celebration was designed to be an inspiration to all present.
Six Queen’s Scouts, one from each decade starting in the 1950’s attended and they each shared a special memory from the past which highlighted and impressed on all those present Malvern’s deep and wonderful history.
First, Group Leader Jeff Peters introduced an outstanding member of each Section; Kea Tahnul who is always looking smart, pays attention and follows instructions, Cub Ryan who has succeeded in gaining his Outdoor Adventure Badge and Cubs Stella, William and Nicholas who have gained multiple badges this year. From the Scout Section, Ella and Aidan who are working on their Chief Scout Award were introduced.
Honouring Leader achievement, Akela James (Matai Cub Section) was presented with his Gilwell Woggle before the evening moved onto the Queen’s Scout presentation.
As a part of the Queen’s Scout presentation, 3 new names were added to the Queen’s Scout Board, Chelsea-Rose Le Gros (2012), India Ashmore-Price (2013) and Takuma Peters (2014). Chelsea is now very much a part of Malvern being a Leader at Tama Cubs and India was a Cub and Scout at Malvern before gaining her Queen’s Scout Award at the Phoenix Venturer Unit.
But the night belonged to Takuma Peters, Malvern’s first home grown Queen Scout in 23 years. Takuma Peters joined the Malvern Scout Group as a Scout in early 2008 and went to gain his Chief Scout Award in 2011. With no Venturer option at Malvern, he choose the Hillary Venturer Unit attached to the Dallington Red Zone Scout Group to begin his Queen Scout quest but after numbers fell he eventually settled back at newly re-established Malvern Venturer Unit and had his Queen’s Scout Award confirmed, as a Malvern Venturer, in March 2014.
A special moment in the evening came when Graham Matheson, Malvern’s oldest Queen Scout (1953) presented the Queen’s Scout Plaque to Malvern’s newest Queen Scout. Looking on proudly was Takuma’s father and Malvern Group Leader, Jeff Peters, also a Queen’s Scout (1985). Looking down from above with no doubt even greater pride was George Shaw, Tak’s great grandfather and Jeff’s grandfather who is a King Scout (circa 1920).
Once the formalities were over, a joyous rendition of Happy Birthday rang out and an impressive birthday cake was cut and enjoyed by all. Many thanks to Kea and Cub Dad Murray for creating such a wonderful cake.
Happy 70th Birthday Malvern and congratulations Takuma!