BIRTHDAY: Ian Murphy, who has been part of Ipswich Scouts for 49 years, with group leader Grant Williams at the Queens Park Scout Hall. They will be celebrating the 90th anniversary in 2013.
BIRTHDAY: Ian Murphy, who has been part of Ipswich Scouts for 49 years, with group leader Grant Williams at the Queens Park Scout Hall. They will be celebrating the 90th anniversary in 2013. Sarah Harvey

Scouting hits 90

THE SCOUT movement will celebrate 90 years in Ipswich in 2013, but it is showing no signs of aging.

The Queens Park Scout Group Ipswich had its humble beginnings in various church halls around town after becoming officially registered in 1923.

According to current assistant group leader and 49-year scout member Ian Murphy, the Ipswich scouts finally gained approval through council to build its own hall about five years later.

The hall was built on Milford St and still stands to this day.

"We now have about 120 members, which includes 46 cubs," Mr Murphy said.

"We've got so many young members that we have had to split them into two packs."

The Queens Park group is keen to reunite potentially hundreds of former members to mark this year's milestone.

A dinner will be held at Brothers Leagues Club on May 31 in the hope of reconnecting former scouts.

Group leader Grant Williams said he wanted to see as many former scouts as possible.

"We are hoping to connect with members of the past."

An open day is planned at the scout hall in August, with the date yet to be confirmed.

In October, a three-day camp will be held at the Allawah Scout Camp where members of the public will be invited to attend to see how the scouts work.

Any former scout members who would like to participate should email on gl.queenspark

scouts@hotmail.com.


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