History in the making as Scouts return to Long Sutton

Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and leaders celebrate the opening of the 1st Long Sutton. SG200115-153TW
Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and leaders celebrate the opening of the 1st Long Sutton. SG200115-153TW

Long Sutton made history when it became home to Lincolnshire’s 100th Scout group.

Leaders and youngsters at the 1st Long Sutton were sworn in at the Guide and Scout Hut in Daniel’s Gate last week.

Guests included the county commissioner, Robin Wright, and members of the Scout active support unit.

The district commissioner for Rutland and South Holland, Andy Cowper-Johnson, took charge last May – and one of his first ambitions was to see Scouting flourishing in Long Sutton once more.

He said: “It’s the 100th group in Lincolnshire to open. Over time groups have closed and re-opened but, as we stand today, it’s the 100th group in Lincolnshire to have opened.”

Long Sutton lost its Scouts around two-and-a-half years ago through leaders not being available.

In its heyday, the group had around 100 members.

Mr Cowper-Johnson said he was determined to see a unit reborn in the town because the district as a whole had missed Long Sutton.

He said the opening night was “fantastic”.

Mr Cowper-Johnson said: “Scouting is purely adventure and that depends on whatever you want it to be.

“It could be sitting indoors doing a craft or it could be outside, camping and cooking over an open fire. It’s whatever adventure is to a young person and it may be doing something they may not have even thought about before.”

Taster sessions were held last year and the group has opened with a little under 25 members.

Leaders are Jonathan Blanchard (Scouts), Jade Vickers (Cub Scouts) and Emma Whitton (Beaver Scouts).