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St James Scout Group Highlights

The First Meeting was held on 30 June 1938 in St James Church Hall – The Group was originally formed as a land Scout Group. The scarf was blue with a yellow ribbon

In 1955 the Group became Sea Scouts – during a Summer day the Scouts had a day rowing on the lake in Masterton.    The leader “Skip” Markin was a boat builder so it seemed like a good idea.

 1956 the original boatshed was built from old car packing cases and officially opened.  It was added to over the years.  The first standard cutter to be built by the Scouts was 39 “Southern Cross.  It was built in shed at the hall and then moved and launched at the opening. All the wooden boats were built by the Scouts.

 1973 The Group attended the 14th National Regatta at Plimmerton and won the Jellicoe Trident – the top Sea Scout award.

 1991 – St James won the total number of points at the 22nd National Regatta winning the Cornwall Shield that always goes with the Trident but for some reason the Trident went to Westshore – who brought the Trident to St James saying “we know you won it.”

1991 The current boatdeck was built and the Hall (the former Hospice) was moved to the present site

 2017-2018 won the St James Shield for the most points in the Lower North Island regattas

 2018 We celebrated our 80th birthday as St James Scout Group and we had a new Colour made and dedicated. (Thank you Christine Freeman – Her sons were Scouts at St James)

A copy of the History prepared for the 80th celebration is attached