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College Square East,

Belfast, BT1 6DL.

(Founded 1926)

Telephone: 028 90240461



(Founded 1926)

Group Scout Leader: Mr Scott.


Explorer Scout Leader: Mrs Parks,

Assistant Explorer Scout Leaders: Mr Roy and Mr Ben McKeown,

Unit Sectional Assistant: Mr Ashley Parks,

Acting Scout Leader: Mr Scott,

Assistant Scout Leader: Mr Harkness,

Troop Sectional Assistants: Mrs Rogers, Mrs Karen Scott, Mr Titterington and Mrs Whiteley.


Cub Scout Leader: Mrs Kate Hamilton,

Assistant Cub Scout Leaders: Mrs Ajitha Malisetty, Mrs Claire Morgan and Mr David Robinson,

Pack Sectional Assistants: Mr Conor Garrett, Mrs Suzanne Garrett, and Mrs Catherine McAdam,

Beaver Scout Leader: Vacant,

Colony Sectional Assistants: Mrs Lynsey Agnew, Mr Andrew Fullerton, Mrs Kat Lunn, and Mrs Rebecca Pollock.


Group Chairman: James McCaldin,

Deputy Group Chairman: Brent Brennan,

Group Secretary: Oisín Curran-Moloney,

Troop Leader: Daniel Lyttle,

Deputy Troop Leaders: Will Kernohan and Reuben Burnham,

Badge Secretary: Thomas Dillon,

Deputy Badge Secretary: Michael Giboney,

Quartermaster: Donal O’Brien,

Deputy Quartermaster: Henry Keys,

Activities Co-ordinator: Oliver Clark,

ICT Co-ordinator: Matthew Neilly.

Despite the ever-changing challenges of the Covid-19 global pandemic, the Scout Group maintained its efforts to develop character in the young people in our charge. The highlights of the year were the incredible efforts made to carry out the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme and the range of virtual events that our members were able to access during lockdown periods.

In the Census Return 2021, the Group increased its numbers to a total membership of 164, which included 21 Scout Network members, 57 Explorer Scouts, 37 Scouts, 15 Cubs, 8 Beavers, 22 Leaders/Helpers and 4 other adults. 73 members of the Group undertook the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme to complete their main Scout Awards. 28 Scouts undertook the Bronze Award with a view to completing their Chief Scout’s Platinum Award; 23 Explorers embarked on their Silver Award with a view to complete their Chief Scout’s Diamond Award; and 22 Explorers/Network initiated their Gold Award with a view to complete their Queen’s Scout Award during the year.

Despite Covid-19 restrictions, the Scout Troop, Explorer Unit and Scout Network met in a limited way in the autumn term. The Scouts enjoyed undertaking Warhammer challenges as they worked towards their Model Maker Badge. The school’s Prize Day saw Network Member Jack Johnston receive the JK Haire Memorial Cup. December saw the first Virtual Parents’ Night on Zoom with 57 families attending. Beaver Arthur Pollock, Cub Jack Robinson, Scouts Cameron Colgan and Oliver Mercer, and Group Chairman James McCaldin gave reports about the different activities of their Sections.

JK Haire Cup Photograph

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Caption: Group Chairman Jack Johnston receives the JK Haire Memorial Cup at the annual school prizegiving.

The inaugural Beaver Shield was shared between Beavers Leo Crozier, Thomas Lunn, Adam O’Loan and Arthur Pollock. The Inspection Shield for the best Cub was presented to Isaac McClean and the first presentation of The Six Shield was awarded to Red Six and their Sixer Ryan Lee. The Bloomfield Perpetual Cup for the best effort by new Scouts was given to Ronan Devlin and Patrick Morgan and The Crawford Perpetual Cup for Leadership for the best Scouts went to Matthew Neilly and Ryan Stewart while The Patrol Shield was achieved by winning Wolf Patrol Leader Sam Francey. The Bloomfield Perpetual Cup for Contribution to Charity was earned by Donal O’Brien. In terms of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, The Ronnie Hiscocks Memorial Cup for Outdoor Exploration for the best Chief Scout’s Platinum Award participants went to Rohith Ramavath and Max Whiteley; The Centenary Cup for Outdoor Exploration for the best Chief Scout’s Diamond Award participants went to Michael Giboney and Rohan Ramavath; and The William Greer Memorial Cup for Outdoor Exploration for the best Queen’s Scout Award participants went to Oisín Curran-Moloney and Jason Glenn. The Founder’s Trophy for the best Explorer Scout was awarded to James McCaldin and The Andrew Fitzsimmons Memorial Cup for Commitment and Endeavour was achieved by Jack Johnston. The Greer Medal for Leadership for the best help from a friend of the Group was given to Mr Dawson Stelfox MBE.

Beaver Shield Photograph

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Caption: Four Beavers share the best Beaver Shield.

Cub Photograph

Cub Photograph

Caption: Cub Isaac McClean receives the Inspection Shield for the best member of the Cub Pack.

January 2021 brought lockdown but also many online events from ScoutsNI. Our members were invited to attend Guest Speaker events with guests such as Q FM’s Steve Turnbull and Olga Kaye; Paralympian Nick Beighton; Ulster Rugby’s Michael Lowry and Stewart Moore; BBC presenter and sustainable farmer Gareth Wyn Jones; Red Arrows pilot Dan Lowes; and Antarctic Explorer Nics Wetherill. There were also virtual ScoutsNI sectional events for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, and Network. Scout Cameron Colgan won the Scout Bake Off Competition for Belfast County.

In March, Chief Scout’s Service Awards were made to Mr Titterington and Mrs Rogers for 15 years’ service and to Mr Douglas Madill, Mrs Elaine Davidson, and Mr Ashley Parks for 5 years’ service. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award leaders ran four Virtual Training Sessions on Zoom.

On April 9th, HRH Prince Philip died and the Group joined the nation to mourn his passing and to show our gratitude for his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme which has been running successfully in the Group since the 1970s. On April 22nd, Scouts Henry Keys and Ryan Stewart attended the NI Assembly’s Special Tribute to HRH Prince Philip and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme online which was hosted by the Speaker Mr Alex Maskey MLA. April 30th welcomed a restart after lockdown.

In May, new Scout Honours were awarded to Reuben Burnham, Oliver Clark, Thomas Dillon, Michael Giboney, Will Kernohan and Daniel Lyttle while six other Explorers received redated Honours. Scouts and Explorers earned Athletics Activity Badges; Beavers worked towards the Sports Activity Badge; and four Explorers began the Young Leader Training Programme.

June arrived with the news that the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions could begin again with several restrictions such as no overnight stays and no bus transport. Thanks to the efforts of the leaders and parents, a successful restart was possible. 45 Year 10 Scouts and Year 11 Explorers successfully completed their Bronze Qualifying Expeditions in good conditions. 21 Year 11 Explorers successfully completed their Silver Qualifying Expeditions in perfect conditions. Year 14 Scout Network members Brent Brennan, Hugo Clarke, Oisín Curran-Moloney, Jason Glenn, Josh Gray and Jack Johnston successfully completed their Gold Qualifying Expedition in the Mournes in ideal conditions.

Gold DofE Qualifying Photograph 2

Gold DofE Qualifying Photograph 2

Caption: Jack Johnston, Josh Gray, Oisín Curran-Moloney, Brent Brennan, Hugo Clarke, and Jason Glenn (left to right) enjoy the tremendous views from Slievelamagan in the Mournes.

Bronze DofE Photograph

Bronze DofE Photograph

Caption: A Bronze Award group enjoy great weather on the Brandy Pad with an impressive view towards Slieve Bearnagh.

Bronze DofE Photograph 2

Bronze DofE Photograph 2

Caption: A Bronze Award group enjoy the view from the Brandy Pad towards Ben Crom Reservoir.

Silver DofE Photograph

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Caption: A Silver group rest at the Mourne Wall near the Glen River.

After carrying out their Practice Expeditions in June, Year 13 Explorers and Network members Caleb Beattie, Eoin Bourke, Alex Brow, Oliver Clark, Robert Craigan, Thomas Dillon, Ted Hetherington, Conor Loughridge, James McCaldin, David McKee, Donal O’Brien, Felix Skelton, James Wallace, and Peter Wallace successfully completed their Qualifying Expeditions in challenging conditions in August. 15 Year 12 Explorers also carried out their Practice Expeditions in August as well. In the school year, eight Silver Award Certificates and two Bronze Award certificates were presented.

Gold DofE Qualifying Photograph

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Caption: A Year 14 group kick off their Gold Qualifying Expedition below Rocky Mountain in the Mournes.

Gold DofE Practice Photograph

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Caption: Despite the terrible weather, these Year 13 Explorers are looking forward to their dinners.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Office issued a certificate to the Group to mark 520 hours of volunteering in the year up to March 31, 2021. In June, the Explorers and Network members completed the Global Issues Badge while the Scouts took part in canoeing and climbing at Belfast Activity Centre. The Beavers participated in climbing and grass sledging at BAC helping them to complete their My Adventure Challenge and two new Beavers were invested. The Cubs also climbed at BAC and received their Athletics Activity Badge.

Beavers Climbing Photograph

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Caption: Two Beavers scale the climbing wall at Belfast Activity Centre.

Scouts Canoeing Photograph

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Caption: Scouts enjoy paddling their way along the River Lagan under the watchful eye of BAC staff.

After such a difficult and challenging year, my thanks go to the boys and parents of the Group who continue to take part in our programme despite the increasing demands on their time and money. My thanks go to the leaders and helpers who ensure that Beavers and Cubs meet at Inchmarlo, and that Scouts, Explorers and Network meet at RBAI in a safe and enjoyable way. Incredibly, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award leaders enabled our groups to undertake their expeditions at very short notice which was demanding. My thanks go to Silver Award Leader Mrs Parks, Bronze Award Leader Mrs Rogers, Mr Roy, Mr Titterington, Mr McCann and Silver Award Assessor Mr Ashley Parks for their commitment, energy, and enthusiasm. Please keep in contact with the Group’s activities by joining the ‘74th Belfast Scouts’ closed group on Facebook.


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