Godalming Cubs Scout Celebrate at Charterhouse
Charterhouse celebrated the 160th anniversary of the birth of their famous former pupil by inviting local Cub Scouts from Saints Peter and Paul Scout Group, Godalming to a party. This was actually a double celebration for SSPP, as Wednesday 22 February was also the 96th anniversary of the founding of the Scout Group. Cubs were met by pupils from the School’s Combined Cadet Force, who helped them learn about Baden-Powell’s life and also helped them to explore the CCF Armoury building.
Catherine Smith, Charterhouse Archivist, welcomed the Cubs, and explained that BP considered that his time at Charterhouse gave him his core skills that later became part of Scouting, as he spent quite a lot of his time in the school grounds watching birds, catching rabbits and climbing trees to hide from teachers!
Apart from a quiz, and other activities, the Cubs enjoyed a 160th Birthday cake, which was cut by Tom, the oldest Cub, along with George, the youngest Cub, helped by Ken Willard, a long-standing leader with SSPP. Towards the end of the evening, two Beavers, George and Wilf, were invested as Cubs in front of the Mafeking Field Gun, which was used by BP during the Boer War.