On Monday 23rd March 2020 1st Shiremoor Scout Group should have been celebrating with all the young people, adult leaders and helpers but with the government announcement a week earlier of suspension of face-to-face activities the party was moved to everyones homes.
We asked everyone to celebrate virtually be that by loading a photo or video, baking a cake, making some bunting, designing a birthday card, having a party tea, playing a party game or singing their favourite camp song.
Our leaders and young people rose to the challenge. Current leaders shared the photographic memories of their time in Scouting as well as their children.
We had a photo of a very tasty looking chocolate cake being made by our Assistant Cub Leader and her Cub son earning him a Skill Challenge Award point.
A digital anniversary logo made as part of a Cubs IT school home learning earnt them a point towards stage one of the Digital Citizen Staged Activity Badge.
We shared the news along with the picture of our birthday cake “Very sad we are not together this evening to celebrate with all our young people and adult leaders and supporters. We have asked everyone to share how they are celebrating staying safe at home, here is a cake one our leaders and Cubs baked.” Within twenty-four hours our virtual celebrations had reached over eight thousand Facebook users both locally and across the world via the group’s own Facebook page and shares on Northumberland County Scouts, 1st Facebook Scout and 1st Virtual Scout groups. Birthday wishes came in from various groups including 34th Bradford South Scout Group, 3rd Spen Valley group, 6th Boston Beavers (Lincolnshire), 25th Siddle St Mark’s Scout group, 2nd Sydenham Lewisham London and 1st Dargaville, New Zealand.
We also had photos from years gone by shared with us as well. This one is from the early sixties it features the cast of the Gang’s Own Show which was staged by the group which then was known as 1st Shiremoor (St Mark’s) Scout Group.