BALLAUGH Beavers tucked into hot dogs and crisps at the parish hall after taking part in the annual Founders’ Day/Thinking Day Service, which they shared with Ballaugh Scouts and Guides Group at the parish church.
The congregation of parents and friends was joined by chairman of Isle of Man Scout Association Peter Kelly, island commissioner Peter Young, vice president of the IoM Scout Association John Slark, and Mr and Mrs Edgar Cowin. Fenella Bazin played the organ.
During the service, two Ballaugh Guides, Erin McNulty and Bridget Bale were presented with their Baden Powell award and badges by the island Guide commissioner Sandy Kermode.
Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a buffet lunch and a slice of the ‘Baden Powell’ cake specially made in the Guides’ honour by leader Diane Haig.
The Founders’ Day service was conducted by the Rector of Ballaugh, the Reverend Cyril Rogers.
February 22 marks the birthday of Robert Baden-Powell, who was the founder of the Scout Movement. Coincidentally, Baden-Powell (born in 1857) and his wife Olave Baden-Powell (born in 1889), shared the same birthday.
Nearly all National Scout Associations throughout the world celebrate this day as Founder’s Day. It is considered a special day by the association, as well as an opportunity to learn more about Baden Powell’s life and his work.