THREE Scout leaders have retired after 100 years’ service between them.
Steven Howard, Patrick O’Brien and Carol Power announced their retirements after achieving a century as Scout leaders – and the Almondbury 37th Huddersfield group held a presentation to celebrate their achievements.
Steven has been a Scout leader for 40 years, Patrick has also served for a total of 40 years and Carol has put in 20 years’ service.
The Scout leaders served at the Almondbury 37th Huddersfield Scouts, helping with a number of Cub packs at the Scouts.
Sixty-year-old Steven said: “I drifted in to becoming a Scout leader by chance. I was a Venture Scout from the age of 16 and was working towards my Duke of Edinburgh award.
“Part of the award involved me helping some Scout groups as a leader and I got involved from there.”
The Huddersfield Scout leader, who works for Brighouse Architecture firm HW Architectural has also achieved the medal of merit for his service to the Scouts.
He added: “When I started as a Scout leader I was only just older than most of the Scouts. Then, as time went on, I was as old as some of the parents.
“Now I am as old as some of the grandparents so I thought it was time for me to retire.”
The Scouts hold meetings on a weekly basis, with Almondbury 37th Huddersfield Scouts including four Scout leaders and 18 Scouts.
But the meetings are not all that is involved in the running of the club.
Steven said: “We have meetings on a weekly basis and also some special events on other days.
“As Scout leaders we do far more than just the weekly events – it takes up a lot more time than people realise.
“We also do a lot of work behind the scenes. I will miss the group, but I am looking forward to the time off.”
When asked to point out what he will miss the most about the Scouts Steven said: “I will miss the camping the most. We go out camping twice a year in locations like the Lake District.”