Nearly 200 youngsters celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Cub Scouts at a special birthday bash.
Cubs Scouts from across Aberdeen gathered for a promise party at Queen’s Cross Church last night.
At the event the youngsters reaffirmed their Cub Promise in front of 46 adults and former Cubs, the District Commissioner Mike Winn, Liam Kerr MSP and Kirsty Blackman MP.
Eleanor Donoghue, assistant district commissioner for Aberdeen District Cubs, said: “We had 14 packs from the Aberdeen area attending, which included Cubs from Cove, Kincorth, Milltimber, Dyce, Bridge of Don and from the town itself with around 181 in total.
“During the event there was a small carol service then at 7.16pm exactly we reaffirmed our Cub Promise.”
The Promise renewal was held at 7.16pm – or 1916 – to commemorate the official registration date of the Cub Scout section.
Eleanor added: “We then went into the church hall where our birthday cake was cut by the youngest Cub and Lord Provost (George Adam).”
Eleanor said there were also cupcakes with special badges for everyone to enjoy.
The event marks the end of the centenary year which has seen the Cubs across the North-east celebrate.
Earlier this year 250 Cubs and 70 leaders with other districts from the North-east met at camp.
Eleanor said: “2016 is the centenary year for Cubs Scouts UK and as such there have been a number of events held nationwide to celebrate this.
“Within Aberdeen and the North-east these have included Cub Packs holding birthday parties where previous Cubs have been invited. Our last major district event was our Centenary Camp held at Aden Park Mintlaw over the weekend of September 16-18.
“I took 250 Cubs and there were 100 plus adult leaders, and I think there were around 900 Cubs camping altogether.
“It was the biggest Cub camping group on a greenfield site.”
As part of the centenary the Cubs have also been speaking to former members.
Eleanor said: “They were speaking about the badges and how some of them have been brought up to modern standards, and that there are some new badges that the older people don’t know about.
“The book reading badge is still a traditional one, but the IT badge is a new one.
“But they were also speaking about how some things have stayed exactly the same.”
The Grand Howl has been part of the Cubs tradition since the very beginning.
Eleanor said: “They talked about how the Grand Howl which is done at the start and end of every meeting has been part of the Cub Scouts since it began in 1916.”
In their year of celebrating the groups in the Aberdeen area are currently experiencing better numbers.
“Cults has two packs as there was a waiting list, and Bridge of Don also has two packs.
“I think it is popular because we do things that you might not do anywhere else.
“We go camping and we go on adventure weekends – there is a lot of you would not normally do anywhere else.
“We do have ups and downs with numbers but it seems to have come back up at the minute,” Eleanor added.