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Monday, 23 November 2015
Page: 13402

Mrs McNAMARA (Dobell) (16:22): Recently I had the pleasure of attending the launch of the Central Coast Lakes Scouting District's newest scout group, the 1st Noraville Scout Group. Adam Crowther and the parent committee undertook much of the local legwork to get the new group up and running.

The new group was launched with an official ceremony, which started with the revealing of the new scarf colours. All scout groups have their own colours, and for the new Noraville scout group the scarf is royal blue edged with white and gold trim. The colours are characteristic of Noraville, representing the blue waters of the lake and the ocean, the white of the sand on the beach and the golden yellow of the sand at the lake. The scarves are proudly worn by all scouts, from the age of six, when they are Joey Scouts, through to the adult leaders who deliver the youth programs.

On the night I was extremely proud to be named an honorary member of the 1st Noraville Scout Group and was presented with their blue, white and gold scarf and a special certificate. Scouts has been part of the childhood of millions of people around the world for over 100 years. It is great to see Scouts membership growing from strength to strength in Dobell, fostering friendships, encouraging healthy and active lifestyles, learning values and responsibilities, community service and personal development.

Congratulations to the group's leader, Chris Chadwick, and cub scout leader, Liam O'Connell, and all of the members of the 1st Noraville Scout Group. I hope that you have many wonderful adventures together. They really are a credit to our local community. Well done.