The 7th Antrim, Whiteabbey recently celebrated the investiture of their first beavers, cubs, scouts and leaders.
The formal ceremony took place in St James’ Church, Shore Road.
The troop was set up at the request of Parish Priest, Fr Alexander, who was responding to demand from parents in the local area.
The group has proved popular, with the beavers section already being oversubscribed.
Kevin Kennedy, the group leader, said: “We’ve been delighted by the initial response. I was a scout myself many years ago and it is a privilege to be able to help establish this new troop to serve local families in Whiteabbey.”
The interest in the new group was highlighted at the service, which saw over 60 children and young people invested into the scout troop.
Plans are already being made for a camping trip this year.
The group meet every week in St James’ parish hall on the Shore Road at Whiteabbey, where the local parish has donated the use of the building for meetings. They are also lucky enough to have extensive private grounds surrounding their hall, which are suitable for outdoor activities and camping.
The group is the latest to join Scouting Ireland, with the new troop linking up with the 40,000 other members throughout the island of Ireland. There are over 31 million members in the scouting movement worldwide.
The 7th Antrim is now welcoming boys and girls of ages six and upwards, and there is already a waiting list for the beaver section. Applications are particularly welcome from teenagers in the 12 to 17 age range and from adult leader volunteers.