The China Mail.
Hongkong, Monday, October 23, 1931.
BOY SCOUTS IN COLONY.
2nd Kowloon Troop Inaugurated.
PADRE'S WORK LAUDED.
An impressive ceremony took place in St. Andrew's Church Hall yesterday evening, when in the presence of a gathering of Scouters and Boy Scouts, numbering nearly 60, the Rev. E.A.Armstrong (District Commissioner for Kowloon and the New Territories Boy Scouts) inaugurated the new Ling loon (Shun Man College), 7th Kowloon Group of Boy Scouts. The new Scoutmaster and six of the boys were duly invested into the brotherhood by the Commissioner.
Troops that attended were 1st Kowloon (St. Andrew), 4th Kowloon (Shun Man College), 7th Kowloon, and the 9th Kowloon Scottish. Prior to the investiture Scout games were indulged in. St. Andrew's acted as hosts. Tea and cakes were served, after which the gathering got into horseshoe formation for the investiture.
Standing between the St. Andrew's troop Colour Party, the Commissioner said that he was glad that another troop had started in Kowloon before he left the Colony. During his two years' stay here, two troops had been brought into existence, the 9th Kowloon and the newly formed Ling Tung College group. In wishing the new troop good luck and good hunting, the Commissioner thanked all Scouters and Scouts for the untiring support that they had given him in the interests of Scouting.
Mr. R.Dormer (Scoutmaster of St. Andrew's troop) said that he felt sure that the Rev. E.A.Armstrong had brought Scouting in Kowloon to a standard it had never retained before. He had laid a strong foundation in Kowloon, and he (the speaker) hoped that the troops would build on it more and more. He thanked the Commissioner for all that he had done, and, wishing him a happy, interesting and joyous voyage Home, called on the Scouts to give three hearty cheers, and a "tiger." This was responded to wholeheartedly.
After the singing of "Auld Lang Syne," the Commissioner gave the order "Dismiss" and the gathering dispersed.