The Hongkong Telegraph.
Monday, October 2, 1933.
SCOUTS AND GUIDES TEA PARTY.
ENJOYABLE AFTERNOON AT MOUNTAIN LODGE
Nearly five hundred Boy Scouts and Girl Guides attended a tea party at Mountain Lodge on Saturday afternoon, at the kind invitation of His Excellency the Governor, Sir William Peel, who is Chief Scout of Hongkong, and Lady Peel, the Colony's Chief Guide. Excellent weather prevailed, and the party was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
The transport of the girls and boys to the Peak presented no easy task, but the cooperation of the Peak Tramway officials and the splendid timing of groups rendered the task comparatively easy. The last party arrived about 4.15 p.m.
At Mountain Lodge, H.E. the Chief Scout and Lady Peel were escorted to the parade by the Hongkong Commissioner and Deputy Camp Chief (Rev. G.T.Waldegrave) and the Rev. N.V.Halward M.C., Assistant Commissioner. The Guides were under the charge of Mrs. Anderson.
In welcoming the Scouts and Guides, Sir William remarked humorously that a Scout promised to do one good turn a day and he was going to perform his good deed by not inflicting a speech upon the parade. He reminded them of the need for service: to live unselfish lives, and in thinking of the World Jamboree at Hungary were there were 25,000 Scouts, of many nations, he thought how the spirit of Scouting could bind together that international spirit.
His Excellency congratulated the parade on their smart turnout, and expressed the hope that all present would have a good time that afternoon, and would come again next year. (Applause).
Tea and Games.
A picnic tea followed, during which the Scouters, Cubbers and Guide officers were introduced to H.E. and Lady Peel. After tea all troops, packs and companies indulged in their own games, in which Sir William and Lady Peel took a keen interest. The 10th. Hongkong gave their Troop "yell" vociferously, while the Sea Scouts demonstrated a scrum - a strength test. The 1st. Kowloon indulged in "Bunkic," reviving memories among some not quite so young!
The Cubs, too, gave a short display, but their chief interest was in Lady Peel's great dane "Sirdar," which was most patient and friendly, allowing itself to be hugged and mauled by them all. Although the Guides did not show any boisterous play, seeming a little shy, some of the braver ones found time to chase a tennis ball, while one small company gave a chorus.
Time to depart drew near and the parade resumed formation. The Commissioner thanked H.E. and Lady Peel and called for the thanks of those present. This was responded to in the style that only strong lunged Scouts, Guides and Cubs know how!
It was altogether a most enjoyable afternoon, and one which will long be remembered, since it was the first time a number had been to the Peak, and the first time the majority had ever been in the beautiful grounds of Mountain Lodge.
The following troops attended: Guides: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. Hongkong Companies; 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th. Kowloon Companies; Scouts: 1st. Hongkong (Sea Scouts), 1st. H.K. (St. Joseph's), 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 17th. Hongkong; 1st, 5th. and 9th. Kowloon; Cubs: 1st, 8th. and 9th. Kowloon Packs, and the Peak Pack.