It has been a long time in coming but “The Strathaven Scouts – A Centenary History” was published in November 2013.
It is a high quality hard backed production of 256 pages including over 200 photographs covering the 100 years. 300 copies have being printed and will sell at £14.99 each. The cost has been able to be kept to what the FOSS Committee thinks is a reasonable one thanks to a generous grant received to help defray the publication costs from the South Lanarkshire Rural Partnership LEADER programme.
I wish to thank all members of FOSS who have assisted me with written items for the book, information, and photographs or in any way over the last few years and also the members of the FOSS Committee and of the Scout Executive for their support of the project and, in the latter case, for their promise of financial support, if needed.
I am pleased to report that the book contains a foreword in the form of a letter from the Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, congratulating the Strathaven Group on its 100 years of successful Scouting. As I have said in my own introduction to the book I expect that there will inevitably be errors or omissions in it despite intensive proof reading and editing and I apologise to anyone whose name appears incorrectly or may not be included or if I have left out something which others may consider to have been of importance. I hope that those who read it will find the book to be an accurate account of the Strathaven Group’s 100 years and that for FOSS members it will bring back happy memories of their time in the Scouts.