On Saturday afternoon, Dec.9, 2017, the members of Cumberland Area Scouting invited the Masons of Cumberland County to come to the Parrsboro Camp on the shores of MacAloney’s Lake. The invitation was to thank the Cumberland District Masons and the Masonic Foundation of Nova Scotia for their generous gift of $19,000. This money has allowed the Cumberland Area Scouts and their Scouters to spend more time on Scouting rather than fundraising. The major portion of the donation has paid for two new roofs, one for each of the two Scout camps, MacAloney’s Lake and Long Lake, located on the Sunrise Trail just outside Amherst.
Although the weather was not the best, rain with snow that arrived later that evening, the camp was alive with the sounds of Scouts of all ages when the Brothers from the CDMA arrived. We were greeted by a roaring bonfire under the canopy of tall trees bordering the shores of the beautiful MacAloney’s Lake. (A couple Brothers were hosted earlier in the afternoon as they had evening commitments).
Earlier in the afternoon two other brothers had dropped in to the camp as they had other commitments later that evening. Below they are being greeted by the campers.
A number of Scouters, including our Past DDGM, RW Bro. Norm Rushton, Contact Scouter with First Fenwick Troop, the Cumberland Area Commissioner, Mr. John MacKay, and a large number of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers welcomed us around the bonfire. Speeches of thanks were then deliver by Mr. MacKay, RW Bro. Rushton and the Youth Area Commissioner. They then presented us with a plaque of thanks which was to be hung on the wall of the newly roofed camp at MacAloney’s Lake (The plaque for Long Lake will be hung in the Spring and it was hinted that we might be able to join them at that location as well.)
After this, as the rain was beginning to pick up, we all moved into the warmth of the camp for a delicious meal of baked beans and brown bread rolls or white rolls.
The Brothers who made the trip to Parrsboro thanked the Scouts for their wonderful reception and show of appreciation and assured them that their words would be passed on to all the Brothers of the CDMA who could not make the reception.