To commemorate the centenary of Cub Scouting, cubs from Wansdyke District helped to carve a totem pole. It was unveiled recently by two of the youngsters who had produced winning designs.

The totem pole idea came from Alison Salter, assistant county commissioner. Cubs from across the county were encouraged to enter a competition, following which, four designs from each district were chosen and the winners invited to a woodcarving workshop to start transferring their designs onto the totem, supervised by local woodcarver, Dan Bendel. Cubs also had the opportunity to carve some more of the pole at the County Jamboree. Dan finished the totem in October and it was erected into its position ready for the official ceremony.

Alison Salter led a short unveiling ceremony last week to which the cubs who had submitted winning designs were invited, along with their families and other scouting representatives. A time capsule was buried and an oak tree planted, all to mark 100 years of cub scouts.