The first Catholic scout jamboree to be held in England opened at the Salesian missionary college, Shrigley Park, near Macclesfield, on Saturday, in ideal camping weather. Over 250 scouts including some from Montreal took part.
The scouts assembled at intervals on Saturday, and on Sunday the good work was inaugurated by holy Mass and a general communion. The Mass was celebrated by Rev. J. Higham, Salford diocesan scout chaplain, in the open air; the scouts, led by Rev. R. Conway, sang the proper. After Mass the scouts attended to their camping duties until six in the evening when Mgr. McNulty, Bishop of Nottingham, gave a reception.
A camp Fire Tea followed and then a camp fire at which Mgr. McNulty assisted. A duct by Fr. Ifigham and his dog, Wallace, got an enthusiastic reception. and a lantern display by the scouts made a deep impression by its beauty. So ended Sunday.
On Monday the Rev. R. Conway sang high Mass in the presence of Mgr. McNulty who gave a short address, thanking the scouts for their hospitality and encouraging them to be good scouts.
"Good scouting is one of the most practical and happy means ever devised for the training of good citizens. If you call to mind the promise you made when you became scouts you will see how closely it is connected with the Catholic religion. It is a Christian promise.
Stirring Address "I am convinced that good scouting is the most healthy, wholesome, and sound international power for good."
At 2 p.m. Mr. N. B. Sadler, county commissioner for West Cheshire and representative of Imperial headquarters, was officially welcomed, after which he gave a stirring address to the boys on scouting.
Followed a parade to the college, where the Terence McSwiney pipe band were just arriving from Manchester for the college garden party. Mgr. McNulty then declared the event opened. Accompanying the bishop were Alderman J. Coupe, Mayor of Stockport, and a number of aldermen and town councillors. Other speakers included the Mayor, Councillor J. Hopkins, and Rev. Fr. Ciantar, S.C.
Displays by Scouts
During the afternoon displays were given by the scouts. His Lordship afterwards made a tour of inspection of the whole camp, accompanied by Mr. Sadler and other officials. A whist drive end dance was held in the evening.
During the remainder of the week there was still plenty to occupy the scouts' time. On Tuesday the inter-group competitions asid games were held: Wednesday was a free day; Thursday was occupied with scouting games; the final sports, grand camp fire, and prize awards took place yesterday (Friday); whilst the grand finale concluded the jamboree.