Some 72 youngsters were welcomed to the world of scouting before Christmas as the new 25th Kildare Kildangan Scouts group held its first investiture at Kildangan Church on December 18.
The group has been up and running since September, and 12 leaders were also invested on the night.
Representatives of Scouting Ireland and Kildare Mayor Mark Wall were also inattendance on the night.
There has been a lot of interest in the group, which caters for beavers and cubs, over the first three months of its existence. It is planned to start a scout section for older children next September.
The children have gone on outings including a hike in Moore Abbey woods in Monasterevin and a Christmas outing.
Group leader Bernard Clinch thanked all those involved, including Patsy Kelly, Ger Brennan, Mayor Mark Wall, the Village Hall committee, Bridie Kay, Kildangan Stud, the Gala Shop, parents, Marie Quigley and various other Kildare scouts groups who have supported the start-up organisation in its early days.
- Niamh O’Donoghue