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Scouting in a Monument

4th Jan 2012

There is no question that Scouting in Hong Kong has both a long history and a history of success, rooted from a humble tradition. While Scouting revived from the Second World War, it encountered many difficulties including the problem of finding venues to replace those which were destroyed during the war.

There is no question that Scouting in Hong Kong has both a long history and also a history of success, rooted from a humble tradition. While Scouting revived from the Second World War, it encountered many difficulties including the problem of finding venues to replace those which were destroyed during the war.

Scouts in King’s College now enjoy the privilege of having their group meetings in the school which was recently declared by the Hong Kong Government as Monument. King’s College was built in 1926 and is the oldest surviving pre-war government school building which still serves its original purpose. During the Japanese occupation, it was used as a military mule and horse stable.

The red-brick school building built in Neo-classical style originally comprised North, South and East wings with a bell tower (now removed). The school building houses notable architectural features, such as the Roman arches and archways along the school garden and the playground and verandahs along the South Wing. The most unique part is its circular entrance porch supported by granite coupled lonic columns. The groin vault on the top floor is also a rare feature in a school building. The small fountain and an arched colonnaded curvilinear side wall make the school garden classical and dainty.

Having this kind of venue, the Scouts from the 5th Hong Kong Scout Group have the benefit of following the footprints of their predecessors within the heritage building while taking part in a movement with a much longer tradition -- Scouting.

It is interesting to know that former APR Vice-Chairman Mr John Hui who was Chief Commissioner of the Scout Association of Hong Kong Hong Kong from 1997-2003 and APR Chairman of Governance Review Task Force since 2007 Mr Alexander Wong, who is also the International Commissioner, plus many key leaders are graduates of King’s College.

-- Alex Lam, APR Honorary Correspondent, Hong Kong

​Image 1: © Scout Association of Hong Kong