For the first decade since the establishment of our Troop (1952 - 1962) we unfortunately have inadequate evidence. We promise we will continue our research and soon have the complete history of our Troop.
founder of our Troop is Mr. Kiriakos Neokleous, director of the Pancyprian
Economic Lyceum. His action is many-sided, varied and valuable and for
that the Cyprus Scout Association honored him with the "Friends of Scouts"
medal in 1967. From the establishment of our troop since today Mr. Neokleous
is always our trusty friend, associate and supporter. For the decade of
1952 to 1962 we only know the leaders of our troop. We also found photographs
from camps at Loumata ton Aeton in Troodos and Livadi tou Pasia, and furthermore
the creation of a band consisting of 10 drums, 4 Trumpets and 2 grand-kasies
(a destroyed one exists in the warehouse of our Troop) and a set of cymbals.
Our troop began working with Scouts and Adventure Scouts.
Our Troop participated actively in the 1955-59 revolution
2nd Decade (1963-72)
1963 Our Troop takes part with the Cyprus Contingent at the World Scout Jamboree in Marathon , Greece. During the Turkish disturbances in Cyprus in 1963-64 Scouts and Leaders from our troop are by the side of our soldiers helping in any way. In the same year our Cub Scouts are temporarily housed in Engomi Elementary School with first leader Panagioti Panagiotou.
1965 Our Troop joins Ledra Local District with Local Chief the memorable brother Chr. Kallidi. A place for meeting is given to us in Engomi Economic Lyceum.
1966 The leadership of the troop is given to Giorgos X' Arapis. Camp in Livadi tou Pasia.
1969 Local District of Kykkos is established and our Troop along with 75th Air scouts Troop (Ayios Dometios) and 254th Scout Troop ( Ayios Pavlos) join . The leadership of our troop is forwarded to the inmemorable Christakis Iakovides. Joint camp with the 75 Air Scout Troop of Ayios Dometios in Protaras.
1970 Creation of a new Adventure/Air Adventure Scouts division. Cooperation with the 75th Troop and joint camp in Protaras.
Reestablishment of the 91st Scout Troop of Ayios Andreas with many members
of our scout troop. With that reestablishment very big problems are created
in running our own Scout Troop.
3rd Decade (1973-82)
We have a lot of problems and our Scout Troop is not functioning effectively.
A camp is held at Diorios Scout Campsite. Huge efforts are made by the
Troop's Committee for building a shelter. We take part in the Local Competition
1974 The Turkish invasion shapes our objectives in conformity with our motto "Always Prepared". We help in setting up tents, in the Red Cross Society, the State's Care Service, in First Aid, mail distribution, refugee mess.
13.9.1974 The unexpected death of our memorable leader Cr. Iakovides. Tasos Anastasiou takes the command of our Troop. The Kikkos Scout District institution is disbanded and we are included in the Ledras Scout District.
1975 The Selected Squads and Venture Scout Groups competition of the Ledras District takes place. Our Venture Scout Group, "Gr. Afxentiou" comes first in its division. The Boy Scout Squad, "Leontes" (Lions) comes second in its division. Two of our Scouts take part in the Norwegian World Jamboree.
1976 The Selected Squads and Venture Scout Groups competition of the Ledras District takes place. Both, our Venture Scout Group, "Gr. Afxentiou", and our Boy Scout Squad, "Helidonia" (Swallows) come first in their division.
28.12.76 Our first Troop Leader, memorable Aristides Ioannides, dies.
1978 The Kikkos Holy Monastery grants us a place to erect our Troop's Headquarters, behind the Pancyprian Lyceum of Economics. The 2nd Cup Scouts Herd is formed. 1st place in the Local and Provincial Competition of Selected Boy Scout Squads and Venture Scout Groups. Camping held at Timi in Paphos.
1979 Christos Christodoulou, our former Boy Scout leader, takes the command of the Troop. The offer for erecting our Headquarters is adjudged and at the end of the year, the inauguration of our new building are made by reverend Chrisostomos abbot of the Holy Kikkos Monastery. A magnificent Scout Campfire is held as well as an exhibition of craftsmanship. The inauguration are held by the President of the State, Mr. Spyros Kyprianou.
1980 The 2nd Cup Scout Herd is disbanded due to lack of the necessary number of Scout officers. Camping held at Timi in Paphos. The Troops committee undertakes the task the planning for constructing a new building for our Troop, due to the great number of problems, our former one had. Our Boy Scout Squad, "Helidonia" (Swallows) ranks 1st in the Selected Boy Scout Squad competition. Our Troop extends hospitality to the 2nd Sea scout Troop of Faliro.
1981 The 10th Pancyprian competition of Selected Boy Scout Squads is held and our Troops Squad, "Helidonia" (Swallows), ranks 1st. Camping held at Timi in Paphos. Our Troop offers hospitality to the 6th Air scout Troop of Rhodes.
1982 Our Troop camps at "Loumata ton Aeton", on Troodos Mountain. A huge Scout Exhibition is held at the Pancyprian Lyceum of Economics.
12th competition of Selected Boy Scout Squads and Venture Scout Groups
is held where our Boy Scout Squad, "Helidonia" (Swallows) ranks 1st in
its division and our Venture Scout Group, "Chr. Iakovides" ranks 3rd in
its division. Camping held at St. Ermogenis in Limassol. A new Troop building
4th Decade (1983-92)
1983 Camping held at "Loumata ton Aeton" on Troodos Mountain.
1984 The 13th competition of Selected Boy Scout Squads and Venture Scout Groups is held where our Boy Scout Squad, "Helidonia" (Swallows) ranks 1st. Camping held at Mari. The command of the Troop passes on to Costas Anastasiou. Our former leader takes command of the Ledras District Scout Committee. Out Troop takes part in the 1st National Camp held in Essex, with a 4 member representation.
1985 Our Troop takes part in the District Jamboree " FILIA 1985" (FRIENDSHIP 1985). Issuing of the Scout's paper, "Proskopiki Zoi" (Scout's Life). Camping held at Mari.
1986 14th competition of Selected Boy Scout Squads and Venture Scout Groups. Our Boy Scouts Squad "Helidonia" (Swallows) came 2nd. Camping held at Mari. Problems with our building. The place where it was built has been sold and we are now looking for a new spot.
1987 15th competition of Selected Boy Scout Squads and Venture Scout Groups. Our Boy Scouts Squad "Helidonia" (Swallows) came 1st. 11th Pancyprian competition of Selected Boy Scout Squads is held with our Troop's Squad ("Helidonia") ranking 1st. Camping held at Mari. Our Troop takes part in KOMOTINI 1987 CAMPING ( pancyprian camping) with a representation of 4 boy scouts. The Troop also takes in the Venture Scout Camping with a representation of 1 venture scout.
1988 16th competition of Selected Boy Scout Squads and Venture Scout Groups. Our Boy Scouts Squad "Helidonia" (Swallows) came 1st. Out Troop takes part in the Australian World Jamboree with a representation of two Scouts. We also take part in the International Camping held in Holland with a representation of one scout. Our Troop's officers undertake the task of writing out the official manuals for the Scouts' Topography and Scouts' Pioneer Schools. These manuals have become a valuable aid for the Cyprus Scout Association as well as the Scout Association of Greece. A camp is held at Mari.
1989 Our Troop's facilities move to a different location which again was granted by the Holy Monastery of Kikkos. Camping held at Mari. Our Troop's name changes to: 40th Scout Troop of Engomi.
1990 The leadership of the Troop passes on to George Tsiakkas. The former Troop leader, Costas Anastasiou takes charge of the Boy Scout Committee of the Nicosia Provincial Scout Committee. Our Troop's officers help the Cyprus Scout Association in publishing a manual for the Physical Environment. Camping held at Platania. One of our Troop's officers takes part in the European Convention for the Environment.
1991 Our Troop take part in the Korean World Jamboree with a team of seven boy scouts and venture scouts. A large warehouse is built for the needs of our Troop. Camping held at Platania.
computer is purchased by our Troop. Camping is held at Handria village.
Celebrations for the Troop's 40TH ANNIVERSARY.
5th Decade (1993-today)
1993 Our Troop is equipped with wireless transmitters. Selected Boy Scout Squads and Venture Scout Groups competition of the Nicosia district takes place and our Troop's Squad "Helidonia" (Swallows) ranks 1st. Camping this year is at Handria village.
1994 Our Troop takes part in the European Jamboree in Holland. Again, camping is held at Handria village. Our Troop also offers hospitality to the 1st Boy Scout Troop of Ialisos (Rhodes).
1995 Renovation of our Troop's facilities. We offer hospitality to the 1st Sea Scout Troop of Kalymnos. We also take part in the World Jamboree in Holland. We camp in Rhodes as guests of the 1st Boy Scout Troop of Ialisos. Our Troops fraternize. The command of the Troop passes on to our former Leader, and former Assistant Provincial Scout Curator, Christos Christodoulou.
1996 18th Competition of Selected Boy Scout Squads and Venture Scout Groups takes place, and again our Squad "Helidonia" (swallows) rank first. Camping this year is at Mandria, in Paphos province. In addition, girl scouts are admitted in our Troop. This year's camping is in Aigio in Greece. Our Troop went as guest of the 2nd Boy Scout Troop of Aigio. Ours Troops fraternize.
1997 So far The command of the Troop passes on to Kyriakos Georgiadis. Our former leaders returns back to his former position in the Provincial Scout Committee. This year our troop camps at Lagoudera village.
Well...this is the present. There is preparation for JOTI going on, with
3 Stations being set up to serve our Troop for the two days. As for the
rest of the year, that has yet to come... Enjoy!