The 28th Richmond Scouts Group was established in 1986, under the sponsorship of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. It met at Garden City Elementary School in Richmond and ran a very active Cub Pack and Scout Troop for a number of years. However, due to a lack of leaders, the group unfortunately had to fold roughly around 1992.
16 years later, in 2008, the vision of three young individuals brought about the revival of the 28th Richmond Scouts Group. Kevin Li, then on the Board of Governors for Scouts Canada and one of only six World Youth Advisors to the World Scout Committee, provided the initiative and choice of location; Eric Yim, the Group Commissioner for the sister group 116th East Vancouver S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Scout Group supplied the sponsorship connection and group support; and Lester Lo, the founding Group Commissioner of the new 28th Richmond Terra Nova (S.U.C.C.E.S.S.) Scouts Group founded and led the new team of young leaders that were set on bringing the joy of Scouting to more youth of the Richmond community. Once more sponsored by S.U.C.C.E.S.S., and with the unending support from others in the Scouting Community (including the Richmond Area and Pacific Coast Council), the vision became a reality.
Under these circumstances, the revived group had its first meeting on a Sunday morning, September 14th, 2008, outside its new location at Spul’u'kwuks Elementary School in Terra Nova (near No. 1 and Westminster). It boldly opened up with a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack, and Scout Troop starting with only a few members. The group was officially inaugurated at their first Orientation Camp for the youth at the campsite Woodwards Landing, on November 1st, 2008. After that, it became smooth sailing and a very successful Scouting program was run, culminating in numerous awards for the Group at the end of the year, including the Growth Award for being the second highest increase in membership and the Best New Group Award.
The group is now a very strong entity amongst the Scouting community, having up to 50 members, with the program still led by a team of young leaders, supported by a parent committee. This dynamic arrangement makes for a fun-filled learning environment for the youth, and many exciting opportunities for young adults. Now running healthily in all five sections (Beaver Colony, Cub Pack, Scout Troop, Venturer Company, and Rover Crew), the 28th Richmond Terra Nova (S.U.C.C.E.S.S.) Scout Group will continue to thrive and grow for many years to come, and reaching new heights with its exciting program.