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History of Scouting

Lord Robert Baden-Powell of Gilwell (1857-1941) was a decorated soldier, talented artist, actor and free-thinker. Best known during his military career for his spirited defense of the small South African township of Mafeking during the Boer War, he was soon to be propelled to extraordinary fame as the Founder of Scouting.

He had been impressed during the siege at how boys had used their initiative under pressure to make themselves useful and capitalize on limited resources. Already thinking of developing a training programme for young people Britain, he was urged by friends to re-write his handbook for soldiers (Aids to Scouting) for this younger audience.

In 1907 he held an experimental camp on Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset, to try out his ideas. He brought together 20 boys, some from public schools and some from working class homes, and put them into camp under his leadership. The whole world now knows the results of that camp.

Scouting for Boys was published in 1908 in six fortnightly parts at 4d a copy. Sales of the book were enormous and boys soon formed themselves into Scout Patrols. What had been intended as a training aid for existing organizations became the handbook of a new and, ultimately, worldwide Movement. B-P’s great understanding of young people obviously touched a fundamental chord both in this country and others. In September 1908, B-P set up an office to deal with enquiries pouring in about the Movement.

Scouting for Boys has since been translated into many different languages and dialects.

Some 28 million young people worldwide now take part in the adventure of Scouting and in 2007 the Movement celebrated its centenary.

This history of Scouting has been taken from the Scout Association Website.

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Group Executive

The Group Executive supports the day to day running of the group’s finances, property, insurance, fundraising and support to the leaders


Chair – Nigel Hedley

Treasurer – Terry Crumpton

Secretary – Susan Crumpton

Group Scout Leader – Robert Crumpton

Scout Rep – Jonny Aisbitt

Scout Rep- Pete McNaughton

Cub Rep – Nev Greenwood

Cub Rep – Helen Goulding

Beaver Rep – Lynda Richmond

Beaver Rep – Karen Ledgeway

Parent Rep – Amanda Camsell

Parent Rep – Suzanne Beall

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Parent Rep – Sarah Wilkes

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Young Leader Rep – Jay Ledgeway