Scouting in East of England


Scouting in East of England
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Scouting in East of England is about Scouting in the official region of East of England. It is largely represented by the Scout Association of the United Kingdom and some Groups of traditional Scouting including the Baden-Powell Scouts' Association.

There are two student associations at various universities in the region, each of which is affiliated to the Student Scout and Guide Organisation (SSAGO). These are Cambridge University Scout and Guide Club[1] and University of East Anglia SSAGO.[2]

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History of Scouting in East of England

The 1st Bury St Edmunds Scout Group holds a registration certificate dated to 5 February 1908, and the Group claims to be the oldest surviving Scout Group in England.[3] However, this claim is not currently upheld by The Scout Association.[4]

1st Southwold Scout Group was established in 1908 and claims to be the first Scout group established in Suffolk. 1st Reydon and 1st Wrentham in Suffolk also existed in 1908.[citation needed] In Norfolk, 1st Norwich Sea Scouts[5] and 1st Dereham Scout Group[6] both claim to have been founded in 1908, making them some of the earliest Scout groups to have formed.

The 21st World Scout Jamboree, celebrating 100 years of Scouting, was held at Chelmsford in Essex between 27 July and 8 August 2007.[7]

The Scout Association Counties

The Scout Association in East of England is administered through seven Scout Counties

Bedfordshire Scout County

Scout County badge for Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association of the United Kingdom. It is concurrent with the political county of Bedfordshire, and provides Scouting opportunities for young people and adults in the area around Bedford, Luton, and Dunstable.[8]

The badge worn by members of the Bedfordshire Scout County shows a red falcon on a yellow background. The current version of the badge was phased in over a ten year period, starting in the early 1980s. It replaced a previous version which had either a silver or gold falcon on a green background.

The County currently has 2 County Scout Networks (Bedfordshire County Scout Network & Bedfordshire Air Scout Network) and 5 Local Scout Networks [9]

The County is currently divided into nine Scout Districts.[10]

Cambridgeshire Scout County

Scout County badge for Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association of the United Kingdom. It provides Scouting opportunities for young people and adults in the area.[12]

Scouts in Peterborough were given the Freedom of the City in April 2007. This is the first occasion in Britain when Scouts have received this type of award.[13]

The badge worn by members of the Cambridgeshire Scout County is unusual in its design, as it is shaped as a shield rather than the more standard rectangle. The elements on the badge represent towns covered by the Scout County, the cross-keys representing Peterborough.[14]

The County is currently divided into ten Scout Districts:[15]

Cambridgeshire Jamboree

In 2006 the Cambridgeshire Jamboree moved from the East of England Showground,[16] in Peterborough, to the Huntingdon Racecourse.[17] CamJam 2006 was the fifth such jamboree to be arranged by Cambridgeshire Scout County.

On site activities included go-karts, a skate park, ice rink, a planetarium, climbing walls, radio controlled cars, caving and hot air balloons on two evenings. Other activities included archery, rifle shooting, model land yachts, car mechanics, scavenger hunt and model aircraft.[18]

Essex Scout County

Scout County badge for Essex
Essex Scout County flag (The Scout Association).png

Essex Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association in the United Kingdom.[19]

Chelmsford in Essex was the location for the 21st World Scout Jamboree, held between 27 July to 8 August 2007.[7] The Chelmsford District had a number of special events.[20] By 2007 there were 16,000 members in Essex Scouting covering every community in the county.

The County HQ is at the Thriftwood Training Centre.[21]

There is an Essex Scout County Caving Team to train Scouts in Caving.[22]

The badge worn by members of the Essex Scout County shows the heraldry of the regional county of Essex of "Gules three Seaxes fessewise in pale Argent pomels and hilts Or points to the sinister and cutting edges upwards.".[23]

The County is currently divided into twenty Scout Districts:[24]

Essex International Jamboree

Essex International Jamboree 2008
Location Devereux Farm, Kirby-le-Soken, Essex
Country United Kingdom
Date 2008-07-26 to 2008-08-02
Attendance approx. 10,000
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The Essex International Jamboree was first held in 1927 when it was visited by the Founder, and then Chief Scout, Sir Robert Baden-Powell. Essex have held jamborees every four years since 1952 and at their current site, Devereux Farm, Kirby-le-Soken, since 1996.

Between 26 July and 2 August 2008, thousands of Scouts and Guides from Essex and beyond attended the Essex International Jamboree 2008.

Over 8,000 participants and 2,000 staff attended the jamboree representing 30 different countries, including: Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Ireland, Israel, Kenya, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Uganda, UK, USA and Zimbabwe. Another 4,000 people, including hundreds of Cub Scouts and Brownies were hosted for the jamboree open day.[25]

The theme for 2008 was "The World's Endangered Animals" and included a strong emphasis for 'green issues' such as recycling and developing global links. In keeping with the theme, the site was sub-divided in to 10 sub-camps containing a mixture of UK and international Scouts and Guides, with a further sub-camp for staff. Each of the participant sub-camps was named after an animal that is at danger in the world. All of the animals could be found at the nearby Colchester Zoo, and each sub-camp became involved in the zoo’s adoption scheme as a lasting legacy of the event.

The next Essex International Jamboree is due to take place in 2012.

Hertfordshire Scout County

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Scout County badge for Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association in the United Kingdom covering the County of Hertfordshire.[26]

The badge worn by members of the Hertfordshire Scout County shows a hart on a blue background, which is based on the heraldry of the regional county of Hertfordshire.[27]

They have a Falke SF25C motor glider[28] which is based at the Cambridge Gliding Centre.[29]

There are 18 Scout Districts

Hertfordshire Scouts Peak Assault

Herts Peak Assault is a navigational and teamwork challenge for Explorer and Network Scouts, held at a different location each year. Groups must navigate their way around, visiting 'checkpoints' within the given time limit.

Norfolk Scout County

Scout County badge for Norfolk

Norfolk Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association in the United Kingdom, covering the county of Norfolk.[33]

There is a Norfolk Scout Canoe Team.[34] The badge worn by members of the Norfolk Scout County shows the shield crest from the heraldry of the regional county of Norfolk. The current version of the badge has a light green background, whilst earlier versions had been black.[35]

The Norfolk Scout County is divided into nine Scout Districts:[36]

Norfolk International Jamboree

Norfolk International Jamboree 2006
Location Royal Norfolk Showground, Norfolk
Country United Kingdom
Date 2006-07-29 to 2006-08-05
Attendance approx. 5,000
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In 1960 the Norfolk International Jamboree, held at Sennowe Park near Fakenham, drew media attention due to the presence of fifty "European refugees." [37]

The 12th Norfolk International Jamboree (NorJam) was held at the Royal Norfolk Showground between Saturday 29 July and Saturday 5 August 2006.[38]

Around 5,000 participants and staff attended the jamboree representing 17 different countries, including: Austria, Australia, Denmark, UK, USA and Spain. Three Guides were presented with their Queen's Guide Award by the Chief Guide, Liz Burnley, during the camp. The Jamboree included a Christmas celebration, held on Thursday 3 August. Other activities included scuba diving, horse-riding and sailing.

The theme for the 2006 Jamboree was "Around The World In Seven Days", with each sub-camp being named after a famous landmark, and the event included a strong emphasis on current issues such as recycling and developing global links.[39]

In 2010 the theme for the Jamboree was "The Modern World", each sub-camp was named after an innovation or issue affecting society in the modern age. [40]

The Norfolk International Jamboree is held every four years, with the next one due to take place in 2014.[41]

Suffolk Scout County

Scout County badge for Suffolk

Suffolk Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association of the United Kingdom. It is concurrent with the political county of Suffolk.[42]

The badge worn by members of the Suffolk Scout County shows a crown "enfiled by a pair of Arrows in saltire points downwards", which is an element from the heraldry of the regional county of Suffolk. The pierced crown relates to the martyrdom of Saint Edmund by the Danes in 849.[43]

The County is currently divided into eight Scout Districts:[44]

Baden-Powell Scout Association

Area badge as worn on the uniform of Scouting members

The East Anglia Area is part of the Baden-Powell Scout Association. The Association is represented in Norfolk by the Fakenham Lancaster B-P Air Scouts.[45]
The badge worn by members of the Baden-Powell Scouts East Anglia Area shows the arms of the Wuffingas Dynasty on a shield. The Wuffingas were the ruling family of the East Angles. Their last king was Saint Edmund, King and Martyr, who was murdered by the Vikings in 849 and was later canonised.


Pathfinder Scouts Association and Rover Explorer Scout Association

The Pathfinder Scouts Association operates the 1st Bedfordshire Scout Troop at Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire,[46] while the Rover Explorer Scout Association operates a Rover Crew in Lowestoft, Suffolk.[47]

European Scout Federation (British Association)

The European Scout Federation (Fédération du Scoutisme Européen) operate in the East of England, with groups operating in Cambridgeshire.[48][49]

The British Boy Scouts

The British Boy Scouts operated Groups in Norfolk, including the 1st Norwich (St Marks) Group, although these were closed by 1999.[50]

Campsites

Bedfordshire

The Bedfordshire Scout Association County has a large campsite and training centre, three District maintained campsites and three group maintained campsites.[51]

  • The Leslie Sell County Scout Training and Activity Centre. This campsite is near the village of Bromham, 4 miles (6.4 km) northwest of Bedford. There are 8 acres (32,000 m2) of open fields, and 18 acres (73,000 m2) of woodland on the site, offering a variety of camping locations.[52] As well as the camping areas, there are a small number of buildings offering accommodation and training facilities. The site offers a number of activities, including pioneering, archery, and air rifle shooting.

District Campsites

  • Boyd Campsite Campsite, Henlow, run by Biggleswade District.
  • Jordans Close Campsite, Great Barford, run by Bedford District.
  • Milton Bryan Campsite, Milton Bryan, Ampthill Rural District, run by Ampthill & Woburn District.

Cambridgeshire

  • Little Abington
  • The Copley Centre
  • Holt Island

Essex

Essex has several camp sites including:.[53]

  • Thriftwood County Training Centre.[21]
  • Belchamps Scout Centre, managed by Castle Point, Crouch Valley, Southend Estuary and Southend West Scout Association Districts.[54]
  • Skreens Park. The Essex County Scout Council Campsite and Activity Centre, located five miles (8 km) west of the County Town of Chelmsford, consists of 52 acres (210,000 m2) of historic parkland which is part of the original Skreens Manor. It is located within 2 miles (3.2 km) of Hylands Park, the site of the 2005 European Scout Jamboree and the 21st World Scout Jamboree.[55] The Site hosts GiGA Camp, the largest activity camp for Scouts and Girl Guides in South East England, with over 1,300 participants in 2006.[56]

Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire Scout Association County Scout Council is responsible for 7 Scout Activity Centres.[57]

Tolmers
Owner The Scout Association
Location Cuffley,
Hertfordshire
Country United Kingdom
Founded 1939
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  • Tolmers Scout Camp & Activity Centre. Tolmers, located near Cuffley in Hertfordshire, provides camping facilities and activities for Scouts and Guides, and is also used by schools, other youth organisations and for corporate team building. The campsite covers 40 hectares of countryside, comprising about 12 hectares of woodland and 28 hectares of meadow with a small lake (Berts Pool) which is used for water activities. As well as the camping areas, there are three buildings, offering accommodation and training facilities. The site offers a number of activities, including orienteering, climbing, archery, and air rifle shooting. Tolmers is about 20 km north of the centre of London and 1.5 km from Cuffley railway station. Initiated in 1979, "Come To Tolmers" has become the main event in the Tolmers calendar. Originally it was designed by Scout HQ to provide an activity camp for Scouts who had no traditional summer camp.[58] Today, more than 2,000 Scouts and Guides from all over Europe take part every year.

History of Tolmers Scout Camp and Activity Centre

The land occupied by the campsite was purchased from Tolmers Park Estate in 1939, with the aim of completing a ring of Headquarters’ campsites around London. The site was bought for £4,600 of which £2,000 was donated anonymously by a "Mr B", and the balance of £2,600 came from the Gang Show fund.[citation needed]

It was officially opened on 11 May 1940,[59] 800 Scouts and visitors attended, despite wartime restrictions. The opening was performed by Baron Wigram, a distinguished member of the Council of the Boy Scouts Association and former private Secretary to King George V. Sir Percy Winn Everett, the Deputy Chief Commissioner, read a letter from Lord Baden-Powell wishing he "could be there in person to support you on the opening of Tolmers".[60] Almost immediately afterwards, Tolmers temporarily lost the use of the site apart from the Brick Field and the Valley Field, as it was requisitioned by the Ministry of Food. Defence works, including pill boxes, tank traps and barbed wire entanglements were constructed along Cuffley Brook, as part of the Outer London Defence Ring.[61]

After the war, development of Tolmers continued and all the requisitioned land was returned by the end of the 1950s. The site was very popular with Scout troops from North London who came by train to Cuffley Station, often hauling their equipment the rest of the way in trek carts. By 1970, flush toilets had been installed,[62] work had started on a hut for Cub Scouts and the camp centre had moved to its present position.

The original service crew were the Cuffley Rover Scout Crew, led by Ron Erwood. They were responsible for a great deal of the work in 1939-1940 prior to the official opening of the campsite. Before long, Rovers and Scouters from across North London joined them. In 1964, a system of five separate crews began, ensuring a team of volunteers was available every weekend. In 1968, the first female service crew members joined. Today, the service crew has over 100 active members.[citation needed]

Bert Longdon, the camp warden from 1964, envisaged the creation of a small lake by damming Cuffley Brook. In 1976, a licence was granted by Thames Water Authority for the flow of the brook to be impeded "by means of a weir" and to create "a pond suitable for canoe instruction" with a capacity of 120,000 gallons.[63] Bert died in 1977 before any work could be done, but it was completed as his memorial, and the first Scouts canoed on it at Easter 1980.[64] It is now regularly used by Tolmers' fleet of kayaks and canoes and for raft building. Bert's Pool also supports a variety of wildlife: carp and roach, moorhens and mallards, as well as visits from grey herons and kingfishers.

In January 1953, work started on a plantation of Scots Pines in the Main Field, in the shape of the new Queen's cypher; EIIR. Despite damage by the storms of 1987 and 1990, the original shape is still clearly visible.[65]

  • Phasels Wood Scout Camp & Activity Centre
  • Well End and Harmergreen Wood
  • Orchard Farm Wild Country Centre (in Staffordshire)
  • Lochearnhead Wild Country Centre (in Scotland)
  • Coetmor Mill Wild Country Centre (in North Wales).

All Hertfordshire Scout Association Activity Centres are members of the ASGC, the Association of Scout and Guide Centres.[66]

Norfolk

There are a large number of Scout camp sites in Norfolk and the Scout Association County publishes a directory.[33] These include:

  • Eaton Vale Scout and Guide Activity Centre.[67]
  • Two Mile Bottom, Thetford Forest, operated by South West Norfolk District.
  • Garvestone, operated by Central Norfolk District.

An independent site, which has been used by both The Scout Association and the Baden-Powell Scouts' Association, is provided by the Mid-Norfolk Railway at County School railway station.[68]

Suffolk

There are a number of camp sites in Suffolk including

  • Hallowtree Scout Camp, near Ipswich[69]
  • Herringfleet Scout Campsite, Ashby.[70]

Gang Shows

  • Billericay, Wickford and Basildon Gang Show, started in 1984.[71]
  • Cambridge Gang Show is an annual event organised by Cambridge District Scouts.[72]
  • Chelmsford Gang Show, started in 1957.[73]
  • Ipswich Scouts and Guides Gang Show.[74]
  • Letchworth and Baldock District Gang Show.[75]
  • Peterborough Gang Show, started in 1947. Celebrated 60th show in 2007.[76]
  • St Albans Scout & Guide Gang Show - started in 1980.[77]
  • Southend Gang Show - started in 2011.[78]
  • Southend Scout and Guide Gang Show, started in 1966.[79]
  • Thurrock Gang Show, started in 1968.[80]

See also

References

  1. ^ Cambridge University Scout and Guide Club
  2. ^ University of East Anglia SSAGO
  3. ^ 1st Bury St Edmunds (Mayor's Own)
  4. ^ "The First Troops" (PDF). The Scout Association. August 2006. http://www.scoutbase.org.uk/library/hqdocs/facts/pdfs/fs295303.pdf. Retrieved 2007-02-21. 
  5. ^ 1st Norwich Sea Scouts
  6. ^ First Scout Troops
  7. ^ a b 21st World Scout Jamboree
  8. ^ Bedfordshire County Scout County
  9. ^ Bedfordshire County Scout Network
  10. ^ Bedfordshire Scout County Districts
  11. ^ Bedford District Scout Council
  12. ^ Cambridgeshire Scout County
  13. ^ Freedom Of the City for Scouts
  14. ^ Heraldry of Cambridgeshire
  15. ^ Cambridgeshire Scout County Districts
  16. ^ CamJam 2002
  17. ^ CamJam 2006
  18. ^ CamJam2006 Activities
  19. ^ Essex Scout County
  20. ^ Scouting centenary events in Chelmsford and District, home of the 21st World Scout Jamboree
  21. ^ a b Thriftwood - Essex County Scout Council County Headquarters & Training Centre
  22. ^ Essex Scout County Caving Team
  23. ^ Heraldry of Essex
  24. ^ Essex Scout County Districts
  25. ^ Essex International Jamboree 2008
  26. ^ Hertfordshire Scout County
  27. ^ Heraldry of Hertfordshire
  28. ^ Hertfordshire Scouts Gliding Days
  29. ^ Hertfordshire Scouts at CGC
  30. ^ Hemel Hempstead Scouts
  31. ^ Stevenage Scouts
  32. ^ Ware & District Scouts
  33. ^ a b Norfolk Scout County
  34. ^ Norfolk Scout Canoe Team
  35. ^ Heraldry of Norfolk
  36. ^ Norfolk Scout County Districts
  37. ^ Jamboree report, "Look and Learn"
  38. ^ NorJam2006 dates
  39. ^ Norjam 2006 Diary
  40. ^ [1]
  41. ^ [2]
  42. ^ Suffolk Scout County
  43. ^ Heraldry of Suffolk
  44. ^ Suffolk Scout County Districts
  45. ^ Fakenham Lancaster B-P Air Scouts
  46. ^ Pathfinder Scout Association[dead link]
  47. ^ Rover Explorer Scout Association[dead link]
  48. ^ Girton FSE Scout Group
  49. ^ 7th and 8th FSE Scout Group
  50. ^ The British Boy Scouts - History
  51. ^ Bedfordshire Camp Sites
  52. ^ The Leslie Sell County Scout Training and Activity Centre
  53. ^ Essex Scout Camp Sites
  54. ^ Recent News on Belchamps Scout Centre
  55. ^ Skreens Park Campsite
  56. ^ GiGA Camp website
  57. ^ Hertfordshire Scouts - Activity Centres
  58. ^ Scouting Magazine, December 1979, p.935
  59. ^ Scoutbase 1940
  60. ^ The Scout Magazine: June 1940 issue p.162
  61. ^ http://www.brookmans.com/history/features/defences/index.shtml
  62. ^ Scouting Magazine, February 1971, page 84
  63. ^ The London Gazette, 28th June 1976
  64. ^ Scouting Magazine, July 1980, p.460
  65. ^ Maps Aerial View of Tolmners Scout Camp Site
  66. ^ Association of Scout and Guide Centres
  67. ^ Eaton Vale Scout and Guide Activity Centre
  68. ^ County School station camping field, Norfolk
  69. ^ Hallowtree Scout Camp
  70. ^ Herringfleet Scout Campsite
  71. ^ Billericay, Wickford and Basildon Gang Show
  72. ^ Cambridge Gang Show
  73. ^ Chelmsford Gang Show
  74. ^ BBC Report on Ipswich Scouts and Guides Gang Show
  75. ^ Letchworth and Baldock District Gang Show
  76. ^ Peterborough Gang Show
  77. ^ St Albans Scout & Guide Gang Show
  78. ^ Southend Gang Show
  79. ^ Southend Scout and Guide Gang Show
  80. ^ Thurrock Gang Show

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