Scouting in Greater London

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Scouting in the region of Greater London is largely represented by The Scout Association of the United Kingdom and some Groups of traditional Scouting including the Baden-Powell Scouts' Association.

The Scout Association has recently defined Greater London as a Scout Region with a Regional Commissioner, Dean Jefferys.[1]

There is a single member of the national Student Scout and Guide Organisation (SSAGO) covering all the universities in Greater London.[2]

History of Scouting in London[edit]

Baden-Powell House in London

For the history of Scouting in London see Scouting, The Scout Association and the British Boy Scouts.

The first Commissioner for London of Baden-Powell Boy Scouts was Sir Francis Vane. Vane later became the second President of the British Boy Scouts which had begun in Battersea, London.[3] In 1909, the London Diocesan Boy Scout Corp, was formed by the Church of England. One of the oldest Scout Groups in London is the 1st City of London Scout Group, which is still notable as the only Scout Group in the traditional City of London.[4]

In September 1909, a Boy Scout Rally at Crystal Palace was attended by 11,000 Scouts including a patrol of "Girl Scouts".[5] The 1st World Scout Jamboree was held at Olympia, London in the summer of 1920. Here Baden-Powell was designated as Chief Scout of the World.[6]

The service performed by Scouts during war and particularly during air raids and the Blitz on London in World War II is recognised by their presence every year on Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph in London.[7]

In 1961, Baden-Powell House was opened in South Kensington,[8] which included a small museum of the story of Robert Baden-Powell.[9] In 1965, the new County of Greater London was formed; the Scout Association reorganised their boundaries accordingly, replacing the former Scout counties of London, London over the Border and Middlesex, with the seven new Scout counties (Greater London Central, North, North East, North West, South, South East and South West). Included in these new Scout counties were districts which had previously been part of the neighbouring home counties, but were now within the borders of Greater London.[10]

London Scouts celebrated the centenary of Scouting on 1 Aug 2007 in many ways, including the New Year's Day Parade in which many Explorer Scouts were led by the Enfield District Scout Band, LIVE 07, Festival of Scouting, and a Sunrise Ceremony at the London Eye.[11][12] The first UK international camp of the new Scouting century was Campdowne 2008 in July 2008, where nearly 2000 participants from the UK and 23 other countries camped at Downe Scout Activity Centre.[13]

John May from London become the first UK Scout elected to the World Scout Committee since 1994 at the 38th World Scout Conference in Korea on 16 July 2008.[14][15]

The Scout Association Counties[edit]

The Scout Association in Greater London is administered through 6 Scout Counties.

Greater London Middlesex West Scout County[edit]

Greater London Middlesex West Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association in the United Kingdom, covering an area stretching from the City of Westminster in the east to Stanmore in the north, Feltham in the south and Uxbridge in the west. It serves the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, and City of Westminster.[16]

The County has 145 Scout Groups serving over 6,500 young people with 1,600 adult volunteers. It is divided into a number of districts, some of which are based approximately but not exactly around present London Borough boundaries:

The name of this district is taken from the River Thames and the Grand Union Canal, both of which flow through the area. This name was chosen rather than Hounslow district, because the Acton area falls partly in the London Borough of Ealing, although most of the district is within the London Borough of Hounslow local authority

Greater London North Scout County[edit]

Greater London North Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association in the United Kingdom, covering an area stretching from central London directly north out to the M25. It covers the London Boroughs of Barnet, Camden, City of London, Enfield, Haringey and Islington [17]

The 2006 Scout census showed that the county has 5029 members.

The County is divided into six districts, with over 6,000 Scouts in 80+ Scout groups.

Enfield District Scout Band[edit]

link:http://www.edsb.org.uk

Enfield Scout District runs a traditional marching band which is open to members of the local Scout and Guide organisations.[18]

The band was formed in 1976, and is a corps of bugles and drums. The band is a member of the Traditional Youth Marching Band Association, and competes regularly in competitions run by the Association across the UK.

Since its formation, the band has continued to lead the District as it marches through Enfield Town for the Remembrance Day and St George's Day parades which are a traditional part of the Scouting calendar.

The band is also available to play at fetes, carnivals and other parades. In recent years the band took part in the 2002, 2007, and 2008 Lord Mayor's Shows, a Royal Visit to Enfield by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in 2003.

In 2007's Centenary of Scouting, the band took part in the London New Year's Day Parade, and played at the 21st World Scout Jamboree. In November the band formed part of the Promise Centenary Scout Band at the Lord Mayor's Show, and also played at the Scouting's Live '07 show at The O2 in Greenwich, London.

Greater London North East Scout County[edit]

Greater London North East Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association in the United Kingdom, to the northeast of London and covers the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.[19]

The County currently has over 7,000 members in 139 Scout Groups, supported by a County Leadership Group, consisting of the County Commissioner, the four Deputy County Commissioners, the County Chairman and a Young Person Representative. This Group meets every two months to review the growth and development of Scouting in Greater London North East.

The County is divided into eleven districts:

Greater London South Scout County[edit]

link:http://www.gls-scouts.org.uk

Greater London South Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association in the United Kingdom, covering the London Boroughs of Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich, an area stretching from the South Bank in the north to Thamesmead in the east, Putney in the west, to Crystal Palace in the south.[20]

The County currently has over 6,000 members + 1,200 Scouters in 106 Scout Groups, led by Paul O'Brien 'POB' the County Commissioner, the four Deputy County Commissioners and the County Team. The County Team is support by the County Board of Trustees.

The County is now divided into five districts which have the same boundaries as the five London Boroughs.

Greater London South East Scout County[edit]

Greater London South East Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association in the United Kingdom, covering the London Boroughs of Bexley and Bromley, an area stretching from the Orpington in the southeast to Bexleyheath in the north.[22]

From 1 October 2011 the four heritage districts of Beckenham, Bromley, Chislehurst and Orpington were merged into a new single district, called 'Bromley Scouts' (as opposed to the old 'Bromley District Scouts'). The new district is the largest Scout district (by membership) in the UK.[citation needed]

The County is divided into two districts:

Greater London South West Scout County[edit]

Greater London South West Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association in the United Kingdom, covering an area stretching from Sanderstead in the South East to Hampton and Whitton in the North West.[23]

The County is divided into five districts which have the same boundaries as the five London Boroughs:

The County has 3 Scout Bands, Kingston & Malden Scout and Guide Band,[24] 1st Hook Scout and Guide Band[25] and Wimbledon, Wandle and Sutton District's Scout and Guide Band.[26]

Activity Centres and Camp sites[edit]

The White House at Gilwell Park

Three of the six Scout Association Activity Centres are in Greater London. Baden-Powell House is a hostel and conference centre in central London. Gilwell Park is a camp site and activity centre, as well as a training and conference centre for Scout Leaders. It is close to Chingford, London. The White House at Gilwell Park has been the headquarters of The Scout Association since 2001, although Baden-Powell House (the former headquarters) still facilitates some departments of the Scout Association. Downe Scout Activity Centre is in Kent, but was owned by the Greater London South East Scouts from 1987 to 2005, when the site became under the direct control of The Scout Association.

The Greater London Middlesex West Scout County (GLMW) is responsible for the PACCAR Chalfont Heights campsite 30 minutes from London at Chalfont St Peter in Buckinghamshire. Originally purchased in 1938, it was operated by Scout Headquarters until 1970 when it taken over by the Greater London Middlesex West County as its County campsite and Training Centre.[27] The current name was adopted following major sponsorship from a charitable foundation owned by PACCAR Inc, the multi-national heavy vehicle manufacturer.

Ealing & Hanwell District in GLMW own and run the Walter Davies Activity Centre near Stoke Poges [28]

Danemead Scout Campsite, Scout Park, Bounds Green (Haringey District Scouts) and Frith Grange are associated with the Greater London North Scout Association County.[17] The Training ship RRS Discovery, Captain Scott's Antarctic expedition vessel, moored on Victoria Embankment near Temple tube station was used by the Scouts between 1937 and 1979, when it was handed over to Maritime Trust and relocated in Dundee. The Dockland Scout Project was then created.[29] The Project is on the Isle of Dogs, in East London, east of the financial City of London and opposite Greenwich across the River Thames.[30]

The Greater London North East Scout Association County also owns (through its Districts) the following Scout Activity Centres: Crow Camp, Fairmead Scout Campsite (East London District),[31] Hargreaves Scout Campsite (Ilford East District),[32] and the Michael Mallinson Centre ( Waltham Forest South District).[33]

Greater London South Scout Association County owns the South London Scout Centre, the closest camping centre to central London at Dulwich.[34]

Hammerwood Scout Campsite,[35] located in East Grinstead, is owned and operated by 6 Groups in Lewisham. It is 27 acres (110,000 m2) of woodland plus a field. The forest is mostly unpartitioned - popular with Scout, Cadet and Duke of Edinburgh groups - with an unmanaged area for survival training weekends.

Lewisham Scout District is responsible for Frylands Wood Scout Campsite.[36]

Wilberforce Scout Centre is owned by Bromley Scout District of the Greater London South East Scout Association County.[37]

Yr Hen Neuadd ('The Old Hall'), Bethesda, Gwynedd, North Wales, originally a Salvation Army Hall, was converted in 1970 by the Greater London South West Scout Association County as an Activity Centre.[38]

The Bears Wood Training Centre and Pinewood Campsites are the responsibility of the Croydon District

Polyapes Campsite lies just outside the county boundaries but is managed jointly between Royal Kingston and Esher Districts.It has been in continuous use since 1929.[39]

The City of Westminster Scout District is responsible for Coombe Farm Campsite, located in Addington.[40]

21st World Scout Jamboree[edit]

There were 36 Scouts from Greater London North taking part in the 21st World Scout Jamboree in August 2007. The Enfield District Scout Band played at the Closing Ceremony.[41]

The Greater London North East Scout County sent forty-five Scouts to the 21st World Scout Jamboree. Thirty six, plus four leaders, acted as a whole contingent while the remaining nine were part of another contingent with Guides from Cambridge and a Scout troop from Montserrat.[42]

Two contingents from the Greater London South East Scout County attended.[43]

Greater London South West (GLSW) had two full contingents (of 36 Scouts plus 4 leaders each) named Victory Unit and Nelson Unit. GLSW Additionally provided a patrol (9 Scouts) and the overall unit leader in the most diverse unit at the jamboree, consisting of 25% GLSW Scouts, 25% Scouts from Fife in Scotland, 25% Guides from Somerset and 25% Scouts from Mauritania in North Africa. This unit was named The Discovery Unit. Two of the unit were present at the Sunrise Ceremony on Brownsea Island to welcome the 2nd century of Scouting at the movement's birthplace.

Wimbledon, Wandle & Sutton District's,[26] Kingston & Malden[24] the 1st Hook[25] and 2nd Hook Scout Bands played at the closing ceremony.

Gang Shows[edit]

  • Southwark Gang Show in Greater London South, started 1950. Originally named Bermondsey Gang Show, then Thameside Gang Show, then Albany Gang Show[44]
  • SOUWEST Gang Show in Sutton - started 1982. Greater London South West Scout County.[45]
  • ShowStoppers Gang Show. Greater London North East Scouts Gang Show. Started 2003.[46]
  • Erith and Crayford "CAPERS" Gang Show.[47][48]
  • Greenford Gang Show - started in 1953.[49]
  • Harpenden & Wheathampstead District Gang Show - started in 1949 by Eric E Thair. One of three Gang Shows currently running in Hertfordshire, this is the longest continuously running Gang Show in the world, as of their 2013 show. (the 2013 show will be the 64th consecutive annual run).[50]
  • 1st Leyton Scout Group Gang Show,started in 1947.[51]
  • Waltham Forest Gang Show - started in 1959. This was formerly Walthamstow Gang Show.[52]
  • 2nd Whitton Scout Group Gang Show - started in 1951.[53]
  • Woolwich Gang Show (known as Showtime) - started in 1954.[54]
  • Greenwich Gang Show (known as OurShow)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greater London Scout Region
  2. ^ Students of London Indie Collective (SLIC)
  3. ^ A Bibliography of the British Boy Scouts
  4. ^ 1st City of London (Lord Mayor's Own) Scout Group
  5. ^ Moynihan, Paul (2006), An Official History of Scouting, Hamlyn ISBN 978-0-600-61398-5 (pp. 48 & 170)
  6. ^ Moynihan 2006, p. 172
  7. ^ BBC Program on the Scouts at the Cenotaph
  8. ^ Moynihan 2006, p. 180
  9. ^ Baden-Powell House, London
  10. ^ Nevill, Percy Bantock (1966). Scouting in London, 1908-1965. London Scout Council. 
  11. ^ LIVE 07, Festival of Scouting
  12. ^ Scouts Sunrise Ceremony at London Eye
  13. ^ BBC London report of Campdowne 2008
  14. ^ London Scout Leader Elected to World Scout Committee
  15. ^ John May Scouting Biography
  16. ^ Greater London Middlesex West Scout County
  17. ^ a b Greater London North County Website
  18. ^ Enfield District Scout Band
  19. ^ Greater London North East Scout County
  20. ^ Greater London South Scout County
  21. ^ Greenwich Scout District
  22. ^ Greater London South East Scout County
  23. ^ Greater London South West Scout County
  24. ^ a b Kingston & Malden Scout and Guide Band
  25. ^ a b 1st Hook Scout and Guide Band
  26. ^ a b Wimbledon, Wandle and Sutton District's Scout and Guide Band
  27. ^ Chalfont Heights camp site
  28. ^ Ealing Scout District
  29. ^ History of Dockland Scout Project
  30. ^ Dockland Scout Project
  31. ^ Fairmead Scout Campsite
  32. ^ Hargreaves Scout Campsite
  33. ^ Michael Mallinson Centre
  34. ^ South London Scout Centre
  35. ^ Hammerwood Scout campsite
  36. ^ Frylands Wood Scout Campsite
  37. ^ Greater London South East Scout County Local Campsites
  38. ^ Yr Hen Neuadd
  39. ^ Polyapes Campsite
  40. ^ Coombe Farm Campsite
  41. ^ Greater London North Jamboree Unit
  42. ^ Archives - Centenary News - Contingent
  43. ^ 2007 GLSE Scout Contingent
  44. ^ Southwark Gang Show
  45. ^ SOUWEST Gang Show
  46. ^ ShowStoppers Gang Show
  47. ^ Erith and Crayford Gang Show
  48. ^ Erith and Crayford Scouts showcase talents in annualshow
  49. ^ Greenford Gang Show
  50. ^ Harpenden & Wheathampstead Scout Gang Show
  51. ^ 1st Leyton Scout Group Gang Show
  52. ^ Waltham Forest Gang Show
  53. ^ 2nd Whitton Scout Group Gang Show
  54. ^ Woolwich Gang Show

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