Scouts Group in Bordon, GU35 0LG
We offer Scouting in Bordon, Lindford & Whitehill for all ages from the age of 6 upwards to 18 years for youngsters and 18 onwards for Leaders & Helpers. On Wednesday evenings. Beavers 6 to 8 years. 5.30pm to 6.45pm. Troop 10 1/2 to 14 years 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Explorers 14 to 18 years 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Thursday Evenings. Cubs 8-10 1/2. years 7.00pm to 8.30pm. We are always looking for adult leaders and our numbers are restricted at the moment due to a lack of leaders. If you can spare the time and are interested please use the email button below. The leaders can have just as much fun as the youngsters just ask them! See web site www.1stbordonscouts.org.uk for further information. The Group is the oldest in the Rotherfield District as we have been going since 1910.
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We are holding our second annual Group Camp in August this year at Broadstone Warren Scout Camp SIte in Sussex.
We will be using the facilities on site for climbing, grass sledging, potholing and orienteering.
We are holding a Forestry Day at Deadwater Valley in March (2nd attempt as the first go was abandoned due to the weather in early February.
This is for the Troop and the Explorers.
We held a sucessful Windy Camp at Bramdean in September attended my all ages.
The Group held a Summer Camp for the first time for a number of years in Wareham in July/August. We went to Monkey World, the cinema and Brownsea Island the home of Scouting.
2 of the Explorer Scouts were presented with their Cheif Scouts Platinum Award and 1 new Scout were invested in front of the Baden Powell Stone. Photos are in the Gallery.
We also went Kayaking in Poole Harbour.
A good time was had by all and we are looking form to 2014's Summer Camp.
The group hosted a visit from Damien Hinds MP and the Scouts, Cubs & Explorers put on a display of skills and some of the equipment. Mr Hinds looked at the accomodation and the equipment we have available and held discussions wioth the leaders about Scouting and the youngsters. AT the end of the evening he presented one of the Leaders with his 5 year award and another was presented with some traing certificates.
A number of the troop attended a short camp in March where they roughed it. Despite the fould weather (it rained most of the time) all enjoyed themselves and skills were developed. See gallery.
Over 2 evenings the Cubs and Scouts paid visits to the Hindhead Tunnel Control Room.
They were shown the various equipment available to the operatives to monitor the traffic flow and the various safety systems. The CCTV was particularly impressive as they have a video wall to monitor several cameras at once.
A brave selection of Leaders from across the group had a skills training camp at Bramdean over the weekend 4th and 5th November. This gave the leaders a chance to try some new things out and hone some skilss and pool ideas etc.
Despite the torrential rain and strong wind which started during the night all the leaders managed to stay dry in 3 bivies and a tent between then.
The Group's 'Laregst Tent for One Person Award' is now held by Hanna (ASL) whose new bell tent was large enough for a dozen but Hana reported she was quite cozy in it, probably due to the stove she had in there with her!
The Beavers and a varuied selection of Leaders from the group attended the County Christmas Fun Day at Poultons Park on the 10th November 2012. The Beavers went on lots of the rides and the adults joined in occassionally (between Tea stops). The Beavers visited Father Christmas before receiving a present.
The Group has just held this years Windy Camp at Bramdean Scout Camp Site.
We had an Olympic feel to things this year with the competions being sports related.
The Panthers were the winners by 600 points which is the largest margin we have evere had so well done to them. See photos in the Gallery.
The group joined the rest fo Rotherfield District Scouts at a Camp at Rotherfield Park to Celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee over the weekend 5th to 7th May 2012. Despite the weather there was approximately 350 people on site on the Saturday taking part in various activities including Air Rifle, Archey, Aerial Runway, Navigation, Welly Throwing, Quizzes and general Scouting Activities. All seemed to have a great time at this one off event. Photos available.
The Cub Pack joined forces with the Brownies had a Litter Picking session on Wednesday 17th May as part of Community Week with Deadwater Valley and EHDC in the Deadwater Valley. The haul collected can be seen in the Photos section.
The Scout Troop had a Litter Picking session on Wednesday 16th May as part of Community Week with Deadwater Valley and EHDC in the woods near the Scout Hut. The haul collected can be seen in the Photos section.
Members of the Group will be supported the Bordon Garrison Jubilee Parade on the 5th June 2012.
We had a good turnout and there was an excellent turnout from the local area.
Photos can be found in the gallery.
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The minutes of parents meeting held in 1912 show that an Annual General meeting was to be called for the 27 February 1912 would seem to imply that the group must have been active in 1911. This is further confirmed with the Scout Master's report recording that several boys had their Bugler badge and four scouts had earned their Ambulance badge.
However further investigations turned up photographs from 1910 showing members of various Scout Groups in the area including representatives from 1st Bordon.
In 1913 the Scouts of the 1st Bordon (Garrison) and the 2nd Bordon & Whitehill had a group photograph taken which survives in the group records today. Also in 1913 there are records of three boys attending a Patrol Leaders training course each gaining three badges in the process.
The group records now move to 1916 when a boy called Adolphaus Murphy joined the group. When he left in 1926 he had become an Assistant Scoutmaster. Simba, as he became known, re-established contact with the group in his later years and became affectionately known to our troop as Bordon's oldest scout. Unfortunately Simba died on the 20 April 1996 at the age of ninety.
In 1920 the Wolf Cub pack was formed and it is interesting to note that 1st Bordon Guides, who share the headquarters, were also formed. The scouts camped on Hayling Island in 1922, 1923 and 1924 and were transported to camp in a coal lorry with solid tyres.
An important event is recorded on Tuesday 27 February 1923 when the flags of the Scouts and Guides were consecrated by Bishop Taylor-Smith, Chaplain General to the forces in the presence of Lady Baden Powell, Chief Guide.
1926 saw a most usual camp when the scouts walked the Pilgrims Way to Canterbury, on to Dover and back home again taking two weeks for the journey.
Very little was recorded during the early 1930s the only item of interest being a camp at Hawkley Hurst when twelve Scouts and three leaders attended. The cost for one week being £8-11-0d. In 1936 the 3rd Infantry Brigade left for Palestine and with them went all the Leaders of the Scout Group with exception of the Cub Masters. The YMCA stepped in to help out. In August 1939 the District Commissioner took some boys from Bordon, Headley and Grayshott, Bramshot and Longmoor abroad to St. Malo in France returning to England just three days before the outbreak of the Second World War.
During the early part of the war (1939-1945) no records were kept but we know from talking to people of the era who were cubs and scouts that the group continued with its scouting. A photograph taken in 1943 exists of the scouts and guides, along with their names but the Canadian soldiers who were assisting at the time are not named.
The end of the war brought back the troops and people trying to integrate back into civilian life. The leader running the Cub Pack was due to be demobbed so in 1946 a 16 year old Sea Ranger, Josie, was asked to run the Cub Pack. That young lady has only recently given up as Akela but continues to be involved with scouting being a member of the local Scout Fellowship and has just been awarded her 60 Year Service Award. Ben Gorton, who married Josie, arrived in Bordon on Easter Sunday 1954 and looking around for a Scouting job found a Cub Pack of 24 with only one young lady in charge. He stayed to help being a stalwart of the group to this his unfortunate death.
At this time there were many young men doing their national service who were or had been scouts so a Rover Scout Crew was formed under the leadership of Ben Gorton and together with the Sea Rangers many a good time was had. The Golden Jubilee Jamboree was held at Sutton Coldfield in 1957 and five of the group attended, along with 35,000 scouts and leaders from all over the world
In 1960 National Service ended and consequently the Rover Crew closed. However in 1961 Ben Gorton was requested to become Group Scout Leader and being handed the group records found that 1961 it was Bordon's Golden Jubilee year. Being too late in the year to start the celebrations 1962 became the year. A party was held for all members, in the Soldier's, Sailor's and Airmen's canteen and the Brownlow Hall near the old Post Office. This was the last activity to be held in the building before it was demolished. It was also the year that the gun badge was first used on the point of the group's scarf's being designed to represent 50 years of scouting in Bordon with the use of a golden field gun (or cannon) and golden circle.
The Advance Party Report in 1966 meant all change to Scouting. No more big hats, no more shorts, Wolf Cubs became Cubs, Rover Scouts and Senior Scouts merged to become Venture Scouts. Major changes to the awards schemes designed for the modern boy also took place.
In 1971 the Scouts again went to Germany to Halton forest near Munster. This camp was organised by the 3rd Munster (British) Scout Group. Unfortunately the standard of the tents, toilets etc. left much to be desired and along with the food ordered not being available it was not a very successful camp first day in camp. On the second day it was decided that somewhere else needed to be found. The Scouts were almost ready to leave when Major John Weston, acting District Commissioner, arrived to tell them that another site had been found for them. By moving to the new site and organising their own programme the rest of their stay in Germany became more enjoyable.
1972 saw a camp in Sheffield were the Scouts took part Rock Climbing, Caving, Canoeing and Hiking.
1975 saw the award of the Groups first Queens Scouts Award to Martin Green.
Adolphus Murphy came to find his old troop in 1978. He was by then was living at St Cross Winchester. The troop adopted him, or was it him who adopted them and referred to him as our oldest scout. His old patrol exchanged birthday cards etc. for many years after that until he sadly died in 1996 at 90 years old.
During 1980 Bordon and Whitehill had a twinning ceremony with Conde-Sur-Vere with the Scouts helped with some of the activities.
By 1981 the size of the Cub Pack waiting list had grown very long so a second Cup Pack was formed run Beryl Parsons. Too distinguish the two packs one was called Woolmer and the other Walldown named after the local forests. In 1982, after 21 years as Group Scout Leader Ben Gorton stood down and another leader took over. Ben continued as an ACSL with Woolmer Pack until his retirement in 1994. A notable success of 1984 was the two Cub Packs winning the local carnival float competition with a grand representation of Cleopatra and her Slaves.
The group has amalgamated 3rd Bordon in 1946 and 1st Lindford Scouts in 1987. The group also merged with Bordon YMCA in 1946.
The group continued to grow when in 1986 the cub waiting lists had grown again and to allow the 6-8 years in Bordon to take part in scouting a Beaver Colony was formed under the leadership of Bill Kilburn. The group’s numbers were further swelled when after the Hurricane of 1987 the Hurricane Venture unit was formed under the leadership of Ted Robinson. By 1991 the group was up to 170 members which included a second Beaver Colony formed when the original colony was split in 1991.
The year of 1991 was the group's 80th year and this was celebrated with activities for the members of the group. A Birthday Party was held. As many as possible of the old members of the group were contacted and a reunion was held followed on the Sunday by church service at the Garrison Church.
Four Ventures Scouts gained their Queen Scout badge in 1990 followed by another in 1991. We were represented at the Korean Jamboree in 1991 by Matthew Barney, at the Holland Jamboree in 1995 by Neil Jaques, Andrew Harris travelled to Chile in 1999 for the Jamboree and Michelle Durrant and Stephen Townsend travelled to Thailand for the 2003 Jamboree.
The Group continues into the 21st Century after a couple of years of turbulent leadership but throughout this period all boys and girls of the group have had good scouting. Ian Garforth led the Group through the first few years after the millennium. During this time the Group unfortunately moved Headquarters twice ending up in its current home. Unfortunately Ian had to retire from Scouting in 2004 due to ill health. The Group is currently run by Guy Townsend (Skip) who still runs the Troop as well. Janice Stevens (Holly) is running Beavers and currently Cecil Chase (Ikki) is running the Cub Pack.
In the Centenary or Scouting Year (2007) some exciting new challenges were pitched at the young people and all sections took part in various ‘100’ themed events. Eight Scouts travelled to the County Camp in July/August for the Centenary Celebrations which was a great success and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
In 2008 an Explorer unit was started up and after a slightly stuttering start is now running well under the leadership of assisted Trevor Cooper by Paul Kosinski when he is available and the not-so-youngsters are enjoying continuing Scouting into their teens.
The Group still takes a very active role in District Events with the Troop taking part in most of the organised events for Scouts in the area.
The group, despite suffering form lower numbers currently than it had in previous years, is still strong but this is only managed by various leaders multi-tasking by running or aiding more that one section each week. This is not ideal but without doing this sections would have to close which is not acceptable at this time.
Any successful group cannot run without adults either as leaders / helpers or on the Executive Committee so if you have some time spare please contact the group as any help is appreciated.
Although many of the faces have changed it is hoped that the young people of Bordon will continue to be influenced to the better by the 1st Bordon (Garrison) Scout Group.
Here is to the next 100 years!