More about 1st Ashington Scouts!

Scouting is recognised as having begun in 1908 by Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, known simply as BP. His ideas were based on his experiences whilst in the army in Africa. His defence of a small town called Mafeking, while greatly outnumbered brought him to the attention of the general public as a hero. The methods he used, using boys as messengers, as he could not afford to use his soldiers for this task. He found the boys to be brave and able to accept this responsibility calmly during difficult times. This was the basis of his thinking to involve young people of the day to help others and to learn life skills to become decent citizens in the community.

Our Scout group was one of the first in the country. We celebrated our centenary in 2008 with a number of special events involving youngsters and parents as much as possible in a variety of exciting outdoor activities. There are a number of documents that mention that the Scout Troop started in 1908.

We are always on the lookout for documents, photos or other memorabilia from the past, particularly if they mention 1st or 5th Ashington, the two groups amalgamated in the 50's or 60's. We are always interested and dedicated to find out more general history of scouting in the local area.

Mark Johnson
Group Scout Leader