Welcome to the website of 1st Weybridge (Brooklands Own) Scout Group.
Present Day Scouting at 1st Weybridge
Our Scout Group have great fun, creating, co-operating, playing games whilst learning all the key points of scouting. We are very lucky to have our very own Scout HQ and meet weekly during term time and arrange various trips throughout the year which help work towards gaining their badges.
History of 1st Weybridge (the oldest scouting group in Surrey)
Established in 1907 when six boys studied and practiced the lessons Lord Baden-Powell taught in his book “Aids to Scouting” on woodcraft, tracking skills, and survival. Their names – T. Kirk, C. Aylott, A. Lyddon, F. Armstrong, Shackleford and Todman – are given in a fading newspaper cutting showing a photograph taken in 1908.
These six boys were the nucleus of the first Scout Troop in Weybridge. In those days there was no uniform. In the newspaper cutting they stand stiff and awkward or sit cross-legged, each one wearing a different style of clothing. The one thing they have in common is the pride with which they each hold firmly a wooden staff, a symbol of their united purpose, their shared enjoyment and their open acceptance of Lord Baden-Powell’s training in the value to survival of a length of wood.
“Aids to Scouting”, written to Robert Baden-Powell as an Army Training Manual, but considered so important that it was used as a text-book in boys’ schools. Baden-Powell was encouraged to write “Scouting for Boys” published in 1908, which started the success of the Scout Movement when more and more Scout Troops sprung up all over this country.
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