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Our History

Scouting began back in 1907 when Lord Robert Baden-Powell ran a camp on Brownsea Island for teenage boys of varying backgrounds. The following year, he wrote a series of magazines, Scouting for Boys, setting out activities and programmes which existing youth organisations could make use of.

1st Knowle Scout Group is one of the longest continuously-active Scout Groups in the UK.  Founded in 1909, 2 years after Baden Powell’s first camp on Brownsea Island, we celebrated our centenary in 2009.  Today the group caters for over 125 young people between the ages of 6-18 in 2 Beavers Colonies, 2 Cub Packs, a Scout Troop, and an Explorers Group. 

Since 1967 the Group has been based in a purpose built Scout Hut which we own, on land leased from the Council on a long lease.  This facility had seen very little work or repairs for over 40 years, and was in a dilapidated state by the time of our Centenary – the electrical wiring and toilets were condemned; kitchen unusable; and the roof was leaking causing structural damage.  Scouting was in real danger of ceasing.

In 2009 we launched our Help our Hut appeal, to refurbish and extend the Scout Hut in 9 phases and ensure Scouting continued. We have raised and spent £75k to date on essential refurbishment works to ensure the Hut was returned to a usable condition. However our appeal continues as we now aim to build an extension to the Scout Hut. Click here for more details

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Minibus Campaign

We need your help to replace our trusty minibus which is now 16 years old and ready for retirement!

Click here to find out more about the campaign!

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