It’s Our Birthday!

We’re 110 years old  young today!

Kind of…..Back in 1908, the year after Baden-Powell’s successful camp on Brownsea Island, he wrote the book “Scouting for Boys”. Boys (and girls) read the book and started to form their own patrols.

Boys in Porthill probably started Scouting in the summer or autumn of 1908 and by the end of that year there were a number of Troops in North Staffordshire. A handwritten book called “Boy Scouts Organisation Register for The Potteries and District Boy Scouts Association” from the old Divisional archives seems to indicate the summer / autumn timescale is correct for us and there are 34 Scouts recorded in the Troop at that time. Our 1st Scoutmaster is recorded at a Scoutmaster’s meeting in its minutes in October 1908 and the Scouts played a football match in December 1908 recorded in the Evening Sentinel. So, the 1st September seems as good a date as any for our ‘official’ birthday!
You can read all about our history here.

Looking forward, our Drums are playing at Eyam Carnival today and our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts return from their summer holidays next week with packed programmes of exciting and adventurous activities for our young people!

Here’s to the next 110 years of Scouting in Porthill!

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