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1st Bishop's Stortford and Hockerill Scout Group

Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts for boys and girls aged 6-14

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What Is Scouting?

The Scout movement was founded on 1 August 1907 by Robert Baden-Powell, an ex British Army Officer. It's aim was to help young people to fulfil their potential by working in teams, learning through doing and thinking for themselves.

Some Facts and Figures!

Scouting is for young people between the ages of 6 and 25.
There are 28 million members of Scouting worldwide.
300 million people worldwide have been Scouts since 1907.
There are more than 840 members in Bishops Stortford and District and 16,000 throughout Hertfordshire.
There are around 100,000 adult volunteers in the UK, without who Scouting would not exist!

An Overview

Scouting provides adverturous activities and personal development opportunities to young people throughout the UK. Personal development means promoting the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being of the individual, helping them achieve their full potential. In Scouting, we believe that young people develop most when they are given responsibility, work in teams, take acceptable risks in a safe environment and think for themselves.

Scouting offers the chance to experience something different and the opportunity for young people to challenge themselves. When a Beaver Scout wakes up the morning after a sleepover or a Cub Scout overcomes her fear of heights by completing her first abseil - that's adventure!

Scouting offers a wide range of activities. If we don't have an instructor who can help we can normally find someone who can. But Scouting isn't just about activities for their own sake. We encourage young people to feel the buzz of the challenge and then reflect on what that means, for example: Did they feel more confident? Would they do it again? If so, Scouting has achieved something special - and more often something that cannot be experienced in other environments.

All this is made possible by the efforts of 100,000 voluntary adult leaders countrywide. With award winning training and one-to-one coaching, volunteers get to make the best use of their skills and talents in a rewarding and supportive environment. It's something different from the norm, and that's why a lot of people like it. In fact, it's what has made Scouting the largest co-educational youth movement in the country.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering roles within the Group, please contact Simon Carter, Group Scout Leader on 01279 860406 or email

For more information on Scouting and the role of the Scout Association, please visit

1st Bishop's Stortford and Hockerill Scout Group

We currently have three Beaver Scout Colonies, three Cub Scout Packs and three Scout Troops, which meet once a week on the following days:

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Watership Down Beaver Scout Colony

Tuesday 4.30pm-5.30pm

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Ocean Beaver Scout Colony

Thursday 6.00pm-7.00pm

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Galaxy Beaver Scout Colony

Sunday 5.00pm-6.00pm

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Apache Cub Scout Pack

Monday 6.30pm-8.00pm

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Comanche Cub Scout Pack

Tuesday 5.45pm-7.15pm

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Navaho Cub Scout Pack

Wednesday 6.15pm-7.45pm

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Spartan Scout Troop

Saturday 10.00am-4.00pm
(approx once a month – see programme for details)

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Aztec Scout Troop

Tuesday 7.30pm-9.00pm

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Inca Scout Troop

Friday 7.30pm-9.00pm