Who are the Scouts?
What do Scouts do?
Scouts are young people aged 10½-14 yrs who learn through games, a series of activities, expeditions, camps, badges and awards designed to help them grow and develop their confidence, integrity and self-reliance as amazing young people.
They meet every week in a Scout Troop, run by an adult team of volunteers, one of which is the Scout Leader.
George Brown, Scout Leader (SL).
Our Scout Troop meets at St. Andrew's Church Hall, Herbert Road, Wimbledon, London on a Thursday during LBM School Term times from 2000-2130 hrs.
You can find out what The Scout Association has to say about Scouts right here but make sure that you come back to us to find out all about what we do at the 8th Wimbledon Scout Group.
There are loads of amazing Scout Awards that Scouts love to take part in. Find out details of them here - then come back to us.
There are also some fantastic Scout Activity Badges. Check them out then come back to us.
What do they wear?
And we bet that you're wondering what Scouts wear at Troop Meetings and on outings? Well have a look here to see Scout Headquarters' handy guide to Scouts uniform and badge placement. Make sure that you come back to us again to find out where you can get the Scouts uniform and what we say you need to get to be part of the 8th Wimbledon Scout Group.
You can buy uniform:
- In person at: Wimbledon and Wandle District Scout Store. When you buy from the District Scout Store, our Scout Group gets to keep a share of the profit.
- Or in person at: Fields Scouting Supplies, 32 Tolworth Rise South, Tolworth KT5 9NN. Tel: 020 8335 5450 (ring for opening times).
- Or online at National Scout Shops Store. They often have discount codes available.
The only parts of Scout uniform that you need are: Scouts Long Sleeve Uniform Shirt or Blouse + Scouts Activity Trousers Kids or Girls or Kids Unisex Shorts + we recommend that our Scouts look better in this... Lemon Yellow Adult Plain Scarf/Necker + Plaited Leather Woggle + Scout Uniform Belt (multiple choices are available, just don't get the Scout Band version.)
Where do I go from here?
If you are thinking of encouraging your child to join our Scout Troop then please follow this link to add your child's name to our Waiting List.
Add your child's details to our Waiting List here!
Sometimes we have a long Waiting list for entry into different Sections and sometimes there is space available straight away. Either way, we will contact you in due course to let you know progress and availability. Please bear with us, as we are all volunteers...
... which brings us on to the next topic...
All of the adults who help in Scouting, either on the coal face as Leaders and Helpers, or behind the scenes on committees or helping with fund raising and administration are all 100% volunteers. They are all just like you. Some of them have been parents of children in the Group or have benefited from Scouting in their own life; some have volunttered because they have a skill they would like to share. There are many reasons why people volunteer to Scouting but it is guaranteed that they will benefit from the experience.
Have a look at what The Scout Association says about Volunteering as an adult and then come back to us...
If you would like to find out about the opportunities we currently have in the 8th Wimbledon then please take a look at our ADULT VOLUNTEERS page.
The Parent Portal of Online Scout Manager, OSM
We use this amazing facility to keep track of our Members and their progress through Scouting, their badges gained and also for so many other reasons - and you as a parent/guardian of a child in the Group get to see their records and update us on any changes to things like contact details or next of kin etc. OSM and the Parent Portal are fully GDPR compliant. Follow this link to find out more.
* Car maintenance (Mechanic badge), with the guys in the service department at Phoenix Vauxhall.
* We *very* *nearly* got the 'polar badge' for camping at below freezing point, but it wasn't quite cold enough!
* Building catapults.
* Scuba diving.
* Cooking (apple fritters)
* Rock climbing
* Mapping and navigation, night hike on Wimbledon Common
* Lived on board a 90-foot sailing ship for a weekend. Sailed round the Thames Estuary and out to sea. Steered the ship, set and trimmed the sails, climbed the mast, went out on the bowsprit.
* Made shadow puppets and performed plays with them.
* Backwoods cooking: chocolate oranges
* Camp training: learning to cook on wood fires, gas stoves, petrol stoves.
* Rock climbing: scaling the natural sandstone rock face at Harrison's Rocks.
* A day of watersports at the Dockland Scout Project
* Went to the Malvern Challenge with 3000 other Scouts, completed the activity hike and did loads of other activities!
* Juggling, Poi, and other circus skills
* Quad bikes
* Low ropes - teamwork and confidence games
* Camp cook skills: menu planning, shopping to a budget and cooking a weekend's meals for a group over a wood fire.
* Tie-dying t-shirts
* Cooking: stuffed tomatoes
* Mountain biking
* First aid
* Making friends with snakes, spiders, geckos, and loads more (the python was called Monty!)
* Cooking: Shepherd's pie
* Life skills: ironing a shirt, sewing
* Hiking on South Devon's coastal path and on Dartmoor.
* Dinghy sailing.
* BBQ on the beach.
* Teambuilding games
* Cooking a pancake (but using only a candle flame!)
* Making bird feeders
* Cooking eggy bread
* Patrol barbeque competition
* Aviation activities: Flying a light aircraft, visiting a working airfield, visiting the control tower, pre-flight aircraft checks, airfield safety and signals, building model aircraft, flight simulators.
Pictures of the Scouts, on Scouting activities
(All pictures are shown with permission from parents / guardians).
Making friends with snakes and spiders from around the world. Click here for more photos
8th Wimbledon Scouts at the Greater London South West county night hike, 2007. Click here for more pictures
8th Wimbledon Scouts Easter Camp 2007: South Devon. Click here for more photos and info
8th Wimbledon Scouts go paragliding - click here for more photos. (May 2007)
8th Wimbledon Scouts flying a light aircraft at Cambridge Gliding Centre, courtesy of Herts Scouts. Click here for more photos. (July 2007)
8th Wimbledon Scouts Watersports Day 2007, courtesy of the Dockland Scout Project. Click here for more photos.
We sometimes meet at Patches, which is here:
Go down the A3, turn off at the exit signed for Chessington World of Adventures, left at the roundabout, straight on until you've gone past CWoA, still straight on until you pass a golf club on your right; then Patches is a field gate on the left. If you hit the M25 roundabout then you've gone past it.