Welcome to 1st Rowlands Castle Scout Group All you need to know about Rowlands Castle Group, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers in Rowland Castle

1st Rowlands Castle Group comprising of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Explorer Sections. Averaging between 70 and 80 young people and is one of seven groups within the Havant District Scouts which in-turn caters for some 1000 members, all of whom are part of the World-wide Family of Scouting.

We sincerely hope that the commitment to Scouting will be shared by the whole family of our young people as they will need support and encouragement to fulfil their potential and gain the many rewards available.

Scouting is fun and is there to be shared by all.

How Scouting Began

Robert Baden-Powell was one of four brothers. When he left school, he decided to join the Army. He soon became an officer, and was sent to South Africa to fight in the Boer war. He used local boys to help with first aid, carrying messages and running errands.

When he came back to England, he wrote a book about training in the Army. It was called 'Aids to Scouting'. He found that boys, liked to read these stories and to try out the skills for themselves. So, as an experiment, in 1907 Baden- Powell ran a camp for 20 boys on Brownsea Island in Dorset. The boys enjoyed doing the games, sport and other activities at camp so much so, that Baden-Powell wrote another book called 'Scouting for Boys'. It was written in six parts like a magazine. So many boys read the book, that all over the United Kingdom 'Boy Scouts' were formed, with adults running them, and so the Scout Movement was formed in January 1908.

It was not long before the younger brothers of these early Scouts began to ask to join in the fun of Scouting. In 1916, Baden-Powell started a special section called the 'Wolf Cubs' for the boys aged between 8 and 11 years old. They learnt how to do first aid, tracking, how to keep fit and healthy and how to light fires and to cook meals.Scouting grew and grew and in 1920, Baden-Powell became World Chief Scout. Nine years later, he became Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell,

After his death in 1941, Scouting continued to change with the times. In 1967, Wolf Cubs, became Cub Scouts and a Venture Scout Section was introduced to replace Rover Scouts and Senior Scouts. In 1986, Beaver Scouts were welcomed as full members of the Scout Association.