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1st Willingham Scouts | About Us


Scouting and 1st willingham Scout Group

About 1st Willingham

1st Willingham Scout Group is based in the village of Willingham-By-Stow; a small village in between Gainsborough and Lincoln, Lincolnshire. We are part of the Gainsborough District Scouts:

We have our meetings in Willingham Village Hall, but we very regularly go out and about to places like the Jim Page Campsite, Laughterton and willingham playing field.

About Scouting

Scouting provides activities and development opportunities for young people, regardless of religion, race, social or economic background. Outdoor activities such as camping, hiking expeditions, water activities and adventure are still very much at the heart of Scouting.

Our aim is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.

A brief Scouting History

Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941), an unconventional but highly decorated soldier, began The Scout Movement in 1907 following an experimental camp for 20 boys on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour on the south coast of England.
He later became Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell, Chief Scout of the World.

The subsequent publication of 'Scouting for Boys' by Baden-Powell early in 1908, attracted intense interest from boys .... and girls, who gained their own Movement, the Girl Guides, in 1910. It is now known as Girlguiding UK.


Generally each section will meet once a week. The Explorers and Networks meet less frequently, due to exams and work etc., but still manage to organise trips and camps throughout the year.

There are a few important event we encourage all to attend, such as St. Georges Day Parade.


Our Scout Group is entirely self-funding. Our Leaders, assistants and Executive Committee are not paid for their time. Our main source of income is from the fund raising events we organise, and occasional grants and awards that we receive for specific purposes.

In addition to the weekly cost of activities, materials and games, sports or camping equipment, we have ongoing commitments to pay rent for the hall, campsite fees, plus the required training for our adult leaders. Each year the group is also required to pay an annual capitation fee, per person, to The Scout Association in respect of membership and insurance.

Each member is required to pay the annual capitation fee (however this is partly paid for by the group), and subs of around £3.00 per week. Financial support is avaliable for anyone who has difficulties in paying.




The days have long gone where you'd see a scout in shorts a shirt and a berre. Today the scouting unform is much more comfitable, modern and practical. The range of unifrom avliable includes polo shirts, activity trousers, baseball caps, fleeces and hoodys, aswell as the more formal shirts and smart trousers.

In Beavers and Cubs the formal uniform required for investiture is a necker with woggle and a Beaver or Cub sweatshirt together with dark coloured trousers.

For Scouts, Explorers, Networks and Leaders the formal uniform is a necker with woggle and the relevant section shirt with smart dark coloured trousers.

The uniform are much more is avaliable from


Scouting is open to all young people aged 6 to 25 of every faith and background. There are five Sections:

Beavers - Age 6 to 8
Cubs - Age 8 to 10½
Scouts - Age 10½ to 14
Explorers - Age 14 to 18
Networks - Age 18 to 25


Activities in the group are very varied, and range from craft activites to pioneering projects, football on the playing field to kayaking in Derbyshire.

Here is just a small list of what we've got up to:

ClimbingCrate Stacking Sailing
Duke of Edinburgh's Award


It never rains when we going camping... (heehee). Camping is a great way to escape from the routine of school or work (and your family!). We regularly go camping, whether it's one night down at Laughterton, or a world jamboree on Brownsea Island.

Learn how to cook a hard boiled egg on an open fire, build a Bivouac Shelter out of only natural material, and play man hunt in the woods.

Intrested in joining?

If your intrested in joining the UK's biggest coeducational youth movement, with over 28 million members worldwide, in over 216 countries and territories, then get involved with Scouting!

Whether you'd like to join one of our sections as a member, help out as a leader, join our committee or just help out on the occasional night, we'll be more than happy to help you get started.

Browse through our website and see what kinds of things we get up to! Then get in touch using our online form on the Contact Us page or email us at: