Who We Are

The 1st Woodmancote Scout Group is part of the Tewkesbury District
in the County of Gloucestershire.
We are proud members of the UK Scout Association
and the worldwide family of Scouts.
Based just north of Cheltenham in the villages of Bishop Cleeve and Woodmancote.
The 1st Woodmancote Scout Group was registered in 1965 as an amalgamation of the Woodmancote and Bishops Cleeve Scout Groups. There is history of the Scout Groups being in place in 1912
 Our scarf is half red and blue.
We don’t have our own HQ but meet in various locations all round both villages

Over the years we have grown into a thriving Scout Group with around 250 children, young adults and adult volunteers providing scouting opportunities to all.  We have :

  • Three Beaver Colonies 
  • Four Cub Packs 

  • Three Scout Troops 

with the Red Wolves Explorers Unit also operating in our village.

About Scouting

Scouting offers fun, challenge and everyday adventure to 400,000 girls and boys across the UK. Offering over 200 different activities from abseiling and archery to drama, street sports and water zorbing, Scouting helps 6-25 year olds grow in confidence, achieve their full potential and become active members of their communities.

This is only possible through the efforts of 100,000 volunteers who also enjoy the fun and friendship of Scouting. Trusted by nearly a million parents each week, the movement welcomes members from all backgrounds, faiths and cultures. Special emphasis is placed on bringing the Scouting programme to young people who currently do not benefit, particularly those in inner cities, those in rural areas and other disadvantaged groups. The Scout Association is a registered charity in the UK and part of a worldwide movement of 31 million Scouts working for peace and global friendship.

Now, did you know that :

  • There are now half a million members of Scouting in the UK
  • Scouting in the UK has been growing for the last five years

  • More young people do adventurous activities as Scouts than with any other organisation

  • Each year Scouts spend over two million nights away from home doing adventurous activities

  • The youngest person to walk to the South Pole was a Scout

  • Each year Scouts tackling the Queen’s Scout Award walk the equivalent distance of once around the world

  • 11 of the 12 people to walk on the moon were once Scouts

  • John Lennon and Paul McCartney were both Scouts (inspiring a better quality of campfire song)

  • You are never more than 10 miles from a Scout Meeting Place

  • The Scout Association is part of a worldwide movement of 31 million Scouts

Scouting’s 500,000 members are an inspiration. It’s great to see it. It’s all about friendship and fun and adventure – people who might not normally have the chance for adventure. Scouts are shining lights in their communities.’

Bear Grylls, UK Chief Scout

About Scouting History

Without the Jamborees, friendships and adventures it would certainly be a quieter and less colourful place. Well, if it wasn’t for the talent and originality of one man, the movement might never have existed at all.

This man was Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941), a soldier, artist, actor and free-thinker. Best known for his spirited defence of the small South African township of Mafeking during the Boer War, he was propelled to further fame as the Founder of Scouting.

 Scouting began outdoors of course. In 1907 Baden-Powell held a camp on Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset, to try out his ideas. He brought together 20 boys, some from a variety of backgrounds. The success of the camp spurred him on to finish what would become a classic of the 20th century.

 Scouting for Boys was published in 1908 and from the start, sales of the book were enormous. Boys soon formed themselves into Scout Patrols. It was a global phenomenon. As numbers grew, it soon became clear that young people of all ages and in every country wanted to get involved in Scouting. 1920 was also the year of the first World Scout Jamboree. At London’s Olympia, Scouts from across the world gathered to celebrate international unity and the growth of their great movement.

 Scouting changed over the years and continued to grow. Scouts in the UK acted as coastguards during the First World War and ran messages during the Blitz. Our members have continued to have a positive impact on society, helping deliver health, education and rebuilding programmes across the world. Girls are now as much part of the adventure as the boys.

The views expressed in this website are not necessarily those of either the Scout Group or the Scout Association.