The Scout section in East London allows boys and girls across Hackney and Tower Hamlets to start to shape their own adventure.
There are currently 11 groups, located between Stoke Newington in the North and the Isle of Dogs in the South. Individual groups run things their own way, and have completely different personalities. Some groups are involved in direct community action, picking litter and working in their community several nights a week and at weekends; some meet once a week with regular weekends away and others are specialised Sea Scout troops; we even have a troop sponsored by the London Muslim Centre in Whitechapel.
What brings us all together though is a shared tradition of Scouting across the two boroughs. Going from group to group, you’ll see that everyone plays a number of the same games (with slightly different rules) and the number of our Scouts going on to get the Gold Award, the top badge for Scouts, is a sign of a successful programme.
Scouts in charge
East London is where things really started to happen in the early 20th Century and a large number of our Scout troops have celebrated their centenary or will be celebrating their first 100 years in the near future. We stay relevant and evolve because of the ideas laid down by one of our original leaders Roland Phlilipps. In 1913 it was in Hackney that he held the original Patrol Leaders Parliament and we stay true to that idea today.
The Scout Section in East London is youth driven and the events put on for the different groups by the district are decided by the Patrol Leaders from the different groups for the groups at our Patrol Leaders’ Camp, and through visits to the different groups by our Assistant District Commissioner.