1st Fordingbridge Scout Group is a vibrant and active Group that offers a wide variety of adventurous and educational activities for boys and girls aged between six and eighteen.
All sections of Scouting are represented – Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. Each of these sections is run by a team of qualified leaders who are ably assisted by a committee made up of parents and other supporters.
The Group was established in 1910 and since this time we have been an integral part of the local community. Today, we have around 70 young people involved in Scouting on a weekly basis.
As well as the regular weekly programme of activities, we offer our young people a wide variety of other organised events including trips out, camps, and, expeditions for the older members. We also hold a very popular family camp each year to which everyone involved in the Group is invited.
The Group involves itself in many local community events, including the Fordingbridge Festival during the summer and the Christmas Parade including the late night shopping event. We also run the local charity Christmas postal service as one of our many fundraising initiatives.
Our headquarters building is located in the heart of the town. Early in 2015, we started an ambitious programme of refurbishment and upgrading. We are very fortunate to have already received a number of grants from both local and national organisations, including the National Lottery, which has so far enabled us to replace the aging asbestos roof dating back to the 1950’s.
Due to our location on the edge of the New Forest the Scout Hall is very popular with visiting Scout Groups and Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions, who use our facilities as a base for their adventures in the New Forest and surrounding countryside.
We also have a number of other local organisations who regularly use our facilities, these include The Royal Air Force Association; Messy Church (Methodist initiative); Fordingbridge First Responders; Inner Wheel and an Arts and Craft Fair.
If you would like to join our adventure either as a young person, leader, skills instructor, or, supporter, then please contact our Group Scout leader - Tim Reed - for more information.