10th Croydon Scout Group



The 10th Croydon Scout Group - "Over 100 Years Young"

22nd November 2020

If you have read the history of the Group you will realise we have been around for over 100 years, but we have constantly moved with the times, and I wouldn't want you to get the impression we are living in the past. If you missed it and wish to see our heritage there are a couple of links below.

  • History of the 10th Croydon
  • Informal History of Scouting in General
  • In fact the Group has always been so focused on looking forward towards the future that we honestly did not realise exactly how old we were until we built this web site, that may be hard to believe, but it's the truth. I guess that's what happens when you constantly work with young people. Even when our venerable age was pointed out to our Group Scout Leader (GSL), she replied, "Wow, I suppose we must be".

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    The 10th Croydon is a totally "open" Group in all senses of the word, we are multi cultural, multi ethnic, multi racial and have a good mix of different religions. We sincerely believe that mankind's strength comes from celebrating our differences, and hope that we have achieved "synergy" where the whole is considerably more than the sum of the parts.

    Everyone involved here works together as a team with one objective in mind, and that is playing our small part in helping our young people grow to be better, more well rounded individuals, better able to deal with all the trials and tribulations that life will inevitable put in their path as they continue their journey and their adventure. At the same time we try our best to ensure the learning process is FUN! Scouting is not like going to school, we do not teach young people anything, but they learn everything, there is a big difference. Young people learn things through Scouting that are difficult to learn in any other way.

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    A word from our
    GSL & DGSL

    Just a note to say that during this year Scouting has seen probably one of the worst years ever in our history certainly the worst year excluding the war years.

    Many groups have closed and many have struggled. However I'm really proud of our team because in spite of all the problems this year has been one of our best years for a considerable time.

    We have embraced a new leadership team, a new style of leadership, we have recruited new members and new supporters, in spite of a very difficult situation.

    The improvements within the Group are amazing and It's virtually unheard of to successfully make so many sweeping improvements in such a short time period. I think it's safe to say that once again we have made history this year and all the signs are that moving forward things will get even better.

    Looking forward we are planning something special to celebrate the Groups 115th birthday.

    Congratulations to you all for the time and hard work you have put in, and as we move into 2021 I hope and believe we can keep it up, and continue to grow in strength and numbers.

    Well done to everyone of you, and thank you for your support.

    From Karen & Kay.

    Our Sections

  • Beaver Scouts
  • Our Beaver Colony has increased its size so much that we will soon be approaching a full colony of 24. We have a new leadership team in place who are very eager to put together a fantastic programme for all of the youngsters. As we are reaching the maximum number of Beavers allowed in a colony, we are considering opening a second colony if the demand continues to grow.

    They are a varied bunch of individuals who keep us all on our toes. They love games, during "lockdown" we have been running online meetings called "Zoom" meetings and even on Zoom meetings they have been lively and enthusiastic. All of them have signed up for our 2 day activity sessions at Frylands Wood Activity Site in April. I am told the screams over Zoom were of delight not anguish!

    Badges have been earned all through the lockdowns and on the few times we were able to meet and no doubt I will be sending the Group's treasurer invoices for more payments to be made to Hewitts who supply us with the Badges.

  • Cub Scouts
  • We have a Grubby Cub Pack!

    I say “Grubby” because they seem to love the mud, puddles and grubby things to do but our Cubs are going great guns on getting their badges despite the last year of lockdowns. They had fun at the Skate Park in Wandle Park and enjoyed Archery in the wet! Running up and down the hills at Frylands Wood didn’t deter them at all. Badges were earnt on that wet and rainy day as well as during lockdown.

    I was told most fell asleep in the cars on the way home.

    It makes you wonder what they will be like after 2 full days of activities!

  • Scouts
  • Well, what can I say about the Scout Troop? Before lockdown last March the Troop had been struggling a bit, but with the influx of new leaders the Group has had when we went back in September the number had grown to 16. This has now further grown to 24 with a full team of leaders. I have sat in on some of the Zoom meetings and have been reduced to tears of laughter sometimes by some of their comments and exploits.

    They too have been busy earning their badges despite the restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus and my thanks to the team of leaders who went out of their way to personallv visit every boy and girl in every section who had earnt badges, and present them to them (social distancing was maintained).

  • Young Leaders - (A.K.A. Explorers)
  • We now have 4 Young Leaders who help in the sections and will have their own dedicated time when we return to face to face meetings. They will also have their own time at Frylands Activity Site to do the activities they want to do. By helping out at section meetings they earn their Young Leaders Award and Explorer Belt and are a credit to our group.

    As you can see we have been, and are, a busy and energetic group looking forward to doing more outdoor activities and camps as soon as we are permitted to.

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