Who we are

The 1st Whittlesford and Duxford Scout Group is part of the Cambridgeshire District


in the County of Cambridgeshire.


We are proud members of the UK Scout Association


and the worldwide family of Scouts.


Based in the South Cambridgeshire village of Duxford we serve the villages of Whittlesford, Duxford, Hinxton, Thriplow and Ickleton.

The 1st Whittlesford and Duxford Scout Group was registered in 1965 as an amalgamation of the Duxford and Whittlesford Scout Groups, founded in 1912 by Frank Brown of Whittlesford and operating out of an old Blacksmiths. 2012 saw us celebrate our centenary year. Our scarves, red with green and grey trim reflect the colours of these founding groups.

Our current Scouting HQ, opened in 1977, was originally sited on Station Road in Whittlesford.


In 1989 the building was relocated, plank by plank, timber by timber to our current home, adjacent to the allotments on Moorfield Road in Duxford.

Over the years we have grown into a thriving Scout Group with around 200 children, young adults and adult volunteers providing scouting opportunities to all. This represents a staggering 4.5% of the population of the five villages we serve, more than six times the national average! We have :

Two Beaver Colonies (WildWood and Forest)

Two Cub Packs (Sirius and Javelins)

A Scout Troop (Arrows)

with the HitchHikers Explorers Unit operating out of our Scouting HQ too.

All this meant that we outgrew our current buildings and so again the building was dismantled, plank by plank and re-located to Ely, ready for use by our friends at the Sutton Scout Group to be replaced by our brand new, purpose built Scouting HQ……



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 Assocation.