Who We Are and What We Do
Rodborough Scout Group is open to all children aged 6 to 14, living in and around the Rodborough area of Stroud.
The group is made up of three sections:
A Beaver Colony (for young people aged 6 – 8 years)
A Cub Pack (for young people aged 8 – 10 ½ years)
A Scout Troop (for young people aged 10½ – 14 years)
Each section meets weekly during term time and is run by leaders who are supported by parent helpers. Our leaders plan a vibrant termly programme which is fun, challenging and educational. There is something for everyone – whether it be an opportunity to make new friends, get active, develop new skills or camp under the stars.
Rodborough Scout Group encourages young people of different ages to interact and learn from each other. Participating in community activities and helping others so that we can make a positive impact on the local community underpins all that we do.
We also offer opportunities to 14-18 year olds to be Young Leaders in some of our sections.
History of Rodborough Scout Group
The group, one of the oldest in Gloucestershire, has taken part in dozens of activities over the last 110 years, ranging from camping, cooking and holding stalls at fairs, through to archery, climbing and kayaking.
Rodborough Scout Group was established in 1909 by Fred Daniels, of the local engineering family, only two years after Robert Baden-Powell founded the movement.
The Rev Charles Ernest Watson, minister of Rodborough Tabernacle, was the first group scout master and all members had to belong to the church.
Numbers grew over the years and by the First World War there were 33 scouts across five patrols. Summer camps were held at Cranham, Porlock, Westward Ho and Weymouth.
Baden-Powell himself inspected the group when he visited Rodborough in 1916.
During the Second World War, some scouts joined the military while others helped in the scout air raid precaution and messenger service.
After the war, the group was open to all boys and members started to meet in the converted stables below the Little Chapel.
The group expanded during the 1970s and the first Rodborough beaver section was established in 1986.
Today the group, which is now open to girls, has a total of 60 members and meets weekly.
It comprises three sections: beavers for those aged 6 - 8, cubs those aged 8 to 10.5, and scouts for those aged 10.5 to 14.
A scout field, donated by the late villager Frank Holder in the 1990s, is used for activities.