The 1st Effingham Scout HQ is set in the beautiful and spacious King George V playing fields, just off the A246 and opposite Sibleys Newsagents.
The group is very active with many activities taking place within the grounds and a variety of events taking place in the HQ. The 1st Effingham Scout Group was re-started in the 1960s when its Scout Hut was a very tatty shed on the King George V Playing Fields. Over the years the Group grew and developed and in 1993 moved into the splendid Head Quarters we now have on the site of the original hut.
The HQ is used by our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and the District Scout Shop. We also allow other organisations to use our facilities in return for a donation to our funds. Scouting is in many ways a family activity. In the past, we have had boys of all ages enjoying scouting activities, but more recently we have opened each of the sections to girls. We rely on mums and dads to support our activities and help the Group in various ways.
The Group is justifiably proud of our HQ and, being situated on the KGV Playing fields, it gives plenty of scope for outdoor activities. We have an excellent range of camping equipment including three marquees of different sizes (which are also used for fundraising). The Group also has several canoes. The youngest boys and girls, aged 6-8 years, form the Beaver Colony and when they are 8 years old they can move on to the Cub Pack. At 10½, the youngsters move up to Scouts until about the age of 14. After that, the young people join a local Explorer Scout Section. Explorers are organized at District Level and so, though there are Explorer Scouts meeting at our HQ, they are not really part of our group. The 1st Effingham Group is managed by an Executive Committee that looks after the administration, fundraising, and finances of the Group. We would like to have at least one parent representative from each section to be on the Executive. If you would like to find out more, get in touch via our Contact Us page. Read on for more information about the sections.