A Cub Pack was first registered as the 11th Ipswich (St. Thomas’ Church) on 10/7/1925 meet regularly at the St Thomas church Hall in Bramford Road on the corner of Shafto Road Ipswich. The Scout troop was registered on 3rd November 1926.
The Group becoming an ‘open’ group and the formally recorded with the Scout Imperial HQ on 1st July 1948. It is believed that the group was then led by Fred Beadon and subsequently moved to the Castle Hill Community Centre Stables building. The group stayed there until a new building was opened on the present site in October 1968.
The 11th Scout group’s new headquarters was the result of ten years of hard work by the parents committee raising money and gaining grants from the borough council and the county council and ready for use in October 1967, officially opening a year later.
This building was designed and extended by leaders in 1975 adding a chair store, meeting room, a store room for Girl Guides, as well as a work room and canoe trailer store.
The existing triple garage was designed by leaders and built by the then group chair Tony Wood’s company Brooks and Wood and completed in 1977.
Many forms of traditional fund raising continued for 25 years including weekly bingo, Fetes, bazaars, jumble sales. etc. However these two building projects were largely funded by the early but modest proceeds of the firework display which had begun in 1972. The current Headquarters, still called a scout ‘hut’ by some was built on the same site in two phases in 1993 retaining part of the old building and then completing the front portion in 1999.
Over the years the groups has financed a number of activity projects at Hallowtree camp site including the original climbing and abseiling tower, the initial air rifle shooting range, the human football table and crate stacking facility. These have facilities have made a significant contribution to the wider scouting family beyond our own group.
More recently, HQ redecoration, new LED lighting and the installation of acoustic panels along with the addition of new indoor climbing wall and archery facilities have been added during 2017 and 2018.
The group remains very ambitious and aims to provide high quality scouting to as many young people as possible and to deliver numerous adventurous and fun activities, camps and outings and visits including regular summers camps abroad.
New members need not purchase their uniform until they are enrolled into the movement. Further guidance on the uniform required for each section is provided on the uniform page.
Our group welcomes young people of all religious denominations. Our group attends the annual District St Georges Day Parade and service in April. All sections of our group are encouraged to attend this service. This is the only formal services attended by the Scout Group.
Data Protection Act
The group may store details of Scouts, e.g. names, addresses, telephone number, and NHS number on computer databases. These details can be viewed at any reasonable time and will not be passed onto third parties.
The group does not provide insurance cover for young persons clothing or equipment. You should ensure that you own insurance policies provide this cover. This is especially important when on outside activities or on camp.
Safety of our young people
The Scout Association operates a Child Protection Policy to help protect all young people from harm, details of which are enclosed in this pack.
The activities of the group are carried out strictly within the rules set out by the Scout Association. Please ensure that all young persons are collected from inside our headquarters building by a parent or another adult after meetings. You are very welcome to wait inside the building.