2nd New Haw was first registered in 1974 and can be recognised by our scarlet scarf. We were founded by Scouters and Parents who were kean to offer Scouting to as many young men in New Haw as possible. Since then both 1st and 2nd New Haw Scout Groups have offered Scouting to the local community.
The local council offered to rent us land near Heathervale Recreation Ground on which to build our HQ. Over the next few years the group’s parents constructed the hut we still use today. The Group at this time met at other local halls including the old New Haw Middle School buldings (now Marshall Place).
The Group grew rapidly in the 1970’s and by the time the HQ construction was complete in 1979 the Group had a Scout Troop and a Cub Pack (Panthers). By the end of the decade the Group had started second Cub Pack (Badgers) and a Venture Scout Unit.
The Group continued to prosper during the 1980s. In 1982 the Group ran one of the first Beaver Colonies in the UK for younger boys between 6 and 8 years old. Initially called Beavers they were not members of the Group and all wore turquoise scarves. In 1986 Beaver Scouts were recognised as an official section and got to wear Group’s scarlet scarf.
The 80’s also saw the end of two pieces of uniform – the Scout Beret and the Cub Scout Cap.
The Group continued to grow during the 90s – its Venture Scout unit went from strength to strength with a number of Queens Scout Awards awarded. In 1991 we had a Venture Scout attend the 17th World Scout Jamboree in Korea.
At the end of the decade the Group celebrated its Silver Anniversary – in the same year (1999) the Group held its first annual Family Fun Day at Birchmere Campsite. To mark our 25th year we held a competition to design the Group badge the result of which you can see at the top of this page. In the same year we had two Scouts attend the 19th World Scout Jamboree in Chile.
The New Millennium
The Troop held its first overseas camp at Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland in 2000 – it liked it so much that it revisited the centre in 2003 and 2006. In 2002 Panthers Cub Scout Pack closed due to a shortage of Leaders – it reopened in 2006 and is now thriving.In 2003 we had a Leader attend the 20th World Scout Jamboree in Thailand.
In 2002 a review of Scouting in the UK was completed and as a result our Venture Scout Unit became Phoenix Explorer Scouts. At the same time uniform was changed for all members.
In 2007, the Group together with the rest of the world celebrated Scouting’s Centenary. Some of members visited the UK Jamboree and the Group headed to the O2 Dome for Live 07 where one of our Scouts carried the District flag.
The Scouts returned to Kandersteg in 2009 and 2011, enjoying the tremendous range of activities on offer.
The Next Decade
2011 was a busy year – the Explorer Scouts headed to Italy for a week of skiing in the alps and in the summer of that year two of them attended the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden. We seen a continued growth in all our sections and have welcomed new leaders into the Group including some of our Explorer Scouts when they reached 18 – a testament to the strength of the Group and the activities we run. Our Scout Troop has continued to grow and prosper with around 40 members attending our weekly meetings.
We have continued to improve our HQ with the addition of an activity space and bouldering wall being added in 2018. A great space for learning as well as socialising around the firepit.
We have had Leaders and Explorer Scouts attend the 2015 Jamboree in Japan and the 2019 Jamboree in North America. The Unit have also visited Iceland and Switzerland for their summer expeditions.
Today we have over 120 members enjoying Scouting at 2nd New Haw