Group History

The 1st Strathaven Scout Group can proudly claim to have been one of the first to be established in Lanarkshire and it has been providing high quality Scouting in Strathaven for over 100 years.

Camping has always been a key part of the Scouts’ programme and as well as the annual Summer Camps which have been held throughout most parts of Scotland and also England there have been many camps and expeditions to various countries of Europe and in America.

Close International links have been created with Scouts in Austria, America and Poland.

Climbing has been a regular and popular activity with Scouts, Venture Scouts and Explorer Scouts over the past fifty years.

The Group has a fine record of Kings and Queens Scouts among its members since the early days and in recent years a good number of Explorer belts have been gained.

Milestones of Scouting in Strathaven – these are just some of the important dates and events in the Group’s history over the past 100 years.

1908 – Troop formed in August with 12 boys by Rev James McCrorie
1909 – First Troop Camp at Dungavel near Strathaven in July
1910 – Baden-Powell’s first visit to Strathaven. Mr Peter Watson appointed as first warranted Scoutmaster
1911 – Inspection of Troop in Common Green by Baden-Powell
1924 – Cubs started
1926 – Hall in Station Road built at cost of £600. Opened on 2nd October by Lord Glentanar
1929 – Troop represented at Arrowe Park Jamboree
1928 – Rover Crew formed
1939 – 1944 – Hall requisitioned by the Army Authorities
1947 – Troop represented at the World Jamboree in France
1947 – Opening of Rover Hut at Whitelaw Farm
1948 – 1950 – Annual Rover Gang Shows
1950 – Extension to Hall completed at cost of £550
1950 – 1956 – 2nd Strathaven Scout Group flourished
1957 – Jubilee Year of Scouting. Troop’s visit to World Jamboree in Sutton Coldfield
1958 – Shelter Stone expedition following Summer Camp at Templar’s Park, Aberdeen
1959 – Troop’s first visit abroad, by train to Kandersteg International Scout Chalet in Switzerland, at a cost of £17 per head – 23 in party
1965 – First Adventure Camp held on the island of Rum
1966 – First Venture Scout Unit formed
1966 – Strathaven Scout Climbing Club formed – later re-named Strathaven Climbing Club – still a very thriving local Organistion
1967 – Troop’s visit by bus to Luxemburg and Germany – 36 in party including 15 Venture Scouts. Group membership at record maximum number of 180
1976 – Moved from Hall in Station Road to the Scout and Guide Centre
1982 – First visit by Doc Podboy and the Scouts from Waynesboro in Pennsylvania and joint camp with them at Ardchattan priory near Oban
1981 – first Austrian Camp at Bad Mitterndorf with Helmut Reihs’ Scouts from Wiener Neustadt
1983 – first Strathaven Scouts, Ian Miller and Neil Hyslop, to win coveted Explorer Belts
1985 – return visit to camp with Austrians at Bad Mitterndorf
1991 – 3 week visit of 11 Scouts and 3 Leaders to the USA including 10 days expedition at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico
1993 – Explorer Belt expeditions undertaken in both Germany and New Zealand
1995 – Friends of Strathaven Scouts (FOSS) formed
1996 – First FOSS climbing reunion to Schiehallion
1997 – Scouts visit to USA and camp with Waynesboro Scouts at Camp Synoquipe
1998 – FOSS annual reunion returns to Shelter Stone after 40 years
1999 – 5 Leaders and Scouts attend World Jamboree in Chile
2000 – Millennium Camp at Waterside
2002 – Visit by a party of 7 to Austria
– Visit by party of 18 Leaders and Scouts to America and Canada
2003 – £340,000 renovation of Scout and Guide Centre with help of Lottery grant
2003 – Visit of Austrians Scouts to Avondyke and Home Hospitality
2003 – Venture Scouting ended after 37 years and the Explorers started
2005 – 2007 – successful Explorer Belt Expeditions held involving three members of the Unit each year
2007– A return visit to Kandersteg (the Group’s 7th since the first in 1959) – by eight Explorers and two leaders
2008 – The Group celebrates its 100th Anniversary – 16 Leaders and Explorers Visit Zambia to work with the Charity HHI
2009 – Scouts climb Suilven – Explorers adventurous camp at Sannox
2010 – Scouts follow in footsteps of Explorers and return to the Sannox Site in Arran for their Summer Camp
2011 – A return visit to Zambia with HHI by party of 16 leaders and Explorers to undertake work on behalf of Health help International
2013 – Scouts and Explorers return to Kandersteg: Publication of “A Centenary History” (the 100 years of the Strathaven Scouts) 2014 – Explorers cycling trip along the Danube