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Scouts Centenary 1907-2007

Scouting is the world�s largest youth movement working for peace. Founded 100 years ago by Robert Baden-Powell, it has given millions of young people and adults the adventure of a lifetime. Scouts are known, not only for their love of the outdoors and good humour but for their sense of responsibility towards themselves, the world and others. It is their willingness to help, enthusiasm and appetite for life that marks them out.

Crich has had a Scouts troop for a great many years.

Photo of Scouts in 1963This photograph shows Crich Scouts in 1963 as they set off for a trip to Norway under the leadership of Reg Page.

Photo of Scouts in 1963

Back L to R - Philip Limb, Stan Smith, Reg Page, Mick Stocks, Steve Dawes

Middle L to R - Gareth Butler, Mick Tomlinson, Martin Bostock, David Whittle, Malcolm Taylor

Front L to R- Adrian Dawes, Keith Fretwell. Nick Dawes, John Alsopp, Malcolm Curtis.

Photo, courtesy of Stan Smith.

One of these scouts - Mick Stocks - is still with the movement and has recently been awarded the MBE for his services to Scouting.


Mick Stocks MBE

Photo of Mick StocksMick Stocks joined Crich Scouts Group (at the age of ten years) where he enjoyed most of his scouting in the outdoors of the Peak District. He achieved his Queen�s Scout Award in 1962 before becoming assistant Scout Leader within the 1st Crich Scout Group. The love of Scouting gained within the Crich Group never left him and he continues a very active involvement to this very day.

In 1990 he was awarded the Silver Wolf, which is the highest award for service to Scouting, and in the Queen�s Birthday Honours List for this year he was awarded an MBE for his services to the Scout Movement. Mick and his family now live in Berkshire.

Lord Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941) was a decorated soldier, talented artist, actor and free-thinker. Best known during his military career for his spirited defence of the small South African township of Mafeking during the Boer War, he was soon to be propelled to extraordinary fame as the Founder of Scouting.

He had been impressed during the siege at how boys had used their initiative under pressure to make themselves useful and capitalise on limited resources. Already thinking of developing a training programme for young people Britain, he was urged by friends to re-write his handbook for soldiers (Aids to Scouting) for this younger audience.

In 1907 he held an experimental camp on Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset, to try out his ideas. He brought together 20 boys, some from public schools and some from working class homes, and put them into camp under his leadership. The whole world now knows the results of that camp.

To continue the centenary of scouting there will be more on Crich cubs and scouts in the next issue. Why not let us know about your experience? Also delighted to hear from current cubs and scouts.

Scouting is still an activity carried out in Scout Hut on Jeffries Lane.

Scouts meet on Wednesday evenings - 7.00 to 8.30 (10 - 14 years)

Cubs meet Tuesday evenings - 6.15- 7.30 (8 - 10 years)

Beavers meet Monday evenings - 6.00-7.00 (6 - 8 years)

  • Contact numbers:
    • Beavers - 01773 857225
    • Cubs - 01773 836414
    • Scout - 01773 850201
Boys and girls are both welcomed.