The Scouts

8th East Grinstead ScoutsThe 8th East Grinstead Scout Group has close links with St. Mary’s Church. While scouting itself is non-denominational, the Group has met in the Church Hall for over 30 years. The Section Flags are displayed in the Church and regular Church parades are held there.

The 8th is one of the smaller groups in the town but prides itself on providing quality scouting and has a real family feel to it.
There are three sections within the group:

From age 14, scouts move on to one of the District Explorer Units.

The group is open to both boys and girls and parental help and assistance is positively welcomed. In fact, leaders and helpers are always in demand and, as long as you are fit enough to do the job, there is no upper age limit.

East Grinstead ScoutsBoth the Cub Pack and Scout Troop go on weekends away and have an annual week camp. And all three sections join in fully with District Activities; Beavers have a Christingle and Christmas Party, a fun based Challenge afternoon, and a summer evening’s camp fire and sing song; Cubs have Raksha’s Trophy (a quiz between all groups), Cyclocross, Bowling Competition; Scouts have a Challenge Hike and competition weekend, a Marathon two day hike, testing their hiking, orienteering and cooking skills. There are also District camps for Cubs and Scouts and every four years there is a West Sussex county camp with groups from all over the world attending.

Within the group, activities are based around a programme defined by the Scout Association, developing skills and interests that lead, ultimately, to the Chief Scout’s Award – on a par with the DofE Gold.

East Grinstead Scout Groups benefit from the two local camp sites, the Scout site at Broadstone Warren and the Guide site at Blackland's Farm. These provide a wide range of activities including orienteering, target shooting, archery, swimming, abseiling, climbing and canoeing as well as camping facilities both indoor and under canvas.

Scouting gives young people and adults alike, the chance to have fun and try activities and challenges away from the normal stresses of school and work. The children learn teamwork, leadership skills, respect for themselves, other people and the countryside, and a sense of community – all things that stand them in good stead throughout their lives. Leaders and helpers have the satisfaction of knowing that they have played a part in producing fair minded, responsible individuals while having more fun than they ever could have imagined!

One final point, did you know that eleven men have walked on the moon, 9 of which had been Scouts.

Scouting can’t promise you a walk on the moon but it can provide a wealth of fun activities that assist everybody in learning to cope with life.

For further information on, or to enrol your child in, the 8th East Grinstead Scout group please contact 

Information can be obtained from the web site at

St Mary the Virgin East Grinstead. Church of England Parish in the Diocese of Chichester

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