History of 19th Bromley Scouts
The Scouting Movement
Robert Baden-Powell held a camp in 1907 on Brownsea Island to try out his ideas for a training programme for young people, based on his army guide ‘Aids to Scouting’. Following the success of the camp Scouting for Boys was published in 1908 in eight fortnighty parts. Baden-Powell had envisaged that the manual would be used by exisiting organisations but instead it became the handbook of a new movement. In 1909 King Edward VII gave the royal seal of approval when he agreed to the introdcution of the King’s Scout Award.
In its first census in 1910, Scouting had almost 108,000 participants; over 100,000 were young people.
Scouting for all ages
It was a global phenomenon. As numbers grew, it soon became clear that young people of all ages and in every country wanted to get involved in Scouting. Wolf Cubs came along for younger Scouts in 1916, followed four years later by Rover Scouts for an older age range.
1920 was also the year of the first World Scout Jamboree. At London’s Olympia, Scouts from across the world gathered to celebrate international unity and the growth of their great Movement.
The 19th Bromley (Methodist) Scouts
We’re not sure when the 19th Bromley Scouts was formed (if you know please get in touch!) but it was in the early days of the Scouting movement., probably after the Great War (1914-1919) and before 1924. We are looking forward to our 100th anniversary!
The 19th Bromley originally met at the Bromley Methodist Central Hall in London Road. This was destroyed on Wednesday 16th April 1941 during the bombing of Bromley when more than 650 bombers flew over Kent en route for London dropping bombs that destroyed many buildings in Bromley (including St Peter and St Pauls church as well as Dunn’s furniture store and Bromley Bus garage).
Our oldest record is a Wolf Cubs’ Enrolment Card which belonged to our former Group Scout Leader Eric James. He enrolled as a Wolf Cub in 1933 and became a Scout in 1935.
Local newspaper reports
The local Bromley newspapers used to run a Scouting column until the 1960s. We are mentioned several times in the 1920s/30s:
1924 – the 19th Bromley took part in the Kent County Marathon which was a bike tour for the whole Scout County (Bromley was part Kent then).
1925 – the 19th Bromley took part in a rally of Bromley Scouts. T Burgess was recorded as the Scout Master.
1926 – the 19th Bromley take part in the Annual inter patrol camping competition camping at Green St Green in July.
1930 – the 19th Bromley’s Scout Master W. Rowe was a guest at the opening of 3rd Bromley Hall.