Lambeth was formed in 2011 from Groups from the former districts of North & Central Lambeth, part of Southside (Clapham), South Lambeth, and Streatham.
Currently there are 16 Groups, comprised of 11 Beaver Colonies with 176 members (as at January 2016), 13 Cub Packs with 254 members, 15 Scout Troops with 221 members, 3 Explorer units with 40 members, a Network provision and a Group based at the Evelina Children’s Hospital.
There are 94 section leaders, 18 sectional assistants, 31 helpers and instructors and 15 adults in District positions.
We are planning on opening a new Cub Pack and Beaver Colony in 2 of our existing groups in the near future, and to open a completely new provision for the Muslim Community in Stockwell in September 2016.
Each of the sections within the District have a varied programme with many District wide events happening on a year-by-year basis. Cubs have a bi annual competition – Top 6 based on 10 scouting skills – assault course (teamwork), cooking, entertainment, first aid, hike tent pitching, leadership & communication, orienteering, pioneering, problem solving, and tracking. It is a hotly fought competition between team of 4-6 Cubs over 2 days. Last year there were 17 teams from 11 Cub Packs.
Scouts have their version in the bi annual BNI competition held in the opposing year to Top 6. Similar bases for the scouts, but more challenging. Assault Course, Breakfast on an open fire, Entertainment, First Aid incident management, Leadership & Communication, Map reading quiz, Patrol tent pitching (Icelandic), Pioneering (monkey bridge), Precision orienteering, and Problem Solving. Again hotly fought competition over 2 days. This year saw 16 teams entered from 12 Groups.
The Explorers also can enter teams but their cooking base involves a 3 course dinner – extra points for presentation etc!, and their pioneering is a watch tower project with a “bogey time” to beat – not easy to get the project built, tested out, deconstructed and packed away in 2 hours.
From District events to individual group activities, the young people in Lambeth have access to many activities, giving them the opportunity to have their own adventure and experience something different and perhaps challenging.
Meet Lambeth's District Commissioner: Wendy Hutcheson
I have been Scouting since the cradle having been born into a Scouting family, and have held various appointments since turning 18, from Beaver Leader in one of the first colonies in South London in 1984, to being one of the first female Scout Leaders!
Assistant District Commissioner for Beaver Scouts – Hannah Crampton. She has been a member as a young person and then took out an adult appointment with the Beaver section.
Assistant District Commissioner for Cub Scouts – Jimmy Weekly. Jimmy was also a cradle scout, and has held various roles in North and Central Lambeth and Lambeth including Group Scout Leader.
Assistant District Commissioner for Scouts – Roger Whittle. Roger has been a leader for over 25 years, and has also held several roles in Streatham. He was the Scout Leader of one of the few Air Scout Groups in South London, a Venture Scout Leader and then moved to his current Group as an Assistant Scout Leader.