Lewisham Scout District was formed on 1 January 2011 as a result of the merger of Lewisham Manor and Lewisham North Scout Districts on that date, with three Groups and an Explorer Scout Unit from Deptford (formerly in Albany Scout District) then joining on 1 April 2011.
The District’s boundaries are the same as those for the London Borough of Lewisham.
Since January 2011 when the new Lewisham District was formed, District membership has increased by 24.6%. This compares with an increase nationally over the same period of 8% and an increase for the Greater London Region of 4.8%.
We believe that Lewisham has the highest total percentage growth of any other District in the Greater London Region since 2011.
Lewisham is the 15th most ethnically diverse Local Authority in England and is the 31st most deprived Local Authority area in the UK; there are an estimated 20,000+ children living in poverty in Lewisham. There are over 170 mother tongue languages spoken in Lewisham schools and 77% of children in Lewisham schools are from BME backgrounds.
The District has twenty-six Scout groups and eight Explorer Units, a Scout Network, a District Scout Active Support Unit and a campsite, Frylands Wood Scout Outdoor Centre in New Addington.
The District provides Scouting for over 1300 children and is supported by approximately five hundred Leaders and supporters. The District offers Scouting throughout the Borough, and has introduced new groups into Crofton Park, Deptford, The Lewisham Islamic Centre, and Forest Hill.
Our Scout Outdoor Centre, Frylands Wood, provides a range of adventurous activities such as climbing, archery, tunnelling, hiking, air rifle shooting, slack lining and assault course.
The District runs a full programme of events for each Section including hiking, five-a-side football, an Easter egg hunt, ‘Ready Steady Cook’, and bowling, as well as many more exciting and challenging activities.
In more recent years, Scouts have taken part in international expeditions to Nepal and Kenya.
Meet Lewisham's District Commissioner: Vicki Armitage
I have been in Scouting from the age of 14, and have held a variety of appointments since turning 18. Currently I am District Commissioner for Lewisham, as well as a Leader for an Explorer Unit in Croydon and a volunteer at our District Campsite, Frylands.
My passion in Scouting is to develop all the amazing people involved, both the Young People and the adults, so that they can achieve to their full potential and they enjoy their time in Scouting so much, that they become as addicted to it as I am!
Outside of Scouting I am a Teacher and Outdoor Instructor. People sometimes ask if I ever get fed up with working with children, and my response is simply that they are often easier to work with than the adults!