Our History

For over 110 years Hampshire Scouts have been preparing young people with the skills they need to succeed in life.

Experimental Camp

1st August 1907
The Scouts' founder Robert Baden-Powell took 20 boys to Brownsea Island for his experimental Scout Camp. Brownsea Island is now seen as the birthplace of the Scout movement.

Scouting for Boys Published

1908
Using what he had learned at the Brownsea Island camp the year before and drawing on his experiences in the army, Baden-Powell published his seminal book Scouting for Boys.

Hampshire Scouts Formed

13th January 1909
As Baden-Powell started to organise the Scout movement, Hampshire Scouts was formed and a County Commissioner appointed to oversee the movement in Hampshire.

Baden Powell moves to Hampshire

1918
In 1918, Robert Baden-Powell and his wife Olave bought Blackacre Farm in Bentley, Hampshire. They changed the name to Pax Hill to mark the end of the war. We continue to have close links to Pax Hill today.

First National Air Scout Camp

1942
A year after they were formed, Air Scouts from across the country came to Avington Park in Itchen Abbas, Hampshire for their first national camp.

Scouts Welcome First Female Youth Members

1976
In 1976 The Scouts started to welcome female members into the Venture section. Now The Scouts are proud to welcome females in every section, from Beavers to our adult volunteers.

100 Years of Scouts

2007
In 2007, Scouts from all over the world came to the UK to celebrate the centenary of The Scouts, with events being centred in Hylands Park, Essex, and Brownsea Island.

Bear Grylls Appointed Chief Scout

2009
Adventurer and television personality Bear Grylls took over from Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan as Chief Scout of the UK.

Scouts Launch the Skills For Life: Preparing Better Futures Strategy

May 2018
Our new strategy, Skills for Life: Preparing Better Futures, was launched in 2018 with a renewed focus on preparing young people with the skills they need in life.
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