Southampton City Scouts News

⭐️ Vacancy – District Commissioner / Volunteer Manager of Southampton City Scout District.

Posted on Saturday, January 30th, 2021

To: All parents/member associated with Southampton City Scout District

We need a new team leader! 

Maybe you OR your mum, dad, best friend or neighbour might be perfect for this role. 

As the leader of the team we would call you the District Commissioner (DC)! 

 In a nutshell, the DC would be: 

  •  Inspiring and enthusiastic, super resourceful and full of energy
  • A problem solver, fantasticteam builder and a leader  
  • Believe passionately about developing young people and volunteers to be there best.

Southampton City won’t be the only one to benefit – so what’s in it for you? 

This is an opportunity to make a real difference to local young people.  

Being a DC, will look great on your CV, demonstrating to prospective employers that you have some amazing additional skills. Don’t worry if you are new to Scouts, that’s no problem, we will teach you everything you need to know and our award winning training scheme even leads to a certified qualification.  

Volunteering with Scouting can be as flexible as you need so if you are worried that you won’t have enough time why not consider a role share within a small team. 

We are here to fill you in on the details, so if you want to know more please do get in touch with any questions by sending an email to

There are a many ways that you can apply or nominate someone else – why not give it a go and try one of them:  

We would love to hear from you by Saturday 28th March 2021

Thank you for your time so far and please do shout if you have any queries at all! 

🥇 Gail Langton celebrated with Silver Wolf Award for five decades of service

Posted on Sunday, January 24th, 2021

Congratulations to Gail on gaining her Silver Wolf Award – very well deserved.

About Gail….

Gail has had several roles within the district over her service years. These have been at two main groups, The 2nd and more recently the 7th, both Southampton City District. This has taken up several evenings as she worked with the Sections and Execs and with the District Team.

Gail spent 20 years as GSL at the 2nd taking over from her dad Alf Longhurst.

She started as a Cub Instructor aged 13 – the equivalent of Young Leaders today.

Within her role with the 7th Group as Group Scout Leader Gail has given time to each section when needed but for the last 2- 3 years she has been attending Scouts each week to support the changing leadership in place. It’s only been in the last 12 months she’s moved away from that weekly commitment.

At the same time as the Scout support Gail is still the current Beaver Leader with the group, her other main role. Gail has been with the Beaver team since 2012 and this is a weekly commitment for her, leading the team and running events.

Added to this Beaver role Gail is also part of the ADC Beaver team in the district and supports other colonies and helps with the district events such as the Panto’s, Planning and organising these for the last few years.

Gail is a member of the District Appointments Committee and regularly attends the appointment meetings meeting new Leaders and volunteers, often going to help in a Training Advisor role with them as well.  As a Training Advisor in the County Gail has worked in the training world and remained current with the new processes and new training approaches over the years. She is a valued member of the District Training group and enthuses others in this manner.

Gail is also a District Beaver Scouter. Gail plays a vital role in the ADC Beaver team and has helped shape that section with the ADC team. She encourages involvement in events and plans several events in the calendar each year such as organising of the Annual Panto Trip and the District Beaver Sleepover at Ferny Crofts.

Within the GSL role at the 7th she has led the team there in bringing in support and grown the group in terms of numbers and Executive and committee. This had been noted throughout the District. The site that the group is on has undergone some key developments and has more planned soon that Gail is heavily involved in. Mainly, the group acquired its own land a few years ago and in doing so managed to double its footprint. Plans are already underway to clear the land and develop the site and access further.

Gail also regularly volunteers at Ferny Crofts and generally works in the campsite tuck shop. This is a week and weekend commitment throughout the busiest times of the year.

This award is in recognition of the time and effort Gail had given to Scouting. Gail has not only continued to grow as GSL but has become integral to the District team, in her GSL role, in Beavers, in Training and Executive roles. Gail is a sound voice of experience whilst remaining grounded to the young people at her own group and section.

Gail has been instrumental in the development of others around her and to the continuity of good program delivery to all those who have been through the group or sectional events. Gail’s role with Appointments and her kind natured way of working with new people is also a great asset to the District and I’m sure has been used in training courses with others that she’s worked with over the years.

Gail has continued to be a real voice in the district, dealing with issues with several DC’s over the years. During these time Gail has always been able to see both sides, empathise and share advice in a caring manner to all who needed it.

Again, from the District, well done Gail…….

About the Award

Silver Wolf Award (The Scout Association)

The Silver Wolf is the highest award made by The Scout Association “for services of the most exceptional character.” It is an unrestricted gift of the Chief Scout. The award consists of a Silver Wolf suspended from a dark green and yellow neck ribbon.

Since its inception by Robert Baden-Powell, the Silver Wolf has remained the “unrestricted gift of the Chief Scout”, although “County Commissioners and overseas Chief Scouts may submit recommendations to Scout Headquarters.”

During the early years of the development of the Scout Movement throughout the world, it was the practice of the Founder, Lord Baden-Powell, to give the Silver Wolf to Scouters in any country who had done outstandingly valuable work for the Movement. The Silver Wolf was first awarded to King’s Scouts or King’s Sea Scouts of at least 2 years service and who earned 12 proficiency badges, who performed under exceptional circumstances like saving a life or repeated acts of bravery, endurance, or self-sacrifice. This Silver Wolf remained a Youth award until 1922, when it became an award for Adult volunteers for Services to Scouting.

The award was of course highly valued, but it began to be realized that the Silver Wolf was a British Scout decoration, even though it was given by the Chief Scout of the World. Accordingly, in 1934, the Bronze Wolf Award was created as the only award made by the World Scout Committee.

🤠Southampton City District has a new District Youth Commissioner!

Posted on Sunday, November 15th, 2020

Hi, I’m Lloyd Pearson and I am the new District Youth Commissioner for the Southampton City District! I’m sure you have lots of questions so let’s get straight into them:

Q: Who are you?

A: So, for those in the district who don’t know me yet, I am an enthusiastic scout who takes on any challenge that comes my way. I’m currently an Assistant Scout Leader at the 29th Immaculata and an Explorer Leader at Kraken Explorers (Who meet at the 14th). I’m also an active member of the Southampton City Network and have been since I was 18. In the past I’ve also been heavily involved in Southampton SSAGO (Student Scout and Guide Organisation) and even sat on the National SSAGO exec for a year.

Q: What’s a District Youth Commissioner?

A: A district youth commissioner is someone whose role it is to encourage youth involvement in decision making in the scout district. This breaks down into 3 key areas: Youth Shaped Programmes, Developing Young People, and Embedding Young People in Local Decision Making.

Q: So how do you do that?

A: For youth shaped programmes, I will engage section leaders across the district and encourage and help them to run programmes that are shaped by the young people, whether that be beavers giving simple feedback on things they’ve done or want to do, all the way up to scouts holding patrol leader forums or explorers running their own programmes. To develop young people, I and the district, shall ensure that they have the training they need to excel at roles they take on, whether that be as a patrol leader, explorer taking part in a committee, or a network member who’d like to join an exec. Lastly, for embedding young people into local decision making, we want to get young people as involved as possible in actually making the decisions that are made as a district, to do that we’ll be hosting a district youth council where explorers and scouts will be able to attend and make their views heard, we’ll be encouraging group execs to consider bringing more young people onto the team and lastly we’ll be putting together a youth team who will be getting actively involved in making new and exciting things happen, like running new competitions or activities they’d like to see.

Q: Tell me more about that youth team!

A: I’m glad you’re so excited about it, imaginary interviewer, as I certainly am. The district youth team is going to be a really exciting opportunity for Explorers and Network members in the Southampton District. There will be a rep from every Explorer unit (Enterprise, Griffin, Kraken, Phoenix and Young Leaders), a Network Rep and a rep from SSAGO. The Explorer units and Network will also gain a second rep in the year after to make sure that everyone always has someone they can ask for help when they join the team and we’ll rotate the reps every year after. If that sounds a bit confusing here is a diagram to help.

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Q: So what exactly will this team do?

A: So, this team will visit the local scout groups and their sections to help the leaders develop their youth shaped programmes. They will hold meetings to discuss things that are raised on the district exec. Plan events to develop their organisation skills. Attend the county youth council and much much more.

Q: When will this team be formed?

A: I’ll be looking to get members elected to this team from the respective units in January and February next year, so if you’re an Explorer or Network Scout in the Southampton City District keep an eye out for news then.

Q: So, exactly how excited should I be right now?

A: Very!

🔋Bear Grylls: Why Scouting Is So Powerful

Posted on Thursday, June 4th, 2020

This is a documentary following Bear Grylls – the public face of the scouts in the UK, and the youngest ever Chief Scout – as he explores the stories of some of the scouting heroes, who demonstrate exactly why Scouting is such a powerful force for good.

We’re celebrating St George’s Day online!

Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Hampshire Scouts and non-members are invited to join us online to celebrate St George’s Day as a county!Our live stream will take place on Thursday 23rd April – link to follow – which shall include the big clap to recognise our valued key workers.

Gone Home: Chris Lade

Posted on Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Chris Lade was a member and later Scout Leader at the 11th for a number of years and one of the original Leaders at the very first Summit weekend at Yr Hafod in 1972 after also being a leader in 1969 on the Pennine Way, the start of continuous mountaineering in Southampton West District.

Chris emigrated to Canada about 40 years ago where he married and raised his family but always maintained a keen interest in Southampton Scouting. He will be remembered by many of the older members of the District. Chris sadly died on Saturday 14th March after a long illness, he was 72.

Cancellation of District Camp and St Georges Day Events 2020

Posted on Friday, March 13th, 2020

In light of the developing Coronavirus situation and the significant financial risk to Southampton City Scouts if our event has to be cancelled at short notice by measures out of our control, discussions have taken place with our Executive as to the viability of continuing with District Camp and 2020 and the St Georges Day event 2020. Insurers have issued notification that claims in respect of Coronavirus are unlikely to be covered.

As a consequence of these discussions, we have taken the very difficult decision to cancel District Camp and St Georges Day Events 2020.

We are aware this is extremely disappointing for the 600+ Young People, leaders and volunteers.

Please discuss any concerns you have with your Group Leader or contact the District Team.

Gone Home: Les Grafton (Updated with Funeral Details)

Posted on Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Les Grafton, a member of the Scout Movement for over 60 years has died in hospital on Thursday 1st August. Les was a member of Southampton City District Active Support. Funeral details in due course.

The funeral service of the late Les Grafton will be at the East Chapel, Southampton Crematorium, Bassett Green Road, Southampton,SO16 3QB at 2pm on Tuesday 20th August 2019. Afterwards, everyone is invited to The Atherley Bowling Club, Hill Lane Southampton SO15  5DB. The family have asked for a Uniform Scout Guard of Honour at the Crematorium. I would ask anyone wishing to take part in the Guard of Honour to be in place by 1.45 pm.

Gone Home: Margaret Grafton

Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019

One of our long term members of Active Support, Margaret Grafton, passed away in her sleep at the weekend. She had been unwell and in care for some time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Les and his family at this sad time.

Margaret had given over 60 years of service to the Scout Movement.

A Memorial Service/Funeral for Margaret Grafton,will be held at 11 am on Thursday 13th June 2019 at St. James Road Methodist Church, Shirley. The Active Support Unit will be mounting a Guard of Honour at the church. Any uniform members of the district who would like to join the Guard of Honour will be most welcome and should be at the church by 10.45 am.

Double Silver Acorn Awards Presented

Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2018

Well done to George and Thelma on receiving their Silver Acorn awards at St George’s Day