Southampton City Scouts News

Hampshire ‘Camp at Home’ challenge

Posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

The Hampshire Camping challenge has been adapted for camping at home. To get the camping challenge badge with #hscampathome you simply have to ‘camp’ a certain number of nights before the end of the year.  Any nights can count from January. 

We will also accept ‘camping’ indoors, maybe in a den you have built or a pop up tent. Sleeping in your bed doesn’t count! There will be a prize for the most interesting place.

This challenge is now open to Beavers (min 3 nights), Cubs (min 6 nights), Scouts (min 9 nights), Explorers, Network and Leaders (min 12 nights). Section leaders can complete with their section (I.e. do same number of nights) if they wish.

There are some ideas for extra Scouting challenges that can do done while camping to get the badge, plus some additional ideas for virtual camps:

Here are ideas on where you can camp:
* Camp in your garden
* Hammock or bivouac
* Under a table or bed
* Set up your tent indoors without pegs* Sleep in the bath tub
* Sleep in the under stairs cupboard

You can sign up as an individual (Explorer, Network & Leaders only) or leaders can sign up a section. Please note that virtual certificates will be presented and badges will be available for purchase for approx £2 for Beavers, Cubs & Scouts via leaders. Explorer, Network and Leaders will be provided by the County team.

More information and sign up


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.

Registration is now open for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree

Posted on Sunday, May 14th, 2017

The World Scout Jamboree is a big international camps for 14-18 year olds from across the world – usually about 30 000 or so people attend and from almost every country where there are Scouts. The next WSJ is in 2019 and will be held in North America.

The Hampshire participant selection weekend will be held at Ferny Crofts, over the weekend of 15th – 17th Sept 17. To go to the World Scout Jamboree as a participant, you must be aged 14, 15, 16 or 17 on 22nd July 2019.

Applications are now OPEN. How to apply!

  1.  Please download the WSJ19 Participant Application Form and make sure that it is completed and sent in by 30th June 2017. Alongside the Application form, is WSJ19 Questions and Answers, which will help to answer a lot of your questions.
  2. It is vital that you email our DC, with a quick message to say you are applying so that we can support you in your application.

The Hampshire participant selection weekend will be held at Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre, over the weekend of 15th – 17th Sept 17. Attendance will be required for the whole weekend.

If you will be 18 or older on that date, you can attend as International Service Team – applications are not open for this yet but you can express an interest

To Register your Interest in the WSJ 2019 as a member of IST, please complete this WSJ 2019 Interest Form

The leaders on their recent Leader selection weekend, made some videos to help promote the WSJ to Scouts and Explorers. These were made on phones, and completed in a very short time scale, so are not 100% polished videos, but can be worth showing – WSJ Leader Selection Videos – There are 6 in total – please make sure you watch through to the end!

How much will the Jamboree cost? The UK Contingent Management Team are currently working on the costings for 2019 and we hope to have this information before the summer. However, as a guide the participant fee for Hampshire units for the last Jamboree in Japan was approximately £3200

What is it like?
Watch this video from the last WSJ in 2015 to get a taste of what it’s all about.

You can contact the Hampshire WSJ team by E-mail to

Please remember to join the Facebook Groups to keep up to date: County Explorers and County Network as applicable.

40 years of Ferny Crofts – Celebration Weekend!

Posted on Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Saturday 13th or Sunday 14th May 2017
Take part in Jamboree on the Trail as well as tackling the high ropes, zip lines, archery, backwoods cooking and an adventure course.
There is also a bushcraft skills base, a science and cooking zone and with a Heritage display and a campfire your day will be full.
All activities start at 10am and end at 5pm (a camp later for those who are staying). You can gain 2 badges whilst attending. This event is open to all sections. ( Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network.)

All this for only £10.00 per person for the day or come and camp for whole weekend 12th – 14th May 2017 for £26.
Book in on the forms below and we will send you an invoice for payment.
Closing date for bookings 04/05/17

Leaders go free all Beavers, Cubs and Scout groups must be accompanied by a Leader or Leaders.

Book here for 13th Saturday May.

Book here for 14th Sunday May.

Book here for the weekend 12th – 14th May.

The information on this page is also available here.


Scouts and Explorers… How about attending an Expedition to Uganda in 2019?

Posted on Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Do you know a Scout or Explorer Scout in Hampshire that you think would be interested in an international expedition and are currently 12 years or older? If so please pass on these details to them.


Exped LeafletWe are looking for 18 scouts/explorer scouts to join our 6 leaders on this amazing expedition to Uganda & Kenya for approx. 3 weeks in August 2019.
We will be camping with local scout groups, painting a local school, visiting water wells that we have fundraised to protect and running joint scouting activities with the local scouts.
All that is before we start our “holiday” part of the trip and move from the Masindi area to Jinja where we will have the chance to go White water rafting on the Nile or on a Quad bike safari along the Nile.
Then we travel into Kenya for a 2 day safari within the Massai Mara before travelling to Nairobi and visiting some animal sanctuaries, before heading home.


To meet the minimum age requirement members will have to have been born before June 2004.
If selected not only will they take part in all the activities during the expedition but they will have the opportunity to complete a variety of badge work elements during the training sessions as well as during the trip which we will keep a log of and pass on to their Section Leader.


Trip fees will be around £3,200.00 (this includes all UK training and contingent kit, but not transport costs to UK training)  It is difficult to give a definitive fee at this early stage.
Fundraising commitment£150.00 (approximate).  This is to cover the project work, scouting activities in Masindi and the funding of 2 water wells. The amount is dependent on gift aid re-claimed on the trip fees.
Personal costs – it can vary from £150 to £800  This is a difficult one to fix a figure to as it will depend on what kit you already have, immunisations needed, medication, spending money etc.

Further Information

Closing date:
Applications & References to be received by 14th July 2017

For more information about the trip, fundraising / team commitments & how to apply, please look at all the information provided on our website, you can also contact us and ask any further questions.

Pro-Badge Camps 2016/17

Posted on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Pro-Badge is an Activity Badge Training Scheme, which uses the resources of the Solent Scout Training Centre at Lyons Copse, to the best advantage of the Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Scout Leaders. The scheme provides training for badges that require predominantly outdoor Scouting activity or natural resources.

You can book your Cubs and Scouts in to weekend camps over the coming months to give them a chance to earn some of the outdoor-based badges.

Leaflets for the forthcoming Pro-Badge season are now available on the ProBadge website, please click here for the Cub Scout leaflet, and here for the Scout version. Please feel free to pass onto other Cubs, Scouts and Leaders.

This year we will also be running a Pioneer course for Explorer Scouts, this will run on our November weekend. Please note that Explorers will have to camp as we do not have indoor accommodation for them.

To book on any courses please contact via the website links or email me direct.

Thank You

“Scissors” (Clive Clark)
Camp Leader

What do young people like about Cubs?

Posted on Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Last month The Scout Association announced that the number of young people in Scouting has grown every year for a decade. There is now a whopping  571,000 of us! A huge part of this success is down to the fact that more girls than ever before want to join the adventure too and are signing up in record numbers.

Recently BBC Radio 5Live interviewed some of our Cubs to find out why they enjoy scouting together.

Design a crazy golf hole and win a weekend of camping at Ferny!

Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2016

As part of their 40th birthday celebrations, Ferny Crofts, our county scout activity centre and campsite, are installing Crazy Golf as a new activity and are looking for you to help design the holes!

You could win 2 days worth of camping by designing one of the nine new holes, just design your hole and email or send it to them by Thursday 31st March

In addition, find out about their working day to help clear the site on Saturday 12th March.