Henlow Scouts celebrate 100th anniversary
A SCOUT group is celebrating its centenery this year and wants to hear from former members. Henlow Clifton Scouts are holding a celebration camp and party at Boyd Field on June 26 to mark the group s 100th anniversary. The group was formed in 1910 with ju
A SCOUT group is celebrating its centenery this year and wants to hear from former members.
Henlow Clifton Scouts are holding a celebration camp and party at Boyd Field on June 26 to mark the group's 100th anniversary.
The group was formed in 1910 with just a small troop three years after Robert Baden Powell started the scout movement.
It lapsed during World War I and was revived again in 1930. Ten years later at the outbreak of World War II it lapsed again and in 1944 was combined with the nearby 1st Shefford Scout Group.
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By 1950 Henlow had become a small district in its own right and one of the highlights that year was the �8 1s 7d (�8.08) they made in Bob-a-Job week. It was also the year the 13th Beds Scout Troop was revived as old members returned from active service in the war.
By 1967 the Henlow Group became part of Biggleswade and District when they played host to the National Air Scout Camp. That year Lord Boyd of Merton donated a 12-acre site to the group to be called the Boyd Memorial Field.
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Recently 75 members of the group visited the RAF Hendon Museum and learned about modern and wartime aircraft and also enjoyed a ride in a flight simulator.
The day ended with many members being presented with either their air activities badge or their air researcher badge by a member of the museum staff dressed in RAF costume from World War II.
Any former members of the Henlow group who would like to join in the celebrations should contact Sarah Panton, the Henlow Group leader on 08456 046848 or email henlowclifton.scoutgroup@@virginmedia.com