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Scouts at Brockenhurst

Scouts at Brockenhurst

Centenary of Scouting

Celebrations are underway to mark the 100th birthday of the Scouting movement. Over this week scouts across Hampshire are holding special events around the anniversary.

Scouts of all ages are taking part in celebrations across the county, the biggest of which is being held in the New Forest.


Four thousand scouts have converged on New Park, at Brockenhurst, the site of the New Forest Show, for the H007 County Jamboree.

The Hampshire scouts joined millions of scouts across the world to renew their promise as part of a Sunrise Ceremony at 8am on Wednesday 1 August.

It's one hundred years since Robert Baden-Powell held the first camp at Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour. The New Forest jamboree is one of 300 events being held across Britain including one on Brownsea Island.

The Promise renewal ceremony

The Promise renewal ceremony

The Hampshire ceremony was led by the Gosport Gang Show Choir and was be followed by a carnival parade.

County Commissioner Dick Whittington said the movement had evolved since Baden-Powell's day:

"The core traditions of adventure in the outdoors remain the same.  But we're taking more notice of the needs of the young person and making sure we give them the skills to meet the pressures of today's society."

Other activities at the jamboree include a climbing wall, ski-slope, scuba diving and even an on-site radio station.

Deputy Camp Leader Neil O'Sullivan told BBC Radio Solent the wet ground hadn't affected things as badly as feared: "It's all going great.  The kids are having a whale of a time.  It's funny watching them put sun screen on while wearing wellies!"

Elsewhere, scouts in Eastleigh gathered round the town's bandstand to renew their Promise.

Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight scouts came together for the sunrise Promise renewal at Robin Hill country park. 

Sunset Ceremony on IoW (Photo Malcolm Cox)

Isle of Wight's Sunset Ceremony (Malcolm Cox)

They also held a sunset ceremony at the Needles on Tuesday evening to coincide with the first 'Scouting Sunrise' in Fiji and New Zealand and the start of the biggest event in Scouting history.

The ceremony was held only a few miles across the Solent from Brownsea Island where Robert Baden Powell started Scouting, 100 years (less 11 hours) earlier.

The celebration included a hymn and dedication, followed by a minutes silence for quiet reflection. The silence was broken by the sound of a Kudu horn, summoning the Scouts and Guides to make their Promises.

Spirit of Scouting Flame

On 22 February 2007 a flame was lit at Baden-Powell's grave in Kenya. Since then it has crossed Africa and Europe in an Olympic flame-style procession.

The flame reaches Hampshire

The flame reaches Hampshire

The flame passed through West Sussex on Sunday 29 August, paraded through the streets in Billingshurst, Petworth and Midhurst. 

On Monday morning it was handed over from Sussex to Hampshire Scouts and Guides and taken through the county to Winchester and Romsey, destined for New Park, Brockenhurst where it was held overnight at the Hampshire County Scout Camp.

On Tuesday it was be travelled to Brownsea Island via, Ringwood and Christchurch.


The scouting movement in Hampshire is also celebrating one of its members being featured on a new site of Royal Mail commemorative stamps showing the achievements of past and present scouts. 

Rhys Jones on Everest

Rhys Jones on Everest

Record-breaking mountaineer Rhys Jones, 21, from Cadnam, Hampshire is featured on the 46p stamp after becoming the youngest person to scale the highest peaks on the seven continents in May 2006.

Since 1907, the Scout Association has grown to become the world's largest youth movement with 28 million members across the globe.

last updated: 01/08/07

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catherine 6th gosport air scouts
H007 was the best camp i have ever been on by far i no my whole scout and cub group enjoyed it i was in the north america sub camp the best subcamp haha i performed with gosport gangshow to renew my promise and i am definetly a scout and proud !!

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