3rd Barnehurst Scout Group

3rd Barnehurst Scout Group

3rd Barnehurst Scout Group was formed in October 1936. We are part of the Bexley District (formerly part of Bexleyheath District pre.2011) in the county of Greater London South East. Originally a Scout Troop and Cub Pack, we remained this way through the war years up until 1989.

In 1989 we introduced a Beaver Colony to our Group and in 1991 we opened up the Scout Troop to girls as well as boys. In 1997 we started the 'Panther' Venture Scout Unit – and in 2003 the Panthers joined the other Venture units in Bexleyheath District to form one Explorer Scout Unit. In September 2005 the Beaver and Cub sections were also opened to girls as well as boys in line with the Scout Associations co-education policy. Our Beaver Colony, Cub Pack and Scout Troop still run today, meeting in the heart of Barnehurst.  

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What is Scouting?

We are the UK's biggest mixed youth organisation. We change lives by offering 6 to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities.

Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. We help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.

What do Scouts do?

Scouts take part in activities as diverse as kayaking, abseiling, expeditions overseas, photography, climbing and zorbing. As a Scout you can learn survival skills, first aid, computer programming, or even how to fly a plane. There’s something for every young person. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world.

What do volunteers do?

This everyday adventure is possible thanks to our adult volunteers, who support Scouts in a wide range of roles from working directly with young people, to helping manage a Group, to being a charity Trustee. We help volunteers get the most out of their experiences at Scouts by providing opportunities for adventure, training, fun and friendship.


Our Programme

The word ‘Programme’ in Scouting refers to the range of activities, challenges and experiences that young people experience in Scouting.
The Scouting Programme provides a structure of badges and awards, which are progressive through the sections, and based on a number of objectives. The objectives are based on Scouting’s Purpose to ‘actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society’.

The Scouting Programme for all five sections is based around three main themes: outdoor and adventure, world and skills. This programme of activities is planned by the leadership team in partnership with young people, and should incorporates elements from each theme, to offer young people the most interesting and diverse experience. 

There is flexibility within Scouting which means that all young people, regardless of their abilities, can enjoy and achieve. The Programme should be flexible and have room to adapt and accommodate the needs of the individuals in the section, with the focus being on personal development.

The Programme Methods

The Scout Method states in general terms the key ways that Scouting is delivered. The programme methods build on this with specific examples of types of activities that young people should experience or take part in while they are in Scouting. Overall the methods are designed to offer a framework of ways that Scouting can be delivered to make sure that young people have a positive and well rounded experience.

Scout Method

Programme methods

Scouting takes place when young people, in partnership with adults, work together based on the values of Scouting and:

This means that young people get to experience or take part in the following things as part of the programme:

• Enjoy what they are doing and have fun

• Having fun

• Meeting new people, making friends and developing relationships

• Take part in activities indoors and outdoors

• Undertake new and challenging activities


• Spending time outdoors

• Games – physical and adventurous activities

• Design and creativity

• Visits and visitors

• Camps, sleepovers, international trips and other residential experiences

• Learn by doing

• Take responsibility and make choices


• Working in small teams

• Trying new things, and learning new skills

• Teambuilding and leadership activities

• Taking responsibility, giving ideas and opinions, making choices and decisions

• Share in spiritual reflection

• Make and live by their Promise


• Spiritual reflection

• Finding out about themselves

• Community action

• Keeping the Promise