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Berrylands Scout Group – Celebrating 50 Years of Adventure

In the heart of Berrylands, a community-driven force has been shaping the lives of young individuals for half a century. Established on March 2, 1973, Berrylands Scout Group emerged from the union of the 3rd and 5th Tolworth and 6th Surbiton Scout groups. Since its inception, this dynamic organization has been a beacon of opportunity, enriching the lives of countless youths in the Berrylands area.

Nestled at the Scout Hut on Stirling Walk, Berrylands Scout Group operates across four vibrant sections: Beavers (6-8 years), Cubs (8-10.5 years), Scouts (10.5 – 14 years), and the newest addition, Explorers (14 – 18 years). Embracing both boys and girls, the group orchestrates a diverse range of activities. Noteworthy are their outdoor escapades, with regular camping trips including the highly anticipated annual group camp serving as key highlights.

Despite recent challenges, including a flood that left the main hall floor in ruins, the Scout Hut on Stirling Walk remains the well loved home base of the group. Having temporarily relocating meetings to the United Reform Church on Raeburn Avenue, the resilient spirit of the Berrylands Scout Group prevails, promising a swift return to their beloved Scout Hut.

Beyond their core scouting activities, Berrylands Scout Group has become a cherished fixture in the local community. Their fireworks display, a longstanding tradition, captivates residents year after year. More recently, the group has taken on the responsibility of hosting the annual Berrylands Summer Festival on the first Sunday in July, enhancing community bonds and spreading joy.

As Berrylands Scout Group prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, delayed only slightly by the recent hall damage, a series of events are in the pipeline. Starting with a promise renewal for St. George’s Day and culminating in a grand birthday party for both current and past members, the festivities promise to be a testament to the enduring legacy of this remarkable group.

For those eager to get involved or reconnect with old friends, the group’s website (www.berrylands-scouts.org.uk) serves as a hub of information. Regular updates, including the Berrylands Buzz newsletter, keep everyone informed and engaged. In particular the group extends an invitation to past members to attend the birthday party to rekindle connections and share in the nostalgia of shared experiences.

As Berrylands Scout Group looks back on five decades of achievements, challenges, and growth, there’s a palpable sense of excitement for the next chapter. Here’s to another 50 years of fostering camaraderie, nurturing skills, and leaving an indelible mark on the Berrylands community.