Our Scout District is home to over 1,500 young people across Barnet, Colindale, Edgware, Finchley, Golders Green, Hendon, Mill Hill, Lyonsdown and Totteridge. With almost 500 volunteers, we keep Scouting strong in north west London.
Across those 33 square miles we have 26 Scout Groups and 4 Explorer Units. We also own three District venues in the area, our headquarters being Frith Grange Campsite in Mill Hill.
With transport links into London, footpaths sprawling out into countryside and two water centres in West Hendon and Enfield, we share some fantastic opportunities for Scouting.
Where we’ve come from
This area was early to embrace Scouting soon after its tentative start, a camp on Brownsea Island; our first Scout Group opened in 1914. Until 1965 this green and leafy suburban area of north west London was nearly all in Middlesex. It was only in September 2008 that Barnet District, Hendon & Edgware District, and Finchley, Friern Barnet & Golders Green District amalgamated.
Although relatively new as a District, thanks to a long list of volunteers we are able to offer some fantastic joint opportunities, for all our groups and leaders. These range from district events and competitions, to training courses and leader meetings.
Across the year Groups are invited to various events and competitions. These vary from year to year, but we thought we’d share some of our favourites.
The spring term usually starts with swimming galas at Copthall Leisure Centre. Cubs also get suck into the Night Hike and Chess Competition, and the Beavers take part in the District Dominoes Competition.
Moving into the summer term, every year we take over the streets of Finchley on our St. George’s Day parade, before our Promise Renewal and a celebration of all the awards our young people have earnt. Then there’s the Cub Rafting Day at ESSA, where Packs assemble their own barrel rafts and race them across the lake. More recently Films at Frith has been introduced, with families invited to our outdoor cinema. But perhaps the most popular are the District and County camps.
Into the autumn term, Group’s are invited to book a time slot over the JOTA/JOTI weekend. All about communication, sections can make morse code bracelets, take part in a walkie talkie treasure hunt, learn a foreign craft and talk to Scouts all over the world. The Cubs also enjoy a bowling competition and the Scouts head to Tolmers for the District Night Activities. Lastly, we welcome all families and friends to our fete and fireworks display.
In 2020 a survey about Frith Grange was sent out to all our leaders. Now with those results, we are about to begin our Future Frith project and we have some BIG plans. Stay tuned…