Our History

In the beginning …

In 1980 the group acquired a pack of cubs and a den at Littledale from 14th Lancaster, which had disbanded due to a lack of committee members. Later that year it held its first ever family camp, at Littledale. In 1982 Castleton Venture Scout Unit (now Explorers) was formed: the founding members (including our GSL, David Greene) held a mass investiture in Ripley school’s swimming pool!

13th Lancaster moved to its present HQ in 1989, and opened its beaver colony in 1990. In 1992 the first girls joined the group, being invested into the beavers, and the hut was extended. By 1995 the group celebrated its 70th anniversary: “70 years and still going strong, surviving changes in society that has sadly seen the decline in willingness to become involved in any service that requires voluntary and personal sacrifice of time and effort. Quite an achievement! Much is owed to those who did make that personal sacrifice and contribution to time, effort and enthusiasm to sustain a movement, a movement whose ethos has helped build the character of many a young man.” (And latterly, many a young woman too).

Finally, our own HQ …

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