Helpston Scout and Guide Association

Helpston Scout & Guide Association was formed and registered as a charity in 1974. Its purpose is to promote and support the activities of Scouts and Guides in the Helpston area.

First among its responsibilities is to maintain and develop our Scout & Guide Centre, a converted Methodist chapel in West Street.  The Centre was extensively refurbished with modern facilities and purpose-designed activity areas in 2007, in time for the Scout Association’s centenary celebrations. The premises are open for use by others. To find out how, contact Geoff Crookes on 01733 252239.

Currently the Association supports the activities of the following sections:

7th Peterborough (Helpston Village) Scouts were first formed in 1912, only 5 years after the first scout camp on Brownsea Island, and has continued with few breaks to this day.  We have just celebrated our Centenary with a number of major events.  Whilst most things have changed tremendously in the last 100 years, scouting has remained very true to the initial idea, which was to give boys independence, confidence and life skills along with the ability to work with others while having fun. The Scout Section is for young people, usually aged between 10 and a half and 14 years. A young person can come in to the Troop at 10 and may stay until they are 15 years old.

At present we are fortunate to have a strong group of leaders, which means that our programme input is varied and interesting. Being in a country area, we have plenty of opportunity to move from our headquarters to outside activities such as cooking over wood fires, hiking and camping.

Being outdoors is important and half the Programme is given over to taking part in both the traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking as well as the wide range of adventurous activities, anything from abseiling to yachting. Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.

If you would like more information about Scouts in Helpston please contact Nick Drewett on 01778 348107.

Cub Scouts are usually 8 or 9 years old. There are loads of fun things Cub Scouts can do, like swimming, music, exploring, hiking and collecting. Most of them will qualify for  badges to wear on their uniform.

Cubs also get to go on trips and days out, to places like the zoo, theme parks or a farm. They also go camping with the rest of their Pack, sleeping in a tent and doing loads of outdoor activities.

If you would like more information about Cub Scouts in Helpston please contact Sarah Owen on 01733 897065.

Beaver Scouts are young people usually aged six or seven years old. They belong to the first and youngest Section in the Scouting family. Young people can join Beaver Scouts in the three months leading up to their sixth birthday. They can move to the next Section, Cub Scouts when they reach their eighth birthday.

Easily recognised by their distinctive turquoise sweatshirts, Beavers enjoy making friends, playing games, going on visits and helping others.  They usually meet together once a week on Friday evenings.

If you would like more information about our Beaver colony, please contact Paula Metharam on 01733 746056.

Raibows are the youngest members of the Guide family for girls aged five to seven. Rainbows is all about developing self-confidence, building friendships, learning new things and having fun. Girls get their hands dirty with arts and crafts, trying out cooking and playing games. Rainbows is all about learning by doing.

Rainbows follow a programme called the Rainbow Jigsaw, through which they can take part in lots of different activitites with girls their own age.  The Rainbow jigsaw has four areas:    Look   Learn   Laugh   Love 

If you would like more information about our Rainbow unit, please contact Margaret Brown on 01733 685806


Brownie Guides are girls aged seven to ten.  They take part in indoor and outdoor adventurous activities, special events, day trips, sleepovers, camps and holidays that challenge them to do their best!  Girls can also extend their knowledge and abilities by working towards Brownie interest badges covering many different hobbies and activities from Science investigator to Circus skills. Their regular meetings are action-packed and full of challenges, often ones that the Brownies have suggested themselves. Brownies become a member of a Six, and follow the programme called the Brownie Adventure that is divided into three areas:    You  –  Community  –  World.    The  adventure reflects the world of exciting opportunities, challenges, fun and frienship that is Brownies.   

If you would like more information about our Brownioe unit, please contact Morag Sweeney on 01733 252088 or


Guides is our section for girls aged ten to fourteen.  By becoming part of a worldwide community of girls who learn together ans share skills and experiences, Guides have the chance to get out there and do something really different. Members take part in a wide range of exciting activities at their regular meetings, and at special events or holidays.  Girls can get involved in anything from adventure sports to performing arts, travel and taking part in community action projects.  Guides work together in small groups or “Patrols” and, with the support of an adult leader, choose and run some of the activities themselves using GO FOT IT! resource packs.

The Guide programme is divided into five areas:    Discovery of new experiences and challenges           Healthy lifestyles      Global awareness      Skills and relationships      Celebrating diversity

Currently we do not have a Guide Unit in Helpston. If you are interested in becoming part of a team helping to re-start a Guide Unit we would be delighted to talk to you.

If you would like to know more about  Guides please e-mail Morag Sweeney on 01733 25088 or


If you are an adult who would like to find out more about becoming involved in Rainbows, Brownies or Guides on a regular or occasional basis, please ring Morag on 01733 252088


And if you are an adult who would like to be involved in Scouting in any way, please don’t wait to be asked! Contact Geoff on 01733 252239.



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