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.

Our Scouts and Guides are members of one of the following units. Perhaps you know a young person who would like to join them.

Beaver Scouts are the youngest members of the Scout movement, aged between six and eight. They meet weekly to take part in a wide range of activities including games, crafts, singing, visits and good turns, along with plenty of outdoor activities. Beavers also have the opportunity to take part in the fun and excitement of  camps and sleepovers. It may be the first night away from home so it’s a real adventure for them.

If you would like more information about our Beaver Scout unit, please contact Alison Cook on 07437 909735

Our Cub Scout pack is for Cub Scouts aged between eight and ten. They are organised into small groups called sixes. Cubs take part in a wide range of activities designed to be interesting and challenging. A Cub scout meeting consists of games and activities with plenty of time spent outdoors.  Camps and holidays are some of the most memorable events of the year for cubs

If you would like more information about our Cub Scout unit, please contact Paula Metharam on 07896 163598

Scouts are available to all young people between ten and fourtenn. The Scout Troop consists of small units of six to eight Scouts called Patrols, led by a Patrol Leader. Outdoor activities feature prominently, with the highlight being camping. Throughout the year, Scouts learn various skills, such as map reading, camp cooking and first     aid in preparation for camp. Rock climbing, canoeing, photography and international experiences are just some of the things that they get up to.

If you would like more information about our Scouts, please contact Mark Crookes at or on 07808 633018

Explorers are encouraged to lead themselves in deciding the programme and direction of the unit, with support and guidance form Leaders. The section also includes the Young Leaders’ Scheme, where young people are able to take on a leadership role in one of the younger sections. There is wider scope for activities like sailing, campaigning, performing, parascending, mountaineering and overseas expeditions.

If you would like more information about our Explorer Scout unit, please contact Nick Drewett on 07900 585072

Rainbows are the youngest members of the Guide family for girls aged five to seven. Rainbows is all about having the space to try new things and have fun.  Rainbows learn by doing they get their hands dirty, do sports, arts and crafts and play games.  Through taking part in a range of different activities with girls their own age. Rainbows develop self-confidence and make lots of new friends.  building  friendships, learning new things and having fun.

If you would like more information about our Rainbow unit, please contact Julia Mason on 07780 688542

Brownies are girls aged seven to ten.  Brownies offers girls exciting opportunities to have fun, make new friends, try new things and discover their potential.  They make their own decisions, learn new hobbies, develop skills and explore other cultures.  They follow the Brownie Adventure programme in their unit  meetings, get adventurous,  go to special events, day trips, sleepovers, camps and holidays. Brownies work together to explore their place within their community and the world.

If you would like more information about our Brownie unit, please contact Morag Sweeney on 07801 357701

Guides is our section for girls aged ten to fourteen.  Guides get out there and do something really different.  At Guides you plan your own meetings and explore new places, go on camps and trips and learn skills for life. Guides have an amazing time at exclusive events like BIG GIG concert and our very own fun packed festival   wellies and wristbands.  You can even get involved in the Youth Leadership programme.

If you would like more information about our Guide Unit please contact Nicola Kerr on 07739 098113

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 find out more about joining the Everyday Adventure by becoming involved in Beavers, Cubs, or Scouts on a regular or occasional basis, please contact Martin Hall on 0778 707952 or email at

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Linda Holmwood October 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Seeking Morag Sweeney

A Blast from the past.

Trying to let those that knew Fred Holmwood of his recent death.
Been out of touch too long, don’t recognise many of the names
but would like you and Carol to know.


Roy Hinchliff October 3, 2019 at 11:41 am

Hi Linda, I have forwarded your message to Morag


Morag Sweeney October 3, 2019 at 4:51 pm

Hi Linda, good to hear from you just a shame about the circumstances. So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing you must be absolutely lost without him. Please drop me an email and we can catch up properly.
Kind regards


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