Southwark District Scouts supports the everyday adventure of almost 600 young people across the borough.
Southwark District Scouts is part of The Scout Association of the United Kingdom and is one of five borough based Scout Districts which together make-up the Scout County of Greater London South. Most of our Groups have their own Beaver Scout Colony, Cub Scout Pack, and Scout Troop. We also have three Explorer Scout Units and a Local Scout Network.We aim to offer challenge and adventure to all our members. We believe in helping our young people fulfill their potential by working in teams, learning by doing and thinking for themselves. We're working to make Scouting available to all and we're passionate about what we do.
Through the adventure of Scouting, young people get to take risks in a safe environment, and have their first taste of responsibility. We give young people experiences they’ll never forget. The sort of adventure we offer is the chance to experience something different and the opportunity to challenge. When a Beaver Scout wakes up the morning after a sleep over, or a Cub Scout has just got over her fear of heights by completing her first abseil - that’s adventure.
We provide hundreds of activities. Remember, Scouting isn’t just about activities for their own sake. We encourage our young people to feel the buzz of the challenge and then reflect on what that means. Did they have fun? Do they feel more confident? Would they do it again?
We annually have District Beaver Sleepover, District Cub Camp and District Scout Camp. Alongside sports days, chess competitions, cooking competitions and loads more.
All this is made possible by the efforts of our 300 strong dedicated team of hard working voluntary adults. With award winning training and one-to-one support, we make sure that each one of our volunteers gets to make the best use of their skills and talents.
Our adults have a responsibility to make sure that our Programme is fun and exciting. They also make sure that it is safe. Our policies, rules, code of behaviour and advice on child protection and safety are there to ensure our young people stay safe while they enjoy themselves and learn.
It’s something different from the norm, and that why a lot of people like it. In fact, it’s what’s made us part of the largest co-educational youth Movement in the country.
We can't solve all the problems in the world but we can help to make it a better place. Scouting makes a positive contribution to society by helping young people to develop as active members of the community who are self reliant, who are caring, who are responsible, who show commitment.
Meet Southwark’s District Commissioner: Liz Fricker
My name is Liz and I am the current District Commissioner of Southwark Scouts. My task is to make sure your children and the volunteers are getting the best experience they can from Scouting, whether this been District activities and the full inclusion of all involved or to ensuring the adults have the support to complete their training to a high standard.
I have been in post for 4 years but have been in Scouting all my life. So much so that I went camping at the grand old age of 6 months and have never looked back since. Through my Scouting it has helped me be a more positive and active person. I am always on the look out for new members to come and join my dynamic team. From a group position to a District position there are many avenues to pursue.