Welcome to 1st Washington Scout Group


1st Washington Scout Group have been providing adventure for the young people of Washington since 1916.

 Based at our HQ on the corner of Glebe Crescent, opposite John F. Kennedy Primary School, we offer a varied programme of adventurous activities.

Please explore the site to get a flavour of what Scouting can offer you.

Meet the Sections

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Beavers - 6-8 Cubs 8-11 Scouts 11-14 Explorers 14-18

Summer Camp Countdown

countdownNot long to go before our annual Summer Camp at Bassentwaite Lake. Hopefully you have paid the balance of your money and all of your paperwork is submitted.

If you can't find your forms, or have misplaced a letter no problem, they are available for download below.

We meet every Friday in the run up to camp so you have plenty of opportunity to help out with the preparations.

Read more: Summer Camp Countdown

Bookings now open for Summer Camp 2017


1 week full of adventure... Camping surrounded by world-class scenary, under the shadow of Skiddaw...
1st Washington Summer Camp - Saturday 5 - Saturday 12 August 2017


Who can go?


Summer Camp is open to all of our Scouts and Explorers.


How much is it?


At Troop night we build up your knowledge and skills so you can get as much enjoyment as possible out of the week. It’s what being a Scout is all about - the highlight

of the Scouting Year.


How much will it cost?


The cost of the camp for seven days of activities, food, transport and fun is only £175. 

If you’d like to pay in instalments, or cost is standing in the way of you saying "yes" please speak to us.

To grab your place now simply fill in and return the slip in the flyer below by Friday the 28th of April.



A Christmas present from the Troop

We've learned a lot about making films in the last few weeks as part of our work toward the photographer's badge.

We thought we'd take the time to create a special festive treat for you all. With a little bit of Christmas, special effects, magic.

Ho Ho Ho!

1st Washington are a 100 years old this year - celebrate with us!

1st Washington Centenary Badge GoldThis year is the centenary of our Scout group which was founded in 1916.

It's a very exciting time for us and we are hard at work planning a range of centenary events to mark the event.

These include:

  • Opening up our Summer Camp to the whole group - details of that are coming soon
  • Our Scout/Explorer trip to Iceland.
  • A group photograph - we aim to get a photograph of everyone who is currenlty in the group via Drone at Herrington Country Park on Saturday the 18th of June - Everyone who attends will get our commemorative centenary badge (shown left) to wear on their shirt.
  • Launching a range of special merchandise to commemorate the event. 
  • A celebration event on the 5th of November

Special Centenary Merchandise

Read more: 1st Washington are a 100 years old this year - celebrate with us!

Follow us in the footsteps of Baden-Powell - Sunday 6 November

Cubs will be following in the footsteps of Robert Baden-Powell, as we retace the hike taken from Fourstones to Humshaugh (both near Hexham) on the first ever BP scout camp. This is a chance to join us as we not only celebrate Cubs 100, but also our Scout groups centenary.

A guide will be joining us throughout the walk, and those who attend will be have the opportunity to buy a commemorative badge, woggle and certificate for £4. As we remember this special place in Scouting history, we will also be renewing our promise at Look Wide Cairn.

Date: Sunday 6 November

Meet: 1st Washington HQ

Wear: Uniform with walking shoes/boots

Depart: 9.30am (tbc)

Arrive back: Approx 3-4pm

Please click here to book a seat on our minibus (£2 voluntary donation to cover running costs). We will be opening bookings to other sections within the group after the 9th of October.   

You must bring a waterproof jacket, as well as a packed lunch and water bottle in your backpack. Those not on the minibus - family & friends - are invited to meet us for 11am outside of the Red Lion on Stonegate Road, Newbrough (postcode NE47 5AR).

HLS Alpine Adventure 2017 has launched!

Since 2002, Scouts from Houghton-le-Spring District have enjoyed international adventures abroad - visiting many countries across Europe. Each year, the adventure goes from strength to strength and provides opportunities for young people to experience a broad range of activities, other cultures, traditions and ways of life. 
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Scouts coming home from international adventures are part of a team, a scouting family that spans ages, abilities and scout groups. 100% of scouts attending in 2016 rated this trip as GOOD or BRILLIANT. 
Its amazing fun, jam-packed with adventurous activity and guaranteed to form lasting memories and life-long friendships.
Parents comment on the trip being extremely good value for money and appreciate the experience of the adult team leading the adventure. 
There are lots of opportunities to raise funds to reduce the cost, and last year, many scouts paid less than £200 for a week in the French alps. 
Adding an international dimension to Scouting is an opportunity not to be missed!
This year, we're off to the French Alps in May 2017 half term and from today, this popular event is open for booking. 
Read more: HLS Alpine Adventure 2017 has launched!