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

Back us in the Co-op Local Community Fund

We're excited to announce that you can now back us in the Co-op Local Community Fund, which gives 1% of what you spend on selected co-op products and services back to us as your chosen cause - that's on top of the 5% you would get.

What do I need to do?

1) If you're not already, become a member of the Co-operative. It costs £1 and you can apply here (or pick one up instore). 

2) Go online, or telephone, and back 1st Washington Scout Group as your local cause.

3) Spend on selected Co-operative branded products and services and make sure to use your membership card!

We're planning on starting work on the HQ over the next year, securing our purpose-built building for future generations. Money raised from this will substanially help us be able to do that. We're not asking you at shop at the Co-op specifically for us, but if you do already shop there, even if it's just every now and then, please make sure that you swipe or scan your membership card at the checkout.

Thank you for your support.

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!

Half way throughout centenary year we descend on Penshaw Monument for a photograph

This Saturday we made our way up Penshaw monument to take part in a centenary photo. Not everyone in the group was able to make it but we did have a great turn out none the less.

We climbed to the top of the monument for our main group shot and then headed back to Herrington Country Park to take a drone shot of all of the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers making a giant "100" it was amazing to be part of the event. You can check out our efforts on our YouTube channel.

Monday Night Beavers - Come and Join Us!

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