With sections for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers, we provide scouting activities for children and young people aged 6 -18 across Old Malden and New Malden. 1st Old Malden (St John the Baptist) Scout Group has served the young people in the ancient parish of Old Malden since 1950 and is an active, friendly, family Scout Group. We aim at giving “Better Scouting for More Young People in Old Malden” and have a membership of over 100 Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts and Explorer Scouts. In 2005, we were awarded the “County Commissioner’s Standard”; a local Scouting kitemark which recognises good quality, organised Scouting.
We run an exciting weekly programme with the focus on adventure, whilst providing the opportunity to develop friendships and understanding of others in a fun, exciting and safe way. We take part in District events like fun days, camps, competitions. Our young people are involved in national contests and several are also members of our local Scout and Guide Band, one of the best in the country.
We are very proud that one of our members has been lucky enough to represent the UK at the next World Jamboree in Sweden.
Our own headquarters, the Old Malden Scout Centre, is situated behind St. John’s Church Hall in Malden Road and was built with the help of National Lottery funding in 2002. It has been the catalyst in us being able to improve our facilities, equipment and activities ever since.
The Group is “sponsored” by St. John’s, so is very much an integral part of the life and outreach of the parish.
We regularly recruit new Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers - boys and girls aged 6 through to 18. We are also always on the lookout for new leaders and helpers too!