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Keeping the Past alive for the future

Off to campEvery Scout Group, District and the County has its own unique story and it is vital that Records, Photographs, Presentation and Event details are preserved for everyone’s benefit as well as for generations to come.

Periodically changes have taken place Programme changes, Age Group changes, Uniforms, Badges even the logo and name change from Boy Scouts to Scouts.

Hampshire Scouts centrally through the appointment of a County Archivist Ken Sherman has diligently over the past 20 years brought together personnel records that are the envy of many other Counties.

In the last few years, Presenting, Preserving and Promoting the Heritage of Hampshire Scouting has been the aim of a small group of ex-leaders,  they have collected and stored past records, artefacts and memorabilia which record the history and changes that have taken place within Hampshire Scout County.scouting since 1907

This unique collection increases each day through the efforts of individuals within the County, they have been surprised by the generosity of many people who have donated items to this collection, to date over 3000 books, manuscripts and records relating to Hampshire Scouting have been brought together and catalogued.

Cluster of badgesUnder the auspices of a Badge Co-ordinator, The Hampshire Scout Heritage Team also has developed a unique collection of Hampshire Scout Badges that are mounted and fully catalogued in some 32 volumes that are available to all sections and areas for displays and events. This work and displays has proven to be an interest to all members, young and not so young, there is much public interest generally finding their own towns and villages and the link between local groups, the Scouts and the community.