56th Peterborough (Bretton) Scout Group

56th Peterborough (Bretton) Scout Group

The Scout Association provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for 400,000 young people aged 6-25.

Personal development means promoting the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being of the individual, helping them achieve their full potential.

In Scouting, we believe that young people develop most when they are 'learning by doing,' when they are given responsibility, work in teams, take acceptable risks and think for themselves. 

Beaver Scouts are young people usually aged between six and eight years old. They belong to the first and youngest Section in the Scouting family. Young people can join Beaver Scouts in the three months leading up to their sixth birthday.

Cub Scouts are for young people aged between seven years and six months and eight years six months. 

You will get a chance to try lots of different activities like swimming, music, exploring, computing and collecting. If you do them properly you will get a badge which you can wear on your uniform.

You will get a chance to try lots of different activities like swimming, music, exploring, computing and collecting. If you do them properly you will get a badge which you can wear on your uniform.  You will also go on days out to places like theme parks, will visit places like the Fire Station and go on hikes.  There will also be camps and more adventurous activities to participate in.

The Scout Section is for young people, usually aged between 10 years and six months and 14 years. A young person can come in to the Troop at 10 and may stay until they are 14 and six months old. The Scout Troop is the third and final Section in the Scout Group.

Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. "Participation" rather than meeting set standards is the key approach and for the Scout who wants to be recognised for his or her achievements there are a number of Challenges Awards and Activity Badges. Scouts take part in a balanced programme that helps them to find out about the world in which they live, encourages them to know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit and helps develop their creative talents. It also provides opportunities to explore their own values and personal attitudes.

Being outdoors is important and half the programme is given over to taking part in both the traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking as well as the wide range of adventurous activities, anything from abseiling to yachting.

The international aspect gives Scouting a special appeal and many Scouts now travel abroad during their time in the Section. In 2007 40,000 Scouts from around the world attended the World Jamboree in the UK, and Scouts regularly participate in international camps and experiences both on home soil and abroad, each of them a unique experience in its own right.

There has been a Scout Group in Bretton since the early 1970s and following the purchase of a Headquarters building the two existing groups merged to form what is now 56th Peterborough (Bretton) Scout Group.

With the demolition of Bretton Woods School in late 2007, Peterborough City Council gave the Group a 25 year lease on a parcel of ground near The Spinney.

Since then a lot of work has been carried out by Leaders and parents which has resulted in the building being revamped and rewired, the camping area and indoor/outdoor play facilities have been increased and high security measures have been out into place to protect us from vandalism and improve the safety for our young people.

Registered Charity Number:- No. 306101

Who to contact

Scouts Bretton
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Where to go

Bretton Scout HQ


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Other notes

Coronavirus update 17/3/2020

Given the Government’s guidance, all face-to-face Scout meetings, activities and events have been suspended from Tuesday, 17 March 2020. This suspension applies to young people and adults, and will be until further notice



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