About us

We are a small, friendly group based at The Gym, Alder Road, Mortlake. The Group was founded on 11th June 1919. We therefore celebrated our centenary year in 2019/20.

About Us

We are part of the Richmond upon Thames Scout District and Greater London South West County. We are attached to St. Mary the Virgin Church, Mortlake High Street, which is part of the Mortlake and East Sheen Team Ministry.

The Scout Association

The Scout Association exists by the authority of a Royal Charter, granted by King George V in 1912 and supplemented by further Charters granted by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II. These Charters give authority to the Bye Laws of the Association, which are approved by Her Majesty’s Privy Council. The Bye Laws in turn, authorise the making of Rules for the Regulation of the Association’s affairs.


Scouting started with an experimental camp on Brownsea Island in 1907 by Robert Baden-Powell. He wrote the book ‘Scouting for Boys’. Very soon other boys and girls wanted to join in the fun and games. In 1910 he asked his Wife, Olave, to start the Girl Guide Movement. In 1916 as there were so many younger brothers wanting to join, he formed the ‘Wolf Cubs’. In 1920 at a Rally at Crystal Palace he was proclaimed ‘World Chief Scout. Scouting had already started to spread outside the United Kingdom. In 1968 the word “Boy” was dropped from the Boy Scout Association. Also the Wolf Cubs name was changed to “Cub Scouts”. Finally in 1986 Beaver Scouts were introduced for the younger members who are now celebrating their first 25 years.


2007 saw the Centenary of the first camp on Brownsea Island which is in Poole Harbour off the coast of Bournemouth. There were many celebrations including a World Jamboree in the United Kingdom and hundreds of County and District Camps around the Country.

Our Aim

The Aim of the Scout Association is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials, as individuals, as responsible citizens as members of their local, national and international communities. The Scout Association is a voluntary organisation.

Hut Re-opening after renovation in 2017

The Scout Group is made up of five Sections

  1. Beavers 6-8 years
  2. Cub Scouts 8-10.5 years
  3. Scouts 10.5-14 years;
  4. Explorers 14-17 years

Each Section has its own Promise, Law and Regulations.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls