About us

About Us

At a meeting held on the 19th May 1916, it was decided to form a troop of boy scouts to be called 1st Camps Bay. Mr Ward-Cox was the first Scoutmaster. There were initially 13 scouts, which by November 1916 had risen to 72. Shortly thereafter another troop 2nd Camps Bay was started and operated until the mid 1930’s.

It was agreed that the colours of the scarf worn by the troop would be chocolate and lemon. These colours were taken from the colours of the trams that ran from Cape Town to Camps Bay over Kloofnek to the tram sheds (now The Bay Theatre) in Link Street.

The inaugural meeting of the 1st Camps Bay Group Committee was held in the Bowling Club House on Wednesday, 16th September 1931.

The group reached its peak during the 1980’s when the group, pack and troop excelled in various Area and District Competitions either winning or being in the first three places of Tonkin Trophy, Rayner Trophy, Upton Shield, Edward Shield, Goudie Shield, Jumbo Trophy, Rawson Cup, Area Athletics Area Swimming, Berlinski Shield and the Lyons Cup.

Over the years, World Jamborees have been attended by many of the group’s scouts. John Chicken was the first to represent the group at the first World Jamboree in 1920. He was one of 300 scouts from South Africa who travelled to England in one of the holds of the Balmoral Castle, some sleeping in hammocks as there were insufficient bunks. Amongst other activities, the South African contingent visited Buckingham Palace and was inspected by King George V and Queen Mary. They also had a trip over London in a Handley Page plane.

In the 1990’s it became more and more difficult to find scouters. The group had a strong pack and a strong committee but few scouts and no troops scouters. 1st Green & Sea Point had 6 cubs but no pack scouter, a small troop and several troop scouters, so after many discussions in 1998 a decision was made to amalgamate the two groups.

Read the full history here…

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