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Cardiff Scouts - About

Who are Cardiff Scouts and what are we all about?


HISTORY

In the early 1990's, Cardiff Scouts produced a number of television commercials to promote the Scout Troops. Below are three early edits of these commercials.


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Also in the early 1990's, Cardiff Scouts produced a fictional television drama episode. You can download this 10 minute episode in WMV format below - please right-click the download button and select " Save Target As... " .


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The following extract is from Tom Robinson, written in 1990 during his time as Cardiff Group Scout Leader.


Early in the month of August 1940 some friends and I got together and decided to try and get a Scout Troop started in Cardiff Heights as there was no Scout Troop in Cardiff at that time.

I had been a Scout with 1st Merewether before coming to live in Cardiff Heights and after explaining to my friends just what Scouting was all about, they were eager to become Scouts. At that time there was a War on (2nd World War) and back in those days we didn't have organised sport for young people, there was no T.V. and very few organised Youth groups. We had to make our own fun and amusement and in our area there was an evergrowing young population just waiting for something to do.

We went into Newcastle to see the Area Secretary for Scouting at Scout Headquarters which was situated above Roxbys Typewriters in Bolton Street, Newcastle. We were given permission to go ahead and start our Scout Troop. Little did we realise what a complex operation starting a Scout Troop was. Firstly we had to find ourselves a Scout Master, then a place to hold our meetings and last but not least, we had to select a colour for our scarf. We began to look for a person to be our Scout Master and finally found a young man named Norman McIntyre, the son of the local Carrier in Cardiff Heights. It was decided, with my [parents'] permission, to hold the meetings at my home, 157 Main Road, Cardiff Heights. This left only the job of selecting the colour combination for our scarf which proved to be the hardest and longest job of the lot. We submitted about half a dozen different colour combinations only to have them rejected each time because some Troop somewhere in Australia already had that particular colour. At last we came up with our present colour combination.

By this time our numbers had begun to grow and we had to look around for somewhere else to hold our meetings. We were lucky enough to get the use of the old Buffalo Lodge Hall. We used this Hall for months but found we were getting boys who lived in Cardiff and [Cardiff South] so it was decided to look for a Hall a little more central. We searched around and found the Albert Lucas Hall in what was then Macquarie Road (now known as Kelton Street) was available, so we moved down to that Hall.

However, at this time we were faced with a problem as our Scout Master had been called up into the Army and so we had to find another. This wasn't easy as most of the young men in the area had also been called up to fight in the War. After a good deal of pleading and pestering, my Father gave in and decided to take on the job. He undertook the Scouter Training Programme and obtained his Warrant, thus becoming the first Warranted Scout Master of 1st Cardiff Heights Scout Troop and at last " A Scout Group was born " .

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The first eight Cardiff Scouts of 1940 were:


  • Tom Robinson
  • Barney Robinson
  • Ross Johnson
  • Kelvin Johnson
  • Gordon Peattie
  • Normal Peattie
  • Ron Williams
  • Frank Newell

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Historic photographs compiled by Tom Robinson in 1990:


                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

     

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