The first Scout Troop in Paddock Wood
We believe that Scouts started to meet in Paddock Wood in 1919.
From an article published on Friday 26 September 1919 in Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser
“A company of Paddock Wood Boy Scouts has been formed under Scoutmaster F Carden with every promise of success. It has received its first inspiration largely from the excellent company at Yalding, which has done so much good in the parish, and a better idea could not be desired for the Paddock Wood boys than that they should follow the aims and work so well carried out at Yalding under Mr Southgate. They were visited on Saturday by a Troop of the Glanville Scouts from Maidstone who were lodged under the direction of Mr Walker of the Kent Arms, and attended Church Parade together on Sunday morning.”
1st Paddock Wood Scout Troop was registered with the Scout Association at Gilwell Park on 2nd April 1928 and then re-registered as 1st Paddock Wood Scout Group in November 1928
Jesse Turner, a member of the Paddock Wood Troop, drowned in the Medway in 1932, aged 12. His fellow Scouts carried his coffin to his final resting place in Capel (St. Thomas a Becket) Churchyard.
A number of Scouts branched off to start scouting in Capel/Tudeley in 1936.
The local newspaper reports about the dedication of a new flag at St. Andrew’s in October 1937. Tudeley Scouts also attended and were entertained to tea at the Masonic Hall afterwards.
In 1947 the title of the Group changed to 10th Tonbridge (Paddock Wood) Scout Group. This Troop became part of the breakaway movement of BP Scouts in the 1970’s and the registration with the Scout Association was cancelled in 1977.
The Current Group
The 11th Tonbridge (St Andrews Paddock Wood) was formally registered on 15th May 1969. The Group started with 12 Wolf Cubs the cub pack and a scout troop was started by 1971. A second cub pack and a Venture Scout Unit were both up and running by 1975. A third cub pack was started in 1983.
The group has served the youth of Paddock Wood and the surrounding areas since then.
The Group is part of the UK Scout Association which in turn is part of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM)