Helensburgh Scouts has been a cornerstone of the Sea Cliff Coast community for over 100 years, helping to guide young boys and girls through their early years of development in a nurturing environment that prepares them for the big world that lays ahead with high school and beyond. The group currently boasts groups for Joeys, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers.
The Helensburgh Scout Troop was first formed by Rev. Smee in 1910. He was the Church of England (Anglican) clergyman in Helensburgh at the time, and was the scout master for twelve years.
His enthusiasm and devotion firmly established the scout movement in the Burgh. Other Church of England ministers followed as scout masters: Revs Peate, Creighton, Gee and Kennedy. Helensburgh young people also rendered sound leadership: David Cox, John Illingsworth, Charlie Edwards, Geoff Cox, Toby Collins, George Finney, Dickie Smith, were just some of the early leaders.
There were a number of times in the past when the troop was disbanded, usually due to a lack of leadership. Yet, within a few years the troop was reformed and again flourishing. This should remind us that the closing down of a Scout troop is not necessarily the end of scouting in that particular suburb.
The Scouts first met in the Church of England “School Hall”, a timber building that still stands today next to the Anglican Church. The scout hall was first built in 1938 by Herb Fackender, Harry Snead, and Tom Fenton and his Helensburgh relief workers, on a corner block of land up from the Anglican church hall. It was burnt down in 1942 and rebuilt that same year. This old hall did service until the new hall was built in the 1980s.
A little known fact is that the “new hall” is a terrific facility that provides a safe and secure space for the community to hire, that also accommodates local businesses such as dance classes, yoga and martial arts. The scout hall is the perfect spot for kids parties, providing a large room, dedicated kitchen with brand new stove, and a fenced yard. The high ceiling makes it perfect if parents would like to hire a jumping castle, without the uncertainty of wet weather – the Scout Hall is the perfect all weather party venue!
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