What Makes Us A Scout Group?

The 1st Northcray Scout Group was founded in 1911, we meet at Geoffrey Hall, named after Geoffrey Vesey Holt – who was himself an ‘Assistant Scoutmaster’ during the First World War, and whose father was President of the Sidcup Local Association of Baden Powell Boy Scouts. We have been active in our current form since 2016 when our Group Scout Leader Nicola Coppen was asked to re-start what was then a dwindling group.

1st Northcray Scout Group is responsible for three Scouting sections. The Group Scout Leader, Nicola Coppen, is responsible for overseeing the group. She ensures each section is healthy and supports each sectional leader to ensure that our young people are deriving maximum benefit from membership of The Scout Association. Her energy and enthusiasm has grown the group from humble beginnings. The first meeting consisting of 2 Scouts in a rundown hut into its current entity of almost 40 members across three sections. Whilst we are the largest of groups in the District with the passion, dedication and enthusiasm that all the leaders and committee has we hope to one day come within the top 100 in the UK of Groups. The Scouters leading each section are responsible for the organising of the program for that section. They also liaise with other sections to ensure each section is passing its young people onwards and upwards. Moving up the ladder to the next section is always daunting, but we try to ensure our young members are looking forward to moving on.

1st Northcray Scarf Badge

Affiliated to The Royal British Legion

Group Badge from the rear of our Green 7 Brown Scarf

Fun Times

Growing with adventure! We have an active Scout Group with Beavers (6-8 yrs), Cubs (8-10.5 yrs) and Scouts (10.5-14 yrs) with commitment to giving our Young People the confidence they need & #SkillsForLife

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Our Mission

Our mission at 1st Northcray is to allow our young members to explore the wide range of activities that are available to them. From a simple morning hike through to a sport or pass-time such as motor racing.

Scouting was 100 years old in 2007. Founded in 1907 by Lord Robert Baden Powell, scouting has grown to become a recognised movement worldwide. 2018 marked a big milestone for 1st Northcray, as the group celebrated its 100th year of successful scouting. We affiliated to The Royal British Legion and laid a Memorial Stone to Geoffrey Vesey Holt within our grounds as well as hosted the Royal British Legion Thankyou 100 event. We also took part in camps, District events and took the young people on days out.

This gave our BeaversCubsScouts, Young Leaders, Adult Leaders and helpers with an opportunity to enjoy every minute of their time in the group.

Where possible we will use the expertise of adult leaders within the Scout Association. When this is not possible we will use professionals to give our young people the chance to participate in anything and everything we possibly can.

Find Us

Geoffrey Hall

Leafield Lane

Off North Cray Road,


DA14 5EB


Wednesday Nights

Beavers 515pm to 6.30pm

Cubs 6.30pm -7.45pm

Scouts 7.45pm – 9.00pm

Our Young People

We aim to help our 6 to 14 year olds grow both physically, emotionally and spiritually through being a member of our group. We hope they will learn to work as part of a team as well as attaining some level of self-sufficiency. All scouting groups have been required to welcome both boys and girls since 2007 and 1st Northcray is no exception with Girls in all sections although still a little under represented we will always assist where possible to welcome children with disabilities into the group, and we currently have leaders in all section learning BSL to cater for new members that have profound hearing loss.

The young people will start out as dependent, aspire to become independent then become inter-dependant as they begin to see the importance of helping others as well understanding the need to receive help from others. They will make new friends, learn new skills, and most of all, learn to respect themselves and others and have fun in everything they do.

We encourage our young people to take an active part in the Scout Associations award based training program and are active in The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Contact us and join the adventure!