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Group History



 The 17th Reigate Scout Group has been around for 90 years and during that time the group has gone from strength to strength. There have been times when the group was at the point of closure through lack of leaders but somehow it has continued. Perhaps it is by the grace of God that the 17th survives.
The Scout Group began in 1915, having being approved its formation at the District Scout Council on March 5 1915. Father C M Westlake, the then Parish Priest of St Joseph’s became the first scoutmaster with Cubs meeting on Wednesdays between 6 and 8.15pm and Scouts on Thursday between 7.30 and 9.30pm. They met in the large room of the hall on the south side of the old St Joseph’s Church in Brighton Road. Subscriptions at that time were 1p a week for Cubs and 2p a week for Scouts.
Over the years Scouts have come and gone Senior Scouts turned into Venture Scouts and then into Explorers, Cubs grown up and Beavers introduced. There have been many leaders, helpers and friends associated with the Group who have helped bring Scouting to all the young people.