Who we are
Welcome to the 5th Wiltshire B-P Scout Group!
The 5th Wiltshire offers young people and adults aged from 6 to 60 (and beyond) a complete scouting adventure with a wide variety of outdoor and indoor activities based in Ludgershall. Young people and adults from the Ludgershall, Tidworth, Collingbourne Kingston, Collingbourne Ducis, Everleigh, Chute, Weyhill, Perham Down, and surrounding villages are welcome to register for a place with our group. In fact if you can pick up Castledown Radio you're in our catchment area.
If you'd like to register a young person (or several) for a place in the group, please complete the relevant registration form on this site to join our register of interest. There's no lower age limit to join our register and we'll send you a registration pack to complete if spaces are available. Once you're offered a place in the Group we'll give you a registration pack which contains all the information you need to know as well as some important forms that need to be completed.
What do we do?
Founded over 40 years ago and uniquely granted the 'B-P' name by his widow, the Baden-Powell Scout Association provides outdoor adventures using the latest kit backed by a programme based on the traditional values of mutual respect, service to others and trying out new and exciting personal challenges.
Five different sections are on offer from age 6 to adult.
Beavers - Ages 6 to 8
Wolf Cubs - Ages 8 to 11
Scouts - Ages 11 to 15
Senior Scouts - Ages 15 to 18
Rover Scouts - Ages 18 up
As a provider of outdoor adventures and fun for young people we share the aims of the founder of world Scouting, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, which are still very relevant to today's world. We aim to provide fun and adventure in a safe, caring environment to those entrusted to our care.
All sections run mixed programmes of activities and badge work based on learning traditional skills, crafts and respect for self and others. This would include navigation, camping, cooking, crafts, local people and organisations and games. Members of the Group will experience a wide variety of activities and events which will stretch their imagination, give them unforgettable memories and provide them with skills and evidence for their futures (and CV).
We rely on some basic rules to ensure that everyone has fun in a safe and encouraging atmosphere. This is to ensure that each child enjoys the Group and the Group itself enjoys each child.
All the leaders of the Group are fully insured, CRB checked and trained in the scouting skills they share. Our leaders have over 30 years experience and include experts in First Aid, Navigation, Pioneering, Archery plus Children's Care and Development. All finances of the Group are open to scrutiny by parents and are managed solely by an independent Treasurer.
As a B-P Scout Group we will also be active in the local community providing help and service to other groups and organisations. This might include running coffee mornings, helping fund raise or painting and gardening.
For older Scouts we will offer more adventurous expeditions and activities in conjunction with our fellow groups across the UK and Europe. This might include Abseiling in Dartmoor, Hiking in Northumbria, Canoeing in the Lake District or Snow Caves in the Cairngorms.
How are we different to other organisations?
We're not in competition with any other organisation and are happy to see any events or activities that are run for the benefit of young people as there's always room for another.
As we do get asked - where we differ is in the following areas:
Different uniform and badge programme
All volunteers with no paid staff
Bursary scheme of up to £500 for adults to undertake recognised outdoor training
Compulsory training in the camp craft and other skills given to youngsters
All sections based in one location
As a registered centre we offer the full Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme within the group
National and International Jamborees that are low cost (£200 for a week) and open to all group members (no selection process)
Adult section for adults to enjoy adventure travel and experiences too
All leaders able to attend and vote at the Association AGM on an equal basis - no hierarchy
Leaders in older sections required to pass a Safety In The Hills Leaders course equivalent to higher than the national Walking Group Leader Award for running hikes and expeditions such as D of E.