Group History

Burtonwood Scouts was first registered with the Scout Association on 14th May 1976 as the 16th Warrington (1st Burtonwood) Scout Group.

Initial Group Registration Document (1976)

The group initially opened with a Scout Section meeting on a Friday evening at Burtonwood Community Centre under the leadership of Mr. S. Openshaw and Mr. I. Bowden. The Cub Scout section followed shortly after under the leadership of Mrs. J. Duncalf and Mrs. T. Allard.

Initially meeting in Burtonwood Community Centre, the group moved into its own building off Chapel Lane in approximately 1984 and has been meeting there ever since.

Repairing the Scout Hut (2009 Warrington Guardian Image).

Camping is at the heart of Scouting and the first camp was held at Bispham Hall Scout Estate in Wigan with camps in the Peak District in 1976, Great Tower, Windermere in 1982 and more recently District Camps held in 2017 and 2019.

Winners of District Camp 2017 in Chorley (Warrington Guardian Image, 2017)

Starting with six Scouts the group has gone from strength to strength providing roughly 70 young people and 10 Leaders across the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout and Scout Sections with #SkillsForLife.

Our members are seen with our unique purple and white neckers which Mr. I. Bowden explains comes from the Scout Group he was involved in as a young person – 39th Haymarket in Edinburgh who wore all purple neckers. The group adopted this, with a white border. Not only is our necker unique the group also wears the Burtonwood Brewery Sign on their arm. It is understood that this is due to the Chairman of Burtonwood Brewery acting as the Group Patron in the early years.

On 14th May 2026 the group will celebrate its 50th anniversary providing #SkillsForLife to the young people of Burtonwood.