11th Cambridge District: Outline

Cambridge District Scout Archive


  • Cambridge District troops are those outside Cambridge Town boundaries.  Some troops altered from Cambridge District to Cambridge as the boundaries altered. This system ended in steps between 1928 and 1935 and all roups used Cambridge numbers.
  • Packs were not formally attached to troops until the move to the Group system in 1928.
  • Many of these District troops are poorly recorded.


  • 11th Cambridge District (Duxford)                1912
  • 11th Cambridge District (Ickleston)              1915
  • 11th Cambridge District (Ickleston)  Pack    1918
  • 11th Cambridge District (Castle Camps)       1920
  • 11th Cambridge District (Whittlesford)
  • 11th Cambridge District (Castle Camps)       1923
  • 11th Cambridge District (Over)                     1925


11th Cambridge District (Duxford)                1912

Noted to be ‘Initially independent now BP Scouts’.  It is not known if they were part of any other Scouting body.  Recorded in 1912- 1913 AGM report.

Sept 1913        1 leader 20 Scouts

  • SM       Marsden Whelpton
  • ASM’s  None

‘Noted that ‘In the Long Vaccation 1913 troop left without (any) officers.’ ’ Unsatisfactory until local control can be arranged’

1913    No officers      PL Chandler at John’s St Duxford.

Oct 1914         SM A Hattersley          Downing College who has extend the troop to Ickleston and Hauxton.


11th Cambridge District (Ickleston)              1918

Mention – no details


11th Cambridge District (Ickleston)  Pack    1918

Mention – no details


11th Cambridge District (Castle Camps)       1919                Open               9501

The troop was registered with Cambridge Association in April 1919.  It is recorded twice in 1919 but without a number. Mentioned June 1920 by 1922 they were meeting at the Sunday School with two leaders and 11 Scouts.

  • SM       Rev F W Cropper
  • ASM     C F G Cropper

In January 1923 Rev Cropper transferred to Horseheath and started a troop – 19th Cambridge District. 

11th Cambridge District (Whittlesford)

Probably an error, both Castle Camps and Whittlesford are mentioned as running in the January 1920 Reveille!, the single issue District magazine but without numbers.  In a list of Jamboree attendees in 1920 Castle Camps is given as 6th for the only time and Whittlesford 11th.


11th Cambridge District (Castle Camps)       1920 – 1923

Later in 1920 Castle Camps is again the 11th Cambridge District and again in1923.


11th Cambridge District (Over)                     1925 – 1928                             15953

Two officers and 12 Scouts in 1927

  • SM       Raymond G W Thoday
  • ASM     Frederick Britton

Scarf ‘maroon’ and meeting at Albion House home of SM.  It was last mentioned in 1930 as ‘District’ Troop. It possibly became 37th Cambridge for a short time.

JWR Archivist Jan 2023