16th Cambridge

Cambridge District Scout Archive

Littleton House School moved into Mid Cambridgeshire in 1935, the whole of the District being reabsorbed into Cambridge c 1946. DuringWW2 they were run by members of Girton College. From Girton’s War: The Village 1939 – 1945, by D R de Lacey we have reminiscence’s from two of the leaders. Mary Callister and later Pam Gregory were Akelas. The following descriptions are from the recollections.

‘In July 1943 we took the pack camping in a field near the school and I was asked to do the cooking on a field oven, which was completely new to me.’ ‘ One night a German bomber, presumably on his way home, opened fire with his machine gun and some bushes caught fire. There was no panic and the fire was quickly extinguished, but not before one of the boys said “It’s like Moses and the burning bush ‘Miss!”‘

We may hypothesize that the camouflaging of the tents was insufficient.

The school was described as being for ‘Mentally deficient boys’ and the inexperienced leaders taught them knots. ‘Fortunately being mentally deficient , they had forgotten each week what they had learned the week before so it was not really taxing. Then I discovered tracking which was a huge success.’

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JWR Archivist Mar 2019