5th Cambridge

Cambridge District Scout Archive

Re reading the information below it needs some explanation.

The 5th ran continuously from 1908 to 2008. It was registered in 1919, along with other troops nationally, with Imperial HQ with the number 903. The troop was first identified in District records with this designation in 1921. Records from this time are few. The pack was registered in 1922. At this point although effectively a Group they were registered separately. With the amalgamation of troop and pack and the official recognition of Groups in 1928 they were re registered as 7555.

The original registration of 903 reflects the place of the 1st and the 2nd Cambridge which both were deemed to predate the Perse and were in existence at that time. The 3rd and 4th had several incarnations and were not active at this first registration.

Although the designation as (only) the 5th Cambridge Troop has been challenged there is no clear evidence to suggest that the early lists were wrong. The 1st and 2nd both have very early dates as identified by archives, the 3rd and 4th are harder to give starting dates.

It is clear that the 5th was a 1908 troop and the longest running troop in Cambridge Scouting history. The Perse Expeditionary Society (PES) has taken on the Scouting role within the Perse and is a very successful group.


JWR Archivist Mar 2019