Cambridge District Scout Archive
Camp gateways are a traditional Scout pioneering project, notionally to delineate the camp site entrance but with a strong function as a display of scouting skills. In large camps they act to identify a site amongst many. Most pioneering books give versions of gates. John Sweet, local Field Commissioner for Cambridgeshire, provided the basics of much pioneering in his ‘Scout Pioneering’, and some gates – the star of David gate, the up and over gate. He also gave the advice that the gate is the ‘cherry on the cake’ and is the last part of constructing a camp, not the first.
References to camp gateways are few; few gateways are especially memorable.
1937 World Scout Jamboree Holland
1953 Sandringham Camp 700 Scouts from Cambridgeshire
7th Cambridge Gateway representing the school crest
26th Cambridge Gateway from trek cart handle and a two tier table from the wheels
1957 International Jamboree Sutton Park Cambridge Camp had a cyclist atop the camp gate which pedalled furiously when the gate was opened. It was known as ‘George’. (From R. Summerfields’ album)
The shields of each District are visible.
JWR Archivist May 2019