Cambridge District Scout Archives
This is a growing list of Chief Scout visits to Cambridge and Cambridgeshire.
The Boy Scouts Association’s Chief Scouts of the British Empire and Commonwealth
- Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, died 8 January 1941
- Arthur Somers-Cocks, 6th Baron Somers, 1942 – d 1944
- Thomas Corbett, 2nd Baron Rowallan, 1945 – 1959
- Sir Charles Maclean, later Lord Maclean, 1959 – 1972
The Scout Association’s Chief Scouts of the United Kingdom and Overseas Territories
- Sir William Gladstone, July 1972 – 1982
- Major-General Michael J. H. Walsh, February 1982 – 1988
- Sir Garth Morrison, May 1988 – 1996
- George Purdy, March 1996 – 2004
- Peter Duncan, 5 September 2004 – 2009
- Bear Grylls, 11 July 2009 – 2020
Baden Powell See separate pages d 1941
Lord Somers d 1944
1941/42 AGM Plans had been made for Lord Somers to visit Cambridge on the 1st and 2nd of May 1942, to have a communal meal in the Dorothy cafe and review a County Rally in Cambridge on the 2nd. It was cancelled in April due to his illness.
(1943 ‘Several Cubs and Scouts from Cambridge had attended a meeting in Haverhill at which the Chief Scout was present.’ District Minutes)
1944 Proposed visit of Chief Scout 13/5/1944 Cancelled Ill health
1944 Deputy Chief Scout Sir Percy Everett attended Perse Field Day
28/2/1946 60th Crew were guests of the University Rover Scout Club at a meeting in Trinity Old Combination Room where they met the Chief Scout. Scouters welcome.
23/03/1946 Lord Rowallan, Chief Scout, at Guildhall Cambridge rally 23/3/1946 5th records Three Counties Rally
Cambridgeshire Rally 23/3/46 Guildhall, 24/3/46 Drill Hall East Road
Professor Duff ‘won a stuffed elephant (the word toy inserted) at the 11th/9th Group Fair and it had been presented to the Chief Scout for his daughter’.
And Drill Hall East Road? 5/46
1948 40th Anniversary rally and Camp on Midsummer Common (plus Chief?)
1952 Degree of Doctorate of Scouting bestowed on Lord Rowallan by University RSL 10th November following his appearance at Union. Sky blue
1957 In attendance at the 17th International Conference held in Cambridge. Presented all the delegates with a commemorative medal.
Implied visit 1962
Sir William Gladstone
1976 ‘Spent a weekend here (in June), the Sunday Morning with scouts camped at Longstowe and in the afternoon going on to Abington Campsite to open the new buildings and improvements’ 70 years of scouting Ken North County Scout camp
1976 On the occasion of the Chief Scout visiting Abington the District occupied the campsite and the adjacent playing field. 20/6/1976
1978 Croxton Park Cam Jam ‘First visit by a Chief Scout for many years’ CC
Major-General Michael J. H. Walsh
1986 Michael Walsh County visit Arbury School
Sir Garth Morrison
1989 Garth Morrison County visit Witchford Village College
1991 Mid Anglia visit
2013 Littleport Leisure Centre 2013
JWR Archivist Jan 2019