‘First’ (1st) Groups

Cambridge District Scout Archive

This list is alphabetical. It includes groups with no number and some groups which were mentioned but for which no number or registration has been located.

The change to location rather than number has occurred for a number of reasons and in a number of phases.

‘Cambridge District’ troops were always listed with a locaton e.g. ‘2nd Cambridge District (Longstowe)’. Some, such as Newmarket before the formed a separate District, were 2nd Cambridge District (2nd Newmarket). Whilst the organisation may have recorded Troops as 56th Cambridge the locality did not need or use more than the name. Cambridge troops used sponsors (choirs, schools or churches) as individual markers of affiliation and location.

(Troops within Cambridge Town boundaries were ‘Cambridge’, those outside ‘Cambridge District’. This system was used elsewhere.)

The move to Groups and the end of ‘District’ category in 1932 was not absolute, a few ‘District’ groups hanging on until the 1935 split of Cambridge District. The 1st Harston Log Books name the 56th Cambridge (Haslingfield) of which it was initially a patrol in 1934, but at some point in 1935 became 1st Harston. Nowhere does it name itself 1st Harston before the close of the log books in 1941. The newspaper cutting of South Cambridge activities lists troops (now Groups) by village name only.

Following the re-adsorption of Mid Cambridgeshire into Cambridge District in 1947 the groups, which had carried no number in Mid Cambs., were given numbers in the ’50’s’

Today some groups are 1st and their neighbours just bear the village name.

One renumbering, as the boundaries of Cambridge expanded to include Trumpington, brought the response, ‘you may call us the umpteenth Cambridge, we will always think of ourselves as the first Trumpington.’

Recently a shift to ‘1st’ has been supported within Cambridge District to make the location clear for all. At its latest incarnation 44th Cambridge (Trumpington) renamed itself 1st Trumpington.

The other side of the coin is the 6th/17th Cambridge which is no longer in Cambridge District, but Crafts Hill.

JWR Archivist Mar 2019