Scout Newsletters

Cambridge District Scout Archive


The ‘Our Scout Life’ column in the Cambridge Journal (1915 -1923) reported the presence of ‘one or two’ troop magazines. The 22nd ‘The Doings’ was later named as was Koorr Kree of the 17th.

  • 1st Cambridge                                      Fleur de lis      1912 Issue 2 exists   CC Box 75 See separate page for full copy.
  • 5th Cambridge                  Arrowhead     1951    (from Perse Scouts first 50 years)

Yalatasm 1986 1st edition of an ‘Alternative Scout Magazine’

Later communications became largely typed newsletters.

  • 6th Cambridge The Wolf Cub 1915 Pack Quarterly
  • 7th Cambridge BP 63 1963 From context this reads as a Senior scout patrol initiative. – it is recorded in a patrol log. No other information is available except the cost of 2d. The Group is recorded as starting their own magazine in this year.
  • 8th Cambridge The Tenderfoot 1913 as reported in The Scout and Parish Magazine
  • 11th/9th                         Adventurers Only WW2 For 16 year old and those in the forces (only) Included some hand drawn pin -ups. Cover mimicked Men Only magazine first published 1935. Issued alongside:

Wall News Paper c WW2 For whole troop, placed on notice board for free or for sale

Pound Hill Pioneer 1970/71   They met in Castle End Mission, Pound Hill

                                               Newnham Croft Courier         1975        This was the newsletter for the Scout and Guide Centre and carried news of all organisations.

Scout Magazine 1986 Hand written and photocopied, one edition exists. ‘The first for many years’.  

  • 12th Cambridge                    1913 1914         1915                Unnamed                  

                                                            Link     Quarterly       

Autumn 1950, Summer 1952  and  Christmas 1952 – last issue No. 9 (which contains plans for a broadsheet) This was also a money makingenterprise, donations of £1/-/- a year were requested and over £60 raised.

The 12th published The Link, a Newsletter for the 12th Cambridge Scouts, Cubs and Ventures, the 7th Guides and the 22nd Brownies in 2002 – 2003. These appear to have been termly but were not numbered. It is not known if it was an unbroken line from 1950’s or a resurrection. It is still issued today (Oct 2020).

  • 13th Cambridge S P S Vol 1 Number 1 March 1931 (SPS was probably St Phillips Scouts but whilst the format did not change the name change did – to The Outlook (below). The front cover of the Outlook changed with the year.

The Outlook Vol 1 No 5 December 1931

Notts Own Magazine 1977 Quarterly intent

The 13th Edition 1972 It is not clear if this is a magazine, a yearly report to sit alongside the AGM, the ’13th’ edition or a punning title.

  • 15th Cambridge                                   Woggle           Known copies 1985 – 87   
  • 17th Cambridge (Catholic) Troop    Koorr Kree      (the cries of the Stork and Eagle – see Cambridge Journal Jan 1915) A quarterly magazine, much praised, ‘very scouty’, with an attractive stenciled cover. It was forwarded to The Scout magazine in 1914.
  • 22nd Cambridge Holy Trinity The Doings 1921 produced by Court of Honour Mentioned in Our Scout Column (23rd March 1921)
  • 26th Cambridge                              Our Mag         1938   

(The) Royal Blue 1975 to ’88+ Originally 3/year

  • 44th Cambridge Newsletter In 1951 it is noted that the Magazine had changed printers. A monthly typewritten sheet from the leaders to parents c 1960.
  • 60th Cambridge News Bulletin c 1949 – 1951 (vol 5)
  • 11th Cambridge District (Fulbourn) The Gadget 1922 As named in Travellers on the Trail column, Cambridge Journal as a Troop and Pack magazine.

The Our Scout Column (later Travellers on the Trail and later Scout News) sought local Troop magazines, describing a number of well finished versions from outside the District. The 17th, 22nd and 11th District magazines named above were all mentioned in the column.

As with the 44th and the 5th Troop magazines largely moved to be ‘Newsletters in the 1960’s and ’70s. These reflected the expanding opportunities and the need to communicate the details, alongside a greater ease of production – when on a simple scale. No pictures much type.

A mention should be given to electronic ‘newsletters’ which are not covered here. Many sections and Groups moved to websites with the elements of a ‘newsletter’; future events, past events and notices. The 28th produced one in the Covid lockdown of 2020 which emulated the format of a paper, four page spread newsletter.

Gang Show Newsletter A number of Cambridge Gang Shows produced newsletters under various names. They did not outlast each event

Sky Blue The University Scout Group published a news sheet / newsletter ‘Sky Blue’ at about 8 / year. No 25 was a single, double sided Foolscap sheet published in January 1950. A start date of Jan 1947 may be hypothesized. This continued after the start of CUSAGC and in 2020 No 202, now approximately biannual, was published electronically.

Cambridge District

Newsletters have been used to communicate from the District to the Groups. The Tenderfoot was referenced in Annual Report of 1912 with at least two editions. In May 1919 the Committee approved the DC’s proposal to edit a scout Magazine, in April 1920 the District Exec rejected the proposal for a regular leaflet of local news. Reveille was a single issue Newsletter in 1920 which being a summery of the previous years is a source of much general information. A decision was made not to publish a second edition, the costs had not been recouped. See Structure/ Sources for link to Reveille

The Yelp           Wolf Cubs                    vol 5 – 10 exist

It was decided not to issue a leaflet of local news in May 1920.

A newsletter, the Scout Gazette, for smaller regular circulation was first issued in June 1922 under the editorship of H Mallett. Copied of the first two years remain. It was apparently initially intended for Scout officials and troops but later open to all subscribers. A third edition was published in November 1922. To save costs it was delivered by cycling Scouts. H Mallett was the editor as District Secretary.

In 1935 the District Gazette was published Vol. 1 Nos.1 – 4 1935 -6

  • Grafton Street Gazette Dr. Balfour Gourlay was recorded as editor in 1926
  • Grafton Street Gazette and Abington Advertiser  First added Abington Advertiser at issue No.49 29/1/1934.  Name sometimes missing from hand drawn covers after it went monthly from 3/10/1934.  From 1934 no longer used for Sectional notices.
  • Grafton Street Gazette
  • Grafton Street Gazette and Abington Advertiser Temporarily Reverted to previous name in 1948 – to honour return to Cambridge of originator of GG&AA TG Room. At the move of the District Head Quarters a proposal was made to rename the Gazette as Perne Road Press.
  • Cambridge Scout Gazette with the move from Grafton Street to Perne Road in 1965 it changed names and ended in 1984 with the split of the District.

Note GSG and GG&AA most copies from ’47 – ’84 in archives (not ’56 – ’58)

1970 Gang Show Gazette Vol.1 No. 1 (no others known)

North and South

Cambridge District Broadsheet and Scouting News appears to be a cross district newsletter

Cambridge South District Newsletter 9/1981

Cambridge South District Bulletin Issue 1 June 1984, Monthly (except August) to at least Nov 1986

Cambridge Scout District Scout Council Bulletin Issue 1 Oct 1988 to at least May 1989 (Not clear how these last two overlap.)

Cambridge N Chronicle or Cambridge North Chronicle  Issue 1 Sept 1984 John & Rosemary Chambers (The N is sometimes deliberate) via GSLs. Last edition in Archives No 14 Oct 1987   last edition No. 33 April 1993

Cambridge North District ‘…the North News’ No.3 December 1996

Cambridge District 2000+

Cambridge District Scouts News-n-views Termly from 2000, Issue 6 in Winter 2003

Cambridge Archive

1926 Dr. Balfour Gourlay editor

1935    T G Room        i/c Gazette      (T G Room left Cambridge in 1935)

WW2 Throughout the war, Mr. Mallett sent a monthly news bulletin to many local Scout groups which kept alive a cohesive county when many leaders were away.

1942    12th Cambridge were paid by District for postage ‘to arrange to send out the Forces Bulletin.’  A request for the addresses of Scouts and Scouters in the Forces was noted in District Minutes.

1944    Bennett           Editor of GSG

1946    GSG funded by waste paper sales.  A discussion on reducing the circulation, reducing copy and avoiding the need for professional typist, a breakdown of column inches was prepared for District Exec.  See Minutes

1947    Committee recommended that past events were not routinely reported on, items in The Scouter not repeated.  County gave ₤5 to the newsletter

1948    A H Martin      Editor of GSG

1949    DC spoke of the editing policy and the need to avoid personal criticism

1951    DC Discussing future of GSG

1951    Cecile Bourne  Editor of GSG (C J Bourne)

1965    Mr and Mrs Chambers (John and Rosemary) joint editors

CaVeSAc         East Cambridge Venture Scouts County magazine 10 years old in 1981.  First proposed in District Exec 10/1971, and to be circulated with CSG

News and Views        Cambridge District Scouts 1998


The Cambridgeshire County Gazette                         Vol. 1 No 2 March 1936          Quarterly

County Commissioner Periodical Letter                     No 42 March 1965, No 44 March 1966 The last located in 1967.

East Cambridgeshire County Quarterly News letter No.1 – 4 1980 , No.s 1 – 3 1981 (separated from CSG at beginning of 1980) Ed Johnn and Rosemary Chambers (Sometime Scout Association East Cambridgeshire County)

East Cambridgeshire Scouts Issue 1 Sept 1984 (The ‘Cambridgeshire Agency’ that supported this ceased) This was the precursor to County Noticeboard Ed. Alan McKenzie

Proposed East Cambridgeshire East: Scout / Guide Newsletter No examples in archives.

East Cambridgeshire County Scout Council County Noticeboard Issue 1 May 1987

Cambridgeshire Noticeboard Issue 1 March 1990 The first following the amalgamation of East and West Cambridgeshire Ed. Alan McKenzie and seeking a new editor in May 2010 No. 108

OnReview Cambridgeshire County Council Annual Report named OnReview 08. 09 etc.

CAVESAC East Cambridgeshire Venture Scout News      (see above)          


July 1909         ‘publication in July of The Headquarters Gazette.  It appeared in a green rough-paper cover, with a design of appalling ugliness, and boasted sixteen pages.’            B-P’s Scouts     An Official History

  • Headquarters Gazette    1909 – 1923    Monthly for Adult Scouters renamed-
  • The Scouter                    1923 – 1971    Monthly for Adult Scouters renamed –
  • Scouting                         1971 – 2020    Monthly for Adult Scouters diminishing to 6, 4 then 3 issues a year with the uptake of electronic media. The paper copy was last printed in the year of the Corona Virus 2020.
  • The Scout                          1908 – 1966    Weekly for Boys  – Taken over by the Boy Scout Association in 1939

The Scout magazine was for the boys.  The Scouter was the Headquarters periodical.


  • The Wolf Cub                    1916 – ?
  • The Trail                            1918 – 1923    For Rovers
  • Rovers World                    1934 – 1937    Not owned by Scout Association but formed out of a London Rover magazine. On its demise it was absorbed into The Scouter but quickly lost any individual form.

A number of other additional publications have been added to The Scouter as separate postings or role specific inserts

  • Talking Points Issue 51 in Dec 1997 Policy issues and actions

Outside District

Granta District Magazine No.1 April 19174, at least four editions

Shelford & Stapleford Group Council Newsletter No, 1 June 1968 – No. 20 June 1970

SCAN South Cambridge VSU No. 41 11/71, No. 61 5/77

ANVIL Abington Group newsletter No.1 March 1969

JWR Archivist Mar 2019 Nov 2019