History of Scouting in the City of Sheffield 1920-1925

Lord Baden Powell is acclaimed Chief Scout of the World

In July, the Chief Scout visits Sheffield and addresses a parade of Rover Scouts, Boy Scouts and Wolf Cubs at Norfolk Park

Three football leagues are started, the Leslie League for boys over 16, the Harland League for boys under 16 and the Pearson League for Wolf Cubs. A football match is held between the Scouts and the Boys Brigade - the Scouts winning

At the Northern Division Swimming Gala, an exhibition is given by Ernest Parker, an Olympic swimming champion

A 'University Scout Club' is formed with the hope that it will be a source of supply of Leaders.
Run by the Scouts themselves, a Scout Self Support Scheme is developed in Sheffield where every member 'endeavours to render at least four services of value and promises to make over any profits accruing'. Over 300 boys join the scheme

For the Annual Good Turn, the Rover Scouts run a weekend camp at Redmires for almost 2000 disadvantaged boys from the City

The east side of the City finds that has the problem of insufficient Leaders whilst the west side has insufficient Scouts. This is a problem that will recur throughout the years - areas with insufficient Scouts or Leaders

Previously, the Association had lobbied Headquarters to become a 'Scout County', but this is turned down

SLABS moves to new headquarters on West Street and an Equipment Division is started, a forerunner to the Scout (and Guide) Shop

A number of Troops open their own headquarters, notably the 16th (Westbourne), 35th (St Oswald's), and the 46th (Norton Lees), all of which are still in existence in 2015

Albert Harland (Chairman of SLABS) is appointed District Commissioner (Yorkshire West Riding No 5 District) i.e. Commissioner with responsibility for Sheffield
'Rovering to Success' is published

150 Scouts from Sheffield attend the 'Posse of Welcome' for HRH the Prince of Wales at Alexandra Palace

A team of ten boys from Sheffield compete in the Boy Scouts International Shield for Swimming in Antwerp. The team wins on its first attempt against teams from Durban, Antwerp, Brussels and Spain. More

Another party of Scouts visits the International Scouts Home at Kandersteg in Switzerland
A four-day Scout Fair and Exhibition is held at the Cutlers Hall. It raises £734 3s 4d (2015 - £31,200)

Sheffield Scout HQ moves from 34 West Street to 33 Holly Street

At the beginning of August, the Imperial Jamboree is held at Wembley. Sheffield sends a contingent of 350 Scouts. Following the Imperial Jamboree, an International Jamboree is held in Denmark. Some 40 Scouts from Sheffield attend, spending the first week in camp at Ermelunden and the second billeted in Danish homes

The 11th (Pitsmoor Troop) build and open their own Scout Hut on Shirecliffe Lane
Special tests for disabled Scouts are introduced

A scheme of training for Sheffield Scout and Cub Officers (Leaders) is initiated

The decision is made to employ a Local Association Organising Secretary rather than it be a voluntary position

The first Wolf Cub Rally in Sheffield is held at the Teachers Training College (on Collegiate Crescent, now part of Sheffield Hallam University), with Divisional displays and races

A 'Pageant of Scouting' is organised by the Northern Division and held in the Wolstenholm Hall (Queen Street and Silver Street) and makes a profit of £145 (2015 - £7,400)

Scoutmaster E Taylor of 5th (Brightside) is awarded the Gilt Cross for Gallantry for bravery in stopping a runaway horse


Events in italics either refer to national Scouting events (more information on these can be found here)
or UK/international historical events

Numbers in brackets [1234] are links to more information in the Sheffield Scout Archives.

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