History of Scouting in the City of Sheffield 1965-70

The first National Scout Band Championships are held

A Patrol Leaders' Conference is jointly organised and staffed by Loxley and Rivelin Districts

Sixteen Scouts and sixteen Guides from Sheffield take part in 'Saga 65', a trekking holiday in Norway and a joint Scout and Guide camp is held at Whitely Woods

In September, the City Band attends and performs at the Gilwell Reunion and is congratuated on its performance by the Chief Scout

The Rover Room and other extensions and alterations to Trippet Lane are completed

The Sheffield Association takes its first steps to procuring a Scout Hostel in the Peak District. An application is made to the Forestry Commission to lease Alport Farm for 21 years. However, the tender is unsuccessful

Mrs N Brammer is appointed General Secretary of the Sheffield Association
The first UK broadcasts of colour television
The Chief Scout's 'Advance Party Report' is published and a new Promise and Law are introduced

In October, the Chief Scout, Sir Charles Maclean visits South Yorkshire and attends a County Cub Scout Rally at Hesley Wood and is greeted by 3500 Cubs. In the evening, he attends a dinner with the County Scout Council
On the Sunday, a Scouts' Own is held at Hesley Wood followed by a County Scout Rally attended by some 2500 Scouts and 3000 parents

The newly built Rover Memorial Room is dedicated by the Rev Arthur Revill, Vicar of Holmesfield, with a Memorial Plaque being unveiled by the Chairman of the Association, Dr W D Pugh. The Service is relayed to 250 Scout representatives and relatives in the Walker Memorial Hall

In May, the Master and Mistress Cutler hold a reception at the Cutlers Hall for the City Boy Scout and Girl Guide Associations which is attended by 400 Scouters and Guiders

The City Association enters negotiations to lease part of Hagg Farm from the Derwent Valley Water Board for use as a Scout Hostel
Sir Harold West retires as County Commissioner
The Boy Scouts Association is renamed the Scout Association
The new training schemes for Cub Scouts, Scouts and Venture Scouts are introduced

The Diamond Jubilee Year of Scouting

40 Scouts and Leaders from South Yorkshire attend a Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey

A Farewell Dinner is held in March to mark the end of Rover Scouting
With the end of the Rover Scout Section, its trophies are presented to the other Sections. The Cub section receives the Lumley Robinson Award, the Scout Section the Mallett and Vere Trophies, and the Venture Section receives the Selwyn Trophy. The Albert Harland Trophy is presented to the District Service Units. New flags are presented by Sheffield Rover Scouts to the Cub Scout, Scout and Venture Scout Sections

Whilst it causes some 'disquietude', Sheffield along with the rest of Scouting in the UK takes to the new uniforms - which promptly causes problems for the suppliers

Ten Scouts from Sheffield attend the 12th World Scout Jamboree in Idaho, USA

Patrol Leader Ian G Turner of the 164th (Stannington) is one of the two representatives from South Yorkshire who attend the Patrol Leaders' Camp held on Brownsea Island to mark the 60th Anniversary of Baden Powell's original camp

'Shorts 1967' (the last ever) is presented at the Montgomery Hall

Major Eric Walker resigns as City Commissioner and A E (Ting) Bell takes the warrant of Acting City Commissioner

The City's search for a Scout Hostel continues and the Peak District Planning Board are approached to ascertain if Sheffield Scouts can join in any scheme undertaken by the Board to lease Hagg Farm
Sir Harold West, former County Commissioner, dies
C E Holmstrom, former District Commissioner, dies

A doubling of the levies payable to National HQ and South Yorkshire County to 12/-d per head unsuprisingly results in a reduction in total members recorded in the annual City census
'Minimum Standards' are introduced relating to Group strength and progress in training

By now, Groups are taking on board the changes resulting from the Advance Party Report. Most Groups have changed to the new uniform and Scouts and Cubs are working towards the new badge requirements

The introduction of 'minimum standards' (eg each Pack or Troop must have a minimum of two Leaders and twelve Cubs or Scouts and each Venture Unit two Leaders and nine Venture Scouts) causes some worries for Groups being faced with the prospect of either amalgamation or closure.

A large number of Cubs in the City visits 'Scoubado', an All Yorkshire Scout Rally, in Harrogate

A 'Get Together' is held in the City HQ attended by about 70 people from all over the north of England and representing all the Scouting sections and various immigrant communities to share experiences in assimilating immigrant boys into Scouting

George Borwick is appointed Manager of the Sheffield Scout and Guide Shop

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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