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New Group Opens in West of Washington

posted 19 May 2013, 08:22 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 2 Jun 2013, 13:52 ]
  • 5 new volunteers have enabled Houghton-Le-Spring Scouts to open the new group at Lambton Primary School Washington
  • Initially the group has opened a beaver colony with 16 members who will be invested (make the beaver scout promise) on the evening of the 23rd May in a ceremony at Lumley Castle.
  • The group has ambitious plans to open a cub pack and scout troop within 6 months.
  • Members of the press are invited to attend this special event at Lumley Castle, on the 23rd May 2013 at 6pm in the Baron’s Hall.

23rd May 2013: Houghton-Le-Spring is today celebrating the launch of a new scout group, the first time a new group has launched in the area in 30 years. 16 beaver scouts will make their beaver scout promise and enjoy a magical Harry Potter programme night at Lumley Castle. The 16 beavers will be the first members of the beaver colony and of the new group.

Proud parents of the 16 beavers will watch their child making their beaver scout promise and receive their group necker in a very unique location in the Barons Hall at Lumley Castle.  The neckers show that beavers are a member of 4th Washington and by making their promise, they become a member of the worldwide family of scouting. Invited guests including local councillors, teachers from Lambton Primary School and local members of the community will be attending the event as supporters of the group.

The colony is the first section to be opened by 4th Washington Scouts and is based in the west of Washington. The colony gives more children in the area the chance to make friends, play games, go on visits and help others.

Since their first night in April, beavers have already found out what it means to be a beaver scout, visited the local fire station, learned about the emergency services and enjoyed a Lambton Worm themed adventure. In the next few months, beaver scouts can expect a new adventure every week including attending a “sleepover”, an amazing first night away from home.

The group meet every Thursday at Lambton Primary School and the school has welcomed the group into their new community centre providing a fantastic facility for beavers to be creative, to play games and to have fun. Support from the headteacher and school governors has enabled 4th Washington Scouts to quickly establish in the school and begin an active programme for beavers.

As well being supported financially by Gentoo and Sunderland Council, the new colony has been made possible by new volunteers coming forward to take on leadership roles in the group. Now established, the colony will soon double in size, however, we still need more adult volunteers as there are over 200 young people waiting to join scouting locally.

Rebecca Matthews (21), a  volunteer from Albany, Washington said:

‘Scouting is something new to me, which I had anyways knew in my local centre but it’s something I didn’t know anything about. Since starting only 4 weeks ago, it’s boosted my personal confidence and I really enjoy being part of a great team.’

She Added: ‘The chance of working with young people and making a positive difference to their lives through scouting, awards and badges, is great to be part of. I love it. ‘

Councillor George Thompson, A local supporter of scouting, said:

‘It’s thanks to volunteers like Rebecca Matthews that we are able to offer scouting to more young people in Washington and I would ask anyone with time to spare and a desire to help young people to think about volunteering with the scouts. Volunteers can give as much or as little time as they can to help.’

To find out more about volunteering opportunities in Washington, please visit, or call 0845 300 1818.