Welcome to 1st Washington Scout Group


1st Washington Scout Group have been providing adventure for the young people of Washington since 1916.

 Based at our HQ on the corner of Glebe Crescent, opposite John F. Kennedy Primary School, we offer a varied programme of adventurous activities.

Please explore the site to get a flavour of what Scouting can offer you.

Meet the Sections

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Beavers - 6-8 Cubs 8-11 Scouts 11-14 Explorers 14-18

Back us in the Co-op Local Community Fund

COOPWe're excited to announce that you can now back us in the Co-op Local Community Fund, which gives 1% of what you spend on selected co-op products and services back to us as your chosen cause - that's on top of the 5% you would get.

What do I need to do?

1) If you're not already, become a member of the Co-operative. It costs £1 and you can apply here (or pick one up instore). 

2) Go online, or telephone, and back 1st Washington Scout Group as your local cause.

3) Spend on selected Co-operative branded products and services and make sure to use your membership card!

We're planning on starting work on the HQ over the next year, securing our purpose-built building for future generations. Money raised from this will substanially help us be able to do that. We're not asking you at shop at the Co-op specifically for us, but if you do already shop there, even if it's just every now and then, please make sure that you swipe or scan your membership card at the checkout.

Thank you for your support.

Half way throughout centenary year we descend on Penshaw Monument for a photograph

This Saturday we made our way up Penshaw monument to take part in a centenary photo. Not everyone in the group was able to make it but we did have a great turn out none the less.

We climbed to the top of the monument for our main group shot and then headed back to Herrington Country Park to take a drone shot of all of the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers making a giant "100" it was amazing to be part of the event. You can check out our efforts on our YouTube channel.

Monday Night Beavers - Come and Join Us!

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Summer Camp Video is Live

We didn't take a lot of pictures at camp this year - instead we made a video.


Taking inspiration from The Script's "Hall of Fame", it was on the minibus playist on the way over, we used a drone, two GoPros and a phone to capture this. 


It gives you a bit of an insight into the activities we get up to at camp and since most of it was edited at camp struck us how much technology has moved on since we made our first Summer Camp video in the 90s.


Watch out for the time lapse of setting up the site. It took quite a bit longer than it appears. 


If we can find the original Summer Camp video - who knows maybe we'll have a re-release for the centenary. There are a few familiar faces in the original film some grew up to be the leaders ;-)

Found our Cache?

geocache-labelThe Explorer Unit have been introduced to the world of geocaching.

In case you don't know - geocaching is a kind of techno treasure hunt.

A global network of caches are hidden for you to go and find with your GPS unit or smartphone. We really enjyed going out and finding the caches in Washington, so much so in fact that we decided to hide some of our own. There is one in the garden of HQ that you can find by following the clues on open caching.com or geocaching.com you can find the link to our cache at HQ here or find the other ones we listed by searching our username houghton explorers.

Its a really good excuse to get out and about and put your gadgets to a more interesting use.


We're back on Recordsetter.com

Tonight was our Troop Christmas party at Quasar Laser in South Shields. Just to add a slightly daft twist we decided to play in onesies. Sure it was hot, and we did look more than a bit ridiculous walking to Quasar for the minibus but hey when there's a record to set who cares!

The Zombie Scouts arrive in time for Halloween

52ddc058d96e3This week at Scouts we had a go at Zombie makeup. Something that the Explorers learned how to do last year. The effects, as you can see are pretty good and you can certainly do a lot with toilet roll, liquid latex and theatrical makeup. Some of the Scouts didn't quite get the idea of put a "little" black around your eyes. Kudos to Jacob who walked home with his face all zombied up.

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