Remembrance Day 2020

12th St John’s Scout Group take part in Remembrance Day 2020 during lockdown. The video shows that even during lock down the leaders and young people of 12th St John’s Scout Group paid their respect to the fallen. Further down one of our cubs great grandmothers relives her story of the war years.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

An Interview with Isobel Edkins Great-grandmother on the war

Remembrance Day 2020

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them

Around this time every year we would be getting ready to pay our respects at the Tunbridge Wells Remembrance Day parade. This year unfortunately like a number of events we are unable to physically gather to pay our respects.

However we still plan to pay our respects. I would like to encourage all young people to join the leadership team and getting into your uniform this morning. At 10:50 Tunbridge Wells Scouts will be broadcasting live from the below facebook stream (at the bottom of this page) so please tune in if you can.

Either way- at 11am step out in the garden, onto your doorstep or where ever you best see fit to join us in a 2 minute silence.

Please take a photo or video of your act of Remembrance and then email them to Nick (GSL) at

All images and video’s submitted will be used in compliance with our GDPR policy. A copy of which can be found here-

I will then look to comply something which shows how 12th St John’s Scout Group showed our respect to remember the fallen during Remembrance Day 2020.

When you go home, tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow, we gave our today

You don’t have to be Bear Grylls

You don’t have to be Bear Grylls…St John’s Scout Group is looking for volunteers to help run our Beaver colonies. As well as giving the young people in our community skills for life, you’ll benefit from the feel-good factor of challenging yourself both physically and mentally – leaders get the opportunity to learn a whole host of new skills, from axe-throwing and abseiling to fire-lighting and zorbing.You don’t need prior experience or any specific skills; training is given and can be fitted around your existing commitments – meetings taking place once a week after school during term-time. You’ll be welcomed into our fun and friendly leadership team, who will support you as you learn what being a Beaver leader is all about.

Check out this video for a taste of what’s at the heart of The Scout Association. If you’re interested in volunteering, get in touch with Kate Sharpe or email and please do share this with anyone who you think might want to be a part of our team.

GSL Half Term Lockdown Challenge

Recently it can feel like we are very cut off from the rest of the world. Lockdown has prevented us from seeing each other. That is why we are introducing the whole group lockdown challenge. This will show just how close your friends are in scouting. You recently saw the leadership team display their dancing moves. Now its over to you….

The GSL Half Term Challenge Video will be made up of a number of little clips from you all. So grab your scarf (or a paper aeroplane for those yet to be invested) and a device which can record video’s. 

Stand in the shot and get someone to film you. Then have your scarf thrown in from the right hand side of the screen (left hand side as looking head on to the person), do something- maybe sing, dance, juggle, show us something you have made, show us something you have been doing during lockdown… get inventive. Then throw the scarf of to your left (right hand side as looking head on to the person)

Some examples are below-

Once done send your videos into me at either-


Google Drive:

I will then edit them together and create and whole group video

Happy Filming



Group Scout Leader

12th St John’s Scout Group

Leader Lockdown Challenge

12th St John’s Scout Group is pleased to present the Leader Lockdown Challenge. From all us leader’s to the young people and families- We miss you all, hope you are keeping well and look forward to a day when we can physically enjoy scouting again together. But for now we look forward to seeing you on Zoom/via our virtual challenges. Keep Scouting

Here is a little something from us leaders to you all to brighten up your day, enjoy!

12th St John’s Scout Group- 30th Anniversary Show

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12th St John’s Scouts Celebrates 30 show stopping years

12th Royal Tunbridge Wells St Johns Scout Group celebrated it’s 30th birthday in style by putting on a spectacular show for the community. On Saturday 1st February 120 Beavers, Cubs & Scouts took to the stage at St John’s School, with each section performing skits, music and dances that brought to life the fun, friendship and skills that are rooted in the Scout Association’s philosophy. As well as the fantastic performances, a raffle was held & refreshments sold to raise vital funds for the group. The cutting of a bespoke St Johns Scout themed cake topped the celebration and was enjoyed by each member.

The event was organised by the Assistant Group Scout Leader, Nicole Batchelor, and raised over £800 for the group. Commenting on the event, Nicole said “We wanted to do something special for celebrate this great milestone for our group. The celebration was the idea of the Group Scout Leader, Nick Bottle, who knows only too well how much scouting has meant to him since he was a child”. Nicole went on to say “St Johns Scout Group has such a vibrant, diverse and mixed selection of young people from all walks of life and the leaders wanted to show that with a little help, there really are no boundaries or obstacles the young people cannot overcome”.

Nick Bottle commented “over the past 30 years we have had a large number of young people go through the group, the current generation of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts did their predecessors proud. They produced a show which really was youth lead and showed a great range of performances and skills. I am incredibly proud of them all and what they achieved, my personal thanks to the leadership team, people who donated prizes, St John’s School and family/friends connected to the group who supported us in a number of ways.”

The group is expanding and currently looking for more adult volunteers to join their existing vibrant and passionate team. Anyone interested in finding out more about the rewards volunteering can offer at the Scout Group can make contact via

Census Return 2020

Census Return 2020- The key facts of our 2020 Census return. Every year we have to submit to the Scout Association our current numbers for the group broken down into a number of categories. Its a great chance for us to review where we are and see that we are constantly trying to offer Scouting to all ages. Which we clearly are…Screen Shot 2020-02-09 at 15.00.29

Happy Birthday

Today is our 30th Anniversary of being registered as a Scout Group. To celebrate we have a one off special celebration badge (see below) which is currently being manufactured. All current Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Uniformed Leaders will receive a free 30th Anniversary Badge as part of our birthday celebrations…. Happy Birthday 12th St John’s Scout Group.

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