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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12th St John’s Scout Group

Week by week, St John’s Scout Group volunteers empower our 120 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in Tunbridge Wells to learn new skills, make new friends and stand on their own two feet. They’re our everyday heroes. They shape young people’s lives for the better, and find out a whole lot about themselves in the process, too.
Today, there are more 120 young people on the waiting list to join what is quite possibly the coolest Scout Group in Tunbridge Wells. We’re more relevant, popular and needed than ever, but it’s not always easy to keep up with the demand.
That’s where you come in.
You don’t need to be Tim Peake or Bear Grylls to join our team. You don’t need to have been a Scout when you were younger. You don’t even need to know how to put up a tent.  Our door is open to people of all ages, and all backgrounds, and we’re only able to change lives because people just like you lend a hand. We’re talking about den builders, tidy-uppers and skill sharers. We’re talking about first aiders and hot chocolate makers. We’re talking about students who want to add something different to their CV, outdoorsy types looking to boost their confidence after a career break, and parents volunteering so they can have a break from work pressures and spend time with their kids.
Whatever your skillset, lend a hand for as little or as much time as you can spare, and we promise you’ll get more out than you put in.  Because whether you’re helping a leader to run games a few times a term, organising a night away, or buttering 60 slices of bread for a group of very hungry nine year olds – no two Scout meetings are the same. The difference you make, though, is always great.
We provide the training. You show up, get stuck in, and make memories for life.
Sounds fun? Worthwhile? It is.
Get in touch and let’s have a chat

Legoland 2019


On Saturday 28th September 2019 12th St John’s Scout Group joined the rest of Tunbridge Wells Scout District on a trip to Legoland. It was an amazing day and we had so much fun. The District was set a #GSLChallenge – all those at legoland. Get your scarf on a Lego figure or member of Lego staff and get a selfie. Above is a small selection of the submissions for the GSL Challenge. A massive thank you to all those from Legoland who took part and to Tunbridge Wells District Scouts for organising the trip.


New Group Badge


Our new group scarf badge was designed by Oliver Turner and launched in July 2019. But what makes up the new badge?

The People-

The light blue represents the Beavers

The dark green represents the Cubs

The green represents the Scouts

The beige represents the Leaders

The Fleur-de-lis-

Baden-Powell included a design for the Scout’s badge in his work, Scouting for Boys, which was a simple fleur-de-lis with the motto “Be Prepared” on a scroll below it. He reasoned that the fleur-de-lis was commonly used as the symbol for north on maps, and a Boy Scout was to show the way in doing his duty and helping others.

The plumes of the fleur-de-lis became symbols for Service to Others, Duty to God, and Obedience to the Scout Law. These three principles form the Scout Promise which is made by new Scouts as they join the movement.

The Rope-

A rope which encircles the fleur-de-lis and is tied in a reef knot at the bottom of the badge. The rope is there to symbolize the family of the World Scout Movement and the knot symbolizes the strength of the unity of the World Scout Movement. 



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