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 SUMMER CAMPS - THE 1930s
It's all about Summer Camp.
This page covers the first six years of our Group's history.
 
 1939 - SUMMER
scouts
19391939

Left Hand Picture, Left to Right. David Walker, Barry, Taylor, Doug Pyne. Sitting Peter Amis and Ian Dawson all of 3GP.

Right Hand Picture. Ian Dawson sitting on wall, Peter Amis, Doug Pyne is behind him and David Walker. The two at the right back are Barry Taylor and Ivor Burden. The French Scout on the right is Jean Gaillard from Paris. D.Bill is standing on the left, D. Ansell sitting next to him and J. Milner sitting in front with Stave. B. Williams is sitting in the centre.

This camp took place just a month before the outbreak of the 2nd World War, yet 3GP were still able to host a Hungarian Scout.

WHERE: Scotland
BASECAMP: Dalbaggie Farm, Bridge of Gairn, 2 miles west of Ballater
NUMBER OF SCOUTS:

19 3GP Scouts
1 French Scout from Paris
1 French Scout from Pau
1 Hungarian Scout from Budapest
unknown number of Brentwood Scouts.

COMMENT:  

 1939 - SUMMER
scouts
WHERE: Scotland
BASECAMP: Crieff (World Rover Moot)
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: ?

 1939 - APRIL
scouts
1939 Pau

Most of the Scouts above appear to be Brentwood School troop however 4th face from the left and in a 3GP neckerchief is J. Denton of 3GP and walking in front of the camera (they still do that now) on the right is D.Pyne of 3GP.

The picture on the right features R. Banks of 3GP at what is believed to be the highest accessible point on the Col d'Aubisque.

Col
WHERE: FRANCE
BASECAMP: Park Lodge - Pau
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 13 3GP Scouts
1 14th Romford Scout
unknown number of Brentwood Scouts.
VISITED:

Col d'Aubisque

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 1938 - SUMMER
scouts
1938
F.W.Rowswell on Summit of Helvellyn
WHERE: England
BASECAMP: Great Tower Scout Campsite
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 17 3GP Scouts
+ Brentwood School Troop
+ 2 Budapest Sea Scouts from Hungary
THE BIG HIKE:

HELVELLYN

According to the Group's report for 1938, in order to camp at Great Tower at the time, you needed to be recommended. One of the patrol sites there was for at least 20 years known as “Gidea Glade” after 3GP had cleared it. (Could that be the current Elvan Glade site?) The new Woodpigeon patrol was awarded by the Verderer, Captain Michaelson the “Order of the Second Steak” for toughness in camping under canvas throughout 4 consecutive days of non-stop rain totalling 10 inches.


 1938 - APRIL
scouts
WHERE: Switzerland
BASECAMP: Lugano (Trevano Park)
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: Seven 3GP Scouts
+ Brentwood School Troop

 1937 - AUGUST
scouts
France

Taken during the Summer Camp near Calais. On the left is S.F.Hazelton (Brentwood Troop) M. Juse Gros from the 1st Calais and presumably F.W.R?

This trip was covered by the Calais local papers in quite some detail and was briefly mentioned in the Lille newspapers.

WHERE: FRANCE
BASECAMP: Guines Forot Near Calais
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 11 3GP Scouts
1 Austrian Scouts
unknown number of Brentwood Scouts.
VISITED:

La Colonne Blanchard which marks the spot that the first cross channel balloon flight landed.

REPORT:  

 1937 - WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE
scouts
WSJ

ESSEX SCOUTS AT THE 1937 WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE

FWR WSJ
A close up of the above group picture showing F.W. Rowswell with Doug Pyne to his left. This is reputed to be the only known photograph of Troop 110 of the British Contingent to the Jamboree containing members from Alexandria (Egypt), Leeds, Romford an Upminster
WHERE: Holland
BASECAMP: World Scout Jamboree Haarlen - 5 Scouts + 1 Leader
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 5 3GP Scouts + 1 Leader
REPORT: Scouts attended were R Murley, D. Cornwell, C.Caldwell, R.Whitaker, D. Pyne

 1937 - APRIL
scouts
WHERE: England
BASECAMP: April Camp at Durgen, 6 Miles from Falmouth. Noteable for being the first Joint Camp with the Brentwood School Troop.
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: Three 3GP Scouts
+ Brentwood School Troop

 1936
scouts
Talking to a pig
We have np pictures for 1936 except this illustration that acompanied a hike report from the camp published in the Essex Quarterly Newsletter.
WHERE: Ireland & Northern Ireland
BASECAMP: Steeple Court Farm
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 9 3GP Scouts
7 1st GP Scouts
2 Austrian Scouts
1 or more Portsmouth Scouts
1 12th Romford Scout
THE BIG HIKE:

Great Sugar Loaf (501m)
Djouce (275m)

REPORT: Hike Report

 1935
scouts
1935

Above Left is N.Traill of 1st GP, Chapman 54th Portsmouth & Williams from 2nd Portsmouth. They are at Han-Sur-Lesse.

 

1936
The Scouts in the above picture (taken by N. Trail of 1st GP) are wearing the Hunting Stewart Tartan Scarfs of the 1st Gidea Park. F.W. Rowswell is on the far left. The bright scarf in the centre is a 12th Romford (Royal Liberty School) scarf. The Sea Scout is R. Williams from 2nd Portsmouth The Leader on the right is F.A. Eldridge. Also in the darker shirt on the right is C. Caldwell who is noted in the group archives as being Ex 54th Portsmouth (Hilsea College) a School that F.W. Rowswell had links with.
WHERE: Belgium
BASECAMP: Scout Hostel Brussles - 3 Days
Gendron-Celles Sur Lesse, Ardennes - 11 Days
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 7 3GP Scouts, 6 1st GP Scouts, 1 Royal Liberty School Scout & 2 Portsmouth District Scouts
VISITED:

Visited the Brussels International Exposition and made excursions to Dinant, Givet & Grottoes of Han.

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 1934
scouts
Camping as the St Michael's Section of 1st Gidea Park
WHERE: Botley Hampshire
BASECAMP: Steeple Court Farm
NUMBER OF SCOUTS: 7 Scouts & 1 Leader
A. Ritchie, R. Apps, R. Poston, K. Gross, Smith, B. Roberts, H.Jones
A.S.M. F.W. Rowswell
THE BIG HIKE:

?

REPORT:  

 
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