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Herrington ScoutsAfter the war another 1st Herrington assistant Scoutmaster became 1st Burnmoor Scoutmaster, his name was Mr Robert Forster, a coal mine fitter at sixth pit. He became known as Skip. The group now met at a old chapel hall near the beck at the top of the dip, down from the current scout hall.


After the war another 1st Herrington assistant Scoutmaster became 1st Burnmoor Scoutmaster, his name was Mr Robert Forster, a coal mine fitter at sixth pit. He became known as Skip. The group now met at a old concert hall near the beck in the dip, down from the current scout hall. Skip took the scouts to camps with a treck cart in the early years to places like the Old Mill at Lumley. They also camped at Crutherston, Eastgate, Blanchland, Raby Castle, and Carlisle.

The group were camping in bell tents and cooking on open fires, kit inspections were carried out as they still are today. Skip, who plied his trade from 1st Herrington's strict task masters Dickinson andĀ  McLaren, was himself very strict but was respected by the scouts. The group held campfires, with Skip's favourite song being "my bonny lies over the ocean" complete with actions!

Group activities included gymnastics and table tennis, knotting and estimating, as well as signalling and tracking.

In 1966 they camped at Cargo when the World Cup was on; the locals invited the scouts into their homes to watch the match. On sunday the group went to the village church and the locals were so pleased the church was so full they bought ice creams for all the boys.

Herrington Scouts

Robert Foster (2nd left) and DickinsonĀ  (Middle) at Herrington Scouts