Our History

The Helensburgh Scout Troop was first formed by Rev. Smee in 1910. He was the Church of England (Anglican) clergyman in Helensburgh at the time. He was the scout master for twelve years. His enthusiasm and devotion firmly established the scout movement in the Burgh. 

The group was first officially registered in March of 1913.

Other Church of England ministers followed as scout masters: Revs Peate, Creighton, Gee and Kennedy. Helensburgh young people also rendered sound leadership: David Cox, John Illingsworth, Charlie Edwards, Geoff Cox, Toby Collins, George Finney, Dickie Smith, were just some of the early leaders.

Throughout the years there have been few of times in the past when the troop was disbanded, usually due to a lack of leadership. Yet, within a few years the troop was reformed and again flourishing. This should remind us that the closing down of a Scout troop is not necessarily the end of scouting in that particular suburb.

The Scouts first met in the Church of England "School Hall", a timber building that still stands today next to the Anglican Church. A dedicated scout hall was first built in 1938 by Herb Fackender, Harry Snead, and Tom Fenton and his Helensburgh relief workers, on a corner block of land up from the Anglican church hall. It was burnt down in 1942 and rebuilt that same year. This old hall did service until the new hall was built in the 1980s and remains in use to this day.

Along with the scouts, Helensburgh had its own Cub Pack. Some of the early leaders of the cub pack were Hazel Haartley, Bertha Eccles, Thelma Green, Connie Illingsworth and Kath Johnson.