Our Scout Group was formed in 1973. It is in the town of Westhill, which is situated in Aberdeenshire, one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland. We are an expanding ‘commuter town’ just outside Aberdeen.
Our Scout Group owns its own hall, and we attract approx 180 young people each week to enjoy Scouting. See later details of the two Beaver Colonies, three Cub Packs, three Scout Troops and an Explorer Unit, all who offer exciting programmes.
See our list of sections and the nights they are held here.
Here’s a bit more information on the Scout Group
We have ten Sections with Leadership teams offering varied and progressive experiences that follow the badge structure of the Scout Association, plus we offer a range of age targeted activities. You will see more about them in our gallery.
For special events we offer the older Scouts & Explorers “Splash” sailing, transition extreme climbing, PADI sub aqua, Tubing/ Snowboarding, mountain biking (with camping).
Each year we try to offer Beavers a sleepover, offer Cubs a weekend activity camp, the Scouts expedition camping; and bi-annually we arrange a “Group family camp”.
This is on top of a range of activities that build confidence, develop skills and understanding and offers challenges and opportunities for self expression and team working.
See our busy sectional meeting nights
This is achieved by a large team of dedicated Leaders and assistants, together with parental support, and an Executive Committee (Parents Committee). We attract many parents who want to be involved (not always on an every week basis), many offering skills and experience that will help the young people develop. There are also many adult volunteers who do not feel they can offer direct scouting knowledge but who are practical and can support the Group with other skills, and we need you just as much!
Here’s a bit about our District and Region
Westhill Scout Group are part of Gordon District and this covers from the outskirts of Aberdeen to Alford on the edge of the Cairngorms and up to Inverurie and Ellon to the North and NorthEast. Our District badge is an Aberdeen Angus Bull, standing on fertile fields, above depiction of two rivers the River Dee and River Don. There are 12 other Scout Groups in our District. Our major routes are the A90, A96, and A944, and our new AWPR. Our District badge is the “Gordon Bull” with the River Don below.
Gordon District is within the North East Scout Region. And this covers the Scouting Districts of Aberdeen City, Deeside, Kincardine, Deveron, Buchan, Moray and Shetland. Our Region badge shows an outline of Scotland on top of the Saltire, with NER highlighted and Shetland is in its correct place, not in a box!
Here’s a bit about our local area.
We are situated just off the busy A90 “Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR)”, and going East only six miles from the Aberdeen city centre and the large oil related offices and industrial units.
Heading West and we are into rural Aberdeenshire, like the smaller village of Skene just a couple of miles down the road, there is a lovely loch – with sailing,walks and fishing.
The ski slopes of the Cairngorm mountain range are only about an hour and a half away – where skiing, snow boarding and other winter sports take place.
Virtually on our doorstep we have wonderful Royal Deeside with its forests, rivers, mountains and castles in fact Aberdeenshire is known as ‘Castle Country’ for obvious reasons – we have so many!
One of the most beautiful castles in the area is Blair Atholl where the International Scout Jamborette is held every 2nd year. Gordon District to which we belong always sends a contingent.
We are very near our District campsite at Daviot a small village just outside Inverurie. Daviot Campsite and Training Ground is a brilliant place to camp -with patrol sites with shelters for cooking and eating in (See below). It has a very ancient stone circle within its boundary. The site also has a campfire circle with stepped seating and a wide space for games of all sorts. It is situated just about 30 minutes from Westhill and about 1 hour from the city of Aberdeen.
Aberdeen is a great place if you want to have a day visit to a city – it is a seaside city and has many amenities which will appeal to both young people and older persons – with many of the lovely department stores and some great local stores which are so very different from the usual. All concentrated within a compact city centre.
See our Community web pages for Westhill background.
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