1st Wargrave Scout Group

Group History

1st Wargrave Scout Group has been in existence since 1909, almost as long as the Scout movement itself.  Moves to establish a Scout group in the village began in December 1908, when Leonard Gower asked the curate, Revd Powley to help set up a troop in the village, which was duly formed on 24th February 1909. The troop members were enrolled on 31st March that year – Leonard being the first troop leader.


Buddy Rose

Buddy Rose 1926 – 2009

One of the troop’s most significant contributors in recent times was Buddy Rose, who gained his Scout Master’s certificate in 1947.  Some 60 years later in 2007, Buddy Rose was awarded the Silver Wolf.  The Silver Wolf is the highest award made by The Scout Association for services of the most exceptional character.  It is an unrestricted gift of the Chief Scout.




Silver Wolf Award

The Silver Wolf

The award consists of a Silver Wolf suspended from a dark green and yellow neck ribbon. Buddy remained an active leader until 2009.  Scouting was Buddy’s life-long passion, and we all owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for his commitment to 1st Wargrave over so many years.



Read more about our history on the Wargrave Local History Society website. Additional information about Buddy Rose and our 100 year ‘Air Guitar’ Birthday Party held in 2009 can be found on the Henley Standard website.

Wargrave Scouts Air Guitar

1st Wargrave’s Centenary Party in 2009

The Group firmly upholds the fundamentals of Scouting, which are summarised below:

The Purpose of Scouting Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.
The Values of Scouting As Scouts we are guided by these values:

We act with integrity; we are honest, trustworthy and loyal.
We have self-respect and respect for others.
We support others and take care of the world in which we live.
We explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes.
We make a positive difference; we cooperate with others and make friends.
The Scout Method Scouting takes place when young people, in partnership with adults, work together based on the values of Scouting and:

  • enjoy what they are doing and have fun;
  • take part in activities indoors and outdoors;
  • learn by doing;
  • share in spiritual reflection;
  • take responsibility and make choices;
  • undertake new and challenging activities; and
  • make and live by their Promise.