The Scout Association, York

Scope and Content

This collection contains material mostly related to the St Paul's Scout Troop in York, although other Troops are mentioned. Records include minutes, registers, log books, correspondence and publicity materials.

Administrative / Biographical History

The St Paul's Scout Troop started in 1909 as a group of five boys meeting behind a grocer's shop in Holgate.

The first Scoutmaster was Cecil S. Molyneaux, a teacher at St Paul's School. The troop met in St Paul's Schoolroom on Dalton Terrace and consequently re-named themselves 'St Paul's' Troop. The '1st' part of their name refers to the fact that they were the first registered Scout troop in the city. Molyneux was a gunner in World War I and was killed in action in 1917.

The St Paul's Troop is thought to be the oldest in Yorkshire, and was the first registered Scout Troop in the city.

The Treasurer's House Troop, the 2nd Scout Troop to be registered in the City, is also mentioned in this collection.

The York and District Boy Scouts Association first appears in the City Directories in 1925, located at Civic House, Southlands Road, York. The President was Mr Frank Green.

By 1930 there were 21 Scout Troops across York and the surrounding areas. This included special Troops for handicapped boys (King's Manor (Blind)) and Troops affiliated with local schools, solely for boys attending that institution (i.e. Fulford School Troop). Most of these troops had Wolf Cub Packs attached.

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Tester, Community Collections and Outreach Archivist, April 2015.

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