Local police officer, Len Craddock saw a need in his community for young boys to have purpose, occupation and challenge. So over 50 years ago Len decided to start up a scout troop and Hampton Park was launched.
Along with so many people in our local community, the group went from small beginnings to the Hall you see standing today. The group originally met in an old wooden drill hall behind the Hampton Senior High School until in 1971 with support from parents, the Scout Association and the then Shire of Bayswater we were able to build our current facility. In 2001 the building was dedicated to the group’s founder and renamed the Len Craddock Scout Hall. It has had a long and esteemed history of providing quality scout programmes to our local community. Hundreds of children, and adults, have been involved and benefited from the comradeship, fellowship and sense of adventure provided by the scouting program through Hampton Park.
Although Len has passed on, his legacy and commitment to serving the local community that we live in continues. We’re very proud of our hall and its facilities, being one of the larger Scout Halls in the area. We have our own secure yard where we can camp, have campfires and do general scouty stuff. Hampton Park is also well equipped for events and activities away from home.
We’re also proud to be the home of Hampton Park Girl Guides who also have a long history beginning with the Craddock family too.
Hampton Park Scout Group is supported by the City of Bayswater. It is our privilege to provide community support whenever we can and to teach our youth that they can contribute positively to their local society.
Where it all began:
A long serving soldier of great standing, Robert Baden-Powell was fed up with man's constant habit of making war. His idea? That only through the education of the youth of the world, can world peace and understanding be achieved.
Although not the term used at the time, Scouting can be described as the world's first and biggest peace movement. Today over 250 million people in the world are Scouts or former Scouts.
As a soldier, BP rose to public prominence during the war against the Boers in Africa at the end of the 1800s. Most noteworthy was BP's leadership of the defending force in siege of the South African town of Mafeking. Baden-Powell returned to England as a national hero in 1899 having successfully defended the town against the Boers.
BP was encouraged to set down his views on how he would apply Scouting to the training of boys, so he first conducted an experimental camp in 1907 on Brownsea Island off the Dorset coast. Here, with some 20 boys from all walks of life and suitable adult leaders, Baden–Powell taught the boys what he meant by Scouting. They lived in tents and cooked their own food and learned many valuable skills through games.
The camp was a great success and proved Baden-Powell's ideas, so he tackled the task of writing down his experience in a book. "Scouting for Boys" was first published in fortnightly parts, beginning January 15, 1908. Every issue sold out as soon as it hit the newsstands, despite the cover price of 4d which was expensive at the time.
It was suggested that boys form themselves into patrols within other organisations. But boys didn't want to be school-scouts, cadet-scouts or brigade-scouts, they wanted to be simply "Scouts". Long before the last instalment had hit the book stands, Scout patrols and troops had magically appeared all over Britain. Baden-Powell finally bowed to the inevitable and accepted that Scouting would have to become a movement in its own right. Two years, later Baden-Powell retired from the army as a General to devote his life to this new movement called Scouting.
“My belief is that we were put into this world of wonders with a special ability to appreciate them, in some cases to have the fun of taking a hand in developing them, and also in being able to help other people instead of overreaching them and through it all, to enjoy life, that is, to be happy”