History of the District

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History of the District

At the beginning of 2004 the County Commissioner of Greater London Scout West decided that it would be appropriate to merge two Scout Districts, namely Kingston & Malden and Surbiton.

Bob Bushell was tasked with the merger and on 11th July 2004 members of both Districts attended a conference entitled ‘Focus on the Future’. During this meeting various decisions, ranging from naming the new District, Royal Kingston, to introducing a periodic newsletter, Insight, were made. A development plan was established and members of the new District Team and Executive Committee were announced.

Three hundred and twenty six people entered a competition to design the new District Badge which was won by Simon Digweed.

The inaugural meeting of Royal Kingston Scout District was held on Thursday 14th October 2004 with both the Mayor and Member of Parliament in attendance. Subsequently the District has opened an additional Scout Group, several Explorer Scout Units and an Archery Club. Membership has grown considerably.