The Scout Association provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for 400,000 young people aged 6-25. Internationally, we have over 28 million young people enjoying the benefits of Scouting across 216 countries. Personal development means promoting the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being of the individual, helping them achieve their full potential. In Scouting, we believe that young people develop most when they are ‘learning by doing’ when they are given responsibility, work in teams, take acceptable risks and think for themselves.

The 28th Ayrshire (Troon) Scout Group was founded in 1909 and has been in continued existence since that time.

The Group’s HQ is situate in St. Meddans Street behind the Troon Youth Centre a building once the property of the British Legion who assisted the Group in 1950 by sub letting a piece of land on which in due course was constructed the current Scout Hall. The timber extension to the rear was added in 1968.

The facilities currently enjoyed by the Group would be envied by many. The main hall is of a size to allow games etc. for up to 40 young people. There are various smaller rooms, stores, kitchen and toilets. The small piece of ground beside the hall is invaluable for traditional Scout activities. A ship’s container provides useful additional storage. With the help of a small lottery grant fencing and gates were installed a few years ago thus providing a secure compound for parking the Group’s Mini Bus and Trailers.

The original hall was constructed by members of the Group and many of the materials used were salvaged from other contracts or sources. Building materials were in short supply in the early 1950s. The timber extension was formerly a site hut at ICI. Simply with the passing of time both parts of the building are in need of continued repairs and in the long term replacement.

Currently the hall is in use each evening of week:

Monday Brownies followed by Guides. A total of 40 Girls

Tuesday Beaver Scouts – 30 – followed by Cub Scouts – 32

Wednesday Explorer Scouts – 20

Thursday Beaver Scouts – 28 – followed by Cub Scouts – 56

Friday Scouts – 62

In total 238 young persons supervised by a Leader Team of 24.

For information to those unaware:

Beavers are the youngest section aged 5 years 6 months to about their 8th birthday

Members stay in Cubs until about 10 years 6 months

The Scout Troop is for those up to about 14

Explorers are the senior section up to age 18.

Weekend use of the hall is mostly by sections holding sleepovers, practising Scout Camping skills and other fun and fund raising events. Occasional use is made by other Scout Groups from out with Ayrshire.

The Hall is in use almost every week day by Schools Out in Troon who provide an out of school child minding service. Jo Jingles – a service for young mothers and babies also use the hall on 1 morning per week

After much negotiation the Group was fortunate to obtain a 25 year Lease from South Ayrshire Council of the former Troon Youth Centre Building at a peppercorn rent. The Building is in need of much improvement and stage one being renovation of the main hall was completed in July 2015. Since then the Scout Centre as it is now known has been in use by Troon Leisure Classes who operate adult Art Classes and by several other community Groups plus additional Girl Guiding use.

We are keen to open up the Scout Centre for weekend residential use by other Scout and Guide units. Before we can consider doing so we need to complete stage 2 which is renovation of the 1950s style kitchen. Fund raising and Grant seeking will be required.

Other larger projects include replacement of our 13 year old mini bus, improving the car parking space, repositioning our security fence and creating outside facilities to enable our grounds to be used as a mini campsite from time to time.

If you still think Scouting is just about boys, tents and woggles, then take a look at our video (below) – you might just change your mind. With over 200 activities on offer and half a million members (including 60,000 girls) Scouting offers everyday adventure to young people and adult volunteers.

To find out more about the Group, please contact:

David Mathieson
Group Scout Leader
28th Ayrshire (Troon) Scout Group
43 Beach Road
KA10 6SU