About the webmaster and the website.

I originally built this website to promote scouting within the UK and 1st Great Eccleston Scout group back in 2006, after the demise of the group magazine, it then totaled 6 pages and over the years it grew and grew and at one point totaled more than 100. Those of you who have been visiting the site since the beginning will know it won the UK Scouting award  of excellence in 2008, but unfortunately  at the end of 2010 the site started to experience some technical problems and in September 2011 it was updated and then again in 2018 to its present form. Although it no longer primarily promotes 1st Great eccleston you will fined a page about the group and the webmaster is more than happy to add any further information if the group wishes.

pioneering is fun
West Lancs County camp preparing, setting and lighting a fire.
West Lancashire County rally 2016
Bushcraft camp breakfast yum yum!
Pioneering challenge well on the way to winning.

check out some

Facts about scouting


 The Scout movement is an international youth organization that welcomes members from all social backgrounds, faiths and cultures, Its aim is to help young people to develop mentally, physically and spiritually. This is achieved through an attractive training programme designed to enable the young people to work with others, gain self-confidence and take a constructive place in the community.
That’s the posh way of saying its for everyone who wants to enjoy themselves, whilst learning how to get on with each other.


 Records show that for every 100 people who join Scouting:

  • Rarely will one be brought before the juvenile court system.
  • 4 will become Queen’s Scouts.
  • 1 will enter the clergy.
  • 18 will develop a hobby which will last throughout their adult life.
  • 8 will enter a vocation that was learned through the Progressive Training Award Scheme.
  • 1 will use his/her Scouting skills to save his/her own life.
  • 1 will use his/her Scouting skills to save the life of another person.


Scouting began in Great Britain when General Baden-Powell returned to England as a National Hero, after defending the town of Mafeking for 7 months from the Boer (pronounced as “bore”) troops.

When he returned, he found that many boys and young men were reading his book “Aids to Scouting”. This book was intended as a training manual for soldiers and taught techniques such as observation, tracking and initiative.

He was persuaded to write a version of this training manual aimed at teenage boys and he called it “Scouting for Boys“. In August 1907 Baden-Powell and two “Assistant Scoutmasters” held an experimental 11 day camp on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset, based on the ideas in his book.

A Scout

There’s nothing sissy about being a Scout, on the contrary it takes a lot of bottle. Did you know that 26 of the first 29 astronauts were Scouts, or that well over 60% of RAF graduates are former Scouts, and if you’re into football would it surprise you to find that David Beckham was a scout, and the list goes on.
What is this scout doing

What is this scout doing

welcome to 

Some of the things you could do as a scout


When Lieut.-General R. S. S. Baden-Powell wrote Scouting for Boys, under the heading Camp Life chapter 4, he started by explaining that Pioneering is Knot-tying-Hut making, Bridging building-Measurements-Handicrafts. and that Pioneers are men who go ahead to open up the way for others to follow.

Backwoods and Bushcraft

Backwoods/bushcraft. In Scouting we use the term backwoods to describe somewhere away from towns or habitation. Its more often used to describe an area of wild country usually within the woodlands of Canada or America but could equally be used for areas like the Veldt or plains, and the Australian bush.

Camping or just having fun

As a member of the Scout Association one of the things you never get tired of is having fun, making new friends, camping, learning new things, and joining the adventure.

Join the adventure

Scouting in West Lancashire

  • scout pioneering
  • bushcraft fire
  • canoeing
  • Scouts having fun on a Bucking Bronco built with pioneering poles
  • show 015
  • backwoods
  • Adventure pioneers
  • west lancs scouts
  • great eccleston scouts
  • SAM_3105
  • scout camp
Do not miss more pages to navigate within this web site

Please use the links below to access more scouting pages

Scouting in Wyre District

1st Great Eccleston Scout were the first group the web master joined as a Scout Leader and was the leader there for over 22 years, if yo want to become a member of the group you can yous our contact page or contact Wyre District Scouts

Scouting in Wyre

Caldervale scouts are a small village group in the Wyer district of West Lancashire they only have Scouts and Cubs and if you want to join you can use the contact page

Scout pioneering


In scouting the word Pioneering is used to describe in its most basic form using ropes, and wooden poles/spars, and some simple knots and lashings, to build different structures.

An Independent Youth Organisation
Adventure Pioneers are a Youth organisation in west lancashire started by scout leaders and former scout leaders for young people aged 10 to 16, we promote and provide outdoor activities  for our members, and other organisations.

interested in joining the adventure

West Lancashire

Scout organisation

Our Featured Bundles


For all



For Beavers,Cubs, Scouts and Venturers.

Places to Visit lots of things to do.

Join the adventure.

Wyre District




Adventure, Games, Making friends

Lots to do for everyone

Fun for All

West Lancs


Do it

Beavers,Scouts, Cubs, Ventures.

Lots of things to do.

Visit different countries

Make new friends

This is

Our Supporters

pioneers tent logo

Adventure Pioneers

This is a not for profit youth organization for young people aged 10 to 16 who also help other organizations and groups in West Lancashire.


pioneering logo


This is something the webmaster Alan started to promote pioneering as a business in 2010 www.pioneering-principles.com

acorn4th logo

Acorn4th backwoods training

This was also started by the webmaster back in 2010 as a business teaching bushcraft and backwoods     www.acorn4thbackwoods.co.uk