The Group Badges
The common badges worn by all members of the Group
1st Box Group was formed on the 23rd Feb 1910, and continued on-and-off throughout both world wars; further information about Box Group can be found in “Lambert’s Way: Scouting in Box, Wiltshire, 1910 – 1985” written by a former Group Scout Leader, David Ibberson.
1st Neston Group formed much later, on the 11th October 1977, and the two Groups merged into one on 12th February 1993 into what is now the 1st Neston & Box Scout Group. The Box element of the Group retains the additional identity of “Lambert’s Own”, named after one of its founding members, Philip Lambert.
Following changes by the Scout Association for Districts to manage the older Scouts, the Jaggards Explorer Scout Unit started in 2012, and provides a progression from Scouts aged 14 to 18 years. Scouts from the Group who are approaching 14 years are encouraged to take an active role with the Unit.
Wilts North District Badge
The District badge has the following features:
- The River Avon – which flows though Wiltshire, entering the County near Sherston, down to Malmesbury, Chippenham, Melksham then across to Bath, Bristol and joins the Severn estuary.
- Chalk Hills - Much of the county consists of chalk hills, harsh for crops but fine as grazing ground for sheep. In fact for this reason many of the towns in Wiltshire built their industry on wool.
- Box Tunnel - Part of the original Great Western Railway, this 1 mile long tunnel, built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was once the longest railway tunnel in the world, connecting Corsham to Box.
- Flying Monk - Elmer the Monk of Malmesbury, who in the year 1010 made himself a pair of wings which he strapped to his arms and feet, then he jumped from the top of the Abbey! He did glide for 200 metres, then came down with a bump and was banned from making any more attempts.
Pre-North Wilts District
Some older Scouts will remember a different District Badge when we were part of North West Wilts, depicting the Avon, the hills, and the Helmet belonging to Alfred the Great.
Wiltshire County Badge
Wiltshire is the County for White Horses with its chalk downs of central Wiltshire, perfect for these hill carvings. So it is no surprise that the County Badge depicts the white horse.
The District and County badges are worn side to side, with the County badge to the front. The name tape(s) is worn above.
Scout Membership Badge
The World Scout Emblem is worn by all scouts around the World. The colour purple is often said to be a sign of leadership.
The "fleur-de-lis" (flower of the lily) was a symbol used throughout history to denote North on a compass and was adopted by the Scouting Organisation in the 20th century by Baden Powell.
The” three tips” represent the three main parts of the Promise,
- Duty to God and country
- Help other people
- Keep the Scout Law
The “rope” around the badge signifies that Scouts form part of a family, held in place by a 'Reef knot' which is a symbol of strength.