The History of Scouting in Falkirk District

The first Scout Groups started to appear in the Falkirk area in 1908 and quickly blossomed to provide Scouting. In 1916 Wolf Cubs started to allow younger boys to join and by 1928 there were 21 Groups including 2ndTorwood,  14th Falkirk, 15th Grangemouth,16th Laurieston, 17th Denny, 27th Bonnybridge, 29th Graham’s Road United Free Church(Falkirk), 32nd Banton. 35th Larbert East UF Chaurch,19th Kilsyth(Garrell), 38th Shieldhill, 40th Christ Church, 42nd James Street WesleyanMethodist(Falkirk), 43rd Bothkennar, 46th Muiravonside, 47th Cumbernauld,48th Kilsyth, 52nd Baptist Church (Falkirk), 53 Carronshore, 54 th Stenhouse & Carron and 55th Greenhill& Glenyards.


Initially they were part of Stirlingshire Scouting and organised via a Local Falkirk Association. Over the years there have been many changes in the structure with the Local Falkirk Association being split into Denny & Bonnybridge, Grangemouth, Larbert and Falkirk local associations and latterly into Scout Districts. As Scouting is a Movement thus constantly changing to meet the need of the young people Girls were allowed to join in and Beaver Scout section started in 1976. Various other re-organisations have taking place over the years to the age ranges of the sections resulting in the current Falkirk Scout District.


Falkirk Scout District is home to over 1000 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Explorer Scouts.    We have 3 Groups in Falkirk Town Centre, 3 Groups in Larbert & Stenhousemuir as well as Groups in Bo’ness, Bonnybridge, Braes area, Dennyloanhead, Dunipace, Grangemouth, Laurieston and Torwood


The Scout Groups in the District cater for boys and girls aged from 6 to 14 years of age in the following 3 sections:    

Beaver Scouts (for 6-8 year olds), Cub Scouts (for 8-10½ year olds) and Scouts (for 10½-14 years old).

Explorer Scouts are for young people aged between 14 and 18, and are run at a District Level. There are currently 6 District Explorer Units and a Young Leaders Unit operating in the District.                                                                                                                                    

The Units being the Antonine, Cross, Forth & Union, Kinnaird North Star and the 1st Bo’ness


There is a District Scout Network which is open to anyone between the Ages of 18 & 25 years.


For adults over 25years we have a Scout Active Support Unit which includes a District Fellowship