Group History

The group has been in existence in its current from since 1961, although records of a 1st Ferring Wolf Pack go back to 1923. Originally, we were Land Scouts but now we are proud to be Sea Scouts. In 2007 Scouts were 100 years old and we took part in the Centenary Celebrations. Our own 50th Birthday was held in 2011 and we brought old and young together at the hut for a grand tea party and a day of reminiscence.

We have our own premises in Meadow Way which was once an old Army hut, erected by the community in 1961. However, time has taken its toll and 2 big phases of refurbishment have lead to the hut walls being entirely rebuilt, strengthened and insulated by 2 Ferring building firms. Phase 1 was carried out by Adam Steele Building and Phase 2 by Niche Construction. There is still some work to do though because the roof is still original and we continue to fund raise!

Phase 1 Hut Refurb in Progress

We are well equipped for out door, adventurous and overnight experiences which is just as well as we love to go camping! Sometimes we will go “old school” using traditional canvas patrol tents but we often use lightweight tents too.

Good Scouts always keep their muddy boots outside the tent!

When scouting was first opened up to girls, 1st Ferring were one of the first to welcome them and we now have a good mix of boys and girls.

The group is affiliated to St Andrews Church, Ferring, where we attend the monthly family service. Father Gary is a great supporter of our group and can often be found risking life and limb by crossing a rickety bridge or sampling a tasty dish that the scouts have made.

We are part of the Arundel and Littlehampton Scout District and as the Duke of Norfolk is our President, we have the honour of attending the District AGM in his magnificent castle.

Honour Guard at Arundel Castle when Ferring served as “District Group”