In the early years of the war an Itchingfield Boy Scout troop was formed, run by Scoutmaster G de S Upcott (Gwen Upcott). The troop gave boys too young to serve in the military a means of gaining experience and skills. The scouts (boys aged 11-16) operated very much along military lines with drill and camps designed to instil military style discipline and give boys experience in leadership and group co-operation. In the scouts the boys learnt skills such as navigation by compass, signalling, cooking, laundry skills, first aid and distance and height judging. Boys from the Itchingfield Troop progressed onto the local Voluntary Training Corps based in Horsham as soon as they reached 16 years old. During the war the impetus grew for a similar organisation for girls in the Parish and in June 1915 an Itchingfield Girl Guide troop was founded, led initially by Miss Bradburne, daughter of Colonel Samuel Bradburne of Wellcross Grange. The girl guides did not just advocate activities suitable only for girls – badges for Cyclist, Electrician, Air Mechanic and Sailor featured alongside skills such as knitting and sewing and first aid training.Just as today, scout and guides activities were reported in The Parish Magazine;The chief event to record this month is camp. The Itchingfield Scouts went into camp in the Sharpenhurst Hill barn, kindly lent by Mr Latilla, from Aug 4thto Aug 9th. There were 21 scouts in camp . . . . . Scout S Fuller, who is working for his cook’s badge, was given the arduous and even dangerous duty of cook to the camp; however under the able direction of Instructor E Lovegrove, he managed to survive the ordeal very successfully . . . The Itchingfield Girl Guides accepted the Scout’s challenge to a stoolball match, and this was played on the last afternoon in camp. The match ended in a win for the Scouts, but, in spite of this, the Guides were sporting enough to stay for part of the Camp Fire Concert . . . visitors often came to see the camp and seemed impressed by the fact that everyone seemed to be enjoying himself; this was due to the fact that everyone worked hard. A camp with no slackers in it is one of the best and most comfortable places on earth. In conclusion the Troop begs to offer hearty thanks for the kind gifts of cake, jam &C., which were sent by friends and which were all thoroughly enjoyed. – G D de S Upcott.