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© Barns Green - A Local History of The Great War 2014
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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   4 th    to   Aug   9 th .   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.
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