1940s Boy Scouts

All of our talks are now available on Zoom

Learn about how the Scout training helped the Scouts with war work. See what life was like in the 1940s, what you had to do to become a Scout, tests, games and badges. With special emphasis on how some Scouts were recruited into Churchill's Secret Army, the Auxiliers - spies and espionage. Tales of Scout bravery during the war. This covers a lot of unpublished and little known facts of one of the Scouts most important times in modern history.

  • The following topics are covered
  • How long ago WW2 was
  • Scout uniform changes over the last 81 years
  • What life was like during the war
  • Air raids, Home Life, Gas Masks, School, Entertainment, Helping at home
  • Boy Scouts v Girl Guides
  • Preparing for War
  • What the Scouts did to help the war effort
  • Badges
  • The War Service Scouts
  • Ciphers and Codes
  • Churchill’s Secret Army (spies, secrets and messages)
  • Tales of Scout bravery during the war

 At the start of the talk the Scouts are put into teams, they remain in their teams for all activities and tests.  All of the activities and tests are based on the original 1940s Scout programme.


Air Raid

After talking about air raids the Scouts are warned that at some point the air raid siren will be sounded and they will have to go to a shelter (tables covered with cloths).  During the air raid there are a lot of loud sounds, but they will be told that when they are in the shelter they will be completely safe.  Previous groups have loved this and they all wanted to do it again!

Second Class Tests

There will be a prize for the winning team.

1. Observation:  A number of objects are shown on the screen, after 1 minute the image disappears and they are asked to write down as many objects as they can remember. (Kim’s game)

2. Detective:  Test deductions skills and find out information (a 1940s test)

3. Knots:  Two pieces of rope and instructions on how to tie a knot.

4. First Aid:  A first aid station is set up and the Scouts will be asked to make an arm sling.

Cipher Test

Using a wartime cipher, decode a message.

How to book

Please read this information carefully and confirm that you agree to our conditions by e-mail. Only then will we confirm your booking.  Once a booking is confirmed we will be there, unless something catastrophic happens.

This is a free talk which we are happy to give to Scout groups.  We only ask for a small donation towards travelling costs if it is outside a 20 mile radius of Abingdon.

Setting up

We will need a minimum of 30 minutes to set up for the talk.
We will organise the Scouts into 3 equal groups for the activities.  

What we will provide

            Projector, stand, screen
            A small display of 1940s memorabilia
            A complete 1940s Boy Scout uniform on mannequin
            Display of Shrapnel collected by a Boy Scout during the War.  
            All items for the activities

What we need from you

A clear indication of how many Scouts are in the group (maximum of 25)
A post code and directions to the venue       

4 x 6ft tables.
Electric point
Cup of tea!
Help packing up and transporting to the car is much appreciated. 

We like to have a maximum of 25 Scouts for this talk (less is fine), all of our activities cater for this maximum.  If you have more than 25 Scouts please discuss this with us before booking.

The talk is in the form of a PowerPoint presentation interjected with activities and games and should last around one hour. We also bring a small display of relevant memorabilia.

With the leader’s permission we would like to give the Scouts a special 1940s Boy Scout pin badge at the end of the talk.