Birmingham Scouts
County Districts

Cole Valley South District covers the south eastern quarter of the city and includes Acocks Green, Hall Green, Yardley Wood, Billesley, Kings Heath, Moseley, Sparkhill, Balsall Heath, Selly Park, Bournville, Kings Norton, West Heath.

There are 19 Scout Groups in the District (listed below) within which there are 3 Squirrel Scout Dreys, 19 Beaver Scout Colonies, 19 Cub Scout Packs, 18 Scout Troops and 12 Explorer Scout Units. Each Group provides an active and varied Scouting programme for around boys and girls aged 4 to 18, and all are managed and run by adult volunteers.

With over 1200 youth members and 300 plus adult volunteers we are one of the larger Districts in Birmingham County. We do however need more adult volunteers if we are to provide Scouting to more young people in our area.

Please contact our Joining Team for further information about joining or getting involved in Cole Valley South District.

Adam Brinkworth
District Commissioner


Spitfire District came into being when the previous East and North East Districts where merged and is made up of 18 different Scout groups, 8 Explorer Scout Units, District Network Unit and Scout Active Support. The district encompasses the north eastern corner of the city from the Coventry road all the way up to the boundary of Sutton Coldfield.

The District puts on a full and varied programme both at group level and at district and many of our leaders support and organise county events. Every two years the district presents the East Birmingham Gangshow, which currently takes place at a venue within the district and involves young people and adults both in the cast and supporting roles.

We can always find spaces for young people looking to join a Scout Group and opportunities for adults looking to join Scouting.

Yours in Scouting
Nick Thomas
District Commissioner

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Sutton Coldfield East District is made up of 11 Scout Groups, 3 x Explorer Scout Units, 2 x Active Support Units and 1 x Network Unit. All our units are actively engaged in supplying a quality Scouting experience to all its members and if you want to be a part of this experience then all you have to do is go to the contacts page on our web site and send us an email. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

All our Scout Groups run active programmes which are designed to develop children as they grow up. We aim to give them the best experience of educational fun and games we can. The principle objective is to get them to think for themselves and put into practice what they learn in Scouting. We are into selling childhood experiences that they will value and carry into their adult life. There are huge opportunities that open up as the child progresses through the sections and only by being a Scout will your child have these opportunities.

Scouting is a vast organization with about a membership of 38,000,000. It is spread across the entire planet and is in every country except 6. The games, the fun, the excitement, the adventure and the friends that they make are universal requirements for all children which is why the movement is still here after 100+ years and why it has spread as one of the biggest single idea exports that Great Britain has ever produced.

Scouting is meant to be fun and in Sutton Coldfield we stick by the mantra that our founder Baden Powell set out for us in 1907 when he published Scouting for Boys. It is little known that it was the child readers of this the 4th biggest selling book in the world that created the Scout Movement by acting out the stories in the book. The adults had to play catch up. So on that note welcome to our world and I hope you enjoy the ride.

Please contact me for further information about joining or getting involved in Sutton Coldfield East District.
Dave Thebridge

District Commissioner | Website:

We are a lively and enthusiastic Scouting District made up of nine different groups, one District Explorer Scout Unit, a newly formed Network and a couple of very sociable District Scout Active Support Groups. We cater for everyone from 6 years old.

Our District skirts the beautiful Sutton Park where in 1957, the 50th anniversary of Scouting was celebrated when the 9th World Scout Jamboree was held there, with participants from all over the world. The event is commemorated by a short stone pillar in the centre of the park known as Jamboree Stone, often a focal point for local Scouting activities. One of our Groups is a Sea Scout Group based in Sutton Park close to the lake so able to offer lots of water based activities.

We have a full and active programme both at Group level and at District Level, with both traditional and modern events, and we are always planning new challenges.

We are keen supporters and participants of the Sutton Gang Show, a bi–annual event.

We are the only District in Birmingham to have a Scout band, although attached to a Group it is open to any member of Scouting, and they are available to perform at non–scouting events as well as supporting Scout Events. If you are interested in joining Scouting in our District, please get in touch and I’ll do my best to get you settled in with
a Group.

Please contact me for further information about joining or getting involved in Sutton Coldfield West District.

Paul Little

District Commissioner

In Rea Valley District, we have twenty Groups and nine Explorer units. All sections have a very healthy and active programme of district and group–based events, with members supporting activities hosted by County, National and International organisations. We have been proud to have supported Scouts, Explorers and leaders that took part in the World Jamboree in Sweden during August 2011.

Scouting in Rea Valley is adventure. We are keen to provide an opportunity for young people to make new friends and learn a variety of life skills. Adult volunteers and young leaders are able to share new expertise and develop their leadership, confidence and talents, building a programme of adventurous and inspiring activities. The district boasts a diary packed full of activities and camps, as well as supporting the programme of County events.

Most groups in Rea Valley have Beaver, Cub and Scout sections, with many reaching bursting point. Some sections are unfortunately burdened with waiting lists for the younger sections and we desperately need new adult helpers to introduce new opportunities to those youth waiting to join the movement. Whether you are young or not–so young, you may have skills that can be shared with others, and Scouting probably has new experiences for you too. Even if you only have one evening a month we would still like to welcome you to the Rea Valley Scouting family.

Please contact me for further information about joining or getting involved in Rea Valley District.

Deputy District Commissioners

Cath Thomas (
Christopher Brammeier (
Abigail McMillan ( | Website:

Tame Valley Scout District covers much of north Birmingham. There are 13 Scout Groups and 6 Explorer Scout Units plus Network and Scout Active Support Sections. The area includes Handsworth, parts of Great Barr, Perry Barr, Kingstanding, Oscott, Perry Common, Pype Hayes, Erdington, Aston and Lozells.

Scouting in this multi-cultural area offers young people from the age of 6 years upwards opportunities to take part in activities, make friends, learn about our world and gain skills for life.

Scouting offers a range of outdoor and indoor activities throughout the year. Camping is encouraged and all of the Cubs, Scouts and Explorers have the opportunity to camp and take part in exciting and adventurous activities. Beavers all have the opportunity for camping or indoor sleepovers. The exception is the Special School Group where pupil of the Wilson Stuart School enjoy weekly meetings at the school.

The Explorer Scouts, (aged 14 to 18 years) and Network Scouts (aged 18 to 25), take part in Duke of Edinburgh Award activities and can gain Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards as well as their Scouting Awards up to the coveted Queen's Scout Award.

We can always find spaces for young people looking to join a Scout Group. There are many opportunities for adults to join Scouting. All of our Leaders are well trained and training is provided for all of our volunteers.

To enquire about young people joining, please contact Lesley
for adult volunteers contact Gerald on
for further information contact Geoff Shuttleworth, District Commissioner on