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1st Devonport Scouts

Group Leader: Cliff Brown 021 519 200

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Welcome to the 1st Devonport Scout Group

The 1st Devonport Scout Group was founded in 1908. It is one of the oldest Scout Groups in New Zealand and is one of only two scout groups that have been running continuously since that time. At first, the troop met in a shed in the garden of a house in Mozeley Avenue. In 1909, the 2nd Devonport Troop was formed and in 1911, under Rev CT MacLean, Devonport was the first Troop to win the King's Standard for the greatest number of King's Scouts in the Dominion. By 1912, there were five Devonport troops, including a Sea Scout troop and a troop of Girl Peace Scouts.

In 1923, under the leadership of AE Knowles, the troop built 'Scoutsville', the Bach on Rangitoto Island which the group still owns today. From 1928-1939, the troop was based in the Bunker at the top of Mt Victoria and after the Second World War moved to The Den in Allenby Avenue in 1946. The group was very strong again during the 1950's and 1960's under the leadership of Nick Morgan, producing a further 21 King's Scouts and Queen's Scouts and winning the Auckland Regional Camping competition four times in five years between 1953 and 1957.  In the centennial year, the group came very close to folding but since 2009 has grown to become one of the biggest groups in New Zealand. From a membership of 3 Cubs at the start of 2009, we now have around 100 Youth Members in the Group, supported by 30 adult leaders and committee members.

You can read our latest Annual Report by clicking here: AGM Report

Our Scout Den in Allenby Avenue is also available for hire, for children' s parties and other such social events and is also available for use by community groups, eg: yoga, meditation, zumba, dance etc. Click here for further information on Den Hire.

"The aim of the Scouting Association is to encourage the
physical, mental, social and spiritual development of young people
so that they may take a constructive place in society."

Scout Graduates receiving their Chief Scout's Award


ANZAC Day Parade

Scouts at the Lava Caves on Rangitoto

Scouting New Zealand | Scout Shop | 1st Devonport

Contact Group Leader Cliff Brown 021 519 200 for more information

A special thanks to Panasonic for their very generous supply of the fabulous 50” HD LED TV for our Venturers hut.  This has brought us into the 21st Century and will enable our Venturers to use for their presentations to the group, research, planning’s session and for the whole Scouting sections to have their meetings.   Thank you, Panasonic !

And also to Gary Potter and Glenice Taylor of Harcourt's, Devonport for contributions towards tent purchases and to Brian Barraclough of Devonport for his generous funding of the Thorburn Bursary Award.


With thanks to Pub Charity for their recent funding of our new 12x 12 canvas tents ! (Nov 2017)

Further thanks are due to the Devonport-Takapuna local board for providing funding for new signage for the Scout Den, including some wind wands and a logo-embossed doormat and funding to complete the drainage works carried out by Auckland Council in 2015. We appreciate your continued support and assistance.

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Last Updated: 20th Oct 2018