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School life

Cubs and Scouts

4th Winchester

On most Wednesday evenings during term time, you might see up to 30 boys around school wearing green, red and blue Scouting neckers. The boys are part of the 4th Winchester Pilgrims’ Scout Troop and Cub Pack, and the necker colours reflect the school’s community of Pilgrims (green jumpers), Choristers (red), and Quiristers (blue).

Cubs (for Pilgrims in Years 4 and 5) and Scouts (Years 6, 7, and 8) are run by parents. Every week in term time, and over some weekends, the boys try a lot of new things and finesse and share existing skills. No two weeks are the same, and the boys gain invaluable life skills while having fun.

Scouts doing a good deed!

They have to learn to work alongside boys of all ages, older and younger. They often have to push themselves out of their comfort zones - not all boys relish wobbling 20 feet high during a crate-stacking session. In other sessions, they might navigate back to base using a map, light a fire with nothing but a flint, meet a dragon, or sleep in the snow. (The dragons flew in with a guest speaker from the Royal Historic Palaces, and the snow and ice was all part of the fun during a camping trip in the New Forest).

Lowering the flag at the school's Act of Remembrance

The boys learn vital skills, not least of which is the Scout motto, Be Prepared. You can't control the weather, but you can pack a decent sleeping bag.

The boys also learn the importance of community. They offer practical support to the Winchester Churches Night Shelter by helping to prepare a hot meal, they frequently devise ways to fund-raise for charity, and they march with representatives from the Armed Forces in the Remembrance Sunday and St George’s Day parades.

Needless to say, there is a waiting list so be sure to sign up early! 

Our Location

We are blessed with a truly idyllic location. Just an hour south of London by direct train, with easy access to all the major travel hubs, and yet we are surrounded by the stunning countryside of the South Downs National Park. The school is tucked away between Winchester Cathedral and Winchester College, within the secure and secluded Cathedral Close. Moments from our front door is the heart of the historic city of Winchester, or step through our back gate to find water meadows, countryside, and the South Downs Way.