Thanks for dropping in on this website which focuses on a fairly
brief period in the late 1950's and early 1960's and the activities
of the young people who were members of a South London Scout Group.
Although the official title of the Group was the 8th Lambeth
Scouts and it was located in Stockwell, the youngsters tended to
prefer thinking of themselves as "The Swamplanders" and
their local area as "The Swamp".
This zany approach permeated their lives - much influenced by
"The Goons", a popular radio show at that time. Few managed
to escape without their given name mysteriously being supplanted
by a nickname.
Worse was to come... and a number of Scouts found themselves
depicted as cartoon characters in the Group's newsletters and, eventually,
a national magazine!
Interestingly, nobody seemed to mind. Even more interestingly,
youths who might easily have sniffed loudly at the thought of joining
the, then, "BOY Scouts" and wearing shorts and funny hats
were drawn in and enjoyed the camaraderie of the 8th Lambeth Senior
Scouts and Rover Scouts.
We've rescued a number of photographs, published cartoons and
the seriously faded remains of the Scout Group's own newsletters
and, with much use of computer graphics software, given them a new
lease of life on this website.
We hope you think it was worth the effort.... and maybe feel
inclined to leave a message on our Guestbook.