Loose Swiss Scout Group is based in Maidstone, Kent

We provide exciting and engaging experiences to young people aged 6 to 14 from Loose and the surrounding area. We offer a wide range of typical scouting activities and challenges.

The Group was first formed in 1908 and has been in continual operation ever since. Recently the group has enjoyed great success, due to the hard work and dedication of the section leaders and group exec. We are a very popular scout group with two Beaver colonies, two Cub packs, two Scout troops and we are linked with Ragstone explorer group. This allows us to provide young people a great set of life skills as they grow which they can use even after they have moved on to adulthood.

All of our sections are very active and partake in frequent meetings, camps, trips and experiences. We are fortunate to have a large area of land owned by the group which is used for activies year-round.

Our Headquarters is based in Pickering Street in the middle of Loose

Why Swiss?

Finally, why Swiss? There is a certain amount of speculation in view of the original name of the troop as 11th Central Kent. It would appear that one of the original patrols was called Swiss Troop as early as 1913. It is also known that Jack Barcham Green had many business connections with Switzerland due to his paper manufacturing business. He married a Swiss lady and his house was called Swiss Cottage. Also the troop visited Switzerland on a number of occasions and the name therefore appears to have stuck.