Document ReferenceUU 19
TitleSociety of Nottingham Guides and Scouts
Extent1 box, 181 photographs, 4 digital files, 1 CD
AbstractMaterial created and collected by the Scout and Guide Society of the University of Nottingham (also known as the Society of Nottingham Guides and Scouts, affiliated to the National Student Scout and Guide Organisation)
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryThe Society of Nottingham Guides and Scouts (SNoGS), is affiliated to SSAGO, the National Student Scout and Guide Organisation. SNoGS has received the STARS Gold Award status every year since 2013, which is given to societies who have shown outstanding growth and development, and have gone above and beyond their aims and objectives, worked with other societies, the SU, and the community, instituted new events, and created a lasting legacy for the society.

SSAGO was founded in 1967 and is a nonuniformed organisation affiliated to The Scout Association and Girlguiding UK. Local SSAGO groups are designed to allow Scout and Guide members to continue with their interests whilst at universities. SNoGS claims to trace its beginnings back to 1952 (many similar SSAGO groups started out as Rover Scout Groups that became affiliated with their local universities).

Nottingham SSAGO (SNoGS) has three main aims: Socials - where like minded people get the opportunity to meet on a weekly basis to take part in activities, chat, relax, and have a good time at socials and events, both locally and nationally with other SSAGO groups: volunteering - to encourage members to become Leaders with local Scout and Guide groups; adventure –getting outdoors, going camping, and doing some exploring. the National SSAGO holds three Rallies each year, one per term, and as well as that SNoGS runs or attends another event each term. These include Freshers’ Camp, national Network Camps, and an annual summer camp. In 2016 members of SNoGS attended Roihu, the Finland Jamboree.

Girlguiding is a leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with over half a million members in the UK alone and over 100,000 volunteers across every part of the UK at the time of writing (2018). Girls and young women are given a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. Girlguiding is made up of 4 sections, Rainbows (aged 5-7), Brownies (aged 7-10), Guides (aged 10-14) and Senior Section (aged 15-25); with each section being supported by an array of adult volunteers. The Scout Association is the largest international youth organisation with over half a million members in the UK alone (at 2018). Scouting is open to any young person between the ages of 6-25 years old, as well as adult volunteers.
Custodial HistorySome of the material was collated at anniversary celebrations, and some collected by members of the Committee, but the bulk of the collection was assembled in 2017/2018 to form a time capsule for the Society, specifically for its transfer to the University Archive.

The Society hopes to continue to add material to the collection each year.
DescriptionThe collection includes a range of types of materials including born digital content, photographs, souvenirs, papers relating to events, and objects. Official records, such as minutes, are not present.

Digital copies of the Society constitutions for 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2018, downloaded from Society webpage in 2018 (UU 19/1).

Folder of materials collected for the timecapsule compiled in 2017-2018, including information sheets capturing data including name and date of birth of member, course of study, number of years of membership of SSAGO and of Scout/Guides, hometown, favourite SNoGS memories, advice for people thinking of joining SNoGS, and ambitions for the 5 days, 5 months and 5 and 50 years. Also a collection of embroidered badges for SNoGS and wider events, a map from a first Duke of Edinburgh practice walk in 2013, a Brownies wrist watch, and a CD compiled c.2010 by ex-president Matt Lumley labelled 'SNoGS anthem' (UU19/2).

Folder containing various papers including: flyer for social events; print outs of photos from various camps and social events; letter from former member of the Society; print out of an email thread from 1993 from a former member of the society; script from the Spitfire District East Birmingham February 2017 ‘Gangshow Express' (Gangshow is a popular scouting pastime involving a themed musical production rehearsed over a number of weeks by members of the Scout Association within a local district); photo wallet containing one photo; photo wallet containing labelled photographs from various camps (including Isle of Wight Revolution 2012, SSAGO rallies, and OGNoGS alumni camp, 2012-2016) plus a booklet 'The Gadaffy Duck Challenge Plate Record Book'. The folder also contains printed slides from a powerpoint presentation of a quiz for members including questions about the SSAGO mascot and the societies available to members on graduating from the University, information about the SNoGS flag and logo which were changed in 2012 on the 60th anniversary of the Society (the anniversary was celebrated with a camp at Walesby Forest Campsite), information about the Gadaffi-Duck Plate (the National SSAGO trophy), the rallies which were hosted in Nottingham in 1968, Summer 1978, Autumn 1993, Summer 1998, Summer 2002 and Summer 2006, images of Scout and Guide Club intervarsity rally pendants from 1957, 1958 and 1960 (before SSAGO was established), information about the Nottingham Necker (UU 19/3).

Collection of photographs taken and collected by members and former members of SNoGS. They include: group photographs of members of the society and its committee; photographs taken on outings (including punting, Bristol Rally, etc.); camps, such as the international camp at Roihn, Finland 2016, and Isle of Wight Revolution 2016 and 2017; evening social events, barbeques, etc. The photographs have been divided into two folders containing dated and undated photographs (UU 19/4/1-2)

Posters for camps, including the anniversary camp in 2012, the Isle of Wight Revolution 2012, and the Freshers Camp at Hesley Wood Activity Centre (posters feature photographs of the various activities involved) (UU19/5).

Commercially printed waterproof banner for the Isle of Wight Revolution Camp 2014 (UU 19/6).

Nottingham Necker (neck scarf with one half navy, one half yellow and a green border) (UU 19/7).

Handmade embroidered fabric banner for SNoGS featuring the duck mascot (UU 19/8).

Two twisted tent pegs, and the remnants of a hammock used by the mascot whilst in Finland at the international camp (UU 19/9).

Hand drawn poster for a ceilidh organised by the society's social secretary, held at the Portland Building on 24th February 2018, in aid of the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambuland Service which had saved the life of an alumnus of the society in the Peak District; the event raised over £500 (UU 19/10).

Captures of the society website, May 2020 (UU19/11)
MgtGroupUniversity archives
MgtSubGroupUniversity Organisations
ArrangementNo arrangement has been necessary.
TermGirl Guides
Girl Scouts
Scout Association - Nottingham
Scouts and Scouting
University of Nottingham - Students - Societies and clubs
Guides & Scouts - students
FindingAidsThis description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
DS/UK/84936Affiliated to SSAGO, the National Student Scout and Guide Organisation; University Of Nottingham Scout and Guide Society; fl 2018fl 2018
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