Halswell Scout Group is proudly located in the Halswell suburb of Otautahi Christchurch.

Founded in 1955, the Halswell Scout Group has now been running for over 65 years and is one of the largest Scout Groups in Aotearoa New Zealand, with around 120 youth plus leaders. We have multiple opportunities for the youth of Otautahi-Christchurch to get involved, and we also encourage parents to help out, either as leaders, or as parent/adult helpers. Either on section nights, or at camps and expeditions.

Dear Parents as of November 2022 a number of our sections are at capacity. If you would like your child to join us, please feel free to reach out to us but be aware that we may have to put you on our waiting list:

Tuesday Night (Rimu): At Capacity – Waiting List.
Wednesday Night (Rata): At Capacity – Waiting List.

Monday Night (Black Plume): OK – Filling Up Fast.
Tuesday Night (Kotare): At Capacity – Waiting List.
Thursday Night (Riro Riro): At Capacity – Waiting List.

Monday Night (Pioneer): At Capacity – Waiting List.
Tuesday Night (Explorer): OK.
Thursday Night (Te Aorangi): OK.

Wednesday Night (Awa Roa): Near Capacity.

Group Camp
Group Camp at Mt Hutt Retreat

Our goal is to have fun while doing some really cool activities and adventures, learning and growing in ourselves, and earning plenty of cool badges and awards along the way.

Visiting a Fire Station
Halswell Cubs visit the Wigram Fire Station

Scouting at Halswell is split into four different section levels and offers scouting experiences and knowledge to all youth aged 5 to 18, with each section level running age appropriate programmes across multiple nights during the school term. There are also Rover Crews located around the city for those aged 18-26.


Keas. For youth members aged 5-8 years

Cubs. For youth members aged 8-11 years

Scouts. For youth members aged 11-14 years

Venturers. For youth members aged 14-18 years

Rovers. For youth members aged 18-26

At Halswell we are also privileged to be the owners of a mobile kitchen trailer, providing the benefits of a kitchen no matter the location. We offer the benefits of our kitchen trailer to all our youth, as well as to the local and wider community.

Our den, with its main hall, smaller meeting or breakout room and fully equipped kitchen is also available for hire for a range of group activities and events, such as childrens’ birthday parties and community groups

Mud Mud Glorious Mud

Camp Fire’s Burning, Camp Fire’s Burning, Draw Nearer

Earning our Cycling Badge

Water Slide Day!

Learning About Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)

DIY Shelters (Bivouacs) using Tarpaulins, Wooden Poles and Ropes