Surrey’s Super Scouts go out and about at Home of Compassion

It was a busy Saturday afternoon at the Home of Compassion Care Home with Nursing in Thames Ditton, when 1st Tolworth ( St Matthews ) Scouts came to visit to assist our residents making Easter Cards. Glue sticks, paint, stamps and coloured pens of all types were put to good use in the quest to decorate coloured cards in preparation for the Easter festivities.  Furrowed brows and unlimited concentration were in evidence to produce greetings cards their families would love to receive.  The loud chatter in the activities room was a draw to all those visiting relatives and friends in our home and a few interlopers joined in the fun as well.

All the scouts turned up in full uniform and were allocated one resident at a time to work with. With seven scouts in attendance, we had to operate a queuing scheme as this activity proved very popular indeed.   The scouts themselves suggested this activity, along with a raft of other ideas to keep them coming back to the Home of Compassion time and time again.  If we can help them gain a few extra badges along the way, the pleasure will be all ours.

Many residents expressed surprise that some of the scouts were girls, in fact the scout movement started enrolling the “fairer sex” as far back as 1909 and the famous book “Scouting for Boys” was reprinted the same year to include the uniform stipulations for girls. It amazed many to hear that in 2011 the scout movement had more girls joining their ranks than boys.

This is the start of a long relationship with the 1st Tolworth troop. One of the attendees is a budding pianist, having just passed her Grade 4 piano exam and she even briefly tinkled the ivories on our grand piano.  We are looking forward to hearing a lot more from her in the future.

Another visiting scout is an excellent singer and she has been booked in to entertain us all as part of her Duke of Edinburgh award.

We can confirm the Scout promise was in full evidence. The kindness and patience of all the scouts who attended this event were exemplary and their leaders must be very proud of them.

The Scout Promise:     On my honour, I promise that I will do my best

To do my duty to God and to the Queen, To help other people

And to keep the Scout Law

Home of Compassion is dedicated to providing the highest level of residential, nursing and dementia care for up to 71 elderly residents.

Our luxurious care home is set in delightful surroundings in the heart of Thames Ditton, with beautiful views over the river. For more information about Home of Compassion please contact us on 0808 223 5406 or

Home of Compassion

Home Manager

Avril Jones


58 High Street,
Thames Ditton,

0808 223 5406
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