We often hear about young people receiving ASBOs or committing crimes, but we don't always celebrate the achievements of children and teenagers.

Scouting is one organisation that aims to promote a positive image of young people.

Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the movement in 1907, and 100 years later some 28 million people across the world now proudly call themselves Scouts.

One such group is the 1st Harrow Weald Scout Group, in Clamp Hill, which is celebrating its centenary next year.

Andy Downes, assistant Scout leader, has been with the 1st Harrow Weald Group for more than 50 years; he first joined as a cub in 1953.

The 63-year-old said: "I have had every position there is going here.

"I think scouting has a lot to offer young people, especially the friend-ships. I'm still in touch with the people that used to be in my group."

The group was formed by William Henry Peers, the then vicar of All Saints Church, in Uxbridge Road, and was known as the All Saints Scout Troop. In 1909, when most scout troops started to register, the name was changed to the 1st Harrow Weald. It is one of the oldest Scout groups running.

The Scouts were originally based at the church, but by around 1911 they had moved into a farm barn off Harrow Weald, where Waitrose is situated now. In 1936, the group was transferred to its current location at the top of Clamp Hill.

Seven acres of land surround the hut, including the pond on Brooks Hill. The land was originally rented from the local landowner, but he died in the 1980s and the group was given an acre of land around the hut.

At first, meetings were held in a wooden hut on the site, but in 1954 the new headquarters was completed, with the acquisition of a £300 second-hand Nissan hut from RAF Uxbridge, with a brick wall at each end. The hut was very basic with no mains drainage. The only facilities were a chemical toilet and a kitchen with a cold water tap. Heating was by a log fire.

Mr Downes said: "We have been here for 50 years.

"The hut has been extended since it was donated; four years ago we had the roof replaced, which was made out of asbestos, and as with anything else, all buildings need maintenance."

The hut was extended to accommodate a kitchen, toilets and storeroom on one side and mains drainage. In 1999 a large amount of money was spent on the building, replacing the end wall and the roof. There is a project in place at the moment to replace the kitchen and the old rooms at the back of the hall are being renewed to create an office all the leaders can use, an extra storeroom and sleeping accommodation to allow Beaver sleepovers.

Scout leader Craig Humpleby, who is leaving the group this month, said: "There is nothing between us and the countryside. If we want to take the young people for a walk we can take them to Old Redding."

The Harrow Weald branch is currently thriving; more than 30 girls and boys between the ages of six and 14 attend scouts, cubs and beavers sessions each week. Famous members of the group have included the actor Nicholas Lyndhurst and the cricketer Angus Fraser.

The scout group is now preparing for its centenary celebrations, which will include fetes and fundraising events throughout the year.

Tony Hassan, the group leader, said: "The reason why it has lasted so long is probably the dedication of the leaders.

"When a boy or girl leaves the scouts they get wrapped up in their own lives and that is the reason we have problems with leaders sometimes.

"But without leaders it wouldn't be a group."