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History of the Scout Hut

The stone building is more than 100 years old, and was built to house overseers during the construction of the Woodhead Reservoir between 1887 and 1907. It has been in use by Scouts since 1965.

Articles on the Scout Hut, courtesy of the Western Cape Scout Heritage Centre:


Dommisse Hut (1941-1965)

From 1941 until 1965, Scouts had use of the Dommisse Hut in Ash Valley. When the Scouts were first given access to the hut in 1941, it was in a very bad condition, and over the next few years it was restored, and officially opened on 2 January 1945. In 1951 the Scout Mountain Club (SMC) had its first meeting at the hut.

Although the hut was ideally situated and well used by Scouts, water was scarce, and vandalism became a problem. In the 1960s, the Council was approached for access to another hut, and in 1965 the Dommisse Hut was closed and Scouts moved to the present SMC Hut.