Dressed down Duchess sports an entirely recycled outfit as she visits Scouts in Essex 

 The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Scouts’ headquarters at Gilwell Park, Essex this morning wearing a recycled outfit including a khaki Barbour jacket, a red J.Crew jumper and her trusty brown Chloe boots.

Kate, 37, is there to learn more about the organisation’s new pilot to bring Scouting to younger children, while her visit to Gilwell Park also celebrates the site’s 100th anniversary year.

This morning the Duchess, who spoke to Scouts as she arrived and collected flowers from them, also teamed her casual outfit with black jeans and a scouts multi coloured scouts woggle.

Kate looked like she was having fun as she joined a number of sessions with young children currently taking part in the pilot scheme, called #SkillsForLife, including activities to improve communication and teamwork, such as boat building and balloon rocket assembling. 

A group of Scouts aged 14 to 18 will also show the Duchess a number of Gilwell Park’s iconic features, including the famous Gilwell Oak, named UK Tree of the Year in 2017. 

Kate wore her trusty brown Chloe liegi suede ankle boots (£252), which she last wore during her visit to King Henry’s Walk Garden in Islington,her J.Crew Isabel Mockneck Jumper in Mahogany (£89) and her khaki Barbour jacket (£200).

During her visit Kate played with the children, giggling as she hid with one of the children in a den that they had made outside with sticks and leaves

During her visit Kate played with the children, giggling as she hid with one of the children in a den that they had made outside with sticks and leaves

During her visit Kate played with the children, giggling as she hid with one of the children in a den that they had made outside with sticks and leaves

The Duchess of Cambridge left the the Scouts headquarters with a bunch of flowers that the children gave after joining in with activities

The Duchess of Cambridge left the the Scouts headquarters with a bunch of flowers that the children gave after joining in with activities

The Duchess of Cambridge left the the Scouts headquarters with a bunch of flowers that the children gave after joining in with activities 

Kate looked like she was having fun as she joined a number of sessions with young children currently taking part in the pilot scheme, called #SkillsForLife, including activities to improve communication and teamwork, such as boat building and balloon rocket assembling

Kate looked like she was having fun as she joined a number of sessions with young children currently taking part in the pilot scheme, called #SkillsForLife, including activities to improve communication and teamwork, such as boat building and balloon rocket assembling

Kate looked like she was having fun as she joined a number of sessions with young children currently taking part in the pilot scheme, called #SkillsForLife, including activities to improve communication and teamwork, such as boat building and balloon rocket assembling

Kate wore a recycled outfit including a khaki Barbour jacket, a red J.Crew jumper and her trusty brown Chloe boots

Kate wore a recycled outfit including a khaki Barbour jacket, a red J.Crew jumper and her trusty brown Chloe boots

Kate wore a recycled outfit including a khaki Barbour jacket, a red J.Crew jumper and her trusty brown Chloe boots

The Duchess of Cambridge, 37, arrives at the Scouts' Headquarters in Gilwell Park as speaks to children as well as recieving flowers

The Duchess of Cambridge, 37, arrives at the Scouts' Headquarters in Gilwell Park as speaks to children as well as recieving flowers

The Duchess of Cambridge, 37, arrives at the Scouts’ Headquarters in Gilwell Park as speaks to children as well as recieving flowers 

The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Scouts’ headquarters at Gilwell Park, Essex this afternoon wearing a recycled outfit including a khaki Barbour jacket, a red J.Crew jumper and her trusty brown Chloe boots

The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Scouts’ headquarters at Gilwell Park, Essex this afternoon wearing a recycled outfit including a khaki Barbour jacket, a red J.Crew jumper and her trusty brown Chloe boots

The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Scouts’ headquarters at Gilwell Park, Essex this afternoon wearing a recycled outfit including a khaki Barbour jacket, a red J.Crew jumper and her trusty brown Chloe boots

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Kate, 37,  learnt more about the organisation’s new pilot to bring Scouting to younger children, while her visit to Gilwell Park will also celebrate the site’s 100th anniversary year

Kate, 37,  learnt more about the organisation’s new pilot to bring Scouting to younger children, while her visit to Gilwell Park will also celebrate the site’s 100th anniversary year

Duchess of Cambridge was handed flowers as she arrived at he Scouts headquarters today

Duchess of Cambridge was handed flowers as she arrived at he Scouts headquarters today

Kate, 37, will learn more about the organisation’s new pilot to bring Scouting to younger children, while her visit to Gilwell Park will also celebrate the site’s 100th anniversary year.

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Scouts' Headquarters in Gilwell Park, Essex, to learn more about the organisation's new pilot to bring Scouting to younger children

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Scouts' Headquarters in Gilwell Park, Essex, to learn more about the organisation's new pilot to bring Scouting to younger children

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Scouts’ Headquarters in Gilwell Park, Essex, to learn more about the organisation’s new pilot to bring Scouting to younger children

Duchess of Cambridge plays with children as she visist their den in Gilwell Park, which is created on the grounds of the Scouts headquarters

Duchess of Cambridge plays with children as she visist their den in Gilwell Park, which is created on the grounds of the Scouts headquarters

Duchess of Cambridge plays with children as she visist their den in Gilwell Park, which is created on the grounds of the Scouts headquarters

The Duchess wore her brunette locks down, with a slight wave to it, classic make up and also new gold hoop earrings. 

During her visit Kate played with the children, giggling as she hid with one of the children in a den that they had made outside with sticks and leaves.  

Excited scouts also waited at the entrance with their parents, waving flags and hoping they will catch a glimpse of the Duchess before she left.

 In 2012 the palace announced the Duchess would become a Scout leader as part of her patronage of charities and bodies.  

Kate played with children as she learned more about the Scouts new pilot today

Kate played with children as she learned more about the Scouts new pilot today

Duchess of Cambridge during her visit to the Scouts' headquarters in Gilwell Park

Duchess of Cambridge during her visit to the Scouts' headquarters in Gilwell Park

Duchess of Cambridge played with children (left) and spoke to young scouts during her visit to the Scouts’ headquarters in Gilwell Park on Thursday 

Kate got her hands dirty as she painted with children during her visit to the Scouts' headquarters in Gilwell Park, Essex

Kate got her hands dirty as she painted with children during her visit to the Scouts' headquarters in Gilwell Park, Essex

Kate got her hands dirty as she painted with children during her visit to the Scouts’ headquarters in Gilwell Park, Essex

Excited scouts (left) also waited at the entrance (right) waving flags

Excited scouts (left) also waited at the entrance (right) waving flags

Scout leaders and parents waiting to catch a glimpse of the Duchess

Scout leaders and parents waiting to catch a glimpse of the Duchess

Excited scouts (left) also waited at the entrance with their parents (right) waving flags and hoping they will catch a glimpse of the Duchess before she left

In November 2018, the Scouts announced 20 pilots in England to explore how they could introduce scouting to a younger audience – children between the ages of four and six.

The pilot scheme comes as research has shown that the first five years of a child’s life are more pivotal for development, and for future health and happiness, than any other single moment in their lifetime. 

What a child experiences during its earliest years shapes the development of the brain and influences interactions at school, work and in society.  

Duchess of Cambridge visit to the Scouts, Gilwell Park, Essex. She This morning as the Duchess teamed her casual outfit with black jeans and a scouts neck scarf

Duchess of Cambridge visit to the Scouts, Gilwell Park, Essex. She This morning as the Duchess teamed her casual outfit with black jeans and a scouts neck scarf

Duchess of Cambridge visit to the Scouts, Gilwell Park, Essex. She This morning as the Duchess teamed her casual outfit with black jeans and a scouts neck scarf

Kate was dressed down today as she wore a Barbour jacket and jeans

Kate was dressed down today as she wore a Barbour jacket and jeans

The Duchess of met some of the younger scouts today admiring their badges

The Duchess of met some of the younger scouts today admiring their badges

Kate was dressed down today as she wore a Barbour jacket and jeans (left) and met some of the younger scouts while admiring their badges (right)

Duchess of Cambridge visits the Scouts' headquarters and meets some of its younger children - which are part of the pilot to bring younger children into the Scouts

Duchess of Cambridge visits the Scouts' headquarters and meets some of its younger children - which are part of the pilot to bring younger children into the Scouts

Duchess of Cambridge visits the Scouts’ headquarters and meets some of its younger children – which are part of the pilot to bring younger children into the Scouts 

The Duchess of Cambridge admires the badges of the childrens she meets while at the Scouts' headquarters at Gilwell Park

The Duchess of Cambridge admires the badges of the childrens she meets while at the Scouts' headquarters at Gilwell Park

The Duchess of Cambridge admires the badges of the childrens she meets while at the Scouts’ headquarters at Gilwell Park

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a J.Crew Isabel Mockneck Jumper in Mahogany (£89)

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a J.Crew Isabel Mockneck Jumper in Mahogany (£89)

Kate wore her trusty brown Chloe liegi suede ankle boots which have a slight heel and are priced at £252

Kate wore her trusty brown Chloe liegi suede ankle boots which have a slight heel and are priced at £252

Kate wore her trusty brown Chloe liegi suede ankle boots (left) and her J.Crew Isabel Mockneck Jumper in Mahogany (right)

The new pilot will see Scouts test its programme of activities – which currently reaches 473,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 25 in the UK – to younger children, equipping them with the life skills and values of teamwork, leadership and resilience.

2019 also marks the 100th anniversary of Gilwell Park, a site recognised internationally as the home of Scouting. Located on the edge of Epping Forest, it is a Scout campsite, training and adventure centre, and home to the organisation’s UK headquarters. 

Each year, the park welcomes thousands of Scouts, schools and youth groups to develop their character skills, including taking the initiative and tenacity, employability skills such as leadership, teamwork and problem solving and practical skills like cooking and first aid. 

Earlier this morning police and security were pictured at the Scouts’ Headquarters in Gilwell Park ahead of Kate’s arrival.

Prior to departing, The Duchess will plant an oak sapling to mark the 100th anniversary of Gilwell Park. 

As she left she shook hands with Scouting officials and  thanked them for 

473,000 young people between the ages of six and 25 in the UK are currently part of the scouts. While the movement was founded by Robert Baden-Powell. 

Scout leaders and young scouts enjoyed meeting the Duchess of Cambridge this morning as she arrived at their headquarters in Gilwell Park, Essex

Scout leaders and young scouts enjoyed meeting the Duchess of Cambridge this morning as she arrived at their headquarters in Gilwell Park, Essex

Scout leaders and young scouts enjoyed meeting the Duchess of Cambridge this morning as she arrived at their headquarters in Gilwell Park, Essex

he Duchess of Cambridge was given pretty flowers this morning as she arrived at the Scouts' Headquarters to learn more about their pilot to bring Scouting to younger children

he Duchess of Cambridge was given pretty flowers this morning as she arrived at the Scouts' Headquarters to learn more about their pilot to bring Scouting to younger children

he Duchess of Cambridge was given pretty flowers this morning as she arrived at the Scouts’ Headquarters to learn more about their pilot to bring Scouting to younger children

Duchess of Cambridge looked in good spirits, smiling as she arrived at Scouts' headquarters in Gilwell Park on Thursday morning

Duchess of Cambridge looked in good spirits, smiling as she arrived at Scouts' headquarters in Gilwell Park on Thursday morning

Duchess of Cambridge looked in good spirits, smiling as she arrived at Scouts’ headquarters in Gilwell Park on Thursday morning 

Kate Middleton crouched down to meet young scouts as she assessed their numerous badges on the scouts uniform

Kate Middleton crouched down to meet young scouts as she assessed their numerous badges on the scouts uniform

Kate Middleton crouched down to meet young scouts as she assessed their numerous badges on the scouts uniform 

Kate wore her brunette locks down with a  slight wave and also classic make up

Kate wore her brunette locks down with a  slight wave and also classic make up

Young scouts met The Duchess as she arrived and she spoke to them about their badges

Young scouts met The Duchess as she arrived and she spoke to them about their badges

Kate wore her brunette locks down with a slight wave and also classic make up (left) and Young scouts met The Duchess as she arrived and she spoke to them about their badges (right)

The Duchess of Cambridge (left) arrived at the Scouts' Headquarters in Gilwell Park today as was greeted by members of staff before she met the young scouts

The Duchess of Cambridge (left) arrived at the Scouts' Headquarters in Gilwell Park today as was greeted by members of staff before she met the young scouts

The Duchess of Cambridge (left) arrived at the Scouts’ Headquarters in Gilwell Park today as was greeted by members of staff before she met the young scouts

The last time the Duchess of Cambridge wore her Chloe boots she visited the King Henry's Walk Garden in Islington in Janruary

The last time the Duchess of Cambridge wore her Chloe boots she visited the King Henry's Walk Garden in Islington in Janruary

The last time the Duchess of Cambridge wore her Chloe boots she visited the King Henry’s Walk Garden in Islington in Janruary

Police and security ahead of the arrival of the Duchess of Cambridge at the Scouts' Headquarters in Gilwell Park, Essex

Police and security ahead of the arrival of the Duchess of Cambridge at the Scouts' Headquarters in Gilwell Park, Essex

Police and security ahead of the arrival of the Duchess of Cambridge at the Scouts’ Headquarters in Gilwell Park, Essex

 

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