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About us

We are the Kaninefatengroep - Scouting Westerschouwen, the scouts group of Burgh-Haamstede and the surrounding villages. Our groups consists of four ages groups in witch the activities are done:

  • Welpen (cubs): boys and girls from 6 tot 11 years old
  • Scouts: boys and girls from 11 tot 15 years old
  • Explorers: youth from 15 to 18 years old
  • Roverscouts: young adults from 18 to 21 years old

Each group is led by a small group of leaders or accompanies, depending on the age of the group. The group as a whole is led by a board consisting of a chairman, treasurer, secretary and a representative of the leaders.

A bit of geography

The groups hometown is Burgh-Haamstede. Burgh-Haamstede is situated on the western point of the island of Schouwen-Duiveland in the province of Zeeland and has about 4500 inhabitants. Zeeland is found in the southwestern part of The Nederlands. Burgh-Haamstede is about 80 kilometers from Rotterdam.

The most nearby major airports are at Amsterdam and Brussels (Belgium). The most nearby train station is in Middelburg. Car ferries sail from the UK to Rotterdam and IJmuiden.

What is Scouting?

Scouting is a pleasant free time movement witch contributes to the formation of the personality. In the Netherlands there are about 90,000 youth members and 30,000 leaders and board members spread over 1,300 groups. Worldwide there are about 32 million Scout members. The patroness of Scouting in the Netherlands is Her Majesty Queen Máxima 

The Kaninefaten Scoutsgroup

One of those 1,300 Scout groups is the Kaninefaten Scouts group. We are a land-scouts group for Burgh-Haamstede and the surrounding villages. The group has four different age groups: Welpen, Scouts, Explo's and Stam. More information about each age group is found by clicking this link.

What are Kaninefaten???

The group is named after the Germanic tribe Cananefates which populated the Dutch coastal areas around A.D. It was an equestrian tribe of which the Dutch names means Rabbit Catchers, freely translated. More about Cananefates is found on Wikipedia.


The first mentioning of our scouts group is on 15th March 1947 when local newspaper Zierikzeesche Nieuwsbode writes about the founding of a section of the Dutch Scouting in our village. One month later both the Zierikzeesche Nieuwsbode and provincial paper PZC write about the installation of Rev. Enklaar of the church of Burgh as scoutsmaster on 19th April 1947 on the playground of the public primary school of Haamstede. Both papers also mention our name Kaninefaten for the first time. The group was only for boys. In 1948 a group for girls was founded, which operated completely independent of the Kaninefaten. During the years both groups co-orperated more and more and for years already we are a mixed group with an open signature.

A location of our own we didn't have during those first years. Numerous places in the village and even an old German bunker was used for the activities. In 1957 our current clubhouse Weest Paraat was opened. Herefore the owners of the castle of Haamstede gave some land and the councils of Burgh and Haamstede joined forces for the realisation. A local builder did the actual building. At the end of the 1960s the clubhouse was enlarged to it's current size. The girls had there own clubhouse, which was demolished around 1980. In the spring of 2007 the clubhouse was thoroughly renovated, including the installation of central heating.


All activities of the group take place in and around the clubhouse "Weest Paraat". The clubhouse is named after the famous words of Lord Baden Powell: Be Prepared. The clubhouse can be rented by other Scout groups. Click here for more information about the clubhouse.

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