Introducing Essex’s new Transformation Lead

As we drive forward our Skills for Life Strategy through to 2025, the Scouts are embarking on a positive and engaging period of change.  We want to continue offering high quality, safe and engaging programmes to our 16,000+ young people.
In doing that, we must continue to be a vibrant, forward-thinking movement, adapting to the needs of our ever changing society.  We want to reach more young people, be more diverse and make it easier than ever to volunteer for Scouts in Essex.
To achieve our strategy, Team Essex are excited to announce James Hopkins as our new Transformation Lead!
In the new role, James is responsible for leading, planning and implementing the Skills for Life strategy in Essex and will be building a transformation team during Summer 2022 to make this happen.  With a professional background in change and project management, and prior experience in Scouting as a leader, GSL and DC, James is looking forward to working with the thousands of adult volunteers we have in Essex to make Scouting locally even better.
Our new transformation team will work alongside our existing structures – so we can continue great Scouting whilst starting to deliver one of our key aims – to improve the volunteer experience – so that we can attract and retain more volunteers.
Within this, there are four identified key areas to focus on as a start:
– A warmer welcome for everyone
– Simplifying how we volunteer together
– Digital transformation: more support to help get everyday things done
– A more engaging learning experience
There is more that can be done to improve things further – like better rewards and recognition – but we can’t change everything at once.  This is a three year programme delivered in bitesize chunks.
More information will be shared from Autumn 2022 onwards.  If you have any questions at any point about the transformation programme, please email
2022-05-19T10:29:07+01:00May 19th, 2022|

Essex Weekend 2016


Essex Weekend is a fun filled weekend for Scouters and their families to attend either as part of their Scout Group or as individual families to take part in a relaxing social weekend and also have the opportunity to take part in various activities as a family which is not normally possible when you organising a camp for your young people. 

Although the weekend is a self catered event there is a café running during the weekend. Alongside this you can enjoy a variety of activities, pampering sessions ( why not treat yourself to foot massage), camp fire, social activities in the evening as well as the opportunity to meet some of the County Activity teams and the County Stores team. 

Essex Weekend is now in its 6th  year and is once again booked at Skreens Park on the 13th – 15th May 2016.

The cost is £14 per Adult, £7 per child and under 5’s go free.  Bookings are now open HERE (opens new window). 

In previous years over 300 participants have attended but we would like to make it more

2016-02-06T21:45:37+00:00February 5th, 2016|

Tickets now on sale for It’s a Date 2016!

Tickets are now on sale for It’s a Date 2016, the famous variety show performed by the Southend Scout and Guide Gang Show. The bi-annual variety show is returning to the Palace Theatre from Wednesday 17th till Saturday 20th February 2016 and the gang are looking to put on another memorable performance.

With adult tickets on sale from £13.50, children £9.50 and a special Family ticket (2x Adults & 2x Children) priced at £40, It’s a Date provides fantastic entertainment for the whole family. With over 60 Scouts and Guides from the Southend area the show will feature plenty of fun and laughter. 2016 represents the 50th year of Southend Gang Show and the 25th performance of It’s a Date, this show is certainly going to be one to remember.

Josh Hales, a member of the cast of Southend Gang Show said “Rehearsals have been going really well and everyone’s very excited about getting to the Palace Theatre for the first performance on 17th February. We can’t wait to perform in front of a packed house and put on a good show for all.”

 Lesley Jenkins, Southend Gang Show Manager, said “Everyone involved in Southend Gang Show is incredibly excited for the show performances to start at the Palace. We are really looking forward to seeing lots of faces in the audience as we perform our 25th It’s a Date show.”

To buy tickets please visit:

or to download a booking form visit

2016-01-28T20:48:34+00:00January 28th, 2016|

Permits, Activites and Nights Away Contacts

Looking for support for permits, activities, or nights away?

There are a number of people in the county who are available to provide you with support in how you can provide activities to the young people within your area:

Dan Scurlock – ACC Activities:

Contact Dan for general activities queries or if none of the team’s individual areas of expertise meet your needs

Phil Dowrick – Manager of the Activities Permits Scheme (MAPS):

Contact Phil for assistance with adventurous activities permits, from support with the process to finding an assessor.

Neil Barnes – supervisor of the Nights Away Permit Scheme:

Neil can provide support to Nights Away Advisors on the processed required to issue permits.

ADC Activities & Nights Away Advisors

Districts have in place their own support team who form your first point of contact for support regarding nights away and adventurous activities

Activities Teams

Within Essex we have 4 Activities teams who can provide technical advice in a variety of areas, these teams also run a variety of courses throughout the year – details of events can be found on the county calendar. The teams, and their contact information are listed below

ESMAT – The mountain team are available to provide assistance with activities on the mountains, David Cohen heads up the team:

ESWAT – The water activities team are available to provide support and guidance for water related activities, Richard Moore leads the team:

ECSCT – The county caving team can provide support for underground expeditions, Dave Pettet looks after the team:

ECSAT – The archery team are a team of highly skilled archery instructors who can provide support to major events and assist in the requirements of becoming scout archery permit holder. Contact Nick Pratt for further information:

2015-10-05T20:17:14+01:00October 3rd, 2015|

POR updates and activites reviews 2015

Activities Policy Organisation and Rules Update January 2015

Every year the Scout HQ Activities staff carry out reviews of different activities to ensure that the provision to young people is carried out, and overseen in the safest possible way, the changes ensure that the Association keeps up to date with current best practice as laid out by the National Governing Bodies for the different activities we undertake.

In January 2015 the Scout Association published a number of updates to POR and various activities factsheets.

A number of updates to POR Chapter 9 in January include:

Rule 9.7 this rule has been updated in a number of areas, including

Archery is now an adventurous activity

Permits must have an expiry date of no more than 5 years

If a young person holds a permit when they turn 18 their permit will expire – the safeguarding module is required to be completed where the permit can be re granted. The new permit can last no longer that 5 years form the initial assessment

First aid requirements are now included –first aid provision much be provided within a group while carrying out an adventurous actiivity (to a level specified in POR)

There is a period between January and December 2015 where Archery permits are not required, Archery must still be run in accordance with the September 2014 version of POR however after December 2015 Archery will become an activity where a permit is required

Rule 9.8                 Clarification that where a group contains a participant under the age of 18 all normal Scout Rules apply.

Rule 9.22               This rule has been updated and covers the rules previously 9.22, 9.23, 9.24 and 9.25, there is a period between January 2015 and March 2016 where the September version of POR still applies, at the discretion of the County Commissioner

Rule 9.36               Archery is now listed as a permitted activity. The use of crossbows is covered under Rule 9.37

Rule 9.37               This rule now covers the use of crossbows

Rule 9.43               buoyancy aid checking is now the responsibility of the permit holder, not the county of district that owns the equipment as in the September version of POR

Rule 9.44               section c has been removed – no areas can be classed ‘training water’ there is a grace period for this rule until December 2015, following this date any waters classified ‘training waters’ will no longer be classified as such,

Rule 9.46               a number of changes to how boats are to be checked and identification required for various uses.


There have been a number of additional updates to factsheets and advice information in the following areas:

  • Adult Groups in Adventurous Activities
  • Archery
  • Boats and Waters
  • Climbing
  • Nights Away
  • Shooting
  • Staged and Musical Performances

Further information on the changes to POR and associated information can be found here:

Activity Reviews 2015

HQ are reviewing a number of activities in 2015, these activities currently under review are:





Cycling (including road and mountain biking)

Other Activities (POR rule 9.77)

Underground (including caving and mine exploration)

Details of the status of each of these reviews can be found at the following link:

2015-10-05T20:18:54+01:00October 3rd, 2015|

Update to Water Classifications in Essex

As part of the ongoing work to aid the safe provision of activities to young people across Essex the county team have been reviewing the classification of waters for activities within the county.

Many of the rivers within Essex are designated ‘Class C’ which, under POR, require only the District Commissioner’s permission (not a permit) to run an activity in the area. There are some areas however where access may be restricted, or features produce additional risk to activity participants. The areas below have been designated B1 waters and an activity permit is required to lead water activities in these areas:

  • The tidal parts of any Essex rivers
  • The River Thames and the coastal waters off the Essex shore inside a line drawn from half a mile from high water as shown on an Admiralty Chart, and excluding class A waters
  • River Wid between New London Road Grid Ref: TL70820655 to the weir downstream of Chelmsford Records Office Grid Ref:TL71420637
  • River Chelmer between Riverside Ice and Leisure Grid Ref: TL95472434 to the weir downstream f Chelmsford Record Office Grid Ref: TL71420637
  • All weir Streams are classed as B1
  • Water classification is subject to river conditions – during levels of high water class C waters may be class B1

Details of the classification waters within Essex can be found at the following link:,545,546

Details of the water classification for other areas of the UK can be found here:,545

2015-10-05T20:20:25+01:00October 3rd, 2015|

Events for every section at Belchamps

Belchamps has a great range of events over the coming Scouting year with something for every section.  We are trying to offer leaders some great easy additions to their programme.

Kicking off in September with some 24 hour sleepovers a great easy way to get the section together for and overnight event. In October we have our first ever Jamboree on the Air where you can talk to other Scouts from around the world followed by our creepy camping weekend when the centre turns eerie.

In November it’s the annual Firework display with 2 displays this year one for the younger children with less bangs and the main one with our usual 20 minutes of spectacular fireworks. There is also the giant Bonfire and some fabulous light shows from Pluto jugglers.

In December we have our annual Christmas sleepovers and the fun spectacular day on the last weekend before Christmas with the centre lit up in its normal winter wonderland.

In January and February its 2 nights for the price of one on all of our buildings, with badge weekend in January and Winter Camp in February, its a busy couple of month.

March see’s more Sleepovers  plus Mud Mania; the new tough mud style challenge. We’ve got lots of training courses running in March and April too, including rifle shooting, Archery, campfire leaders and Fencing. And in April its the second year of Survive Belchamps.

For a free events guide call 01702562690 or email


Visit our website here


2015-07-12T20:01:23+01:00July 13th, 2015|

The Big Essex Expo is back!

The Great Big Essex Expo 2015

Our flagship support event for Section Leaders and their teams in Essex is back! The Great Big Essex Expo 2015 will be taking place at The University of Essex at Wivenhoe Park in Colchester. Be inspired, be informed, be prepared…for Sunday 18th October 2015.

Hannah Kentish, UK Youth Commissioner, will be joining us during the day to share with us more about how we make scouting more youth shaped as part of our Scouting for All Strategy.

The Great Big Essex Expo will feature special sessions for volunteers from each of the five youth programme sections – giving Leaders the chance to soak up some new ideas for weekly meetings and camps as well as meet other Leaders and share ideas and experiences.

There will also be an opportunity to choose from a variety of different workshops to inspire, inform, prepare and help Leaders in their roles.

We hope to cover the following workshop sessions:

Leaders of the future: developing our Young Leaders

The future of ‘Youth-shaped’ Scouting: listening to and working with young people’s ideas

Parent Power! Recruiting and working with parents

Scouting Skills Exchange: sharing and learning something new

Leading your leadership team to success

Nights away and visits abroad: sharing ideas and best practice

A million hands: local community involvement

Diversity & Inclusion: how we can be more inclusive in Scouting

Sharing your adventures: how to communicate the stories from your Scouting adventures

The day will also feature exhibition stands from the County’s activity and support teams, as well as main activity centres, who can help with programme planning. Lots of freebies will be available for Leaders to take away to assist them in their roles.

All attendees will receive a complimentary goodie bag filled with useful tools and resources, a t-shirt as well as evidence of completing Ongoing Learning.

Visit the event page to book your place:

We have a limited number of places available so we are encouraging people to book early so as to avoid disappointment.

The Youth Programme Team are currently working hard to make this day a success for everyone and we welcome any feedback, comments or ideas that you have about this event.

The event is being co-ordinated by the County Youth Programme Team. Please feel free to contact the team if you have any queries –

2015-06-13T19:04:40+01:00June 13th, 2015|

Water (ESWAT)

The Essex Scout Water Activity Team (ESWAT)

The team that get your Cubs/Scouts/Explorers/Active support wet!

Whether they are proficient at water sports, have had taster sessions or are total beginners we would be delighted to challenge them to go further.

We are a group of Scouting friends who formed a County Team after running the Water Activities for the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Essex Jamboree. We seek to encourage sailing, power-boating and canoeing county-wide and help to run water based events like the County Canoe Race.

Get in touch should you be interested in any of the arranged events publicised on the right hand side of this web page or if you would like help or advice getting your young people on the water.


Contact details:

For more information and to make a booking, please contact Richard Moore

2015-09-30T20:08:08+01:00January 24th, 2015|

To Mega Camp and Beyond!!

Next year will see the largest event in Essex for Cub Scouts

At Mega Camp we want to offer a fantastic event to around 1300 young people from across the County and we need your help.

The event will run on a Space theme; and we need you to help make take flight.

Do you have a good idea that you think will help make our next Mega Camp out of this world?

Could you offer your time to support activities at the event?

Do you lead an existing team that could deliver fun and adventure to over 1300 Cub Scouts?

All we need to know is what you would like to offer to make Mega Camp a great success,

2014-07-16T10:00:00+01:00July 16th, 2014|