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|

Skreens Park gets a Royal Visit!

Essex Scouts had the great pleasure of welcoming HRH the Duke of Kent to Skreens Park Activity Centre today, 18th February.

His Royal Highness arrived on site with the Lord Lieutenant of Essex to be greeted by our County Commissioner, Richard Pattison, and a number of representatives of local organisations who have supported both Scouting in Essex and Skreens Park in particular. He was presented with an Essex Scout neckerchief by Edward of 15th Chelmsford, which the Duke wore during his stay.

Following a presentation and overview of Essex Scouts, the Royal party moved down to the high ropes, low ropes and wheel chair activity area. The Duke of Kent is President of the Scout Association and also Grand Master of the Freemasons. The Freemasons made a substantial gift to Skreens Park enabling us to install the fabulous ropes courses with facilities for wheel chair users and more, so his visit enable him to see how both organisations are working together for the benefit of young people from Essex, the ropes course were in full use during the day with more nearly a hundred Beavers, Cubs and Scout on site.

The Duke was delighted to meet a number of young people chat about their adventures, he also present two Awards during the visit. Ann received the Silver Acorn and Chief Scouts Award was presented to Amber,  making it a day to remember for a long time to come.

Thank you to everyone from Essex Scouts, Chelmsford City Council and Essex Freemasons who joined us to make this a special day, your support is very much appreciated.

Take a look at the photos taken on the day HERE

2020-02-27T20:16:18+00:00February 27th, 2020|

Southend Gang Show celebrates 50 years with a bang!

Southend Scout and Guide Gang Show celebrated their 50th anniversary by performing their biannual variety show It’s a Date over February half term. Performed at the Palace Theatre, Westcliff, the 70 strong cast entertained audiences with six stand out shows.

It’s a Date 2016 gave Scouts and Guides from the Southend area the chance to sing, dance and act in front of a live audience of over 300! With items ranging from a doctors surgery comedy sketch to a West End musical medley there really was something for everyone. First performed in 1966 It’s a Date 2016 is now a highlight in the Scouting and Guiding calendar and the 2016 show was really one to remember.

Tim Browne, Show Manager of Southend Gang Show spoke about It’s a Date 2016, saying: “All of the cast and adult volunteers have put so much time and effort into rehearsals over the past six months. It was incredibly rewarding to see all that hard work pay off with the fantastic performances. I couldn’t be prouder of everyone involved!”

The cast where supported by over 50 adult volunteers who took bookings, sold tickets, arranged props, set the stage, organised the lights and designed show items.

Jake Inwood, cast member, said: “Performing at the Palace Theatre has been amazing, the audiences have been brilliant every night and I’ve enjoyed everything about Southend Gang show. A big thank you to all the adult volunteers who have made this week possible!”

2016-03-16T16:30:52+00:00March 16th, 2016|

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|

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|

Spreading the word! Come and get the buzz!

Do you love telling everyone about all the adventures you have when you are Scouting? Would you like to tell your stories to a wider audience and experience the great buzz you get when seeing your article in print?

We are currently expanding our external communications team and so now is your opportunity to experience the excitement and proud feelings that occur when your story is told to the wider world through newspapers, radio or tv.

2014-10-16T23:00:00+01:00October 16th, 2014|

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|