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|

Are you booked yet for Essex Weekend?

Have you booked for Essex Weekend? Its only a few weeks away…
The weekend 25-27 May is time to get together with other volunteers and use the time to prepare for your next scout event by sharing ideas and talking things through with others.

The plan for Essex Weekend is simple, its about getting people together, to chill out together with their families and to do as much or as little as they want without the responsibility of also looking after our youth members.

Essex Weekend for some is a great place to get more Scouting completed, Cath Austin has been to a number of events and has used the Essex Weekend as a great way to meet and talk with other volunteers, “Last time we went it was a great place to network for the jamboree we’re helping put together. We knew that a number others were going to be there and the best way to get things sorted is by going from one conversation to the next. This definitely happened and was a total plus for going.”

The Essex Weekend also provides a range of activities and the chance for adults to have a go at something new or try something again without worrying about pushing in front of our younger members who always come first.

Stuart Austin added, “It’s a great chance do the activities we lead young people to do with our own families in a safe environment whilst being able to socialise with like minded adults.”

“The cream teas are great too!”

2012-05-03T11:00:00+01:00May 3rd, 2012|

Essex Weekend – have you booked yet?

Have you booked for Essex Weekend?

The plan for Essex Weekend is simple, its about getting people together, to chill out together with their families and to do as much or as little as they want without the responsibility of also looking after our youth members.

Essex Weekend for some is a great place to get more Scouting completed, Cath Austin has been to a number of events and has used the Essex Weekend as a great way to meet and talk with other volunteers, “Last time we went it was a great place to network for the jamboree we’re helping put together. We knew that a number others were going to be there and the best way to get things sorted is by going from one conversation to the next. This definitely happened and was a total plus for going.”

The Essex Weekend also provides a range of activities and the chance for adults to have a go at something new or try something again without worrying about pushing in front of our younger members who always come first.

Stuart Austin added, “It’s a great chance do the activities we lead young people to do with our own families in a safe environment whilst being able to socialise with like minded adults.”

“The cream teas are great too!”

2012-03-23T12:00:00+00:00March 23rd, 2012|

Essex Weekend – socialise with like minded volunteers

The Essex Weekend is heading back to Skreens Park on 25 to 27 May 2012.

The plan for Essex Weekend is simple, its about getting people together, to chill out together with their families and to do as much or as little as they want without the responsibility of also looking after our youth members.

Essex Weekend for some is a great place to get more Scouting completed, Cath Austin has been to a number of events and has used the Essex Weekend as a great way to meet and talk with other volunteers, “Last time we went it was a great place to network for the jamboree we’re helping put together. We knew that a number others were going to be there and the best way to get things sorted is by going from one conversation to the next. This definitely happened and was a total plus for going.”

The Essex Weekend also provides a range of activities and the chance for adults to have a go at something new or try something again without worrying about pushing in front of our younger members who always come first.

Stuart Austin added, “It’s a great chance do the activities we lead young people to do with our own families in a safe environment whilst being able to socialise with like minded adults.”

“The cream teas are great too!”

2012-02-15T12:00:00+00:00February 15th, 2012|

County Marathon – And The Winners Are……

Even some Peak District rain during the last hours of the event couldn’t dampen the spirit of the County Marathon teams, as the weekend ended with a heavy shower just before the closing time at Gradbach.

After camping at outlying bases overnight the teams worked there way back towards the event headquarters trying to pick up more points at bases on the way. The keenest made the most of a 7am start, getting away quickly while some took advantage of a few extra minutes in their tents before heading back. Wind and low cloud made things more challenging, but that’s just part of taking part in the County Marathon.

Bases saw flurries of activity with queues at some while the Scouts waited to complete the challenges before moving on. Plenty of different challenges could be found one of the more interesting on a windy ridge was sending a message using semaphore flags! Perhaps the most noticeable team were Mercator Explorer Scout Unit who completed the whole weekend dressed in superhero costumes!

Once all the teams had arrived back, points were tallied and scores checked, before one of the organising team, Bob Bye called everyone together to thank all of the Leaders and adults who had made the event as successful as ever and to announce the winners.

Bob said, “Congratulations to the class winners and well done to everyone who took part – you’ve proved that the Adventure is alive and kicking in Essex Scouting!” Full results and a selection of photos from the event can be accessed from the links below.

See you all in the Black Mountains for the 2012 County Marathon!!

Winners:

Explorer Novice:

Related files:

Marathon 2011 Peak District Results

2011-09-26T11:00:00+01:00September 26th, 2011|

Rain Fails To Ruin GIGA Camp 2011

Scouts and Guides from all over Essex descended upon Skreens Park Activity Centre this weekend for the latest iteration of GiGa Camp.

A bi-annual favourite, the event saw more than 1,700 young boys and girls attending, pitching up on Friday 17 June and staying through to Sunday 19 June.

They passed the time by engaging in a wide range of scout activities, such as canoeing, climbing and archery, as well as various other challenges, including laser quest, inflatables, circus skills and Zorb Football.

And there was plenty of nightlife arranged to entertain the kids into the late hours, with a night of Karaoke on Friday, and a crowd-drawing GiGa’s Got Talent contest the following evening.

Saturday drew to a close with a disco and a spectacular display from a team of local fire-breathers.

With so much going on, it was hard to notice the frequent heavy showers that failed to dampen the camp’s spirits.

“The highlight has been seeing all the kids having fun with the range of activities we have on offer,” said George Hughes, who helped organise one of the sub camps. “And that’s despite the appalling weather. They’ve been determined to have fun.”

“Everyone has helped each other out. The spirit of co-operation between participants is demonstrative of why scouting and guiding works so well.”

As always, GiGa Camp was supported by hundreds of adult volunteers, performing all of the essential tasks needed to keep the event running. These ranged from maintenance, catering and first aid, to security and activity instructors.

2011-06-20T11:00:00+01:00June 20th, 2011|

Scout Volunteers Skill Up & Chill Out

Over two hundred adult members spent the weekend at Skreens Park Activity Centre to take part in adventurous activities, chill out and learn new skills at the second Essex Weekend.

Part of the fun of Scouting is about sharing the fun with other adults, and over 200 adults got together over the weekend of 13 to 15 May, to do just that at Skreens Park Activity Centre near Chelmsford.

From Friday evening, Scout volunteers and their families from across Essex arrived for a weekend full of fun and new adventures as they camp together and try out a range of activities and workshops.

Richard Baker, Assistant County Commissioner for Explorer Scouts said

2011-05-16T11:00:00+01:00May 16th, 2011|

Eat Out At Essex Weekend 2011

Are you signed up for Essex Weekend? If so, then why not hang up your apron and take advantage of the menu at Caf

Jambo is Swahili for

2011-05-06T11:00:00+01:00May 6th, 2011|

GiGA Camp – There’s Still Time To Book!

Bookings for this summers biggest and best Scout and Guide event are going well but to make sure of your places you’ll need to book quickly as they are going fast!

Over 800 people have now booked in for this years GiGA Camp and with the summer approaching, time is running out to make sure your Scouts and Guides don’t miss out. The closing date for bookings is 27th May, but we expect all places will be booked before then!

New activities have been added to the line-up making this a great way to enjoy the early summer in Essex. The latest addition is an amazing mobile High Wires setup which promises to be an awesome challenge to everyone on site! Take a look at the GiGA Camp website for more information and also to find the link to the online bookings system. If you have already booked in you will find the new health form has been added to the downloads area – leaders will need this to complete their paperwork before coming to the event.

One last thing, if you don’t have Scouts or Guides to look after but like the sound of what’s on offer, another way of participating is join the staff team. We will shortly have details of the areas where you could help out, so make sure you check out the GiGA Camp website over the next week or so and be ready to get your application in!

2011-04-04T11:00:00+01:00April 4th, 2011|

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