Southend Scout and Guide Gang Show returns to the Palace Theatre!

Tickets are now on sale for It’s a Date 2020, 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 19th till Saturday 22nd February 2020 and the gang are looking to put on another memorable performance.

With adult tickets on sale from £14.50, children (under 18) £10.50 and a Family ticket (4x tickets, minimum of 2x Children) priced at £42, 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. The show is certainly going to be one to remember!

Tickets can be purchased via the link here:

Special group rates are available for Scout and Guide groups, please contact to enquire about these.

We look forward to seeing you during show week!

2020-02-02T20:59:11+00:00December 22nd, 2019|

Crouch Valley District Hike 2019

The District Hike represents the pinnacle of the Crouch Valley Cub Scouts District Activities and is only open to those Cub Scouts aged 9½years of age or older, due to the gruelling 27.2 miles hiked over 3-days.

This event has been a major part of the Cub Scout calendar for over 14-years and is extremely popular amongst Cub Scouts and Adult Leaders alike and is the brain child of John Blundell, Crouch Valley’s Assistance District Commissioner Cubs (ADC).

The 27.2 miles takes the Cub Scouts on a tour all around the District, visiting local landmarks, Churches and listening to all sorts of gruesome tales. The hikes enables the Cub Scouts see our lovely district from a different perspective, utilising footpaths, rights of way and crossing private land with the permission of landowners. They gain over the weekend numerous experiences, are tested to the limit both physically and mentally and above all make memories for life!

In total fifty-five  Cubs Scouts from across the District’s fourteen Cub Scout Packs, they were supported by eight Young Leaders (Aged 14 – 18yrs old) and thirty-five  Adult Leaders. For this year’s hike each Group taking part carried their Pack’s Mascots, which is part of the Essex 100 Challenge, celebrating 100 Years of Scouting in Essex.

Essex Scouts has set 100 challenges for each Scout Group to complete, during the year. One of these challenges is to take photographs of their Group Mascots on adventures during the year. Not all the Adult Leaders walked with the Cub Scouts, as some worked tirelessly behind the scenes ensuring the safety and well being of all the walkers over the 3-days. A dedicated team of First Aiders, walked with the Cub Scouts and were affectionally known as the Care Bear Team. Kevin Potter, a veteran of over 14 District Hikes, sadly could not walk this year, due to a recent operation, though this did not stop him driving around the District catching up with the walkers ensuring everyone was OK.

The Cub Scouts adventure started off from Hockley’s Congregational Church, in Bramerton Rd, shortly after 20:00hrs. Their first leg was just a short walk to Hockley’s Methodist Church where they played games with their youth members. Once the evening started to draw in, the Cub Scouts set off again towards St Peter & St Paul’s Church, before heading back towards Hawkwell, via Plumberow Mount for a well-earned rest at 2nd Hawkwell’s Scout Hut. This part of journey, the Cub Scouts would experience a true ‘Night Hike’, for some their first experience! They would discover the magic of Glow-worms, Barn Owl soaring and stretching above their heads and viewing the sunset over the River Crouch. They reached Plumberow Mount, just after midnight, and shared Hot Dogs with new and old friends. John Blundell (ADC Cub Scouts) said “The experience of a night hike, in absolute darkness, is not about ‘seeing’, it is unique and something every child should discover, crossing brooks, climbing hills, discovering a puddle, night time sounds playing trick on your ears. The Cub Scouts loved every minute!!” They finally reached 2nd Hawkwell Scout Hut shortly after 1am, where they all quickly settled down to a well-earned rest.

Early next morning, fuelled by Bacon Rolls, the Cub Scouts and Adult Leaders eagerly set off for St Andrews Church (Ashingdon), after only 5-hrs sleep. Whilst at Ashingdon Church, the Cubs Scouts were treated to some gruesome tales of medieval life, before heading off to pay their respects at the American Aircrew Memorial. Their next leg of their journey would take them towards Canewdon, to be treated to more Bacon Rolls at Canewdon Congregational Church, curtesy of 2nd Canewdon Scout Group. After this short pitstop, the party set off for St. Mary’s & All Saints Church (Stambridge), where they made some hedgehogs from recycled books.

The end of their morning adventures would see the Cub Scouts heading towards 4th Rochford Scout Group, where they would spend most of the afternoon being treated to a lovely buffet lunch, followed by Arts and Craft with Lisa Davies, from Perfectly Potty. This activity has been a firm favourite with both the Cub Scouts and Leaders alike. They get to decorate a mug, with scenes that represent their adventures on the District Hike. The break, also enables some of the Leaders to get some rest as well as the Care Bear Team to administer some much need foot therapy treatments amongst the walkers.

Shortly before 5pm, the walkers set off to visit St Andrews Church (Rochford), where they were given a history of the church by John Howard a Church Warden and also the former Group Scout Leader of 4th Rochford. The next stop, would be to St. Mary’s Church (Hawkwell), where the Cubs where told about their Plague Pit. With even more gruesome tales having been being told, they headed off towards Crouch Valley’s District Camp Site at Ark Lane, where there they would spend the night resting, before their final leg on Sunday morning.

On Sunday morning, the Cub Scouts were presented with their Special Hike T-shirts and scarfs, known as Tony’s, named after Tony Edwards a formal Cub Scout Leader with 1st Rayleigh, who sadly passed away a few years ago and was an ardent supporter of the hike and would regularly walk with the Cub scouts. Their first stop off, on their final leg, was at Belchamps Scout Activity Centre, where the Cub Scouts piled on mass into the shop to spend their pocket money. Once stocked up on sweets, they set off towards Holy Trinity Church (Rayleigh), via Hockley Woods.

Shortly before 12:30, you could hear a loud chorus of Cub Scouts merrily singing ‘Everywhere we go”, led by our very own Scouts Got Talent Superstar Paul Chapman, from 1st Hawkwell, as they walked towards Rayleigh High Street. The parents lined their way eagerly clapping and cheering the arrival of the Cub Scouts and Adult Leaders. After a short rest the cub Scouts entered the Church to even more applause and to attend a short service of thanks and praise to both the Adult Leaders that freely gave up their weekend and to the Cub Scouts for their endurance over the 3-days and 27.2 miles hike around our lovely District.

“This is one of the most challenging events a Cub Scout will complete, it has been recognised by the Scout Association for the unique nature of the weekend and carries a personal commendation from our Chief Scout Bear Grylls.” John Blundell Assistant District Commissioner Crouch Valley Scout District

2019-09-01T15:06:35+01:00September 1st, 2019|

Getting up with the Larks

When our Scout leader Suggested getting up and hiking at the crack of dawn everyone thought he was mad. But that’s exactly what Cubs and Scouts from 1st Hullbridge Scout group did.

After a relaxed evening around the campfire toasting marshmallows at Ark Lane Scout campsite site it was time for bed. At 4:00am it was time to get up again. Just 45 Minutes to get up, dressed, packed and eat a small breakfast before heading out into the Darkness. It’s still only 04:45 and 32 Young people and 8 adults ventured out into the Essex Countryside. As the group approaches Hockley Woods, day is breaking and the sound of bird song could be heard. Arrival in the woods sees a snack break with a Breakfast bar and Hot chocolate. Are they tired? Of course not, in fact they headed into the play park, after all who can’t resist the opportunity to go on the swings. The final part of the morning saw the group head back to the campsite where they were greeted by a roaring campfire, Bacon Rolls & Hot drinks.

Dean, Scout leader says ”I make it very clear what this sleepover is all about and to think very carefully before signing up” every person who attends gets a specially produced “Dawn Chorus Hike” camp blanket badge to mark the occasion and without saying the right to spend the remainder of their Saturday asleep.

2019-04-11T21:17:24+01:00April 11th, 2019|

Southend Scout and Guide Gang Show need you!

Scouts and Guides from Southend, Rayleigh, Castle Point and Crouch Valley are being encouraged to sign up to participate in It’s a Date 2018. The bi-annual variety show will return to the Palace Theatre next February and the Gang Show is looking for active Scouts and Guides to sign up as cast and band members, ready to wow audiences.

The Gang Show has become a centre piece of the Scouting and Guiding calendar and always puts on a show to impress. The show gives young people the chance to sing, dance and act in front of a live theatre audience whilst also providing the opportunity for the young people to learn, develop and make new friends. No previous theatre experience is necessary just buckets of enthusiasm!

Those Scouts, Guides, Explorers, Senior Section and Network members interested in participating are invited to sign up and attend our ‘come and try’ event on the 1st October 2017 at Southend High School for Girls. Young people interested in joining the cast must be 13-25 years old, in school years 8 or above and be prepared to give there all for the famous variety show. The band is open to all those aged 13 and above.

Millie Goddard, a member of the cast for It’s a Date 2016 said “Southend Scout and Guide Gang Show is a fantastic way to perform on stage, learn new skills, make new friends and have fun! Nothing quite beats the feeling of getting up on that stage at the Palace Theatre and seeing hundreds of audience members smiling back at you. I’ll definitely be signing up for the 2018 show!”

If you’re interested in becoming a part of Southend Scout and Guide Gang Show and coming along to the taster session on Sunday 1st October 2017 at Southend High School for Girls you can sign up at

2017-09-06T19:48:00+01:00September 6th, 2017|

Ark Lane


Situated on 3 acres of beautiful semi-wooded land, Ark Lane has 2 camping fields, 2 buildings, fire bases including a main campfire circle. The site is ideal for camps for all ages, and lends itself to activities including scoutcraft, backwoods skills, wide games, field games, skills training, conservation and environmental projects.

The 2 buildings are ideal for all types of meetings for both young people and adults, including training, as well as Nights Away with your young people (however the buildings do not have bunks so users will need to bring something to lie on). Both buildings are heated and are fully equiped with tables and chairs and kitchen facilities.

Equipment & Other Facilities
We have a wealth of camping and cooking equipment which may be borrowed (for a donation) for use either at the site or away from site. The site’s car park can accommodate approximately 25 cars and a further 15 cars if one of the camp sites is used. We also have amain campfire circle aswell as several fire bases located around the site, and we now have pioneering equipment available too.

Site Visits / Service Team
We invite all Leaders in Scouting and Guiding and other youth organisations to come and visit the site at any time – contact the Site Warden to make arrangements. Our Service Team meets approximately once a month and we always welcome new people of all ages who would like to help out around the site or for Groups who would like to embark on a service project. Please contact the Site Warden for further details or to make arrangements.

Wendy Bye (Booking Secretary)
27 Fermoy Road
Southend on Sea

2017-03-25T18:40:00+00:00March 10th, 2015|

Download training forms

In addition to the training resources provided by HQ (Available here) Essex Scouts have a number of helpful training documents to assist you complete your modular training.

Learning Needs Summary

The Learning Needs Summary is completed by the Training Adviser and forwarded to the Local Training Manager (LTM). The LTM will in conjunction with the County Trainers, provide the learning for the modules required.

2020-03-15T20:32:00+00:00July 20th, 2014|

There is still time! Do you know someone who could lead Scouting in Crouch Valley?

There is still more time to nomimate! The search team are continuing to welcome nominations for a new District Commissioner to lead Crouch Valley to even greater heights!

Please find attached the nomination pack and role description to give you an idea of the sorts of things the lead volunteer for Crouch Valley will get up to!

If you have any questions please don

Related files:

Cover Letter
Role Description
Volunteer Vacancy Pack

2014-06-21T23:00:00+01:00June 21st, 2014|

Do you know someone who could lead Scouting in Crouch Valley?

The search for a new leader for Crouch Valley has begun! The search team are welcoming nominations for a new District Commissioner to lead Crouch Valley to even greater heights!

Please find attached the nomination pack and role description to give you an idea of the sorts of things the lead volunteer for Crouch Valley will get up to!

If you have any questions please don

Related files:

Cover Letter
Role Description
Volunteer Vacancy Pack

2016-03-15T17:19:01+00:00May 29th, 2014|

Job vacancies at Belchamps Scout Activity Centre

Belchamps Scout Activity Centre are currently recruiting for a variety of paid and volunteer roles.

Belchamps Scout Activity Centre is currently recruiting for the following positions:
Guest Services assistant Up to

2014-03-11T11:00:00+00:00March 11th, 2014|