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|

4th Rochford Scout Group – Christmas Sleep Over 2019

Over twenty-five Beaver and Cub Scouts, accompanied by eight  Leaders / Young Leaders, from the 4th Rochford Scout Group, descended upon a cold and muddy Belchamps Scout Activity Centre, for their annual Christmas Sleepover Event, on the evening of the 29th Nov. They eagerly started to arrive from just after 6pm. They were quickly shown to their bunks, where they stowed their overnight gear, before setting off to the main hall for an evening of fun and games. For some of our younger Beavers and Cubs, this was their sleep over experience, away from mum and dad or other family members.

During the evening a very special visitor arrived, to surprise our Scouts, with some early Christmas presents. After having their picture taken with Father Christmas, they sat around the camp fire, singing traditional Christmas and scouting songs. The evening was even more special for one Cub Scout, as she made her Scouting Promise and was invested into Alpha Cub Pack. The night finished off, with the Beavers and Cubs tucking into hot dogs and a mug of hot chocolate, before settling down for the night, in their dorms with lights out at 10:30pm. They would need a good night’s sleep, ready for the next day’s exciting adventures.

Everyone was up early the next morning, just gone 6:30am, and after getting dressed, we all set off for our cooked breakfast. The Beavers and Cubs were split into three  groups, ready to start their exciting activities. There was a total of ten activities, each lasting 30-minutes. The activities included Pedal Karts, Slingshots, Cork Guns, Fencing, Slacklining. They also included some traditional scouting activities, such as Backwoods Cooking, Traversing Wall, Archery and Caving. The firm favourite for our young members is Belchamp’s Assault Course, not because it’s tough and challenge, but because its full of mud this time of years after all the heavy rain we have had! At their mid-morning snack break, the scouts could also try their hand at learning some Circus Skills.

The fun and excited was only briefly halted, for lunch where our scouts and leaders were treated to a Christmas Dinners, prepared by Belchamps very own Chef Jamie and his catering crew. The Beavers and Cubs were even given traditional Christmas Cracker, loaded with party hats and toys.

Sadly, as with all good things, they must come to an end as the Beavers and Cubs gathered around the campfire for the closing ceremony, shortly before they were collected by their parents shortly after 3:30pm. One parents message us later, to tell us that no sooner had there child been securely belted up on their car seat and set off for home, they were fast asleep.

2019-12-22T21:14:45+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|

Learn Practical Skills with Bushscout Essex

Ever wanted to run knife safety or kelly kettles within your section meeting or at camp, but feel you do not have the skills or confidence to do so?

The answer could be attending Bushscouts Essex first practical skills leader training day at Belchamps Scout Activity Centre on Saturday 21st July 2018.

A full day learning seven skills that you can take back to your groups, being instructed by skilled Scouters from all over the country.

This is on the Essex Scouts training calendar as modules 17 & 18, and must be booked via the training calendar. If you have already covered Modules 17 & 18 this will count as 7 hours of ongoing learning.

To give an example of the skills you will learn, please have a look at the photos from Bushscout GLNE training day that I instructed at on Saturday 28th April 2018.

You will get the chance to learn how to pass on practical skills to the young people in your sections, helping to enhance yours and their Scouting experiences.

It is an outside, hands on and fun practical learning experience.


2018-08-12T21:32:05+01:00May 8th, 2018|

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|

County Backpack calling ALL leaders and SAS members!

County backpack is an exciting weekend for the Scout section, the event is a two day incident hike around the local countryside, where Scouts will need to visit as many bases as possible each day before returning back to Belchamps, each base will have a small activity to complete before moving on to the next base.

The event will be held at Belchamps Campsite on 31st March- 2nd April 2017

The County Scout section needs your help with manning bases and support teams around the course for this years event, if you can offer your help and support for both or either day please contact John Dell, County Scout Leader on for more information.

2017-01-21T23:36:48+00:00January 18th, 2017|

Volunteers Needed – Belchamps Bonfire and Fireworks Display

Belchamps Scout Activity Centre needs your help.  There Bonfire & Fireworks display is just round the corner and volunteers are needed to help make this event a great success.  There is a family friendly display, big bang display and a massive bonfire.  Its a great community event and attracts a massive crowd from the surrounding area.

Help is required to run some of the side stalls that are available.  As well as having the opportunity to watch the displays while you run a stall you’ll also be welcome to join us afterwards for refreshments.

If you think you can help please email us:


2016-11-01T19:08:04+00:00November 1st, 2016|

County Backpack Bookings Open

County Backpack is a brand new event for the Scout section, which encourages the Scouts to develop their skills in expeditions and planning. 31st March- 2nd April 2017

Based at Belchamps Scout Activity Centre the event is a two day incident hike around the local countryside. Scouts will need to visit as many bases as possible each day before returning back to Belchamps, each base will have a small activity to complete before moving on to the next base.

Teams will need to attend a compulsory base at the start of the day and will then work out their own route, all bases will be manned and will have an activity and a route card to complete before moving onto the next base.

Each team must consist of 4-6 scouts (all of scout age) and must be able to walk with a lightweight rucksack, teams will not need to carry tents or cooking stoves, but will need lunch and equipment for a day hike.

The cost of the weekend will be £15 per Scout plus £10 for a fully catered option.

To find out more information visit our event page via the Calendar or contact John Dell at

2016-10-01T21:41:34+01:00October 1st, 2016|

Zombie Apocalypse?

Zombies? Or just mud covered Cubs and Leaders on their way back from the assault course at Belchamps Scout Activity Centre!  1st Broomfield Cubs kicked off the Centenary of Cub Scouting celebrations by holding a “Cubs 100” themed camp over the weekend.  Each Cub was challenged to do as many of 100 challenges as possible from a diverse range such as crate stacking, climbing,  ladder challenge, pedal cars,  knotting, pioneering, looking after their own kit, washing up, 100 steps of a funny walk, standing on one leg and balancing the Jungle Book on their heads for 100 seconds (not at the same time!).  They tie dyed and ironed neckers, wrote in hieroglyphics and ancient runes and held a celebration party.  A brilliant time was had by all and both Cubs and Leaders are looking forward to returning to Belchamps in the Summer for Chelmsford District’s Centenary Camp.

2016-01-30T11:58:48+00:00January 28th, 2016|

Space, the Final Frontier

50  Beaver Scouts  from 3rd Prittlewell, 1st Haycroft, 8th Leigh, 6th Westcliff, 55th Leigh and 4/6th Leigh colonies attended Belchamps in Hawkwell from Friday night until Saturday night for an extra special space themed adventure.

The young people started their event off with some alien hunting on site and ending up with watching the film Home, complete with hot chocolate and cookies.

A full day of activities was planned for the Saturday including fire lighting, driving moon buggies (pedal karts), attempting to avoid a huge meteor (demolition derby) and climbing into space over the assault course.  Craft activities included making rock buddies, sewing space ships, constructing a solar system mobile, making jet packs and the favourite activity – alien snot!

Complete with breakfast, lunch, dinner and way too much cake, all Beavers were awarded their Space activity badge and another Nights Away badge on Saturday evening.

Another successful sleepover for Southend Beavers.




2015-10-02T18:13:08+01:00October 2nd, 2015|