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After a few months I was asked to consider taking on the District Commissioner role in Basildon, Essex. An offer that I accepted without hesitation.
The camping event involved pioneering, climbing, barbecue, wide games, and finished with a posh meal for leaders prepared by the Scouts and Explorers working together.
The event wore a special necker consisting of half Explorer, half their own Group. With 23 of the 25 Scouts over 13 in the District attending and thoroughly enjoying themselves this truly was a camp run by young people for young people and was a real inspiration.
Along with the Genesis Explorer leadership team, the District Commissioner supported the planning team of Explorers giving them additional pride in their achievements.
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Jody from the County Explorer Scout team is supporting Moving In Moving On projects and can be contacted for additional support requests.
Kingston Ridge Scout Campsite in Essex held the annual Essex Network MAD event for 18 -25 year olds. The event hosted 150 participants from across the UK who came from as close as Essex and Kent to as far away as Manchester and Lancaster.
The Scouts were challenged to complete a number of outdoor activities to complete requirements for their Scout Survival Activity Badge.
Scouts braved the weather to demonstrate their knowledge of first aid, constructing an outdoor shelter, building a fire, using distress signals, rescue actions, identifying edible plants, filtering water, cooking over an open fire and without utensils and navigating without a compass.
Belle from Basildon was excited by the challenges ahead saying, “I’ve been looking forward to building a survival shelter”.
Ryan, one of the volunteers teaching survival said, “We ran an event like this a few years ago and the Scouts that went on it are still talking about it.”
Over the Bank Holiday weekend Kingston Ridge campsite in Basildon District hosted their annual ‘Ladies Day’ race night – a formal affair with hats and smart dresses abound. The afternoon started with a champagne reception, followed by the start of the racing. For the first race, the owners purchased their horses, the jockeys were selected, the tote took bets, and the race got underway, with a slight twist – the horses were manually operated, the jockeys having to wind a handle to drag their wooden horse along the ground towards them!
The Scout Group, currently running its meetings at a number of locations across the town have used the circumstance to continue growth but push forward with a plan to literally rebuild the Scout Group.
A recent trip to Kingston Ridge campsite saw 10 Scouts enjoy the assault course, midnight walk and spending three hours in a ‘learn by doing experience’ with an Icelandic tent.
With plans being drawn up for a brand new building, 7th Harlow are fundraising like mad with regular committee meetings and fundraising events including a race night at the local greyhound stadium and an abseiling down a local water tower all set to be real money spinners for the Group.
A recent volunteer project, at a local wood, planting trees, proved popular with Scouts, Cubs and their parents. Scout leader Peter Craft said: