Pirate Fun at Mega Camp 2022

Over 1600 Cub Scouts from across Essex gathered together at Skreens Park Activity Centre, last weekend, for the highly anticipated Pirate themed Mega Camp. The largest Essex Scouts event following the pandemic.

The three day, two night camp, run by the County Cub Team, delivered fun, challenge and adventure through a series of fantastic zones and activities for the excited 8 to 11 year olds. With popular activities such as canoeing, archery and climbing running across the weekend, young people could also visit a planetarium or try their hand a drumming  and circus skills or create their very pirate inspired artwork in the craft tent.

Across the site a field of inflatables allowed the Cubs to bounce away to their hearts content and the go-karts proved very popular by all. Whilst garden games encouraged the Cubs to challenge their friends.

The sites high and low ropes also proved popular with many as laughter and cheering echoed across the site.

Down by the lake a troop of Pirates had invaded, setting up their own camp. They welcomed the young people in to explore a variety of traditional pirate skills including semaphore and rope making. The merry band of pirates were also our entertainment for the weekend, providing swashbuckling shows in the arena by the lake. The echoes and flashes of muskets and cannons certainly surprised the excited Cub Scouts.

Support was given  by Units 19 and 21 of the World Scout Jamboree Contingent, who helped to run activities for the young people, demonstrating how important the volunteer time is that they have received in their Scouting pasts, and helping them to gel as a team before they head off on the adventure of a lifetime in South Korea, next summer.

After dinner on Saturday groups put on traditional Penny Fayre stalls along the ‘quayside’. Favourite games such as splat the rat, Pin the mustache on Baden Powell  and hoopla offered the award of sweets and prizes. The Mega Camp Team  are pleased to announce that it raised over £1000.00 which will go to Butterflies children’s charity, as chosen by the young people.

With over 200 volunteer staff and 400 Section Leaders attending, Mega Camp was Essex Scouts biggest individual event for three years. This weekend clearly demonstrated that Scouting truly has  bounced back after the pandemic and proved that more people than ever feel the need for Scouting opportunities in their lives.

2022-06-15T13:52:30+01:00June 16th, 2022|

Beavers in Tents 2022

Beavers in Tents

16th-18th September 2022

Skreens Park, Chelmsford

Come and be part of the ‘Under The Sea Adventure’. Lots of activities to do, meet new people, sleep in a tent, collect badges and have an amazing time.

So get your places now at Beavers in Tents!

CLICK  HERE to book

2022-04-04T20:46:39+01:00April 4th, 2022|

EPIC 22

17th June – 19th June 2022

Join Hundreds of Scouts from across Essex at Skreens Park Activity Centre for our 2nd County Scout Weekend, EPIC 2022. With activities and adventure for everyone, EPIC will offer young people the opportunity to try new things and meet new people from across the County.

With 2020 EIJ being cancelled due to Covid, we want to bring the experience of EIJ to Essex Scouts & have a fun packed weekend.

Camping will be across three themed Sub Camps, there is an opportunity to take on a variety of Activities across several Zones and also includes an action packed evening programme.

Activities booked so far include:

  • Abseiling
  • Climbing
  • High Ropes
  • Low Ropes
  • Zip Wire
  • Caving
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Rafting
  • Bushcraft
  • It’s a Knockout
  • Clay Shooting
  • Archery
  • Riffles
  • Tomahawks
  • Fencing
  • Inflatables
  • Pluto Jugglers

We still have lots more to confirm.

For info or you have any questions please contact john.dell@essexscouts.org.uk, cost are £35 participants, £10 Leaders & £20 catered staff.

Bookings are now open, please complete the booking form which can found here.

2022-02-15T21:09:58+00:00February 15th, 2022|

Mega Camp June 2022

Mega Camp 2022 10th – 12th June 2022

Swashbuckling fun and adventure in store at our next Mega Camp. Essex Scouts’ premier event for Cub Scouts. Join 2000 Cub Scouts from across Essex for a weekend not to be missed
Held at Skreens Park Activity Centre, we will be joined by an intrepid crew of pirates to keep you engaged and active throughout the weekend.

Mega Camp is one not to be missed with activities including Go Karts, Kentucky Derby, Pirate Craft, Bouncy Castles and so much more. We will also keep you entertained with our interactive pirate camp, charity penny fayre and other fun adventures.

Bookings open THIS Friday 28th January at 7pm

Book in on https://www.essexscouts.org.uk/megacamp-booking

2022-04-06T12:46:56+01:00January 23rd, 2022|

Essex Weekend Event 2022

Essex Scouts will host Essex Weekend at Skreens Park Activity Centre. 13th – 15th May 2022
An event open to families, friends and teams, which aims to bring all volunteers from across Essex Scouts together. The bigger the group the better, everyone’s welcome.
There will be the opportunity to experience all the activities the centre has to offer, alongside socialising and experiencing what is it like to be a part of Essex Scouts.
The weekend is a self-catering event.
If you can’t make the whole weekend then please feel free to come as a day visitor
2022-04-06T13:03:55+01:00January 18th, 2022|

Essex Weekend is back in 2022

13th – 15th May 2022

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 are organising a camp for your young people.

The weekend is a self-catering event. 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.

If you can’t make the whole weekend then please feel free to come as a day visitor

Bookings open in January 2022

2022-04-06T12:57:22+01:00November 20th, 2021|

Mega Camp 2022

Mega Camp 2022  10th – 12th June 2022

Swashbuckling fun and adventure in store at our next Mega Camp. Essex Scouts’ premier event for Cub Scouts. Join 2000 Cub Scouts from across Essex for a weekend not to be missed

Held at Skreens Park Activity Centre, we will be joined by an intrepid crew of pirates to keep you engaged and active throughout the weekend.

Mega Camp is one not to be missed with activities including Go Karts, Kentucky Derby, Pirate Craft, Bouncy Castles and so much more. We will also keep you entertained with our interactive pirate camp, charity penny fayre and other fun adventures

Bookings open THIS Friday at essexscouts.org.uk

2022-01-20T11:42:31+00:00November 18th, 2021|

Keep the weekend free for a re-union at Essex Weekend 2022

Essex Weekend  13th – 15th May 2022

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 are organising a camp for your young people.

The weekend is a self-catering event. 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.

If you can’t make the whole weekend then please feel free to come as a day visitor

Bookings open on 8th January 2022

2022-01-26T10:46:07+00:00November 12th, 2021|

Skreens Park Re-Opening Announcement

We are pleased to announce that after a lot of planning Skreens Park Activity Centre is now open for your Scouting adventures! We are welcoming people back and finding new ways to support family and group adventures.

After a lot of work behind the scenes the team at Skreens, working with the County team have put together a range of activity and camping packages for you to enjoy over the next few months.

All activity packages work within the current guidelines and offer a chance to get back to Scouting outdoors. Under current guidlones group sizes will be limited to ensure you and the staff keep as safe as possible.

Overnight camping is open to family groups only (sorry no Scout, Guide or other organistions until further notice) of up to 8 people. Places will be limited to comply with requirements and ensure everyone can join in as safely as possible. Three different camping packages are available depending on the facilities you require. You will have plenty of space to relax and enjoy the outdoors, with the opportunity to book the Pay & Play activity packages too.

We hope you will be able to join us soon and start to enjoy the outdoor activities as we open up the site. Please note places will be limited and availabilty may change at short notice, especially if guidelines change (hopefully for the better!) so take a look at the packages available on the flyers below, give the team a call or email for more info and to book you places – be quick though, there is a lot of interest already!

2020-08-22T21:27:36+01:00August 14th, 2020|

New Campers “Flock” to Skreens Park – well sort of!!

Over the last few days Skreens Park has said hello to some visitors who will be helping to maintain the site – a flock of sheep have been introduced to graze on the grass areas while the site is closed to outside visitors!

Whilst Essex Scouts enjoyed a virtual camp at the end of June, early July has seen over 200 sheep have moving in to Skreens Park to chew on the grass. Having been closed for some time grass has grown substantially and should provide the sheep with some excellent grazing. Some are even showing their Scout heritage by sporting the fluer-de-ly on their sides (using just normal sheep marking spray of course). We are working hard to reopen the site but this will help with grass management whilst Skreens remains closed.

We hear there has been a historical precedent for this as when the Canon Tinley owned the site, then known as St Lukes Campsite as it was known (before it was left to Essex Scouts by him in 1971) cattle were regularly grazed on the fields.

We hope they remember to keep the noise down after dark!!

2020-07-08T18:07:35+01:00July 8th, 2020|

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