Scouts Go Green with Gridserve

Following a successful launch night we are pleased to publish the booking details for your free section evening at GRIDSERVE Braintree.

These nights focus on sustainable travel and the environment and last for 1hr 30 minutes. The sessions are open to Beavers all the way up to Scout Network with a variety of Challenges, Activities and discussions aimed at our Young People.

Take a look at the presentation from the evening and to find out more about this fantastic opportunity for your Autumn programme.

GRIDSERVE Leaders Evening Presentation

To book your session email

2022-07-13T21:21:26+01:00July 14th, 2022|

Support Scout Pride in summer 2022

A Pride season starts with a bang, we are pleased to say that as the Scout Pride Essex we will be out and about in the community visiting local pride events.

Anyone is welcome at these events to support and promote their Groups/ Districts,  you don’t need to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community to attend and show your support and  also to demonstrate how open Scouting is to all.

Harlow and District Scouts will be attending Essex Pride with young people and leaders in uniform where they will be parading down Chelmsford City Centre into Central Park for the Pride Festival. There will also be a stand to promote inclusive Scouting. 

If you would like to join the ASU you are also more than welcome to join no matter who you are.

If you are interested here are the dates of these Prides 

  • Essex Pride –Saturday 25th June 
  • Southend Pride – Saturday 16th June 
  • Colchester Pride – Saturday 13th August 

If you would like more information or would like to attend any event the Unit is attending please email

2022-06-14T10:10:52+01:00June 16th, 2022|

Essex Scouts Facebook Updates

As we head towards national lockdown 2.0 (our description not UK Scouts or UK Gov!) we need to make sure we can keep you up to date with a quickly changing Scouting landscape. We seen a change the reach of posts on the Essex Scouts Facebook page in the last week, meaning fewer of our followers are seeing each of our new posts.

Facebook has changed all the notification settings again in the latest update on their apps and home page. Could we please ask that you check yours, and pop into the page here , and give some likes to recent posts to try and improve the reach. Next week has the potential for fast changing news, and we want to keep you all updated as quickly as possible. Thank you in advance, and thank you for everything you are doing to Keep on Scouting around the county ?


2020-11-01T17:58:46+00:00November 1st, 2020|COVID-19 Info, Uncategorized, Good Practice, News|

County AGM Registration Reminder

This year our County AGM will taking place online on 16th September at 19:30, the meeting opens at 19:15 for you to join in time for the start. To make sure of your place you will need to register before 5 pm on Sunday 13th September. If you haven’t already done so, head over to our registration page here:

Once registration closes we will be sending out further meeting information including a link to the Zoom meeting for you to follow on the evening. Please visit our website AGM page HERE for more information and to download our Annual Review, 2019 AGM Minutes, Meeting Agenda and a copy of our Constitution.

If you have any questions please email the County Secretary on

2020-09-11T20:45:12+01:00September 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|

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2020-06-06T23:19:38+01:00June 6th, 2020|Uncategorized|

VE Day Anniversary Volunteering

On the 75th anniversay of VE Day Tiffany wore the uniforms of two organisations who have served in both World Wars; The British Red Cross & The Scout Association.

Both were formed after individuals saw the horrors of war & wanted to do something to make the world better using the philosophy of helping others. Hopefully they will continue to do so for many years to come. Please share with others as our organisations always need support in volunteers or donations.

The British Red Cross is celebrating 150 years of support individuals and communities in the UK and around the world.

Scouts have a great partnership with the Red Cross, joining us as part of the Million Hands project.

Find out more about the red cross here:

Find out about the Million Hands project here:



2020-05-14T21:05:43+01:00May 14th, 2020|

Winning Carnival entry celebrates 100 years of Essex Scouting

1st Great Parndon Scout Group, Harlow, dressed in 1919 style Scout Uniforms to celebrate 100 years of Scouting in Essex and take part in Harlow Carnival.

After meeting local Dignitaries including Harlow’s MP Robert Halfon they walked through the streets singing and chanting to the Market Square where they were awarded 1st place as best walking group. Well done to everyone involved.

2019-09-01T14:59:48+01:00September 1st, 2019|

Permits, Activites and Nights Away Contacts

Looking for support for permits, activities, or nights away?

There are a number of people in the county who are available to provide you with support in how you can provide activities to the young people within your area:

Dan Scurlock – ACC Activities:

Contact Dan for general activities queries or if none of the team’s individual areas of expertise meet your needs

Phil Dowrick – Manager of the Activities Permits Scheme (MAPS):

Contact Phil for assistance with adventurous activities permits, from support with the process to finding an assessor.

Neil Barnes – supervisor of the Nights Away Permit Scheme:

Neil can provide support to Nights Away Advisors on the processed required to issue permits.

ADC Activities & Nights Away Advisors

Districts have in place their own support team who form your first point of contact for support regarding nights away and adventurous activities

Activities Teams

Within Essex we have 4 Activities teams who can provide technical advice in a variety of areas, these teams also run a variety of courses throughout the year – details of events can be found on the county calendar. The teams, and their contact information are listed below

ESMAT – The mountain team are available to provide assistance with activities on the mountains, David Cohen heads up the team:

ESWAT – The water activities team are available to provide support and guidance for water related activities, Richard Moore leads the team:

ECSCT – The county caving team can provide support for underground expeditions, Dave Pettet looks after the team:

ECSAT – The archery team are a team of highly skilled archery instructors who can provide support to major events and assist in the requirements of becoming scout archery permit holder. Contact Nick Pratt for further information:

2015-10-05T20:17:14+01:00October 3rd, 2015|

POR updates and activites reviews 2015

Activities Policy Organisation and Rules Update January 2015

Every year the Scout HQ Activities staff carry out reviews of different activities to ensure that the provision to young people is carried out, and overseen in the safest possible way, the changes ensure that the Association keeps up to date with current best practice as laid out by the National Governing Bodies for the different activities we undertake.

In January 2015 the Scout Association published a number of updates to POR and various activities factsheets.

A number of updates to POR Chapter 9 in January include:

Rule 9.7 this rule has been updated in a number of areas, including

Archery is now an adventurous activity

Permits must have an expiry date of no more than 5 years

If a young person holds a permit when they turn 18 their permit will expire – the safeguarding module is required to be completed where the permit can be re granted. The new permit can last no longer that 5 years form the initial assessment

First aid requirements are now included –first aid provision much be provided within a group while carrying out an adventurous actiivity (to a level specified in POR)

There is a period between January and December 2015 where Archery permits are not required, Archery must still be run in accordance with the September 2014 version of POR however after December 2015 Archery will become an activity where a permit is required

Rule 9.8                 Clarification that where a group contains a participant under the age of 18 all normal Scout Rules apply.

Rule 9.22               This rule has been updated and covers the rules previously 9.22, 9.23, 9.24 and 9.25, there is a period between January 2015 and March 2016 where the September version of POR still applies, at the discretion of the County Commissioner

Rule 9.36               Archery is now listed as a permitted activity. The use of crossbows is covered under Rule 9.37

Rule 9.37               This rule now covers the use of crossbows

Rule 9.43               buoyancy aid checking is now the responsibility of the permit holder, not the county of district that owns the equipment as in the September version of POR

Rule 9.44               section c has been removed – no areas can be classed ‘training water’ there is a grace period for this rule until December 2015, following this date any waters classified ‘training waters’ will no longer be classified as such,

Rule 9.46               a number of changes to how boats are to be checked and identification required for various uses.


There have been a number of additional updates to factsheets and advice information in the following areas:

  • Adult Groups in Adventurous Activities
  • Archery
  • Boats and Waters
  • Climbing
  • Nights Away
  • Shooting
  • Staged and Musical Performances

Further information on the changes to POR and associated information can be found here:

Activity Reviews 2015

HQ are reviewing a number of activities in 2015, these activities currently under review are:





Cycling (including road and mountain biking)

Other Activities (POR rule 9.77)

Underground (including caving and mine exploration)

Details of the status of each of these reviews can be found at the following link:

2015-10-05T20:18:54+01:00October 3rd, 2015|