Introducing Essex’s new Transformation Lead

As we drive forward our Skills for Life Strategy through to 2025, the Scouts are embarking on a positive and engaging period of change.  We want to continue offering high quality, safe and engaging programmes to our 16,000+ young people.
In doing that, we must continue to be a vibrant, forward-thinking movement, adapting to the needs of our ever changing society.  We want to reach more young people, be more diverse and make it easier than ever to volunteer for Scouts in Essex.
To achieve our strategy, Team Essex are excited to announce James Hopkins as our new Transformation Lead!
In the new role, James is responsible for leading, planning and implementing the Skills for Life strategy in Essex and will be building a transformation team during Summer 2022 to make this happen.  With a professional background in change and project management, and prior experience in Scouting as a leader, GSL and DC, James is looking forward to working with the thousands of adult volunteers we have in Essex to make Scouting locally even better.
Our new transformation team will work alongside our existing structures – so we can continue great Scouting whilst starting to deliver one of our key aims – to improve the volunteer experience – so that we can attract and retain more volunteers.
Within this, there are four identified key areas to focus on as a start:
– A warmer welcome for everyone
– Simplifying how we volunteer together
– Digital transformation: more support to help get everyday things done
– A more engaging learning experience
There is more that can be done to improve things further – like better rewards and recognition – but we can’t change everything at once.  This is a three year programme delivered in bitesize chunks.
More information will be shared from Autumn 2022 onwards.  If you have any questions at any point about the transformation programme, please email
2022-05-19T10:29:07+01:00May 19th, 2022|

Beaver Build Happiness in Village Community

A Beaver Scout has been nurturing happiness by distributing sunflower seeds to every one of the residents in his village.

Saul, 7, – a member of 1st Ardleigh Beavers – has been delivering sunflower seeds to every house in his village of Little Bentley, Essex.

Saul, who attends St George’s Primary School in neighbouring Great Bromley said: “Because everyone is so worried at the moment I wanted to do something to make my home of Little Bentley more happy. I wanted to bring some happiness to people’s lives.

“I bought 450 seeds in packets on the internet and I split them into groups of three or four seeds and put them in my own packets with a message from me. I wrote it and daddy photocopied it and me and mummy stuck it on. Me and my little brother Angus have been travelling around the village on bikes delivering the seeds to every house in Little Bentley. It’s loads bigger than you think. It’s massive. Everyone has been really happy to have their seeds. I hope they enjoy growing them and we get giant, happy, sunflowers!.”

Father David Grocott said: “Saul’s loved delivering the seeds. We just hope we haven’t missed anyone.”

Editors note: The 2011 census shows the population of Little Bentley to be 271, here’s hoping they all have a brighter summer!

2020-05-21T21:06:05+01:00May 21st, 2020|

How can you get involved with the High Sheriff’s Litter Pick?

Want to know how you can approach the litter pick? Thinking about why you should include the event in your busy programme? Want to know how to claim your free limited edition badges?

Essex Scouts have the pleasure of bringing to you some simple guidelines and information about the amazing upcoming litter pick.

Download the brochure here Essex Scouts Litter pick Guide

Don’t forget to let us know how you are getting involved.

2020-03-16T21:51:01+00:00March 1st, 2020|

Caving Badge Course Dates for 2018

Essex County Scout Caving Team (ECSCT) have now finalised our badge course dates for 2018.

  • June badge course 29th, 30th June- 1st July
  • October badge course 5th- 7th October
  • November overflow course 9th- 11th November

Visit to see photographs from last year’s trips.

The application pack with full details is available on our website, direct download (pdf) here:

Come on a trip, or ask us about providing the activity as part of your camp (in a caving area), or teaching rope work as part of one of your troop nights!

Book early to avoid disappointment!

2018-01-01T18:35:03+00:00December 14th, 2017|


Essex Scouts looks forward to welcoming 1600 Cub Scouts and their leaders to Mega Camp 2018. Coming to Skreens Park Activity Centre 8th-10th June 2018, with a spectacular Medieval theme, this event is definitely not one to miss!

So, save the date and keep an ear our for more information coming soon!

2017-06-24T11:22:22+01:00June 24th, 2017|

Beaver Funday Registration Reminder!

As you are planning your Summer  programme, don’t forget Beaver Funday 2017! Held at Skreens Park Activity Centre on Saturday 10th June, Funday offers a day full of opportunities for Beaver Scouts to try out new and exciting activities and craft. There will be the added bonus of meeting some unusual creatures.

The event costs just;

£15 per Beaver, £10 Cubs / Scouts (Leaders children) & 3 – 6 year olds, under 3’s free with accompanying leader/helper.

A piratetastic day planned by the Counties Beaver Scout team, is certain to offer Beaver Scouts Fun, Adventure and the opportunity to make new friends.

To register your groups interest please complete the online booking form  (here) and pay just a £10.00 deposit!

We can’t wait to hear from you soon, and look forward to meeting you all at Beaver Funday 2017.

2017-03-07T19:09:29+00:00March 7th, 2017|

Essex Weekend 2017 Bookings now open!

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 organising a camp for your young people. 

Although the weekend is a self catered event there is a café running during the weekend. 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. 

Essex Weekend is now in its 7th  year and is once again booked at Skreens Park on the 12th – 14th May 2017.

The cost is £15 per Adult, £7 per child and under 5’s go free.  Bookings are now open  HERE (opens new window). 

In previous years over 300 participants have attended but we would like to make it more

2017-01-22T21:19:30+00:00January 25th, 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|

Essex MP’s join the Cubs100 party!

Sir David Amess MP, Sir Eric Pickles MP,  James Cleverly MP and Will Quince MP Joined over 70 MPs, on Tuesday 13th December, a record number, at Parliamentary reception to celebrate Cub Scouts 100th Birthday. The event really put Scouting in the limelight and gave decision makers the chance to reflect on the incredible impact that Scouting has within their communities. BBC coverage shows Cubs and MPs having fun taking part in some of the activities on the day available to view here.  You may also be interested to see that Eric Pickles’ tweet from the event was retweeted 950 times and picked up by the media.

MPs who attended the Cubs 100 event are warm to Scouting and it would be great to continue building on this by working together to show them what local Scouting does in their constituencies. MPs can be powerful champions and advocates of local scouting. From getting media coverage, to knowledge about local grant pots and funding streams they can be key supporters for local groups.

There are a number of ways to get MPs involved and show them the best of Scouting such as inviting them to visit a local group or to attend a big event. A great way to encourage young people to engage with local MPs can be through working towards the Community Impact Badge.

What a fantastic way to celebrate the culmination of what has been a brilliant year for Cub Scouts across Essex.

2016-12-24T09:52:14+00:00December 24th, 2016|

Search for new LTM for Colchester Estuary

Do you have the knowledge to help Colchester Estuary with their training?

Please see below what is expected within the role.

The LTM role is a management role with Several responsibilities which include:
1.Recruitment and support of Training advisors by identifying potential TAs currently going through their training or leaders that would be good supportive role models to leaders, as well hold regular OTOs and district TA meetings regularly.
2. Liaison with the GSLs and DCs of the district to identify learning needs for each group/district and to ensure that communication with GSLs and DCs is good and to feedback any issues to the County Training Manager for Training Management.
3. To work with the appointment committee to achieve the Coordination of learners and assignment to suitable TA
4. To identify the learning needs of the district and to organise training courses as appropriate in communication with the North Training area.

  1. To attend Area training meeting to discuss learning needs and issues within districts, to help support other districts where needed and to work within the team to deliver good quality training and support to learners.
    The role is a county role although your primary focus will be within the district you are working. If you would like to discuss this role or any other training roles then please feel free to contact myself Mark Catto by E-mail
    To apply please send an E mail with your relevant experience.
    Closing date 31st December 2016
2017-04-08T08:55:51+01:00November 29th, 2016|