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|

Colchester Cubs Legoland Sleepover

​On May 20th-21st, 25 Cubs and 13 Leaders from 2nd Langham, 1st Myland and 1st Great Horkesley Cubs in Colchester North took part in a sleepover experience at the Legoland Resort in Windsor.

The weekend kicked off with a 2 hour minibus journey, complete with a singalong and stop at a service station. When they got to the park they were shown to where they would be sleeping and then the Cubs and Leaders went to explore the park, they all covered many rides including the popular Lego driving school, Pirate falls, Atlantis Voyage Submarine, Coastguard HQ, Mia’s Riding Adventure and The Popular Dragon Rollercoaster (3 times over the weekend). After all the thrill seeking, the Cubs were treated to an all you can eat buffet in the Pizza and Pasta Restaurant. The day was ended by a film in the Legoland 4D Movie Theatre and then the Cubs all went off to bed, allowing the Leaders some time to play with all the Lego!

There was also the opportunity to take part in a 45 minute workshop where they built Lions out of Lego that they could connect to a computer and control its movement, once they had done this they  had a priority chance to go on the rides and managed to fit 4 rides in before the passes ran out, after riding the Spinning Spider, Viking River Splash, the Legoland Train and the Dragon (Again) they decided to have another go on Mia’s Riding Adventure, this was a great final ride as the ride operators were nice enough to let them remain on the ride once it had stopped to get a group photo!

Everyone who went had an amazing time, thanks to all the Cubs and Leaders who gave up their time for another fun filled weekend of scouting!

2017-06-14T11:23:27+01:00June 10th, 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|

1st Marks Tey and Copford Scouts help others.

Our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts have all enjoyed educational and fun evenings hosted by Guide Dogs.  We learnt some skills whilst being blind folded including how to do a puzzle, brush our teeth and butter cream crackers.  Some tasks were more difficult than others, but with team work we found ourselves helping each other to achieve our objectives.

The three evenings were kindly organised and supervised by Alan Forster, Scout Leader at 44th Colchester.

As a Scout Group we wanted to take part in some fundraising events during 2016 especially to celebrate the Cub Centenary and 30 years of Beaver Scouts.  Fundraising started with our Cub Pack getting involved in One Million Hands and holding a non-uniformed evening which raised £25.00.  We then held our annual Christmas Float around the Marks Tey estate on the 22nd December 2016.  We played Christmas songs and our float was pulled along by two of our young leaders dressed as reindeer.  The door to door collection raised a very impressive £402.89.

At the end of our Beaver session on Thursday 23rd February 2017 they were joined by our Cubs, Scouts, Executive Committee and parents to present the Guide Dogs with a cheque for monies raised by our Scout Group.  Total raised £427.89.  We were also joined by Bill Miller (ADC Cubs) and Richard Hudson (LTM).

If you haven’t had an opportunity to invite Alan and his team to your section meeting, its not too late.  It really is a great evening, tailored to your specific section and the young people really enjoyed the activities.



2017-02-25T17:40:07+00:00March 1st, 2017|

Ardleigh Cub turns leader

A 1st Ardleigh Cub Scout took over the lead role in their Pack during February to swap their scarf for the night and show how young people can lead Scouting.

As part of YouShape month, an Ardleigh cub ran the section evening for the whole night.

At the end of the evening they all signed the YouShape pledge – listen, act, partner, empower, recognise.

2017-02-25T16:37:05+00:00February 28th, 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|