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|

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|

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|

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|

16th Harlow takes part in celebration of towns 70th birthday

Harlow in Essex has spent the year celebrating its 70th birthday since the town was first developed. The town has put on many events including a carnival recently that lined the streets of Harlow with parade floats, marching groups and bands etc. 16th Harlow had the pleasure of taking part marching with their Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and leaders. They proudly carried our flags and a banner stating that it was also our celebration of scouting as 16th harlow began 50 years ago in the town. It was a fantastic day for all, despite the rain!

2017-09-06T19:46:56+01:00September 6th, 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|

Harlow Scouts Complete A Million Hands Project

 2nd Great Parndon Scouts have just presented a memory bench to the residents at Alexandra House in Harlow.  In 2015, teams of Scouts from Harlow took part in a competition to design a community project.  As part of the Scouts’ Million Hands initiative each team chose which issue they wanted to address and then came up with their own project.

James, Robert and Ellie won the competition with their Memory Bench Project.  They wanted to give people with dementia somewhere comfortable to sit and share their memories, whilst enjoying the outdoors.  Since then the young Scouts have been working with their leaders to set up a relationship with Alexandra House and to turn their idea into a reality.  Over the past few months the Scouts have visited Alexandra House several times, learning about dementia and spending time with the residents.  The younger Beavers and Cubs also made Christmas cards and sang carols.  When presenting the bench Robert (Scout) said, “It is great to be able to see the bench here and ready to be used when it is a bit warmer.”

Not content with just delivering the bench, the Scouts have had more ideas about how they can help the residents.  David Harvey, Activity Co-ordinator at Alexandra House said he was delighted with their ideas and is looking forward to future visit from the Scouts.

Another team from the competition organised a visit to Ada Cole Horse Sanctuary back in the summer.  Maxwell, Tye and Kai (Scouts from 1st Kingsmoor) enjoyed a day out with some residents from Tye Green Lodge.

Toni Mitchell, District Commissioner for Harlow Scouts said “I am really proud of the Scouts.  It is fantastic to see them have an idea to help members of our community and then follow through to make the idea a reality.  Not only are they helping other people but they are also developing great life skills.”

2017-01-27T06:49:35+00:00January 23rd, 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|