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|

Southend Scout and Guide Gang Show returns to the Palace Theatre!

Tickets are now on sale for It’s a Date 2020, the famous variety show performed by the Southend Scout and Guide Gang Show. The bi-annual variety show is returning to the Palace Theatre from Wednesday 19th till Saturday 22nd February 2020 and the gang are looking to put on another memorable performance.

With adult tickets on sale from £14.50, children (under 18) £10.50 and a Family ticket (4x tickets, minimum of 2x Children) priced at £42, It’s a Date provides fantastic entertainment for the whole family. With over 60 Scouts and Guides from the Southend area the show will feature plenty of fun and laughter. The show is certainly going to be one to remember!

Tickets can be purchased via the link here:

Special group rates are available for Scout and Guide groups, please contact to enquire about these.

We look forward to seeing you during show week!

2020-02-02T20:59:11+00:00December 22nd, 2019|

Two for the stalls

1st Chalkwell  Bay held an Indoor Group Funfair as their end-of-term meeting. All members of the group and their families were invited and each given 5 free tickets when they arrived.  Each stall cost 1 ticket and some gave tickets back as prizes.  The Scouts made some of the stalls from scratch in earlier meetings; other stalls were borrowed or dusted off from forgotten cupboards.  Walking Ticket machines were available for extra tickets if they ran out – just needed to answer a simple question or scout challenge.  Highly recommended as a social event, as it showed everyone that we could do the same as a fund raiser in the future. 810 entrance tickets issued & 710 prize tickets given out. The scouts “find the chewitt in the bowl of flour” stall was a surprise addition and very popular!

2019-12-22T21:18:52+00:00December 22nd, 2019|

Sign up for SHINDIGS 2019!

Scouts and Guides are now invited to sign up for SHINDIGS 2019! Standing for “Show IN a Day In Guiding and Scouting”, Southend Gang Show are looking for Scouts and Guides in the Southend area to sign up.


Taking place on Saturday 9th March 2019 at Shoeburyness High School, Scouts and Guides will get the chance to experience performing on stage in front of a live audience. Participants will rehearse together learning new dance routines, songs and items to act as well as making new friends and having fun. Then in the evening, the Scouts and Guides will perform their newly learnt routines on stage.


SHINDIGS is open to Guides, Rangers, Scouts, Explorers, Network, Young Leaders and Leaders involved in Scouting and Guiding in the Southend, Rayleigh, Crouch Valley and Castle Point districts. You can participate as either a cast or orchestra member!


Jo Brown, Performance Director for Southend Gang Show spoke of the event ‘SHINDIGS is a fantastic introductory event for young people to get a taste of performing live on stage.  It’s a great day and a chance to make new friends too! Sign up as soon as you can so you don’t miss out!’


To sign up, complete the form via this link


For any questions regarding SHINDIGS 2019 please contact

2019-01-25T22:01:55+00:00January 25th, 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|

Southend Scout and Guide Gang Show need you!

Scouts and Guides from Southend, Rayleigh, Castle Point and Crouch Valley are being encouraged to sign up to participate in It’s a Date 2018. The bi-annual variety show will return to the Palace Theatre next February and the Gang Show is looking for active Scouts and Guides to sign up as cast and band members, ready to wow audiences.

The Gang Show has become a centre piece of the Scouting and Guiding calendar and always puts on a show to impress. The show gives young people the chance to sing, dance and act in front of a live theatre audience whilst also providing the opportunity for the young people to learn, develop and make new friends. No previous theatre experience is necessary just buckets of enthusiasm!

Those Scouts, Guides, Explorers, Senior Section and Network members interested in participating are invited to sign up and attend our ‘come and try’ event on the 1st October 2017 at Southend High School for Girls. Young people interested in joining the cast must be 13-25 years old, in school years 8 or above and be prepared to give there all for the famous variety show. The band is open to all those aged 13 and above.

Millie Goddard, a member of the cast for It’s a Date 2016 said “Southend Scout and Guide Gang Show is a fantastic way to perform on stage, learn new skills, make new friends and have fun! Nothing quite beats the feeling of getting up on that stage at the Palace Theatre and seeing hundreds of audience members smiling back at you. I’ll definitely be signing up for the 2018 show!”

If you’re interested in becoming a part of Southend Scout and Guide Gang Show and coming along to the taster session on Sunday 1st October 2017 at Southend High School for Girls you can sign up at

2017-09-06T19:48:00+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|