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|

Bring on the Virtual Camps!

Many Groups had planned to be going out for weekend camps over Easter but sadly that can’t now happen… booooo. But wait! Why not go virtual camping instead!!

Lots of you have been sharing ideas across social media, and this weekend, Thurrock District will be holding their own event and they’ve invited the whole County to join them this weekend!

They have timetabled activities for everyone to join in with too, so take a look at the downloads below so see if you can be part of the indoor adventure :-)

Thurrock Camp At Home Programme          Thurrock Camp At Home Scavenger Hunt

Over in Chelmsford they have a virtual camp running for the WHOLE of April! Scouts can take part for one night or all of them, take a look at their camp page here: CHELMSFORD CAMP AT HOME

Are you running a #campathome ? Have you been inspired by Thurrock or Chelmsford? If so let know over on our Facebook page of tag us on twitter using @essexscouts or #essexscouts


2020-04-02T22:08:16+01:00April 2nd, 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|

Thurrock Explorer goes Into The Wild with Steve Backshall.

Thurrock Explorer, George Rogers was one of the chosen few to gain the amazing opportunity to spend the weekend camping with Scout Ambassador, Steve Backshall. Here he shares his account of his adventure in the Lake District.

Back in May I saw the competition launched by the Scout Association to go ‘Into the Wild’ with Steve Backshall and Helen Glover – 20 Scouts and Explorers given the opportunity to spend 24 hours in the wild in the Lake District with them both. I completed the application form and sent it off – not giving it a second thought that I would be chosen – but I was!

We had to make our own travel arrangements to get to Great Tower Scout site in the Lake District so our family travelled up on Saturday and stayed in a caravan in Newby Bridge about 15 minutes from the site.

On Monday morning I woke to rain! By the time we drove to the campsite the rain had eased and I joined all the other lucky winners in the barn where we chatted until Steve and Helen arrived. First things first our kit was checked to make sure we had what we needed – or anything we shouldn’t!

Steve explained to us what would happen and that we would be split into team Helen and Team Steve for the day – I got team Helen which turned out to be the best at every activity we did!

After lunch we did bases on First Aid, knife skills, fire lighting and shelter building, just to make sure we were prepared for the night ahead. We were then taken down to Lake Windermere where we had to row across in two bell boats to where we would build our shelter. Of course, our team made it about half an hour before the others but then we did have an Olympic rower on board!

After hiking for about an hour we found our site where we were to build our shelter. All we were given was a small tarpaulin which our team decided we would use to cover our rucksacks to keep our spare clothing dry as the rain was getting harder and harder! Once we had built our shelter and gathered some firewood we had to get our fire light – which was tough as everything was soooo wet but we managed it in the end – with the help of some toilet roll!

Once the fire was burning we were shown how to skin a rabbit – and were then given 2 more to do, our tea, Rabbit stew! It wasn’t the best dinner ever but it was wet and warm! It was then time to bed down for the night – by then we were really really wet and cold and some chose to stay around the fire to keep warm. Those of us that slept in the shelter – well laid down in our sleeping bags anyway struggled to keep warm in the soggy wet mud, this wasn’t fun especially as Steve and Helen were cosily tucked up in their tent!

After a very soggy night, we were woken bright and early and had to pack away ready for the day ahead. Breakfast was in a bag and not the best camp breakfast I have ever had! Once we were packed up and given our lunch to pack in our rucksacks we were taken by minibus to the foot of the Old Man of Coniston. As we climbed we chatted with Steve and Helen and they again shared stories with us all. The views were amazing as we reached the summit – wow! We began our descent and about half way down stopped for lunch and photos.

We eventually returned to Great Tower campsite at about 2.30pm and were greeted by cheers and clapping from all of the parents and staff who had been waiting for us for an hour. We were all very tired but had had a brilliant time despite the weather! Steve presented us all with a certificate and signed our neckerchiefs as a memento of our trip. He told us how proud he was of us all and what we had achieved over the 24 hours. What a fantastic opportunity I was given – not many can say they have spent 24 hours in the wild with Steve Backshall and Helen Glover – I can!

George Rogers (Pyxis Explorer, Thurrock District)

2017-09-15T21:43:52+01:00September 15th, 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|

Thurrock District take the Challenge

Over the Easter holidays, an intrepid group of Scouts, Explorer Scouts and adult volunteers from across Thurrock tackled the challenge of walking the entire North Downs Way, from Farnham to Dover.

The 246km route would take them over steep hills, through woods and past various flora and fauna on their expedition to the East Kent coast. Luckily the weather was fair the entire time which not only kept the spirits high, but also made the stunning views even more beautiful.

The group were not camping on route however, opting instead to stay in a building at Downe Scout Adventures Centre in Orpington each night and being ferried each day by minibus to their start and end points.

There were two rest days included in the schedule which saw the group explore Chislehurst Caves and enjoy some of the activities available at the campsite, including its swimming pool.

Their arrival in Dover was met with a reception from parents and supporters in bright sunshine on Good Friday, before a celebratory meal in Folkestone and the final trip back to Downe to relax and pack.

Wendy Thomas, one of the volunteers walking with the group, had huge praise for the young people, “All the young people have done so well. We are all proud of them all. Their behaviour and commitment has been outstanding. Through good and hard times they have always kept going. A big thank you to them for making this such a brilliant event.”

A huge thanks from the group goes to the entire support team who have been driving and feeding everyone over the two weeks; Rates Ford who provided sweatshirts for the entire group; Gateway Academy and the Sporting Academy for the free hire of their minibuses; Hovis for providing free bread; and to 1st Corringham Group for organising and running the trip.

2017-05-01T20:09:20+01:00May 3rd, 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|

Belhus Park Cub having a Bad Hair Day to support Great Ormond Street

Freddie, a Cub from Belhus Park in Thurrock is fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital as part of their Bad Hair Day campaign.

When Freddie was six he was diagnosed with Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndrome (CAPS), an extremely rare condition affecting around one in a million people. He was referred to the Rheumatology department at Great Ormond Street and now receives injections every eight weeks at the hospital to treat his condition.

“We were really relieved to get a diagnosis and Freddie’s life has really changed since,” explains his mum Angela. “His quality of life has really improved because he had begun to get arthritis in his knees and ankles and would struggle to walk. Sometimes we had to carry him because he was in so much pain.”

“We used to have to get a taxi from the tube to the hospital because he couldn’t walk the short distance, but now he is playing football and runs around. He is so much better and happier. Being in pain all the time is miserable, especially for a child who doesn’t understand why.”

Because Great Ormond Street has been a large part of his life, Freddie is now taking part in their Bad Hair Day Campaign to raise funds and help others who rely on the hospital’s services. He is also one of the national faces of the campaign which means his story and photos are included in the fundraising packs.

You can read more about Freddie’s story here and donate through his JustGiving page here.

Great Ormond Street’s Bad Hair Day is on Friday 10th February and you can sign up at




2017-03-05T15:49:28+00:00March 5th, 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|