Essex, It’s where adventures happen!

The everyday adventure of Scouting is alive and active here in Essex.

With over 19,000 members old and young from all different backgrounds taking part in adventures up and down the County every week.


County Marathon 2013

Even with this many members we aren’t stopping there! We are a growing movement that continues to grow year on year! So we are super proud to have increased the number of 14-18 year olds by over 10% to 1,632!

Explorer Scouts


Did you know that the Scouting adventure is open to both Girls and Boys. (Actually it has been for a while now!) The Girls in Essex certainly havn’t held back and now make up 25% of our total membership! Locally many groups continue to welcome members from the diverse range of backgrounds that make up our communities.

Essex 24

Thinking about the quality of programme that we deliver, this last year has been chock full of events for Scouts from across Essex to take part in, including several new ones intended to support some of our key development areas. In October, two new events were added to the calendar as Chief Scout Bear Grylls took to the air to visit thousands of Scouts across the region. At Skreens Park Activity Centre, Essex 24 challenged teams of Cubs and Scouts to work together to complete 24 activities within 24 hours, including pitching camp, cooking dinner as well as more adventurous activities such as climbing, archery, raft building, backwoods cooking and a glow stick frenzy of a wide game. During that same weekend, Bear also dropped in to a special event for Young Leaders, aimed at giving them a chance to develop their skills in team-work, problem solving, communication and outdoor craft as a group of peers. These two events were extremely well received and provide us with a template for Districts to develop the linking process between Cubs and Scouts, and identify ways to develop their leaders of the future.

Legend ESU Kicking off Scout Community Week

Our engagement with our local community continues to develop, both through our Development and Administration Officer and the annual Scout Community Week in June. This year saw even more Scout Groups in Essex taking to the streets to make a difference in their community from Beavers doing litter picks to Explorers digging allotments. We are also engaging in active dialogue with local authorities to identify ways to encourage employer-supported volunteering to support Scouting. This year we have worked with volunteers from the Probation Service and Ford to improve our facilities at both the County Training HQ and Skreens Park Activity Centre with great results.

On Saturday 8 June, 21 young people from 1st Pitsea & Vange Scout Group took part in a Sponsored litter pick as part of Scouts Community Week. The event was organised by Steve Barlow, Volunteer Cub Leader at 1st Pitsea & Vange with the support of Billy Crossman from the community team at Basildon Council. Read More
On the 17th May, 1st Corringham Scout Group joined forces with Corringham Fire Station for a charity car wash as part of Scout Community Week. Read More
An idea suggested by Thomas Cubitt (aged 10) resulted in the Beavers and Cubs from 21st Harlow (Church Langley) raising £392.00 for Guide Dogs through a sponsored bike ride. Read More

New for 2014 Skreens House


I was very impressed with the site, quality of activities and value for money, I would be happy to place another booking in the future.
Teacher, Local Primary School
We had a good stay – staff friendly and accommodation good overall…Skreens is much improved so keep up the good work and we look forward to returning in July.
Scout Leader, Chelmsford Scouts
Our instructor, Stuart Hall was professional throughout and delivered the GCSE specification to an outstanding degree which was evident in their final grades.
Head of PE, Local Secondary School
The winds of change have certainly swept across Skreens Park Activity Centre over the last year with the introduction of a full-time staff team, enabling us to provide activities seven days a week, all year round as well as the infrastructure to update and improve our activity offer and customer service. With the opening of Skreens House, our new staff accommodation, we are confident that the service we are able to provide to our members across Essex as well as our customers from outside of Essex Scouting will continue to grow and improve. So far this year we have been able to bring the adventure of Scouting through Skreens Park Activity Centre to local schools, a children’s hospice, outdoor adventure companies and corporates.

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Essex Challenge 2014

2014 saw the return of The Essex Challenge, a yearlong programme of activities for all the youth sections across Essex to take part in. Developed by the Youth Programme Team, The Essex Challenge this year provides section leaders with 18 themed activities to take part in during the year, directly linked to The Scout Association’s Balanced Programme. The activities also support better links between the sections and methods to involve young people in decision making. Over 35% of our 892 sections in Essex are actively taking part, sharing their photos and stories locally as well as via our social media channels.

The Essex Challenge has really helped me to think of fresh ideas.
Cub Scout Leader, Castle Point
It has made it easy to have a varied exciting programme!
Beaver Scout Leader, Colchester
The Explorers have really enjoyed some of the ideas and you’re free to make it your own.
Explorer Scout Leader, Brentwood


County Youth Awards Day

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