County Marathon – A weekend of fun and adventure is back!

County Marathon, a fun filled test of strength and character for Explorer Scouts, Network members and all adult Volunteers is back this year at Peter Watson Campsite, Gradbach, Derbyshire.

Held on the weekend of 30th September – 2nd October, this event entails a two day incident hike where teams can put there skills to the test and compete for one of our six trophies.

This fantastic event is an excellent way to develop your skills and get back into the great outdoors with your friends. Teams of four – six will travel across the countryside taking part in a variety of activities at check points along the way during the weekend.

Bookings for entries will be opening shortly, keep an eye out for more information coming soon.

Essex Scouts also need your support to run the event, so even if you feel your walking days are behind you or just fancy challenging others you are welcome to join us as event staff.

If you are interested in helping deliver fun challenge and adventure we want to hear from you. Contact for more information.


2022-06-12T09:18:22+01:00June 12th, 2022|

Transformation team roles now open – apply today!

Last month, Team Essex announced James Hopkins as our new Transformation Lead – and now it is time to build the transformation team!
As we drive forward our Skills for Life Strategy through to 2025, we’ll be embarking on a positive and engaging period of change. To do that, we’re looking to recruit a diverse team to support the Transformation Lead in delivering the forthcoming changes over the next three years.
Are you a change-maker? Naturally positive self-starter? Have an interest or experience in delivering change, project management or communications? Then the transformation team could be the place for you. We’re seeking adult volunteers from all walks of life with a range of experience and age – you don’t even have to currently be  involved in Scouting
There are six roles we’re recruiting initially – with a brief role description included for each team member:
This is our starting point – the transformation team will adapt, change and grow over time, fitting to the needs of the next series of changes.
If you are interested in applying, please complete our form (Click Here) by Thursday 30 June.  We will be shortlisting and interviewing during the application period – so don’t hold-off applying until the deadline.
Prior to applying, if you’d like an informal conversation about any of the roles, please email
2022-06-24T09:04:33+01:00June 10th, 2022|

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|

Do you enjoy challenging conversations?

The County People Team provides and supports mediation services across Essex Scouts. We’re looking to develop this part of our work by appointing an Assistant County Commissioner – Mediation.

Mediation is a powerful tool that we use to resolve issues, disputes, disagreements and complaints. Giving individuals the space to have good conversations often leads to them resolving long-standing concerns that are getting in the way of delivering good Scouting to young people.

As ACC – Mediation you’ll have the opportunity to develop and support a team of mediators. You’ll be instrumental in creating a mediation training programme for our managers and leaders so that they can do it for themselves. In the long term we’d like to develop mediation skills training for young people too.

We’re looking for individuals who already have mediation experience in either a work or volunteering environment. You’ll also need to show that you have the time and energy to take on and develop this role.

Role Description: ACC – Mediation

Applications should be made online by Sunday 1st May 2022 via our online form HERE.

If you’d like to nominate someone for one of the roles, you can use the same form though we would advise asking them if they’d like to be nominated first.

Interviews will be arranged for early May.

If you have any questions prior to making an application then please contact us via

And if you’re looking for a new role in Scouting but haven’t yet seen something that you’d like to do, send us an email and we’ll arrange to chat to you and see if we can find something that suits.

2022-04-23T14:42:27+01:00April 19th, 2022|

Three thousand potential volunteers

Did you know that we have nearly three thousand people in Essex with Occasional Helper roles? That’s equivalent to twelve per Scout Group and three per youth section.

Have you asked any of them what they’d like to do to help?

If we each take the time to speak to one Occasional Helper and only one in ten agrees to be a camp cook, a quartermaster, a committee member or a section assistant then that’s three hundred more volunteers that already have a DBS in place!

By asking what skills they’ve got and what they enjoy, we can find a role that suits them.

Do remember that Occasional Helpers aren’t members of Scouting. They can’t take on responsibilities, have access to the personal records of young people and are limited in what they can do.* Offering them the opportunities of training, development and support will help them to take a greater part in what we do for our young people. 

If we each take the time to talk to at least one Occasional Helper we’ve a great opportunity to get more adults involved.

So what’s stopping you?

* Our insurance for Occasional Helpers covers less than our insurance for Members and Associate Members so you do need to check before they get involved with adventurous activities and camps etc.

2022-03-26T18:03:49+00:00March 24th, 2022|

Scouts show Pride

On Saturday 26th February ’22 Scout Pride Essex ASU were pleased to attend 2022 Southend Winter Pride at St Marks Church Southend yesterday. St Mark’s, is the home to 10th Southend Scout Group, where every leader is a member of the ASU.

In total 14 members of the ASU, from across Essex, attended the event to provide support. In fact, we had so many uniformed leaders in attendance that one of the Pride organisers commented on how many of us there were. This is Scouting. Inclusive and supporting.

The ASU has formed an excellent team who are ready for the summer program of Pride and County events.

We were also pleased to welcome the Southend Estuary District Commissioner Andrew Lewin who has also joined the ASU. Andrew, who took over the role in August, is looking forward to being involved in the ASU as we attend and support community events in Southend.

Jack Day – Unit Coordinator said “This year was the first year that we attended a pride event as an Active Support Unit, it was so heart warming to see how many Scouters, both adults and young people, came to show their support for inclusive scouting, this was the most volunteers we had seen at Winter Pride since we started to attend as Scouts”

Two years ago, we attended the Southend Winter Pride and just a few weeks later the world went into an unprecedented lockdown. And as the world stopped, Scouting had to adapt but it never stopped.

This year, we are looking forward to a full program of Pride events throughout Essex, to supporting our members, attending County and District Scouting events, and being with our Scout family. For information about joining Scout Pride Essex ASU, please contact our Membership Coordinator Mattie Day

2022-03-08T14:29:13+00:00March 8th, 2022|

Essex Weekend Event 2022

Essex Scouts will host Essex Weekend at Skreens Park Activity Centre. 13th – 15th May 2022
An event open to families, friends and teams, which aims to bring all volunteers from across Essex Scouts together. The bigger the group the better, everyone’s welcome.
There will be the opportunity to experience all the activities the centre has to offer, alongside socialising and experiencing what is it like to be a part of Essex Scouts.
The weekend is a self-catering event.
If you can’t make the whole weekend then please feel free to come as a day visitor
2022-04-06T13:03:55+01:00January 18th, 2022|

ESMAT Easter Weekend 2022

The ESMAT Easter Training Weekend is happening April 14th – 18th 2022 in Snowdonia.

This is open to Explorers aged 14-18 with both Mountaineering and Rock-climbing courses available.

Easter 2022 Information

ESMAT Easter Weekend Application Form

If you require further information please contact Pauline Page via email on

2022-03-24T14:56:00+00:00January 4th, 2022|

Essex Weekend is back in 2022

13th – 15th May 2022

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 are organising a camp for your young people.

The weekend is a self-catering event. 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.

If you can’t make the whole weekend then please feel free to come as a day visitor

Bookings open in January 2022

2022-04-06T12:57:22+01:00November 20th, 2021|

New Youth Membership Committee Roles

Are you aged 18 to 25 and looking for an exciting new opportunity?
The County Executive would like a youth membership presence on the following committees.
Finance Sub-Committee
Grants Board
Thritwood Management Team
This is your chance to gain valuable experience on how committees work, running a charity and team working, along with the specialities each committee would bring.
It is anticipated that the committees will meet 4 times a year.
2021-11-12T12:11:11+00:00October 29th, 2021|