First Silver Wolf for the 5th Saffron Walden Scout Group

Sunday 24 April was a special day. The founder of the 5th Saffron Walden Scout Group and all round amazing Scouter, Neville Wilson was awarded Scouting’s highest honour, the Silver Wolf, at the District Renewal of the Promise event in Great Chesterford.
The award was presented by District Commissioner, Nigel Bailey, in front of a large crowd including Neville’s family and a very proud great grandson and Cub, Aiden.
The Group is hugely proud of Neville and the legacy he has grown in the 5ths over more than 60 years and we are proud to make him our very first Honorary Group President!
The award reflects not just the incredible longevity of Neville’s service to Scouting but the unique way in which he has contributed.
Neil Potrill, a former Scout and Leader under Neville, as well as his DC later states, “Neville has influenced, even changed, literally 1000s of young lives, including those of longstanding Scouters of Group, District and County level. Yes, Scouting provided the framework but it was Neville’s interpretation and deployment of the Scouting values over 60 years which has made the difference. You could say he has provided a life pathway and values for society, even when individuals leave Scouting itself.”
It’s testament to him that all he wanted to talk about at the event was how the sections and the leaders were doing – not his award. A truly selfless, generous and wonderful human being. Congratulations Neville!
2022-05-13T10:42:12+01:00May 11th, 2022|

Beavers in Tents 2022

Beavers in Tents

16th-18th September 2022

Skreens Park, Chelmsford

Come and be part of the ‘Under The Sea Adventure’. Lots of activities to do, meet new people, sleep in a tent, collect badges and have an amazing time.

So get your places now at Beavers in Tents!

CLICK  HERE to book

2022-04-04T20:46:39+01:00April 4th, 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|

Birthday Badge Design Winner

On 1st April 1986 Beavers officially became part of the Scouts Association.  To celebrate the 35th Birthday, Saffron Walden District held a “designed a commemorative badge” competition.  Members of the 1st Virtual Scout Group were asked to vote for their favourite.  The winner was from a member of Chesterford Beaver Colony, seen here with his winning entry.  His design will be made up and a badge will be given to all the Beavers in the District.

2022-03-23T18:40:12+00:00April 14th, 2021|

Coggeshall Christmas Card Project

Essex Scouts wanted to share with you all a wonderful heart warming story about a community project that the Scouting and Guiding groups in Coggeshall have completed.

This year they thought that more people than ever would be lonely this Christmas. So they decided to run the Coggeshall Christmas Card Project.

The project  saw young people, their families and Leaders write and donate cards that were then sent out to elderly and vulnerable residents in Coggeshall and the surrounding villages. They received over 1,000 cards and most have now been delivered. 100 went to the Salvation Army to give out to elderly residents in Braintree with their Christmas meals. A couple of hundred went out to the care homes and sheltered housing homes in Coggeshall and surrounding villages. The rest  found their ways  to elderly and vulnerable residents nominated by any of the support groups, care workers, churches or our amazing Community Helpers.

The project was run solely by volunteers, who spent hours, organising, writing and delivering cards to combat the loneliness crisis we have in Britain. With special mentions to; Adam Edwards – Young Leader, Louise Edwards – GSL, Wendy Watts – Assistant GSL, Amy Edwards – Beaver Leader and Margaret Surrey – Guiding DC. Thank you to these Braintree District heroes.

2021-03-28T10:22:21+01:00December 23rd, 2020|

Race Around The World.. How Far Have You Gone?

Are you taking part on the Race Around The World? How is you Section doing on the map?

We know lots of you are joining in the big fundraising event for all Sections, we’d love to hear what you have been doing and how your fundraising has been going.

There are loads of great activity ideas on the Scouts event pages here #RaceAroundTheWorld so head over to our Facebook page or tell us on the website news form here and fill us in on what you have been up to!

2020-11-14T21:23:51+00:00November 14th, 2020|

Remembrance Day 2020

As the sun sets at the end of Remembrance Day 2020 we take a look at how Scouts around Essex marks the day (and also on Sunday 8th) with a short video slideshow.

This has always been a time to reflect as we remember all of those who gave their lives in service of their countries. We have missed being able to meet in the usual manner at services and commemorative events but we have all been able to pay our respects in our own ways this year.

Thank you for joining with Scouts in your Groups, Districts, and the County.

At the going down of the sun, we will remember them.

2020-11-14T21:26:00+00:00November 11th, 2020|

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge announced as Joint President of the Scouts.

We’re so pleased to announce that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge today becomes Joint President of the Scouts, working alongside HRH The Duke of Kent to champion the power of Scouting and oversee the council – our governing body.

For more on this story, visit the announcment and news article on the Scouts website here:

HRH Duchess of Cambridge becoomes Joint President

2020-09-29T21:03:29+01:00September 29th, 2020|

A Look Back At Virtual Camp 2020

As we leave summer and head in to Autumn, we’ve taken a look back at our very first Virtual Camp. We’ve put together a short video made up entirely from photos you submitted during the event.  There were so many submitted we could only show a few, even if you do not appear, we hope you had a fabulous time trying lots of new activities. Can you see yourselves in there?

Don’t forget, all of the worksheets and videos are still available. Visit the Virtual Camp web pages and follow the links. If you are a leader, why not incorporate them into your own virtual programme or event? Let us know what you get up to by submitting a story here;

The web pages can be found here: Virtual Camp webpages

2020-09-20T12:47:36+01:00September 20th, 2020|

East of England Scouts Summer Challenge

Looking for a challenge over the next weeks? Try the East of England Scouts Summer Challenge!

Starting Monday 17th August – daily videos or Facebook lives of activities to keep you entertained in the last few weeks of Summer… brought to you by the amazing volunteers and young people from Bedfordshire, Essex and Suffolk Scouts.

Open to everyone… Scouts and non-Scout alike. Head over the the Facebook page for the latest news and introductions.

Registering means the chance to get a Summer Challenge Badge and maybe other surprise opportunities but you don’t need to register to take part on any of the days or each day. Just look at the new videos uploaded every day at 5pm, 6pm or 7pm, whenever you can and enjoy. Any Facebook lives we do, would also be able to view afterwards too.
Registration forms are in the pinned post, at the top of the Facebook page.

Here’s a link to the Facebook page,

Links to the official Instagram account –

2020-08-16T21:15:11+01:00August 16th, 2020|