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
Essex Scouts Youth Programme Team are looking towards holding another skills training weekend in the Autumn Term.
In order to better support you we would like to get your feedback and ideas for skills that you would like to learn. The aim of this weekend is to provide another learning opportunity to complement the Wood Badge Adult Training Modules offered by the County Training Team.
In previous years we have covered the following skills: Mapping, Using a Compass, Preparing a Route Card, Micro navigation, Orienteering, Tent Pitching, Fire Lighting, Cooking on Wood, Simple Rope work, Pioneering, Packing a rucksack and Axe and Sawmanship.
Please follow the link below to provide feedback on any other sessions – or particular aspects of the sessions noted above that you would like covered as part of the training programme.
We’ve all had different experiences of Scouting over the last year, here is an update from just one group on how they have been keeping on Scouting….
20 March 2020 the 5th Saffron Walden Inca Cub pack took on the challenge to start meeting virtually just 2 days after we were told face to face scouting was no longer permitted. Roll on 1 year and on 19 March 2021 we celebrated 12 months online scouting!
The year has seen highlights including multiple virtual sleepovers, cooking, quizzes, fires, virtual church tour, coding, navigation, pioneering, environmental conservation, Diwali, MP visit for UK Parliament Week, Communicator, Science, Panto, Magician, Bake off, Taekwon-do, Geocaching, CSI, Police visit, first aid and much more! We also embraced the return to F2F scouting with a bike ride, a blended Mission Control manhunt evening, glow in the dark football and more!
The leaders are tremendously proud of the Cubs and the way they embraced the opportunities they were presented with. As GSL I’m massively proud of the leaders, stepping up to be amongst the first in the country to get online!
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.
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.
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: