Pirate Fun at Mega Camp 2022

Over 1600 Cub Scouts from across Essex gathered together at Skreens Park Activity Centre, last weekend, for the highly anticipated Pirate themed Mega Camp. The largest Essex Scouts event following the pandemic.

The three day, two night camp, run by the County Cub Team, delivered fun, challenge and adventure through a series of fantastic zones and activities for the excited 8 to 11 year olds. With popular activities such as canoeing, archery and climbing running across the weekend, young people could also visit a planetarium or try their hand a drumming  and circus skills or create their very pirate inspired artwork in the craft tent.

Across the site a field of inflatables allowed the Cubs to bounce away to their hearts content and the go-karts proved very popular by all. Whilst garden games encouraged the Cubs to challenge their friends.

The sites high and low ropes also proved popular with many as laughter and cheering echoed across the site.

Down by the lake a troop of Pirates had invaded, setting up their own camp. They welcomed the young people in to explore a variety of traditional pirate skills including semaphore and rope making. The merry band of pirates were also our entertainment for the weekend, providing swashbuckling shows in the arena by the lake. The echoes and flashes of muskets and cannons certainly surprised the excited Cub Scouts.

Support was given  by Units 19 and 21 of the World Scout Jamboree Contingent, who helped to run activities for the young people, demonstrating how important the volunteer time is that they have received in their Scouting pasts, and helping them to gel as a team before they head off on the adventure of a lifetime in South Korea, next summer.

After dinner on Saturday groups put on traditional Penny Fayre stalls along the ‘quayside’. Favourite games such as splat the rat, Pin the mustache on Baden Powell  and hoopla offered the award of sweets and prizes. The Mega Camp Team  are pleased to announce that it raised over £1000.00 which will go to Butterflies children’s charity, as chosen by the young people.

With over 200 volunteer staff and 400 Section Leaders attending, Mega Camp was Essex Scouts biggest individual event for three years. This weekend clearly demonstrated that Scouting truly has  bounced back after the pandemic and proved that more people than ever feel the need for Scouting opportunities in their lives.

2022-06-15T13:52:30+01:00June 16th, 2022|

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|

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|

Mega Camp June 2022

Mega Camp 2022 10th – 12th June 2022

Swashbuckling fun and adventure in store at our next Mega Camp. Essex Scouts’ premier event for Cub Scouts. Join 2000 Cub Scouts from across Essex for a weekend not to be missed
Held at Skreens Park Activity Centre, we will be joined by an intrepid crew of pirates to keep you engaged and active throughout the weekend.

Mega Camp is one not to be missed with activities including Go Karts, Kentucky Derby, Pirate Craft, Bouncy Castles and so much more. We will also keep you entertained with our interactive pirate camp, charity penny fayre and other fun adventures.

Bookings open THIS Friday 28th January at 7pm

Book in on https://www.essexscouts.org.uk/megacamp-booking

2022-04-06T12:46:56+01:00January 23rd, 2022|

Mega Camp 2022

Mega Camp 2022  10th – 12th June 2022

Swashbuckling fun and adventure in store at our next Mega Camp. Essex Scouts’ premier event for Cub Scouts. Join 2000 Cub Scouts from across Essex for a weekend not to be missed

Held at Skreens Park Activity Centre, we will be joined by an intrepid crew of pirates to keep you engaged and active throughout the weekend.

Mega Camp is one not to be missed with activities including Go Karts, Kentucky Derby, Pirate Craft, Bouncy Castles and so much more. We will also keep you entertained with our interactive pirate camp, charity penny fayre and other fun adventures

Bookings open THIS Friday at essexscouts.org.uk

2022-01-20T11:42:31+00:00November 18th, 2021|

Keep the weekend free for a re-union at Essex Weekend 2022

Essex Weekend  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 on 8th January 2022

2022-01-26T10:46:07+00:00November 12th, 2021|

Incas Reach 1 Year Online!

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!

Can’t wait to get back face to face now!!

Take a look at the whole year of their online adventures here: View 1 Year of the Incas Online PDF

2022-03-24T14:57:59+00:00March 26th, 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 https://www.essexscouts.org.uk/new-story/ 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|