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|

Essex Explorers 20th Birthday Camp

Explorers are 20 years old in 2022, therefore Essex Explorer Scouts are celebrating this with a Birthday Camp, being held at Thorrington from the 1st to the 3rd July.

Activities will be happening on the Saturday and on the Sunday there will be a Sedan Chair Rally, there will also be time to party and a time to chill by the fire.

There is a catering package available or self catering if you prefer.

You can arrive from Friday Evening; catering starts Saturday Morning, camp finishes at 2pm on Sunday.

Bookings can be made online at

Any enquires please email

2022-05-05T16:16:29+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|

Could you lead Scout Network for the County?

Are you looking for a new challenge?

Scout Network is our youth section for 18-25 year olds. It allows young people to continue their youth programme beyond 18, giving them the opportunity to complete their Queens Scout Award, Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and the Explorer Belt.

It’s also a great way for those moving away from home to continue their Scouting with other like minded people.

We’re looking for someone to lead this part of the youth programme for the County. As Assistant County Commissioner – Scout Network, you’ll be part of the Youth Programme Team responsible for nurturing and developing Networks in our Districts along with the local Network Commissioners.

This document gives more detail on the role.

Role Description – ACC Scout Network – Feb 2022 ACC Scout Network- Essex Feb 2022

Nominations and applications should be made online by Sunday 10th April 2022 via our online form HERE.

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

Interviews will be arranged for the middle of April.

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

2022-03-26T18:04:04+00:00March 24th, 2022|

Interested in becoming a Mountain Leader?

The Essex Scout Mountain Activity Team is running a training course over two long weekends in April / May. There are still a few places left.

The course is aimed at adults who have experience at walking in the hills. By the end of the course you should be at the level where you can be assessed for a Terrain Two Summer Hill Walking Permit.

The course is being subsidised by Essex Scouts. As such, attendees are expected to commit to attaining a permit and to be actively involved in taking groups of young people into the hills.

To download the applications please click here –

ESMAT ML Application Form 2022

ESMAT ML Application Information 2022.doc

2022-03-26T18:04:18+00:00March 24th, 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|

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|