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|

County Backpack 2022

Last month saw the return of  large County Events with the return of County Backpack, the Scout Section Incident hike located, this year at Thorrington Scout Camp Site. The event see’s Scouts walking with maps and writing route cards between 24 manned bases and completing a simple task to score points, Teams of 4-6 scouts entering in 2 categories Experience & Novice and for those scouts that struggled we had an section called Assisted which saw scouts walking with a leader/Young Leader.  3 of the 24 bases were set up in local Scout HQ and were cooking bases, the scouts needed to complete their Expedition Award to gain the Chief Scout Gold Award, one of these tasks was to cook a simple meal on a lightweight stove.

In all 500 Scouts, Leaders & YL took part in the event, the event times were 9.00-17.00 & 8.00-1300, including the clocks going forward. Over the weekend 568 base visits were completed, the most visited base was Echo base, 44 troops took part with 79 teams from all around the county.

My thanks go to BEAST ASU who again took on the massive task of doing central catering for 90% of the participants, also to all the Leaders who brought the troops along as well as all the leaders sitting out on the bases.

The winners for the Novice section saw Spitfire from Braintree & the Experience section saw 12th Clacton Adventures.

Next year the event returns to Thriftwood Scout Campsite 24th – 26th March 2023

If anyone wants more information please contact John Dell ACC Scouts.

2022-04-21T15:27:55+01:00April 21st, 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|


17th June – 19th June 2022

Join Hundreds of Scouts from across Essex at Skreens Park Activity Centre for our 2nd County Scout Weekend, EPIC 2022. With activities and adventure for everyone, EPIC will offer young people the opportunity to try new things and meet new people from across the County.

With 2020 EIJ being cancelled due to Covid, we want to bring the experience of EIJ to Essex Scouts & have a fun packed weekend.

Camping will be across three themed Sub Camps, there is an opportunity to take on a variety of Activities across several Zones and also includes an action packed evening programme.

Activities booked so far include:

  • Abseiling
  • Climbing
  • High Ropes
  • Low Ropes
  • Zip Wire
  • Caving
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Rafting
  • Bushcraft
  • It’s a Knockout
  • Clay Shooting
  • Archery
  • Riffles
  • Tomahawks
  • Fencing
  • Inflatables
  • Pluto Jugglers

We still have lots more to confirm.

For info or you have any questions please contact, cost are £35 participants, £10 Leaders & £20 catered staff.

Bookings are now open, please complete the booking form which can found here.

2022-02-15T21:09:58+00:00February 15th, 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|

JOTA-JOTI in Silver End 2020

As a fairly new Scout, the JOTA-JOTI on Saturday the 17th October was my first ever Jamboree on the internet.  I wasn’t really sure what it would be like when I walked in  alongside my two older sisters and wearing my mask, but I felt sure it would be  fun and another new experience.   Firstly, we had been given a table number and went and sat down.  After  our leader introduced the website we would be using and explained the do’s and do not’s.  With all the rules in mind we logged on using the given usernames.  I spent a little while reading all of the messages from Scouts across the world, before saying ‘Hi’ in the chat on the English channel.

Almost instantly I got replies of ‘Hi’ and ‘Where are you from?’.  I spoke to people in the Scouting group from Turkey, Malaysia, Norway, Malta, Indonesia, Singapore and Birmingham!  Everybody was extremely friendly and interested to learn about  each other and our cultures.  People also wanted to know if I preferred pizza or pasta and which football team I supported!  Time went really quickly and I missed talking to other Scouts once I had left.  It was a massive amount of fun and I can’t wait for next years event.

2020-10-19T19:59:11+01:00October 18th, 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|

Do you have a passion for music?

Do you have a passion for music and play an instrument? Are you a youth member between the age of 12 and 25? If so you can now apply for a place on the 2021 National Scout & Guide Symphony Orchestar (NSGSO) and National Scout & Guide Concert Band (NSGCB) course.

This is a fabulous opportunity to join with Scouts and Guides from all over the Country on a residential course that is being held in Stourbridge, West Midlands, with concerts held at prestigious venues in the Birmingham area, as well as our first ever completely joint concert between the NSGSO and NSGCB at Coventry Cathedral. The course runs from Sunday 1st August – Sunday 8th August 2021 and the closing date for applications is midnight on Saturday 12th December 2020.

The course is hosted by Birmingham Scout County in conjunction with Girlguiding Birmingham but is open to applicants from across the UK who meet the selection criteria.

With this application period we are proud to share our brand new website with a new domain name – Do take a look to find out more about the NSGSO and NSGCB, and how to get involved.

About the NSGSO and NSGCB Course:

The NSGSO and NSGCB meets every year for a fantastic week’s course of music and social activities, culminating in two concerts in the community for the Concert Band, and multiple concerts for both the Concert Band and the Symphony Orchestra on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th August at prestigious venues in the Birmingham area. This year we are particularly excited to introduce a completely joint concert between the Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra at Coventry Cathedral to coincide with Coventry being UK City of Culture 2021. To see for yourself what the course involves, watch our short promotional film.

The NSGSO and NSGCB Ensembles

The 2021 course will be the 46th year of the Symphony Orchestra, with the Concert Band having been reformed in its current format five years ago, running alongside the Orchestra course. The NSGSO and NSGCB have separate identities but are managed together, so whilst they have separate rehearsals and concerts, participants from both groups come together for accommodation and social activities, and this year they will be completely sharing the concert in Coventry Cathedral for the first time! Applicants therefore have the choice of the two ensembles to apply for, though there are slightly different criteria and instrument choices for each. Please visit our website for more detailed information.


We were very disappointed to have to cancel our 2020 course and we are acutely aware of the fact that COVID-19 still poses a risk to us being able to hold the 2021 course. At the current time we are planning on being able to deliver the course as planned for 2021, but please feel assured that we will be monitoring the situation at every stage in our process, with our first priority being to keep all of our participants, tutors and staff members safe. Please do still send your applications in during our application period, and feel free to contact us on with any concerns. We will be updating these questions as further information is given to us by The Scout Association, Girlguiding and the government.

To apply for the 2021 NSGSO or NSGCB course and to find out more details, please visit the website

For anyone wishing to use this course for their DofE, QSA or QGA residential then this year must be the first time that they have attended.

Please email Alice Cooper on with any queries that you have.

The closing date for all applications is midnight on Saturday 12th December 2020.

2020-09-29T20:49:54+01:00September 29th, 2020|