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|

Transformation team roles now open – apply today!

Last month, Team Essex announced James Hopkins as our new Transformation Lead – and now it is time to build the transformation team!
As we drive forward our Skills for Life Strategy through to 2025, we’ll be embarking on a positive and engaging period of change. To do that, we’re looking to recruit a diverse team to support the Transformation Lead in delivering the forthcoming changes over the next three years.
Are you a change-maker? Naturally positive self-starter? Have an interest or experience in delivering change, project management or communications? Then the transformation team could be the place for you. We’re seeking adult volunteers from all walks of life with a range of experience and age – you don’t even have to currently be  involved in Scouting
There are six roles we’re recruiting initially – with a brief role description included for each team member:
This is our starting point – the transformation team will adapt, change and grow over time, fitting to the needs of the next series of changes.
If you are interested in applying, please complete our form (Click Here) by Thursday 30 June.  We will be shortlisting and interviewing during the application period – so don’t hold-off applying until the deadline.
Prior to applying, if you’d like an informal conversation about any of the roles, please email
2022-06-24T09:04:33+01:00June 10th, 2022|

Introducing Essex’s new Transformation Lead

As we drive forward our Skills for Life Strategy through to 2025, the Scouts are embarking on a positive and engaging period of change.  We want to continue offering high quality, safe and engaging programmes to our 16,000+ young people.
In doing that, we must continue to be a vibrant, forward-thinking movement, adapting to the needs of our ever changing society.  We want to reach more young people, be more diverse and make it easier than ever to volunteer for Scouts in Essex.
To achieve our strategy, Team Essex are excited to announce James Hopkins as our new Transformation Lead!
In the new role, James is responsible for leading, planning and implementing the Skills for Life strategy in Essex and will be building a transformation team during Summer 2022 to make this happen.  With a professional background in change and project management, and prior experience in Scouting as a leader, GSL and DC, James is looking forward to working with the thousands of adult volunteers we have in Essex to make Scouting locally even better.
Our new transformation team will work alongside our existing structures – so we can continue great Scouting whilst starting to deliver one of our key aims – to improve the volunteer experience – so that we can attract and retain more volunteers.
Within this, there are four identified key areas to focus on as a start:
– A warmer welcome for everyone
– Simplifying how we volunteer together
– Digital transformation: more support to help get everyday things done
– A more engaging learning experience
There is more that can be done to improve things further – like better rewards and recognition – but we can’t change everything at once.  This is a three year programme delivered in bitesize chunks.
More information will be shared from Autumn 2022 onwards.  If you have any questions at any point about the transformation programme, please email
2022-05-19T10:29:07+01:00May 19th, 2022|

Energised about change? Consider joining the transformation team!

Are you a change-maker?  A dream-maker?  Have an interest or experience in delivering change, project management or communications?  Or simply want to make Scouting even better than what it already is in Essex?
We’re looking to create a diverse team to support the Transformation Lead in delivering the forthcoming changes within the Scouting movement over the next three years.  Currently, we’re putting together a number of new team member descriptions and will formally advertise these in June 2022.
If you’re a naturally positive, self-starter, with a desire to make things better, you can express an interest early by emailing
When the roles are advertised, you’ll be messaged directly and have the opportunity to apply for one of a number of roles.
We’re seeking adult volunteers from all walks of life with a range of experience.  You don’t even have to currently be involved in Scouting – if you feel you can make a difference and want to support giving young people skills for life, express an interest today!
2022-05-19T09:30:35+01:00May 19th, 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|

Do you enjoy challenging conversations?

The County People Team provides and supports mediation services across Essex Scouts. We’re looking to develop this part of our work by appointing an Assistant County Commissioner – Mediation.

Mediation is a powerful tool that we use to resolve issues, disputes, disagreements and complaints. Giving individuals the space to have good conversations often leads to them resolving long-standing concerns that are getting in the way of delivering good Scouting to young people.

As ACC – Mediation you’ll have the opportunity to develop and support a team of mediators. You’ll be instrumental in creating a mediation training programme for our managers and leaders so that they can do it for themselves. In the long term we’d like to develop mediation skills training for young people too.

We’re looking for individuals who already have mediation experience in either a work or volunteering environment. You’ll also need to show that you have the time and energy to take on and develop this role.

Role Description: ACC – Mediation

Applications should be made online by Sunday 1st May 2022 via our online form HERE.

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

Interviews will be arranged for early May.

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

And if you’re looking for a new role in Scouting but haven’t yet seen something that you’d like to do, send us an email and we’ll arrange to chat to you and see if we can find something that suits.

2022-04-23T14:42:27+01:00April 19th, 2022|

Recruitment Support from The Scout Association

Are you struggling to recruit new volunteers, do you need hints, tips and support?

Why not join in on one of The Scout Associations fantastic webinars, these are being delivered specifically to help you grow. So what are you waiting for? Book on today.

These are all held virtually via Zoom.

Monday 25th April, 7pm to 9pm, Recruitment Ready

Monday 16th May, 7pm to 9:30pm, Attracting New Volunteers & Registering Interest

Monday 6th June, 7pm to 9:30pm, The Perfect Match & Prepared for Action

Monday 27th June, 7pm to 9:30pm, Welcoming New Volunteers & Starting Out 

Sign up for our online Autumn 2022 workshop series

These are all held virtually via Zoom.

Wednesday 19th October, 2:30pm to 4:30pm, Recruitment Ready 

Wednesday 9th November, 2:30pm to 5pm, Attracting New Volunteers & Registering Interest 

Wednesday 23rd November, 2:30pm to 5pm, The Perfect Match & Prepared for Action 

Wednesday 7th December, 2:30pm to 5pm, Welcoming New Volunteers & Starting Out

Sign up for our face to face Volunteer Recruitment Workshops in May 2022, taking place at Gilwell Park

During this workshop, we will cover​:

  • The six-step approach to recruitment​
  • The volunteer journey ​
  • Barriers to volunteering ​
  • Motivation​
  • Tools and Resources

Location – Gilwell Park, Chingford, London, E4 7QW, United Kingdom

Please only choose one date from below – you do not need to attend both.

Saturday 7th May, 1pm – 5pm – Register here

Sunday 8th May, 10am – 2pm – Register here

Click here to book or find out more information

2022-04-19T20:31:46+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|