The Leaders Skills Weekend is an annual training weekend organised by the Youth Programme Team to give the leaders of Essex Scouts an opportunity to learn and develop skills that are not covered in the Scout Association core training modules. As well as giving you hands on experience with a new skill, we’ll show you how to then teach that skill to young people.

A wide range of sessions are on offer over the weekend and you can pick and choose to suit your needs. The event happens over a weekend but there is no minimum attendance requirement – you can attend for just one session, or bring your tent and spend the whole weekend with like minded leaders. And there’ll always be a campfire so that you can keep warm and chill out at the same time!

Sessions held in previous years include:

  • Fire Lighting
  • Using a map and compass
  • Preparing a Route Card
  • Micro Navigation
  • Orienteering
  • Tent Pitching
  • Basic cooking on camp
  • Mass Catering on a wood fire
  • Simple Rope Work and knotting
  • Pioneering
  • Axe and Sawmanship
  • Knifework
  • Packing a Rucksack
  • Tarp Shelters
The 2023 Leaders Skills Weekend will be from the 13th – 15th October at Thorrington Scout Campsite – Further information and booking details will be sent out on EssexPlus as well as on this page.
If you have questions, have any ideas or requests for sessions you would like to be included for 2023 or would like to offer to support the delivery of the event  then please email the team using