Ian Johnson MBE

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you all of the sad passing of 3rd Chalkwell Bay’s Group Scout Leader Ian Johnson.

Ian was taken unwell and sadly died. This will come to a great shock to many and he will be sadly missed considering the thousands of young people and adults that he has supported and led over the years.

He was a prominent character in the community serving with Essex Fire and Rescue Service, St John Ambulance, the Scout Association and many other organisations.

His community spirit and dedication saw him achieve being a Freeman of the Borough of Southend and more recently MBE.

As more details emerge they will be communicated.

RIP Ian Johnson MBE

RN100

We are pleased to be able to share a sneak preview of the RN100 badge design, which will mark 100 years of the Royal Navy partnership in 2019.

Congratulations to our very own Tallulah from 3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts , who submitted the winning design. The occasional badge will become available from Scout Store in late 2018.

Scout Experience Survey 2018

The annual Scout Experience Survey, which replaces the many surveys we used to send, aims to find out how our volunteers, young people and parents feel about Scouting.

All adults supporters, Leaders, supporters, parents/carers, Scouts, Explorers and Network members are asked to complete the survey. Everyone taking part has a chance of winning £500 to spend at Scout Store or Scout Adventures.

Although it’s a busy time for young people, the survey results will help us improve Scouting’s impact, recruitment, external support and decisions on spending.

St. George’s Day Parade 2018

The Annual St. George’s Day Parade and Renewal of Promise is a massive tradition in the Scouting calendar and the Scout members from Southend West will be out in force for this year’s  event.

The parade will form on Belton Gardens on the afternoon of Sunday 22 April (St. George’s Day) and will march to Wesley Church in Elm Road.

Please note that there will be brief localised road closures for safety reasons.

Coming soon- It’s A Date!

Tickets for It’s a Date 2018 are now on sale! To purchase please visit here . For more information or if you have any questions please contact boxoffice@southendgangshow.org or call 07572 023 469

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We Have More Volunteers Than Ever Before……. BUT NEED MORE!!!

Scouting in the UK now has the largest number of volunteers than we’ve had in our entire history! The annual Census figures are out and show us that there’s an incredible amount of volunteers in Scouting, but that with a sky-high waiting list for young people, we still need more.

Here’s a snapshot of the top facts and figures:

Total membership today is 618,000 – up by 7.8% from last year’s total of 573,943!
We’re in our twelfth year of membership growth and Scouting continues to be the largest co-educational youth movement in the UK. There are now 457,000 young people involved in Scouting across the UK, which means 457,000 young people’s lives are being enriched with Scouting skills to help better prepare them for the future.

UK Scouting now has a staggering 154,000 volunteers – the largest numbers of volunteers in our entire history! This correlates with Scouting’s increasingly flexible approach to volunteering, allowing more adults to help out casually. While this number is certainly an impressive one, we’re still in need of as many more volunteers as we can get our hands on. Scouting is becoming increasingly popular and although we have more volunteers than ever before, there’s still a need for more. Chief Commissioner Tim Kidd says: ‘I’m calling on adults who want to make a difference to the lives of young people in their communities to give Scouting a go. We know that not having enough time is the main barrier to volunteering among adults, which is why we want to make it easier by offering flexibility in a range of roles from Scout group leaders to administrative and trustee positions.’

The waiting list for young people wanting to join has skyrocketed to 51,000 – the highest it’s ever been! On the one hand, it’s wonderful to see how many young people are keen to join in the fun and how popular the Movement is, but on the other hand, it means there are still a lot of young people currently missing out. Despite having the largest number of volunteers we’ve ever had, the number of young people waiting to join has continued to grow. If you’re reading this and not already a volunteer, why not become one and help ensure more young people benefit from the opportunities Scouting offers?

The Cub section is currently the most popular of all Scouting sections. There are 158,000 members of the Cub section and nearly 2,000 have joined in the last 12 months.

Annual St. George’s Day Parade 2017

The Annual St. George’s Day Parade is a massive tradition in the Scouting calendar and the Scout members from Southend West will be out in force for this year’s  event.

The parade will form on Belton Gardens on the afternoon of Sunday 23 April (St. George’s Day) and will march to Wesley Church in Elm Road before returning to Marine Parade after a special celebration.

Please note that there will be brief localised road closures for safety reasons.

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