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50 Years Of The Southend Gang Show

Southend Gang Show logo

Southend Gang Show are pleased to announce that they have confirmed an Audition day for their 2016 Show, celebrating 50 years of Southend Gang Show!

They are now looking for Scouts, Guides, Explorers, Senior Section and Network to come and join them on Sunday 4th October at Southend High School for Girls. Auditions will start at 14:00 prompt until 17:00. Please do pass this onto anyone who is eligible to take part in the show – they need to have started Year 8 in Sept 2015.

Cast can express their interest to take part at An official registration process is still being developed, and information will be sent to those on the mailing list when available and ready. Flyers are being printed at the moment, and these will also be coming out shortly for passing on directly to Groups.

To allow them to put on such a performance, Southend Gang Show of course needs a large pool of dedicated and willing staff. If you are a leader, or know any leaders leaders or helpers, who would be interested to assist in the making of Southend Gang Show or who would like more information, then please contact them via the Gang Show website.

Fun filled day for Beavers at Essex Scouts Funday

Beaver Scouts from across Southend West joined with over 750 of their fellow Beavers and leaders from across the County at Skreens Park Activity Centre for a Circus themed funday extravaganza. The young people had the opportunity to try a variety of activities.The drizzle didn’t spoil the fun as the Beavers spent the day learning new skills and making new friends.

Source: Essex Scouts – Fun filled day for County Beavers

Bear Grylls Continuing as Chief Scout

I am really delighted to advise you that our UK Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, has been reappointed in this role until 2018. He will use this time over the next few years to continue to be an amazing ambassador for Scouting, highlighting the life changing opportunities we offer young people and to express our thanks to you, our adult volunteers, who deliver everyday adventure to nearly half a million young people across the UK.


Bear has made such an incredible contribution to the Movement since taking on the role of UK Chief Scout in 2009 and has really helped us to expand Scouting within Britain’s local communities. He is already looking forward to congratulating the latest young achievers of the Queen Scout Award at our ‘Day of Celebration and Achievement’ event at Windsor Castle in late April and taking part in an action packed weekend of Scouting activities in East Midlands region of England during May.


Yours sincerely,


Wayne Bulpitt
UK Chief Commissioner
The Scout Association


New District Appointments

I am pleased to announce some new appointments to the District Team….

Tricia Smith will take over as ADC (Cubs) from Lesley Bacon. She will be supported by Dan Raven, Bob Bacon and Lesley Bacon who has kindly agreed to take on this role. I would like to extend my thanks to Lesley for all her hard work leading the Cub Section.

Ross Williams will take over the role of ADC (Scouts) from Josh Cracknell. Ross will need some assistance from another keen Scout Leader to support him.

Josh Cracknell will take up the role of Deputy District Commissioner vacating both DESC and ADC (Scout) roles. This leaves the role of DESC which I hope to fill shortly.

All roles are provisional and Josh’s appointment is subject to County approval.

I will ensure that further information will follows to update you on how the new Disrtict Team will be structured to support the you all. Please join me in wishing all 3 the very best of luck in their new roles.

District Commissioner

Belchamps Wind-Down Weekend


Its FREE camping for all owner district groups. (all buildings, equipment hire and activities are charged at normal prices for the weekend, it’s the camping that’s FREE FREE CAMPING.

When is it? 7th to 9th November 2014

What’s the cost? FREE CAMPING to any group in the owner districts

Who can go? Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers.

Compass – helping you keep track of Scouting

Compass is a powerful set of online tools for members to manage their Scouting administrative activities in one place. It can share access to that information with relevant Scouting colleagues and offer a high level of data security. The system streamlines many tasks currently performed to manage Scouting so members spend less time on administration.

Top 10 ways Compass will make your life easier: 

  • Managing personal information on youth and adult records
  • Managing waiting lists
  • One record per young person as they move up through Scouting
  • Tracking youth badges
  • Managing programme planning
  • Managing activity and nights away permits
  • Inviting and managing attendance at local events
  • Creating and maintaining contact lists of specific volunteers/parents or young people for communication
  • Directly email or text members/parents/young people via Compass (no need to download data and use your own email/mobile account)
  • More effective and quicker systems for updating training and development records

It is the only online system provided by The Scout Association and it is free of charge to its users. You can download the Compass booklet to read more. Members will receive a copy of this booklet in their June 2014 magazine.

Roll out of Compass in 2014
Each County/Area/Region (Scotland) has agreed a month in 2014 for Compass to launch for members in that location.

Find out when your County/Area/Region (Scotland) will move fully over to Compass
Please note administrative, secretary, training, Commissioner roles will start using Compass first as soon as Compass goes live, despite when their County/Area/Region (Scotland) is scheduled, as they will need access to complete tasks required for their role.

Each County/Area/Region (Scotland) has a volunteer managing the process of introducing Compass to that local area (Compass Implementation Champion) and another volunteer to oversee any Compass training requirements for all members in their local area (Compass Training Champion). Find out who the volunteer is leading this work for your area from your County/Area/Region (Scotland).

View list of Compass Implementation Champions

View list of Compass Training Champions


Visit this page to keep up-to-date with all developments and find out more by reading these frequently asked questions (PDF)

If you have any questions please contact

Promotional materials:

Poster and leaflet templates are available on the Print Centre to customise and print to help explain and promote the benefits of Compass to members. More materials are in development and Compass Champions have access to additional resources to use in briefings.

Information for parents – youth and parent information require

During 2014 Leaders may ask parents to provide additional information about their child in Scouting to help complete their record on Compass, the new membership system for The Scout Association. Leaders will already have most of the information required by Compass from when your child signed up to Scouts, but Leaders may take this opportunity to refresh or double check those details are still correct.

Compass is a new database being provided nationally to all Scout Leaders as a place to keep all their young people’s information safe and secure, and allow them to link it up to Scout’s progress in badges, awards, programme planning as well as having the latest emergency contact or medical details in one place.

As well as the emergency contact details, medical details and parent contact details we will also ask questions you may see on a National Census like faith, ethnic/cultural background or additional needs. Scouting is an inclusive organisation and as such it is important to understand the diversity of our membership to ensure the programme, activities and delivery of Scouting is appropriate and relevant for all young people, whatever their background or needs. Leaders cannot deliver the best Scouting experience in an inclusive way if we do not know who our members are and their needs.

Builder Beavers!


The Leigh-on-Sea Scout Fellowship held its Annual Sandcastle Competition for Beaver Scouts by Bell Wharf, Leigh on Sea.

The Event was extremely competitive, with many fine sandcastles appearing on the beach.

The extremely well supported event proved to be a huge success, especially for the participants, who took full advantage of the chance to get wet and muddy.

All participants received a personal certificate and the winning team received the Fellowship Trophy.  The prizes were presented by Alma Bravery and Vernon Wilkinson.  All enjoyed a drink and hotdog in a roll, after the event.

Many made enquiries regarding when the next competition will be. Due to the response, it is intended to increase the size of the event next year.

The Leigh Scout Fellowship is always looking for new, active Members, if you feel you can help in this rewarding role, then please contact us as follows:-

email to  or by post to 425 Sutton Road, Southend on Sea, Essex SS2 5PQ.