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3rd Prittlewell Cubs and Beavers raise funds for Foodbank

Back in July, 3rd Prittlewell Cubs and Beaver scouts participated in a charity 10p fair held in the main hall at St Peter’s Church.  Children were able to spend their pennies on a number of stalls ranging from Chocolate Tombola, “Bat the Rat”, Teddy Hoopla and Tin Can Ally.
foodbankA grand sum of £78.30 was raised in less than two hours and this week, Assistant Beaver Scout Leader Sharon Butler went shopping  to purchase as much food as she could with the funds raised.  Steve Daley of the Southchurch based Foodbank attended Beavers last Monday and was presented with the food donation.

Steve said “On behalf of the Foodbank, I must thank you all for your generosity.  So many local people are in need and hungry and this will go a long way in helping them”

Congratulations to the Beavers and Cubs of 3rd Prittlewell raising so much towards a very worthy cause.

Fun and Excitement at Belchamps

Belchamps High Ropes

Belchamps has a great range of events over the coming Scouting year with something for every section.  We are trying to offer leaders some great easy additions to their programme.

Kicking off in September with some 24 hour sleepovers a great easy way to get the section together for and overnight event. In October we have our first ever Jamboree on the Air where you can talk to other Scouts from around the world followed by our creepy camping weekend when the centre turns eerie.

In November it’s the annual Firework display with 2 displays this year one for the younger children with less bangs and the main one with our usual 20 minutes of spectacular fireworks. There is also the giant Bonfire and some fabulous light shows from Pluto jugglers.

In December we have our annual Christmas sleepovers and the fun spectacular day on the last weekend before Christmas with the centre lit up in its normal winter wonderland.

In January and February its 2 nights for the price of one on all of our buildings, with badge weekend in January and Winter Camp in February, its a busy couple of month.

March see’s more Sleepovers  plus Mud Mania; the new tough mud style challenge. We’ve got lots of training courses running in March and April too, including rifle shooting, Archery, campfire leaders and Fencing. And in April its the second year of Survive Belchamps.

For a free events guide call 01702562690 or email

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

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