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 http://www.southendgangshow.org/18.html. 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.

Looking Forward To Wintac?


Essex Scouts – Looking Forward to Wintac?

Wintac will be back on 13th – 15th November at Skreens Park Activity Centre.

A weekend of winter fun for the Explorers, the event this year will feature more activities on Saturday, including a Music Bar with a dancefloor and playstations, 3 tin tucker trial, bushcraft skills and bushcraft craft barn. There will also be a Leaders’ Retreat and evening programme.

Bookings now being taken. £35 each. £30 early bird. £16 catering (including pudding). £10 per leader.  Early bird close 15th October. Closing date 29th October. Email wintac@essexscouts.org.uk

An Explorer Writes … Ray Day

Explorers on the RayOn Sunday 12th June 2015, myself and the Yangtze Explorer Scout group were to kayak along the Hadleigh Ray from the edge of Two Tree Island. We had to wait until after midday for the tide to go out. It seemed that I was the only one in my group that hadn’t kayaked before, so naturally I was a bit apprehensive as to what was going to happen. Once we had manually hauled all the kayaks and equipment to the water’s edge, it was time to set off.

After a good 5 minutes of minimal progress and paddling in circles, I managed to move in a moderately straight line out towards the Ray. It was very windy and whilst some of the more experienced members of the group were powering on ahead, the rest of us were desperately trying to avoid the mud banks and anchored boats. After a while we stopped at a bank to empty the newly made lakes that seemed to have accumulated in some of the kayaks. By now, I was already coming to terms with how awfully weak my arms were, as I was already beginning to get tired; but before long we set off again to kayak a little further up the ray before setting up a barbecue on the mud flats.

After disembarking, we messed around kicking up mud and getting absolutely drenched in gritty mud and attempted to have a game of mud football. We then ate food (which ended up getting awfully gritty from all the mud) and did some raft racing. When it came to coming back, the wind had picked up a lot and was blowing in the opposite direction to which we needed to paddle. I climbed back into my kayak and was determined to paddle all the way back up the Ray, but it became apparent that I was in fact moving backwards no matter how hard I paddled, and so I gave up and began the trek back up along the mudflats with the other less experienced kayakers. After what seemed like hours of dragging kayaks and falling over in the mud, salvation came along in the form of a speed boat and got us back up to the slipway at Two Tree Island.

Overall, it was an absolutely fantastic experience, and I can’t wait until next year’s Ray Day!

Matilda, Yangtze ESU

[Editor’s note: Ray Day was organised by Southend Estuary District Scouts, for which many thanks from the Explorers of Southend West]

Essex Scouts – Roverway 2016

Roverway 2016 is an international event like no other, hosted by the Federation of Scouts and Guides of France.As part of a Patrol of six to eight UK Scouts or Guides (and a ‘tribe’ of 40 participants from across Europe), you’ll start by exploring France for six days. Then you’ll join 5,000 international Scouts and Guides for the main event – five days of adventure at Yvelines, Jambville, around 40 miles north-west of Paris.

Source: Essex Scouts – What is Roverway?

A Cub Writes … My first camp

On Friday 12th June our Cubs arrived at Belchamps camp for two nights. I was really excited as it was my first time camping outside.First we chose our tents. I was with my two school friends. We unpacked our things and played on the field. We had to collect lots of wood for the camp fire.  At first it felt uncomfortable in the tent but I settled down and was soon cosy. We broke the world record for staying up all night talking!
On Saturday I woke up with the leaders shaking our tent! I had a yummy bacon sandwich to start my day, in the ‘coop’. Next we played games with the leaders on the field. After that we had great fun on the giant wrecking ball but it was hard to balance because the leaders tried to make it wobble!
In the afternoon we had a race on the pedal go-karts, we went really fast, I came in second place.
My favourite part was cooking our dinner on the campfire. We melted marshmallows and squashed them between two chocolate biscuits. I loved watching my popcorn popping on the fire. Before bed we played the Survival Game in the woods. It was really dark and scary, we had to escape from the forest and find our way back to camp.
On Sunday we watched the Minion movie while having breakfast in the ‘coop’. I enjoyed playing ‘Be be back to base’. This is a game where you have to get back to base without being caught.
It was good playing Hide and Seek in the woods because I found an enormous bush to hide behind and no-one could find me. In the end I had to jump out and give them a fright.
I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend away and earned four badges, but I was so tired when I got home. I can’t wait to go camping again. I really enjoyed being outdoors and I made new friends.

Alfie, aged 8

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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