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.

Are your details in Compass?

To use Compass you need to register as a Compass user. For that you need a valid email address in Compass. Your email address will be migrated from our current membership system (MMS) to Compass. If your email address is correct in MMS this will be transferred at the end of July and you will be able to register on Compass when it goes live. Log on to Member Resources to check your details here.



The Essex Challenge 2014


Brought to you by the County Youth Programme team, The Essex Challenge gives all five youth sections the opportunity to take part in activities based around fun and engaging themes. The Essex Challenge also encourages us to do more to support moving in and moving on between the sections.

The Essex Challenge for 2014 follows a new format with six themed activities for each term, giving you the flexibility to choose when you complete them. The challenge is to complete at least four activities each term, so it’s up to you which activities you choose. If you have a go at all 18 then that’s half of your programme already planned for the year.

Send your photos and stories to and we’ll use the best ones in Essex Plus to show the rest of the County what you’ve achieved with your young people.

Get stuck in and enjoy the challenge…The Essex Challenge.

Additional Alternative Scout Promise

Following an extensive consultation over the last 10 months within and outside of the Movement, I’m pleased to be able to advise you that we have today (7 October 2013) announced the introduction of an additional alternative to the Scout Promise that can be taken by people with no affirmed faith and humanists.

Alternative versions of the Scout Promise have been available for nearly 50 years and have been taken by Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and those who live in the UK but are not UK citizens. This new additional alternative to the Scout Promise will now ensure we are inclusive to young people and adults who are humanist or have no affirmed faith and wish to join Scouting.

Faith and non-faith leaders as well as the World Scout Committee have warmly welcomed this move, and the introduction of an additional alternative to the Scout Promise signifies our determination to become truly inclusive and relevant to all sections of society whilst maintaining our core values.

The core Scout Promise which has referred to ‘Duty to God’ for 106 years remains unchanged and we remain fully committed as a Movement that explores faith and religion as a core element of its programme.

Further information can be found at This includes:

  • The wording of this additional alternative Scout Promise (and the age appropriate versions)
  • Details on the support we have received from faith leaders and others
  • Frequently asked questions for members which we hope will address many of the concerns from those expressing objections in the consultation process
  • An overview of the key results from the research and consultation around the revised fundamentals

The additional alternative version to the Scout Promise will be available to be used from 1 January 2014 and plans are underway to help prepare members for this change. In the meantime please check our website for updates and more information.

Wayne Bulpitt
UK Chief Commissioner
The Scout Association

Need advice on Activities?

I have been working hard over the past year to ensure that we have a solid base of people to advise not only me but all Adults within the District in specific areas. Some of these appointments will already be common knowledge to many adult members, but some are relatively recent appointments. Contact details for all advisers will be available through the new directory which will be ready online soon and in the meantime please email me and I will forward you the contact details.

Where the adviser covers an activity which requires a permit under the Nights Away Scheme or Adventurous Activity Scheme they will be able to advise on that process as well as the actual activity. You kind find a list of District Advisers below.

In the meantime I would like to thank the District Advisers for there assistance and support.

Dan Parsons | District Commissioner


District Nights Away Adviser

Marion Wood

District Adviser – International

Mike Harrington

District Adviser – Archery

Derek Gray

District Adviser – Water Activities (Sailing & Power boating)

Chris McHugh

District Adviser – Water Activities (Rowing & Pulling)

Peter Jacob

District Adviser – Water Activities (Kayaking & Canoeing)

Chris Lynn




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