Scouting

Joined as a Cub in 1976 then grown out of Cubs joined Scouts and then Venture Scouts. Some time later rejoined when my Sons troop were short for leaders, found I still wanted to be a part of Scouting and still am today.

Yep thats me as a Cub!

This is me as a Cub Scout at 12th Southend.

In 1976 my friend Steven told me about Cubs and it sounded great, asked mum and dad and they thought it was a good idea, they must have as my two Sisters both joined when they were old enough.

In Cubs, there was the usual choice of Badges to achieve and instead of the challenge badges we had the Arrow Scheme new in 1977 it focused on practical scouting skills, it’s my opinion this was in some was better that its replacment, and by the time of leaving Cubs i have Bronze, Silver and Gold, and had all the skills i would need to set up a camp independent of any leader help.

12th Used to meet at a church hall on the corner of Stornoway and Belle Vue Road, that building is nolonger there, it moved to Porters Grange School before i joined Scouts.

12th Being a very active group i camped many places as a Cub, from Belchamps to a very wet camp in wales.

Belchamps at the time was not as built up as it is now, it still used the Bell for Flag Break and Down, you stoped where every you were and faced the flag and were quiet on repect. the Bell was also used for campfire and groups used to inter quiety in twos for camp fire and thats how you also left after, not done now a days and i think thats our loss, but times change.

 

My friend Steven and myself as Scouts

I’m on the right of this photograph from 1981. The chap on the left is Steven and we are holding the District Camping Competition Trophy, we one this two years on the trot and finish second the year after, proving there is always someone better out there!

In Scout we atended Essex Jambree and did and camping on a pass from our leaders as a Scout Patrol mostley at belchamps, But we did some great camps and visits as scouts and was very keen for my Sons and other young people  to have the same opportunities.

When i left to Join the Druid Venture Scout Unit it had been left a house in Southchurch Road this was later sold to help fund new Hall and grounds, now known as Southend Estuary HQ.

Scout Leader

I returned to Scouting as a Helper at 5th Prittlewell, one of my Sons went and they as most groups are were short of help, then i became Asistant Scout Leader and shorly after Scout Leader, i had a lot of fun and i hope all the young people were enjoying their scouting too.

Later i became Group Scout Leader to keep the group running as i did not want it to close. When i met my wife valerie she became the Beaver Scout Leader. 

Organised lots of camps and group events many mile stones, helped run badges at district events, editor district news & notes for 6 years, was on the District Executive, Trustee for Belchamps, Run the District Survival Badge for 5 years, Completed 3 Wood Badges in Different rolls.

Geocaching Scout UK

I am also the founder of this project that now has over 4k membership across the UK. It started when I could not find any resources to run geocaching at Scouts, there was an out of date fact sheet and at the time it was the 3rd way a scout could gain the navigator’s badge, now there is a Scout Geocaching Activity Badge, shame it was not a staged badge but better than it was.

The idea was simple it gives all the info required to run the activity and a very popular PowerPoint that can be used to present all the rules of the sport.

Have run this Geocaching at a number of events, Gilwell, Essex jamboree, Scout School, and Leader training sessions for Scouty and Guide Leaders as well.

Belchamps

My times at this site as a Cub and a Scout and a leader were all great times, this is not all thought I was a trustee for 8 years only just stepped down. Here are some of my landmarks.

JOTA JOTI

Been event manager of this at Belchamps for the last 6 years, and is one of the largest in the UK

My friends at Essex Ham have been one of the main reasons for its success and some leaders with an interest. The Program has grown every year.

Belchamps Fireworks

I took over management of the firework event at Belchamps in 2015 this event is to fundraising for the site and the young people that use it, proud to say it now makes double the funds.

Some interesting challenges for this event such as the changes to public event Event management plans, but for me, it just made it more fun.

Some More Events

Been lucky to have been invited to some great events, good times…

The Bushcraft Show

Got to run Geocaching at the show, set up some geocache around the event, and used GSAK to program GPS units so people could have a go, and introduced the sport to families and others attending the event.  

Alpkit Big Shakeout

A great event to attend, took part in this one a few times with the Bushscout’s been of fire lighting demos and tomahawk range. 

Gilwell Events 

Been to most of them with the Bushscouts, for fire lighting, tarps, tomahawks. Reunion, Fun Days, and Gilwell 24. 

Curent Scouting Roles

Essex County Trainer

Training Advisor

Training Advisor Training For Manager

Bushscout UK Trainer

Bushscout Essex Co-Coordinator (Slave lol) 

Belchamps Website Manager and Crew

Websites Recommended 

Bushscout UK

Geocaching Scouts UK

Belchamps Scout Activity Centre

Essex Ham

Belchamps JOTA JOTI

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