Welcome to the website for Hornchurch Scout District

Scouting offers challenge and adventure to 400,000 young people and 100,000 adults across the UK and here in Hornchurch District we Digital District Badgeare proud to offer Scouting to over 1500 of these youngsters, in Beaver Colonies, Cub Packs ,Scout Troops and Explorer Sections in Ardleigh Green, Corbets Tey ,Cranham, Elm Park, Emerson Park, Hornchurch, Rainham and Upminster..
We believe in helping our Members fulfil their potential by working in teams and this gives them the skill to do and think for themselves. People from every background and culture have the opportunity to stretch themselves, learn new skills and make life long friends.
Whatever your age, Scouting in the 21st century is challenging, stimulating, imaginative,  rewarding and above all FUN!!! Scouting is for young people from the age of 6 through to 25, with each of these youth sections following an exciting programme.
The  challenge and adventure isn’t just for our youth members. Adult volunteers have lots of fun too, in the knowledge that they are giving something back to society by helping children and young people meet their potential.
Why not see what Scouting can offer you by contacting Lee Copleston, the District Commissioner on dc@hornchurchscouts.org.uk

2nd Squirrels Heath Beavers Stone Competition

This week, I asked the Beavers to design, draw, colour or paint on a Pebble; either a design thanking the NHS or something inshimage005 relation to Beavers and our colony. We are aiming to create a ‘Pebble Patch’, with all of our Beavers’ designs, in the field of our meeting headquarters- Arnold Lodge. I asked for an emailed image of the pebbles, and I was astonished by the designs I received. We had a great response and all of our Beavers’ designs were brilliant! I promised a prize for everyone that sent me a design, when we return to Beavers eventually! Well Done to all those who got involved at 2nd Squirrels Heath Beavers.

Charlie YL

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2nd Squirrels Heath Beavers

shimage003Whilst looking for something that we could do to complete part 2 of the My World Challenge (Very difficult during a lockdown) 3 of our Beavers came up with the idea of making up a hamper for NHS staff. Whilst discussing the idea they suggested that it should go to a department that was less publicised on national news. At first we thought of Phlebotomy as our Beaver leader is a phlebotomist but most of them had been re-deployed around Queens hospital. Then during an email exchange with one of our ex Scouts who was a Young Leader with the Beaver colony I was surprised to find out that she now works in the Aseptic Pharmacy at Queens. There they make up all the drugs used in Chemo therapy and also the drugs used for patients with COVID  – 19 that are on ventilators. Problem solved.shimage004

The Beavers, Jake Baines, Dylan Hothi and Cian Stone decided that the hamper should be made up of things that can be eaten at tea breaks and during the day. That meant that all that we had taught them about healthy eating was instantly forgotten. The hamper was made up of various sweets (Especially Heroes) cakes and biscuits, Tea bags and coffee.

I asked Emma if she would take the hamper into work and she was only too pleased to.

This effort that the three beavers made completed the My World Challenge and also completed the work they needed to do to gain their Chief Scout’s Bronze Award. Well done you three and as can be seen from the photographs and letter your effort is really appreciated by the staff at Queens hospital.

This goes to show that with a bit of work at home and a bit of inventiveness badges can be gained even during a lockdown so please encourage your Beavers to complete the badge work that is being emailed to you.

Charlie YL

 

2nd Cranham Lockdown

101836413 3371723586185683 2622394369650458624 n copy2nd Cranham cubs have been extremely busy since lockdown and between them have earned 125 badges including 88 activity badges, 7 great indoors, and the completion of 13 challenge badges meaning 2 of our cubs got their chief scout silvers and we've not finished yet. We had an isolation international space camp to coincide with the recent space rocket launch to the ISS. We started with a zoom call (22 of us including 4 leaders and 1 young leader) we played a game and taught the cubs a knot, it was mayhem but great fun. Sleepover was Friday night but some cubs slept over on Saturday too. We gave them lots of missions to complete over the weekend and most completed them all. The cubs continue with our support to achieve their badges that we would normally be doing on a pack night, they are working really hard and we are extremely proud of them and thank the parents for their support and help.

David Dutch

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2nd Elm Park Volunteer Week

 

Holly tells us her story of volunteering during lockdown

District Network Volunteer Week

3rd Rainham Volunteer Week

Volunteers Week

 

2nd Cranham Thank Refuse Collectors

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2nd Cranham cubs decided not only to clap every Thursday evening for the NHS carers and Key workers but to say a personal thank you to one of our vital unsung heroes, the refuse collectors. Just before lockdown we completed our Environmental Conservation badge and thought this was a nice way to finish it off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Squirrels Heath clapping for the NHS

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2nd Squirrels Heath took part in clapping for the NHS, Care workers and other key workers in their uniforms, on Thursday 23rd April 2020 in honour of St George’s day.

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Hornchurch District Virtual St George's Day Service 2020

 

Scooter Challenge 2020

ScootchallDespite bad weather warnings for this weekend we had a very good turnout of 47 Cubs.

The weather was a bit cold and we only had a small amount of rain. We had a hailstone shower that lasted a few minutes and turned the place into a Christmas scene totally white like snow. It went as quick as it came the Cubs actually enjoyed it.

Cubs from 11 Packs attended the event. The Cubs were racing in their age groups 8.9. and 10. This year the Cubs were individually scored again as we believe this is the fairest way to score.

There were trophies for the 3 highest scores in each age group and a trophy for the winning group.

Hot dogs, hot chocolate. crisps, Kit Kats and chocolate bars were for sale. Cubs love a Hot Dog and they ate over 50 of them.

The Cubs all enjoyed the races and there were no serious crashes. We did not open the First Aid bag.

The Cubs were asked at the end if they had enjoyed the day and would they like to do it again next year, a large shout went out they want to do it again.

Scores:

8 Years Old

1st Oliver 7th Squirrels Heath
2nd Barney 1st Corbets Tey
3rd William 1st Upminster

9 Years Old
1st Nathan 2nd Cranham
2ndConner 1st Corbets Tay
3rd Kieran 1st Corbets Tay

10 Years Old
1st George 3rd Rainham
2nd Callum 3rd Rainham
3rd Oliver 3rd Rainham

Winning Groups
1st 3rd Rainham
2nd 1st Corbets Tay
3rd 8th Hornchurch Jupiter

I would like to thank the Leaders that helped put on the event. Corrine and David Dutch, Roger Fall, Mick Cross. John Dodd, Edward McCready, Ian Arnold, Kevin Warner, Louisa Golder and George (Young Leader) without their help we would not be able to run these events.

Bob Wallace
ADC Cubs (Events)

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Kayaking on the River Chelmer

002001 2Great day out when the Water Team took six Network Scouts kayaking on the River Chelmer last August. We all met just north of Chelmsford and had a quick introduction to safety and how to kayak. Then on to the water for a three hour paddle ending up back at the start with two locks to negotiate on the way. When we finished, the networkers helped to get the kayaks back on the trailer and then off to the pub the recover.
If any section or group of leaders are interested in going kayaking, just contact the Water Team and we will be pleased to take you out.
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