Great Wakering News Letter

Winter 2019

Over the summer the scouts continued as always to impress us and make us proud. We finished the year coming first in the district camping competition in both the main competition and in the novice section a personal best for Great Wakering Sea Scouts. This is our second year in a row winning the competition and it has made us very proud to see the young people pushing themselves to such a high standard.

We also had a summer camp in August and spent many sunny days paddling on the lake at the campsite and learning new scouting skills with another local group. We returned in September rested and relaxed, ready to try our luck at another year of competitions and district events. As normal we welcomed new Cubs up into our scout group and even met a few new faces from the local area.

Most importantly this September one of our leaders was awarded his 25 years service award. We would like to congratulate him on this achievement and thank him for all of his help and dedication. Without him a lot of young people would not have the opportunities that he offers them and on behalf of the other leaders we would are proud to have him as part of the team and wish him many more happy years.

Clearly this is a big year for Great Wakering as Daryll will also achieve his five years service this November we are proud of him and lucky to have him with us. Thank you for all of your efforts and congratulations on dedicating yourself over the last five years.

We have also won the group of the year trophy the district AGM for scouts and cubs achievements at the district events and for our numbers overall. We were all very happily surprised by the achievement and we are looking to celebrate our victory.

Coming up in the next few months we are going to have indoor badge weekend and a joint meeting with our explorers. Also one of our scouts, as some of you may know, will be undertaking the adventure of a life time as he travels to Australia to take part in the Jamboree. We are also looking to run a winter camp in January.

P.S We are currently looking for members to join our committee and help the group grow and develop.


Autumn 2018

The summer term has as always come and gone in a flash, we have renewed our promises and had new experiences at outdoor badge weekend. We entered the last few weeks of summer in second position for the overall district award. We came to camping competition with a lot of hope to at least take a place in the top six teams entered.

We were overwhelmed to see our novice group win first place for developing the most over the weekend. You could imagine our pride when it was announced that we also had won first place in the main competition, second in the cooking competition and second on the district overall. They surprised us in the best way we were so proud to see their hard work come to plan.

In July we have our annual open day, where we will invite friends and family to join us on the water. We also have our first summer camp at thrift wood campsite. Over the summer we hope to meet to go kayaking and learn new skills on the water.

During the winter term we will be doing our normal range of adventures, and we are looking forward to welcoming our new scouts who will be moving up from cubs after the summer holidays.


Summer 2018

So far this year we have started our adventure challenge badge by going scuba diving and climbing which the Scouts thoroughly enjoyed. We will be looking to get out and about soon, if the weather permits hopefully we can start looking to get on the water. In April we had our annual Wake up Weekend celebrating the start of another year with camping and cooking on the fire.  This May we are looking forward to Outdoor badge weekend where the scouts will be able to learn and share skills with other groups from the district.
Most excitingly one of our scouts has started fund raising for the Australian Jamboree and we hope to help him raise money over the coming months. He is doing very well with raising his funds he has committed his time to helping at various locations with his family and running events like meals and quiz nights.
Coming up we have a summer camp this July where we will be taking the scouts on a camp for a week where they can experience new places and activities that we could not run in a normal evening. We are looking forward to practicing our raft building and general campsite skills. This will be a great adventure for us as we have not ran a summer camp for a good few years and are looking to challenge some of our members to spend a week away from home.
We also have our annual open day at the sea wall head quarters where we encourage people to come along and meet the group and maybe even try kayaking or sailing. Normally a scalding day in July where everyone can learn something new and maybe get involved with the scouting association.  This will also be about the time that some of the Cubs will be moving up to Scouts and is a great opportunity to meet the group and get involved with the older members.

Spring 2018

Over the last few months we have had some lovely news and we are happy to say that we will be re-opening our beaver colony. With this wonderful news we have also won many awards at the swimming gala. Our young scout who worked so hard unfortunately has not made it into the world jamboree but has had another opportunity which we are sure he will be impressed by. His hard work has made all of us proud and we are happy that he is still looking forward to an adventure.

Overall we had a lot to celebrate from 2017 at our annual Christmas party. Our older scouts were also able to tell the other scouts about their visit to a Care home where we delivered Christmas cards. There were some happy faces to receive cards from the young people.

We are now looking forward to our summer term and the incident hike later this year. In April we will be attending the annual wake up weekend and are looking forward to having a large group there for our first camp of the year. We will be working on our challenge badges in preparation for the summer when we will say goodbye to one of our older scouts hopefully we will send him off with his Gold award.


Winter 2017

Over the last few months we have had some lovely news and we are happy to say that we will be re-opening our beaver colony. With this wonderful news we have also won many awards at the swimming gala. Our young scout who worked so hard unfortunately has not made it into the world jamboree but has had another opportunity which we are sure he will be impressed by. His hard work has made all of us proud and we are happy that he is still looking forward to an adventure.

Overall we had a lot to celebrate from 2017 at our annual Christmas party. Our older scouts were also able to tell the other scouts about their visit to a Care home where we delivered Christmas cards. There were some happy faces to receive cards from the young people.

We are now looking forward to our summer term and the incident hike later this year. In April we will be attending the annual wake up weekend and are looking forward to having a large group there for our first camp of the year. We will be working on our challenge badges in preparation for the summer when we will say goodbye to one of our older scouts hopefully we will send him off with his Gold award.


Autumn 2017

In the last few weeks of the summer term we said goodbye to our older scouts and welcomed new cubs coming up. Over the summer we met up for kayaking and sailing on a few occasions to make the most of the summer. This September we have inducted our new cubs into the scouts. They have all started on their challenge badges and are looking forward to new adventures with us.

One very special event happened this September. Three young people from our group went to a Southend district selection camp for the world jamboree in 2019, which will take place in America. At this camp they had the possibility to earn a space at the Essex county selection camp. Whilst we are proud of all of their efforts and wish that all three had been able to go, we were told that only one was chosen for one of 14 places. This person has worked very hard to earn their position and we are all very happy for them. They will soon be going on to the Essex selection camp where they will compete for a place there.

Over the next few weeks we will be organizing activities for the young people such as climbing, swimming and scuba diving to help them earn their adventure challenge badge and will be awarding the skills badge to our new members. We will as always look forward to our Christmas party and we may even do something a little special as 2017 has been a great year for our group.

Currently our scouts section is quite full and we are not advertising availability but if you would like to get in touch about other sections please see our website or contact us on info@greatwakeringscouts.org.uk.  Unfortunately we are looking for a  leader for our Beaver section, which with much sadness is looking to close its doors in October as our Beaver leader can no longer carry on with the colony. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you can spare some time on a Thursday afternoon at 5pm.’