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Thurrock District Scouts Newsletter “Shorts” ‐ July 2008
I am writing this at the end of June, in just a few weeks Schools will be breaking up for the summer and for
the majority of Groups and sections it will also mean the end of normal weekly meetings and the move into
the summer program.
The summer is the ideal time to get Scouting outside and implement the skills learned during the rest of the
year. Getting outside will mean more fun and adventure for everyone young and old. With the correct
attitude to assessing risk and ensuring everything is controlled to the best of our ability without removing
the fun and adventure and, in the young people’s eyes danger, the activities will test the young people and
give them more of a sense of achievement. A lot of Leaders quite rightly use the summer to recharge their
batteries and in some cases reconnect with their families but still arrange some activities and I hope they
continue to do so.
Summer is a wonderful time for Scouting and a brilliant time to rise to the Kids Outdoor challenge. I know a
lot is already happening, Cub camp is coming up, the Essex Jamboree is happening with a huge input from
Thurrock, Orsett Scouts are off to America and there are numerous camps and activities being planned.
Make the most of this wonderful season and of course enjoy your Scouting.
July ICE meeting
You are all invited to the next Information and Communications Evening on Thursday 10th July at the Alf
Lowne Scout Centre starting at 8 pm. The theme of this months meeting is Specialist Activities and Roger
Mullander the ACC activities will be with us to talk about the specialist teams in the County and what they
can offer young people of all ages. There will also be a discussion on the activity permit scheme. These are
meeting that should be of use to everyone so I hope to see you there.
It is paramount that we do all we can to ensure the young people of Belhus continue to have the
opportunity to enjoy their Scouting and I would like to thank everyone who has offered to help. A special
thank you to the already busy ADC’s, Tim Gregory and Ashley Kempster who have run meetings much to the
pleasure of the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers.
Many of you will have read in the Gazette about the conviction and sentencing of Tim Edmeades who was a
former helper at the Group. It is based on this that a Review panel appointed by Headquarters is doing its
work and will continue to do so for some time. Their remit is to establish if anything could have been done
better, was anything missed and how can we improve things for the future. As I have said before they are
reviewing Headquarters, County, District and Group actions and this is standard procedure after any major
The panel is not expected to publish its conclusions until September and I am sure we will all find something
useful in the report, but in the meantime the suspension has been changed to allow all the current Leaders
at the Group to assist the District team as helpers, which again can only be to the benefit of the Young
People. I hope you will continue to give the Group your full support.
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Page No. Group Changes
4 District Chair Now David Gregory, 37 Blenheim Gardens,
SOUTH OCKENDON, RM15 4EB – Tel 01708
From now on our old pink, blue and yellow application forms will no longer be used. ALL applicants for
appointments within the Group will now be made on the AA form. Only warrant holders and regular helper
forms (together with CRB) will be submitted to HQ unless occasional helpers wish to become members then
their forms will also be submitted.
Fishing and Pioneering
On Saturday 21st June 81 Scouts and 33 leaders from Thurrock assembled at the Thriftwood Scout Campsite
for a Fishing and Pioneering day. Both activities saw many scouts that had never tried these activities,
especially on the fishing side. The scouts were split into two teams of approximately 40 and they had three
hours on each activity.
The Pioneering was under the supervision of AVOCK and a few extras drafted in. Walking “A” frames were
made and tested after knots and lashings were mastered. The remaining scouts gathered around Pickles
Pond all with fishing rods to hand. After a busy time at the start for the fishing with team leaders
encouraging the scouts to touch and handle maggots, they were soon pulling fish out at a rapid rate. Sam
Curtis from Orsett catching a 5lb carp in the afternoon session making him the proudest scout of the day.
Megan Gray from Tilbury Sea Scouts caught the most fish on the day.
The new D C’s Challenge Trophy was used for the Fishing competition and this has been awarded to Orsett
with the overall highest average.
Special thanks must go to John Puttman and his fishing team of experts. To Tim Webb and Dave Gregory for
their help assisting AVOCK with the pioneering. To Louise Gregory and Sally Ann Colgate for an amazing
amount of Admin that was required before and during the day. To Daphne Gregory and Mickey Colegate for
keeping the liquid refreshments running all day including hand delivery to leaders on points all around the
pond who were too busy to leave their stations. To Iain for First Aid coverage and a huge thank you to all the
remaining leaders who were so busy during the day doing other so necessary and important supervision
From a personal note, I have never seen an activity before like this where every leader worked so hard and
so well together. YOU made the day so much more enjoyable for everyone
Thank you to everyone
Tim Gregory on behalf of Tilbury Sea Scouts, Ockendon and 7th Grays Scouts
Jack Petchey Awards
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The selection committee has decided that the recipients for June are: ‐ James Taylor of Tilbury Sea Scouts
and Adam May of Aquila Explorers
Previous winners for last few months have been:‐
April ‐ Steven Todd of Thameside and Rhys McIiroy of 1st Grays
May – JJ (Joe) Jameson of 1st Grays and Sarah Watts of Tilbury Sea Scouts
The applications seen to be a bit slow arriving from Groups. The selection for July will take place before the
ICE Meeting on 10/7/08 and the August & September awards will be considered before the District Exec. On
At the beginning of May most of the unit went to support Daniel, Glenn, Maddy and Rhiannon, who were all
involved in the Gang Show. They all enjoyed it and one or two were even talking about wanting to be in the
show themselves next year! We ended the month by taking part in Jamborama at Condovers. Challenges
on Friday night, visit to Longridge during the day on Saturday, Eric England competition on Saturday evening
and linking activity with older Scouts at Gilwell on Sunday was unfortunately finished off with a very wet
Monday, but I think we’ve all dried out now.
During our June unit meeting, which we held at Cherrywood we continued to work on the Navigation
badge. Following this around half the unit slaved over hot coals running the BBQ at Little Thurrock School’s
Fete and ten of us were able to go to Rayleigh Karting, an event that was heavily subsidised by Jack Petchey
award monies received by Thomas.
Lynn Taylor, ESL
Sat 12th ‐ 13th Water Activities
Fri 11th ‐ 13th District Cub Camp ‐ Condovers
Thu 17th Scout Leaders Meeting ‐ ALSC 8.30 p.m.
Mon 21st Explorer Scout Leaders Meeting
Sa 26th – Sa 2nd Essex Jamboree
Sat 26th – Sa 2nd Essex Jamboree
Sat 9th ‐ 16th Playscheme
Beavers and Rainbows (12th)
Cubs and Brownies (13th)
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Scouts and Guides (14th)
Tues 2nd Training Validation/Open Evening 8‐10 p.m. Condovers
Thurs 4th Beaver Scout Leaders Meeting ‐ White Hart
Fr 12th Su 14th Essex Experience Challenge Camp
Thu 11th District Executive
Fr 19th Su 21st Essex Experience Camp
Fr 19th Su 21st Camping Standards training
Sat 20th Cub Challenge Day ‐ Condovers
Thu 25th Scout Leaders Meeting ‐ ALSC 8.30 p.m.
Thu 25th Cub Scout Leaders Meeting ‐ ALSC
Sat 27th Su 28th County Marathon
TBC Beaver outing
Sat 4th Cub Sixers Challenge
Thu 9th Information & Communication Evening
Fr 17th Su 19th Camping Standards Competition
Mon 20th Explorer Scout Leaders Meeting
Fri 31st Beaver Camp Fire ‐ Condovers