Scouts Own 2018

Dear Leaders and Executive Committee Members

My sincere thanks to you all and your members for an excellent turn-out at our annual Group Scouts Own. The HQ were certainly packed and it was fabulous to see so many parents join us for the service. Please pass on my thanks to all of your members.

My special thanks to Jack, Aliyah, Lucy and Akela Bob who ran the Scouts Own and also talked to us all about the upcoming Gambia trip. The collection at the end of the service raised over £200 for Gambia which will make a huge difference.

During the service we were pleased to make a number of presentations as follows:

Five Year Long Service Awards
• Graham Jarvis – St. Andrews Troop
• Lynn Thorn – Mercury and Dragon Packs
• Sallie Jeffries – St. Andrews Beavers
• Lauren James-Saleh – St. Matthews Beavers

Ten Year Long Service Awards
• Robert Saleh – St. Georges Troop
• Paul Snell – St. Andrews Troop
• Lloyd Jones – St. Georges Troop

Chief Scouts GOLD Award
• Rhys Easman – Explorer and YL at Apollo Cubs

Medal of Merit
• Bob Wallace

My congratulations to everyone who received an award at this year’s Scouts Own – the Awards reflect huge dedication, hard work and contribution to both the Group and the wider Hornchurch District – WELL DONE.

Yours in Scouting

GSL (and for just two minutes Chief Scout)




Harry Potter camp

On the weekend of the 2-4th of February 28 cubs from Jupiter and Dragon Cub packs attended a Harry Potter camp at Belchamps. The camp was a resoundingHWbadge success and all those that attended the weekend had a fantastic time and all came away with new spells.
The Cubs and young leaders were sorted by the sorting hat into their respective houses, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. The sorting set the tone for a magical weekend.
After this the cubs coloured their household crests and they went on a hike around the site.
The following morning the different houses started to attend their different classes, wand making, Defence against the Dark arts, Find the philosophers stone, and the Sorceress hunt. Each of these lessons were thoroughly enjoyable and the cubs learned lots of new things.
They all came away from the camp with their own wands, uniforms and also medals and wizard’s hats.
The Sorceress hunt was to enable them to find the ingredients for the potions to be used on Sunday. The cubs found the philosophers stone after a hike searching around the campsite. They also discovered how to repel death eaters during defence against the dark arts by using nerf guns.
Each of the classes had house points up for grabs in order to determine which the best house was for the camp. The cubs also competed in an inter house quidditch tournament which they thoroughly enjoyed and got rather muddy.
They then had a wide game which where the cubs earned more points for their houses. It was a really enjoyable and fun day at Hogwarts.
On Sunday they had a few final classes, they had a potions class where they had to perform different tasks in order to make slime. They also competed in the Triwizard’s tournament and a muggle studies class in the art of fire lighting.
The scores were then calculated to determine who was the winning house and the winning house was Ravenclaw, second place was Gryffindor, third place was Hufflepuff and in last place was Slytherin. All those who attended the camp had a great time and can’t wait until the next one.

Jack Bresslaw

Over the weekend the Cubs had 2 cameras with them to take pictures.


Hornchurch District Cubs Scooter Rally

Another successful year for the Scooter Rally with 65 Cubs from 12 packs attending. Every Cub that I speak too really enjoys this event.
As you know we hold the event at Crow Camp the ideal home for this event. With the forest and small slopes, we can construct a good track for the racing. We changed the format of the event this year. We now have teams of three cubs this has made it fairer for smaller packs to be able to win this event.
It was a cold day but the rain held off. The track was dry and full of leaves. Cubs kept warm with Hot Chocolate and Hot Dogs which ran out too soon, I will need to buy more next year.
I would like to thank the leaders who turned up to assist with the event without them we could not run this event.
Congratulations to 1st Squirrels Heath who won the trophy this year. The cubs were presented with Certificates for First, second and third.


Position Team Score  
1 12 39 1st Squirrels Heath
2 7 38 8th Hornchurch Jupiter
3 13 37 1st Squirrels Heath
4 3 35 2d Elm Park
5 14 34 1st Squirrels Heath
6 15 34 1st Elm Park
7 18 31 1st Corbets Tey / 1st Cranham
8 20 30 1st Squirrels Heath / Ist Rainham / 8th Hornchurch Mercury
9 8 28 8th Hornchurch Mercury
10 9 27 8th Hornchurch Mercury
10 16 27 2nd Upminster