St Georges & St Matthews Beavers at HQ

Fun and new experiences were gained from our beaver taster scouting skills day which involved tent pitching, mini-pioneering, knotting and wood collecting to build a fire so they could cook sweet desserts.

DSC 0130

The beavers had a great day. Have a look at the pictures.


Cubs Soapbox Darby

Congratulations to Oliver who came first in the scooter Challenge.

This is the Leaders race.





Group Camp

Have a look at the pictures.

DSC 0017



St George's Day Parade


Pictures from the St George's Day Parade are avalable from the District web site.





Hornchurch District Cubs Archery

Well done to the Jupiter pack who won the under 11 Archery trophy. Fourth position in the Under 9’s and under 10’s. 14 Cub packs attended the Competition with 88 Cubs taking part.

DSC 0159




Chief Scout Silver & Bronze Awards

Congratulations to Sean, Oliver and Christian who have been presented with their Chief Scout Awards at Gillwell Park.

Silver CSA 03 17 43

Silver CSA 03 17 31

imageedit 47786

Beaver Challenge

Yesterday afternoon Hornchurch District Beavers tested out a new event in the form of a challenge afternoon.4bc
Working in small teams the Beavers flapped jellyfish, sucked and transferred sweets using straws, built structures with spaghetti and marshmallows, went fishing with mega sized fishing rods and wrapped up parcels of toilet rolls using tape and string.
A big thank you to Sue Cruse and Jackie Bruniges who organised and ran the event and the 2 Young Leaders, Lucy Bresslaw and Robert Chart who helped throughout with the activities and kept the Beavers entertained in the Spring sunshine during the refreshment break.
Looking forward to seeing this event again in 2018.

Scouts Own

DSC 0260

Dear Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Parents and Leaders / Exec Members

Thanks to everyone who came along to our recent Scouts Own. Each year the 8th Hornchurch Scout Group holds a Group Scout’s Own. This is one of only a small handful of occasions when the whole Group gets together and hence is a great opportunity for your child to see the wider Scout Group they are a member of.
A Scout’s Own is a short church service which is run by the leaders and involves the various Beavers, Cubs and Scouts of the 8th Hornchurch Scout Group and is held each year to commemorate the birthday of our Founder Lord Baden Powell. BP was born on 22nd February 1857.
Particular thanks to Mao who ran the Scouts Own this year with the assistance of many of our young members and focused on what can be achieved through team work. The reading of the story of George Washington was particularly illuminating and a lesson to us all at times – see below.

The reading told the story of a rider on horseback, who many years ago, came across a squad of soldiers who were trying to move a heavy piece of timber.
A corporal stood by, giving lordly orders to “Heave.”
But the piece of timber was too heavy for the squad.
“Why don’t you help them?” asked the quiet man on the horse, addressing the important corporal.
“Me? Why, I’m a corporal sir!”
Dismounting, the stranger carefully took his place with the soldiers.
“Now, all together boys – heave!” he said. And the big piece of timber slid into place.
The stranger mounted his horse and addressed the corporal. “The next time you have a piece of timber for your men to handle, corporal, send for your commander-in-chief.”
The horseman was George Washington, the first American President.