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Ice skating

On Thursday 21st November, instead of meeting in the hall, St Andrews Beavers visited The Sapphire & Ice skating rink in Romford. There were a few wobbles on the ice but all in all everyone had an excellent evening.



District Cub Camp September 2019

This year’s District Cub Camp was held at Skreens Camp site in Chelmsford where 160 Cubs attended with 45 leaders and young BCD 0003aLeaders.
Even though the weather wasn’t great the rain kept off until the night. All the cubs camped outside in tents which was a lot of fun.
Once everyone had arrived on Friday night and settled into their tents we had a camp fire where we all sung lots of camp songs.
Our District Commissioner came along and gave a 20 year service award to Dean Jefferies and made Mick Cross a District leader. The Cubs had sausages in rolls and a drink and went to bed.
On Saturday morning we all got up and had breakfast then the activities began for the day ranging from Kayaking, Crate stacking, Climbing, Badminton, Archery, Air Rifle shooting, wheelchair assault course, raft building, slack line and grass sledging.
On Saturday evening we had dinner followed by a night of Fun at the Fair games which included some of these games, splat the rat, play your cards right, fish a duck, key in the box, football in the hole and Knock down bottles using a stocking over your head with a weight by swinging your head. After a fun filled night and tiring day we all had supper and went to bed with the rain pouring down on the outside of the tents!
On Sunday morning we all got up had breakfast and then we held a District Sports day with the usual activities of how far can you throw the welly boot, three-legged race, obstacle race, egg & spoon race, sack race, running race and wheel barrow race. All the cubs had lots of fun and enjoyed taking part.
A big thanks to all the leaders and the cooks team who helped make this such an exciting event for the Cubs.

Richard Thorn
District Cub Scout Leader






Cubs District Soapbox Derby 2019

soapbox 2019What a packed event with 73 Cubs attending and 23 teams racing.

It was busy, a bit chaotic and karts everywhere. A big thank you to all the leaders who gave up their time to make this event happen.
It was a dry day but a bit over cast but the rain kept away. The biggest upset was for the leaders when the electric urn decided to give up the ghost and die. No more tea and coffee for the rest of the day.

A few of the newer groups to the event found out that their Karts were not quite up to the challenge and a number of wheels went astray. But there were plenty of carts to borrow and it did not stop the fun. Be prepared is the moto for next year. Kart building techniques were learnt by some.

This was some comments from 3rd Rainham Cubs about the event “had a blast” “it's amazing” “fantastic great fun” “Thanks for having us” that is telling it all, the Cubs had a good time.

A big thank you to Nelms School for allowing us to use the playground and facilities.

With so many Cubs attending we had to drop some races as we did not have enough time to get them all in.

Lets see if we can have even more Cubs for next Year with three races running at the same time. Cub leaders and parents get building those karts.



 Bob Wallace
Assistant District Commissioner Cub Scouts (Events)

District Beaver Spy Sleepover




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Happy 80th Birthday

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Tonight at 8th Hornchurch Apollo cub pack the cubs and leaders from the group said Happy 80th Birthday and a sad farewell to Ernie Spicknell after a service of 20 years no less and we know that, as he was presented with his 20 year service award at tonight’s pack meeting. Thank you for all your time and hard work Ernie, we wish you well. Happy Retirement.

Stuart Brown 






District Cubs Scooter Challenge

It was a windy day but fortunately there was no rain. When the Leaders arrived to set up we had to change the route of the race track because bushes had grown on the route and it was getting a bit narrow. DSC 0137
Cubs from 11 Packs attended the event. The Cubs were racing in their age groups 8.9. and 10. The reason for this was this year the Cubs were individually scored. We took the two highest scores from each group to decide who would be the winning group.
We believe that this made it fairer for the groups that did not have as many Cubs taking place.
Hot dogs, crisps, Kit Kats and chocolate bars were for sale. Once again, Cubs love a Hot Dog and they all sold out.
The Cubs all enjoyed the races and there were no serious crashes. We only used one plaster.
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.
There were trophies for the 3 highest scores in each age group and a trophy for the winning group.

8 Years
1st Olly - 2nd Cranham#
2nd Ashton - 1st Corbets Tey
3rd Francis - 2nd Elm Park

9 Years
1st Callum - 3rd Rainham
2nd James - 1st Upminster
3rd Ewan - 2nd Squirrel’s Heath

10 Years
1st George - 8th Hornchurch Jupiter
2nd Caleln - 2nd Squirrel’s Heath
3rd Aiden - 8th Hornchurch Dragon

Winning Group
1st 8th Hornchurch Dragon - 60 points
2nd 2ndSquirrel’s Heath - 57 points
3rd 1st Squirrel’s Heath - 56 points

Thank you to all the leaders that helped put on this event: Richard Thorn, John Dodd, David and Connie Dutch, Sandra Smith, Ian Meadows, Chris Plume, Ian Arnold, Mick Cross. Also thank you to all the Young Leaders that helped.



Bob Wallace

ADC Cubs


Scouts Own 2019

To everyone who is part of the 8th Hornchurch Scout Group Family

It was great to see so many Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Young Leaders, (old) Leaders and parents celebrate Baden Powell’s birthday at5341 our recent annual Scouts Own. The weather beat us for the parade part but Cub Leader Jack gave us an excellent history of the 8th Hornchurch Scout Group and finished off with the ever popular quiz. We all learnt a lot more about the history of OUR Scout Group. It was great that we could finish the Service with a number of presentations to the victorious swimming gala team who between them won the Cub Trophy, won the Group Relay and won the Overall Cup – well done. We were also very pleased to welcome our District Commissioner, Debbie Carter, who presented the Group with a certificate signed by Bear Grylls celebrating the 8th as being the largest Scout Group out of some 620 Scout Groups in the London Region. Congratulations to all of the leaders, assistants and parent volunteers who give such great Scouting to all of our many members. If you want to get involved in the Scouting Adventure and join the fun please speak to your section leader or use the link on our website.

At the end of the Scouts Own we took a collection which raised £130 which has been donated to First Steps which is a charity for children with special needs and disabilities. More details at the attached link:

Thanks again to everyone for coming to our Scouts Own.

Group Scout Leader