Welcome to Dragon Cub Pack

Welcome to Dragon cubs, we meet on a Wednesday 7.00 - 8.30 at St George’s church, Kenilworth Gardens.

The pack is run by Richard Thorn and Ian Meadows.

We think scouting should be fun and we look to run a varied programme, we want the cubs to work towards badges but we also want to expose the children to opportunities they wouldn’t normally get to see, for instance we have run sleepovers at London zoo Bed Bugs, Natural History Museum Dino Snores, Secret Nuclear Bunker and HMS Belfast.

We also don’t forget our legacy and want to keep to traditional outdoor scout activities and skills such as backwards cooking, camping and life skills and do an outside camp every year. We also get involved in District events such as Soap box derby, Scooter Challenge, Air Rifle and Archery completions.


We are closely linked with Mercury cub pack and run a yearly bowling competition and an end of year summer water fight with them.

We look forward to welcoming you to Dragon Cub Pack

Contact: akeladragon@8thhornchurch.org.uk



Rob Saleh – Gone Home

Dear 8th Hornchurch Family

It is with immense shock and sadness that I write to inform you of the sudden death of Rob Saleh, the Scout Leader of the St.BCD 0223 Matthews Scout Troop, on the afternoon of Wednesday 10th March from a fatal heart attack. Many of us chatted and laughed with Rob at the Leaders & Executive Committee meeting only the day before and I last spoke one on one with him on Monday and saw him just recently as part of the Guard of Honour at Ernie’s funeral. I am sure you will all join me in keeping Lauren, Chris and Alex in our thoughts at this exceptionally sad time for them all.


Rob joined the 8th Hornchurch 14 years ago having been volunteered by his wife, Lauren, at our AGM in 2006.  He started as a Sectional Assistant with Apollo Cub Pack in January 2007 soon moving up to become Akela at Apollo, before moving on to St. Georges Scout Troop in January 2009.  Rob remained with St. Georges as joint leader with Stu Brown until he answered our desperate need to start a third Scout Troop (St. Matthews) in November 2019 where he was still the Scout Leader until his untimely death. 

Rob had a huge enthusiasm for life and did so much more than his ‘one hour a week’.  Along with Stu & Kevin and the rest of the Scout leader team he made a huge difference to the lives of many, many Scouts and just recently managed to increase his Troop numbers during the time of the Covid pandemic, a very significant achievement.  But on top of that he always helped me, as GSL, with so many other tasks, whether HQ gardening, other manual jobs at the HQ, sorting out the minibus MOT and more recently a significant amount of work arranging the installing of the new air conditioning unit at the HQ.

I always valued the conversations we frequently had and his counsel and advice were gratefully received.

I am sure our many Scouts and parents will remember Rob fondly and will share in the great sense of shock and loss we all feel at this time.

You will note that I addressed this tribute to the 8th Hornchurch Family as this terribly sad and unexpected news has brought home to me that we are one big Scouting family and in many cases so much more, and are in fact true friends to each other.

Please take care of each other

Yours in Scouting


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