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)




Chief Scout Awards Nov 2017

Congratulations to all the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts that received their Chief Scout Awards at Gilwell Park this month.




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.

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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.

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Chief Scout Silver & Bronze Awards

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

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Scouts Own

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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.