4th Thorpe Bay Scout Group was established in 1960 and has slowly grown into one of the largest groups in the Southend Estuary District.
We have strong membership across all our sections Beavers, Cubs and two Scout sections. With the removal of Venture Scouts in 1995 we lost our unit (Vulcans) which affected our natural recruitment of young leaders. So in 2009 Patriot ESU was established to allow members of fourteen years to continue their Scouting journey as Explorer Scouts and in the long term encourage them to stay with the group past the age of 18 as Young Leaders. This new partnership has helped the whole Scout group to thrive with over 90 young people enjoying all the fun and adventure that Scouting brings.
The section programmes are designed to be challenging, relevant and rewarding for all young people offering skills for life, The group enjoy getting out into the grounds of the school, which includes two large fields, playground and onsite scout store which enables us to plan and teach all sections. Our location is within walking distance to a nature reserve, Southchurch Park and Southend Seafront. Belchamps, Thriftwood and Skreens Park are all popular destinations for weekend camping, backwoods skills, orienteering, hikes (day and night), tracking and wide games.
We listen to and value the views of our young people and ensure that the programmes incorporate their ideas. We hold regular youth forums, so the young people are involved in core decisions for the group and can take on leadership roles within their sections.
Young people’s achievements are recognised through a range of different badges and awards they can earn whilst in their section. Many of the young people go on to achieve their Chief Scout Awards and are invited to attend an award ceremony held by the County. Our Explorer unit is a licensed Duke of Edinburgh provider with over 70 Bronze, Silver and Gold awards being gained over the last 8 years. We help and support our Explorers even if they have signed up through their school as preparing them for life after school is so important.
Active in the community
As Scouts we aim to make the world a better place through making impact in our communities. As a group we complete litter picks, activities around recycling. Alongside this we regularly bring in visitors from organisations who help different groups of people within communities in order to educate the young people around challenges within society and inspire them to do good in the world. In the past we have had visits from the Police, Fire, Ambulance, Paramedic and RLNI, our Beavers have also been supporting the Essex Air Ambulance which is 100% funded by charitable donations.
Scouting is proud to have given generations of young people equal opportunities to grow and develop to their full potential through empowering and enriching experiences regardless of their background. The opportunity to meet different cultures and share experiences is at our fingertips, as 4th Thorpe Bay Scout Group we are part of a global movement with over 50 million scouts covering some 200 countries around the world. The opportunities for countrywide and international liaison is available to all our Scouts. What an amazing way to celebrate diversity.