Welcome to your October newsletter of what we’re up to at The Den. The sections have been busy learning new skills like road safety with the Beavers, science experiments with the Cubs, nautical skills with Solebay, a visit from Guide Dogs for the Blind for Renown, or the Explorers seeing how far away from Old Leigh they can get in a night. On the water we finally received the sails for our new fleet of Zest sailing dinghies and got them out on the water for a sail before the boating season winds down (they’re good!), so watch out for their bright yellow sails around Old Leigh. In this newsletter:

  • Harvest Festival Church Parade & Food Collection
  • Trafalgar Dinner
  • Explorers exploring Derbyshire on the County Marathon

Harvest Festival Church Parade

This Sunday (16 Oct) is the Harvest Festival Church Parade, and our first visit back to New Road Fishermen’s Chapel in some time.

As is usual at this time of year, we’ll be collecting donations of tinned, dried and long-life food, snacks and toiletries on behalf of our friends at HARP Southend for our city’s less fortunate residents.

Meet at The Den in uniform on Sunday at 10:30 to parade to the chapel for a short family service, then back to The Den for 12:15. If you can, please bring a donation of one of the items above, either on the day or on your usual meeting night, which will be donated to the HARP to support their fantastic work.

Battle of Trafalgar Dinner

There are still spaces for our next big social event for parents and friends: the Battle of Trafalgar Naval-style Mess Dinner on board Essex Yacht Club’s HQS Wilton on Sat 29 Oct

Tickets are £35 per person, and all friends & family are welcome (over 18s only please) for a fun night of food and entertainment.

So book your place with us now!

The evening starts with a welcome drink and canapés, followed by a formal three course meal, then after dinner entertainment & dancing. Previous dinners have been great fun evenings, and this will be no different!

Explorers exploring Derbyshire on the Essex County Marathon

The Explorers spent the final weekend of October in Derbyshire competing in the Essex Scouts County Marathon. The two 3rdCB teams joined Explorers from across the county, putting their hiking, navigation & problem-solving skills to the test in the two-day incident hike.

We’d like to give a big shout out and thank you to Castle Point Social Car Scheme, who stepped in at the last minute to loan us their minibus after the one we’d booked got damaged, and without whom the Explorers would never have made it to the event.

Octobers Activities