4th Epping Forest South (Bancroft's School) Sea Scouts

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The 4th Epping Forest Group was formed in 1909, one year after the founding of the Boy Scouts movement by Baden-Powell in 1908. It was initially formed as a land scout by a number of Bancroft's students lucky enough to attend Baden Powel's second experimental camp for boys. In 1939 the group was changed to a sea scout group to enable them to make use of the then scout master's boat on the Norfolk broads and subsequently gained RN recognition as RN sea scouts group 05 in the late 1940's. There's more detail in our Group History page which we are slowly updating.

The 4th EFS Sea Scouts is hosted at Bancroft's school in Woodford, Essex and is part of the Epping Forest South District, which forms part of the Greater London North East County group. The troop also has Royal Navy Recognition status (RN Sea scour group number 05) which allows us to participate in events at Royal Naval training facilities and means that we get support locally from the London University Royal Navy support unit.

Today we cater for around 80 young people between our Cub pack and Scout Troop supported by around ten adult leaders and 6-8 young leaders and we are hosted and supported by Bancroft's's School which is where our weekly meets are based. Like all scout groups, we run a number of Cub and Scout camps and expednitions throughout the year, including the Gold Cheif Scout award exepdition in which scouts hike, camp and cook for themselves over a weekend.

If you have some time, even if it is not every week or can help with looking after equipment or administration, and think you might be interested in helping, please have a look at What does a 4th EFS leader do ?, drop in or drop us an email.

Sea scouts

Sea Scouts do all the activities associated with land Scouts, but also experience a wide range of water-based activities. In the Summer Term, scouts spend the term on the water at Fairlop Waters. Under the supervision of the leadership team and the Fairlop Waters RYA coaches they are taught sailing, kayaking, canoeing and rowing. Activities in the winter centre around indoor and outdoor land based activities in the Autumn term and we use the swimming pool in the Sprint term to help in preparation for the Summer term on water. Our Sea Scouts also make use of nearby Gilwell Park and this year scouts have experienced a wide range of activities including: dinghy sailing, kayaking, canoeing, kata-canoes, power boating, swimming, diving, laser quest, outdoor wide games in the dark, video blogging, cooking, fire-fighting, camping, axe-work, sawing, fire-lighting, navigating geocaching, grass-sledding, handicapped obstacle courses, silhouette theatre, rowing (fixed and moving seat), pioneering, tying knots, field gun racing, first aid, giant internet safety snakes and ladders, giant battleships, pasta building, morse code, semaphore, climbing, shooting, archery, chess, catapult building, football, various community projects and a whole host more.


History

The 4th Epping Forest Group was formed in 1909, one year after the founding of the Boy Scouts movement by Baden-Powell in 1908. It was initially formed as a land scout by a number of boys lucky enough to attend Baden Powel's second experimental camp for boys. In 1939 the group was changed to a sea scout group to enable them to make use of the then scout master's boat on the Norfolk broads and subsequently gained RN recognition as RN sea scouts group 05 in the late 1940's. There's more detail in our Group History page which we are slowly updating.