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

Scout face to face meetings

The Scout Association have a framework for returning to face to face activities in conjunction with the National Youth Agency. Details can be found here: getting-everyone-back-together-safely.

4th EFS Status as at 4th March 2021: We will remain online for the second half of term. We are permitted to return face to face from 29th March and we are looking at how to get back on the water for the summer term. At present we understand that the Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre where we are normally based in the summer will not be available for groups until 21st June and so we cannot yet confirm where we will be operating from.

We are currently looking at running a twelve week summer term with scouts attending in alternating weeks. This allows us to operate with a smaller group size and to manage water activites with appropriate Covid-19 provisions in place until these are withdrawn on (we hope) 21st June. This means that scouts would have 6 face to face sessions during the term and while that is fewer than a normal term we believe that 6 weeks on the water is preferable to 10 further weeks online.

We plan to run our summer camp on 17th July in the New Forest and this is now full. We are going ahead to plan this camp otherwise it will become too late to do so and are working on the basis that all COvid restrictions will be lifted by 21st June, allowing hte scout assocaition to remove its restriction on residential stays.

Please note the safety procedures that we are required to follow by the Scout Association differ from those that schools are permitted to follow but also that when we operate on the school premises we are subject to both Bancroft and Scout Association policies.

Scouts work from home badge work can be found on our Badges page.

Everywhere we go, everybody always asks us who we are ...

The 4th EFS Sea Scouts is hosted at Bancroft's school in Woodford, Essex and is part of the Epping Forest South District, within the Greater London North East County.

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 group by a number of students lucky enough to attend Baden Powel's second experimental camp for boys.

In 1939 the group was changed to a sea scout group and subsequently gained RN recognition as RN sea scouts group 05 in the late 1940's. Royal Navy Recognition status (RN Sea scour group number 05) 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. There's more detail in our Group History page.

Today we cater for around 90 young people between our Cub pack and Scout Troop, inclduing 6-8 young leaders. Like all scout groups, we run a number of Cub and Scout camps and expeditions throughout the year, including the Chief Scout Gold 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 traditional 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 Spring term to help in preparation for the Summer term on water.

Our Sea Scouts also make use of nearby Gilwell Park. This year scouts have experienced a wide range of activities including: dinghy sailing, kayaking, canoeing, kata-canoes, power boating, swimming, diving, laser quest, 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.

Joining the group

The group only takes new Cubs and Scouts as they enter the Bancroft junior and senior schools respectively. For new Cub requests, please email akela@4thefsscouts.org.uk

For Scouts, you can use the signup form here: 2020 Signup Form.

At present, due to Covid operational restrictions which place constraints on the number of scouts we can work with, we are operating at reduced capacity and unable to sign up any further new Scouts immediately. If you wish to go onto a waiting list we will endeavour to join up more scouts once current restrictions permit.