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New roles

Please can I remind everyone that if a new adult or new role is added to Compass that you email myself, Ken and Mike so we know to process the application - otherwise it's very likely to sit half processed for a considerable period of time.

National Scout & Guide Symphony Orchestra Course - Birmingham 2015

We are pleased to announce that the NSGSO has been re-launched and applications for the Birmingham 2015 course are now open. The course will be hosted by Birmingham Scout County. Could you please circulate this email and flier as widely as possible amongst young people in your county or district, who will be between the ages of 13 - 25 next summer and play an orchestral instrument. As the closing date is Saturday 7 February your early attention would be appreciated.

If applicants have previously applied for the Harrogate course then they must re-apply

The NSGSO meets every year for a fantastic week's course of music and activities. This year is our 40th year and the course will be held in Birmingham from Sunday 26th July to Sunday 2nd August 2015. The week will culminate in two evening concerts in Birmingham City centre on Friday 31st July and Saturday 1st August together with a Saturday matinee specifically for local Scouts and Guides. More detailed information can be found on the application form.

To apply for the 2015 course go to apply.nsgso.com

All applicants must be:
- A Member of the The Scout Association or Girl Guiding.
- Aged 13-25 by the start of the course (26th July 2015)
- Proficient player of a least one orchestral instrument (Grade 5 or above, including equivalents)

Further Information

The cost of the course is £445, payable in three instalments. The course cost includes full board, accommodation, rehearsals and workshops with a professional conductor and sectional tutors, uniform for new members, transportation during the week and social activities including a visit to an outdoor activity centre. For help with funding applicants should first contact their group, then district and then county. Applicants can of course do your own fundraising for this event.

For anyone wishing to use this course for their DofE, QSA or QGA residential then this year must be the first time that they have attended.

Thank you,

Jill Bowman

NSGSO Manager


To minimise the risk of confusion; capitation will be calculated this year as it has in the past - on all adults and children in the movement - based on primary roles (as defined on Compass).

Please make sure there's no duplicate records or you're likely to be charged twice!

The capitation charge will be £32.60 per head - composed of: £21 from HQ, £9 from Durham County and £2.60 from the District.

County Calenders and Directories

I believe someone has picked up the calenders and directories on behalf of the District - if this was you please let me know ASAP so we can arrange distribution.

Supporting Waterhouses Group

St George's day update

Latest update for the District St George's Day Service - 15.00 on April 26th @st Patricks in Langley Moor

Compass Update

Currently Compass is not allowing new adults/young people to be added to the system - HQ are hoping to have this feature fixed later this week. They apologise again...

Program Update Workshops

County have arranged some program update workshops - more info

Mountain Warehouse Discounts

Mountain Warehouse are offering to open their Durham store late one night next week with a 20% off offer night for any scout that turns up with a necker or event kit list. The suggested evening is 4th Feb 4:00 till 7:00pm. Please let me know if this is of interest by the end of this week.

First aid Success

The 19th Durham Leader Team attended a first aid course over the weekend at their Scout hut. It was a two day course that looked at the provision of outdoor first aid and emergency incident management. The practical nature of the course took us outside rather than in a nice warm hut, just to get us out of our comfort zone and there where a range of scenarios thrown at us.

All in all a very useful and insightful course where we all learned some new skills. With this in mind I thought other groups may be interested in the contact details: SKIL Training Ltd, skiltraining@hotmail.co.uk: the 2 day course cost £800 for twelve delegates.

For teh record, everyone passed!

Module 1 Training Course

The next module 1 training course is running at the Fram Scout hut on the 29th Jan starting at 19.00. You can book on to the course HERE.

Pretty much every adult involved in Scouting is expected to complete this course and validate it.

Module 3 Training Course

The next module 3 training course is running at the Fram Scout hut on the 4th Feb starting at 19.00. You can book on to the course HERE.

Pretty much every adult involved in Scouting is expected to complete this course and validate it.

Founders Day

This years Founders Day will be held in (Low) Shincliffe Parish Church. Starting at 18.00 and finishing about 19.00. The Garden Centre have kindly agreed to allow us to use their car park which is only a couple of minutes walk away. If anyone would like to volunteer to help marshal the route between the garden centre and the church from about 17.45 please email faith@durhamcityscouts.org.uk

1st Aid Courses in Blaydon

David Stokes is running First Responder Courses in Blaydon on Sunday 8th March 2015 and Sunday 19th April. You will need to contact him direct to book places - let me know if you need contact details.

POR Rule Update

Those of you who have received ScoutingPlus will have seen that the updates to the POR safety rules we discussed at Wednesday's DESC meeting are now published with links to updated resources HERE

These cover archery,boats and waters, climbing, nights away and shooting.

Before undertaking these activities with your Groups please review the changes to ensure that you are in compliance with the revised rules. In most cases the changes are designed to facilitate increased provision of these activities rather than impose restrictions, but just check to be sure.

ADC Scouts

Ian has decided to stand down from his position as ADC Scouts. I'd like to thank Ian for his efforts in this role over the last couple of years.

The ADC role splits into two parts - that of supporting the Scout Troops across the District and overseeing the District program of Scout events. If you would be interested in the role or would like to nominate someone else to take on the role please get in touch.


Congratulations to Rich Williams who has agreed to take on the District Scout Explorer Commissioner (DESC) role (subject to approval by the Appointments Team).

I'm sure everyone will support him as he gets to grips with the role.

Development Night

22nd Jan is the District Development night - the Scout regional development service are coming in to help us develop a District Development plan. Hopefully this will help steer the District for the next few years.

The evening is open to ADCs, GSLs, AGSLs and all members of the District Exec - hopefully that will give us a good mix from across the District. Substitutes are also very welcome. There is also potential for special invites so please let me know if you feel you have something to contribute but don't fall under the invites above.

In order to allow for the 18.00 at Fram we will be providing a buffet so please let me know by the 17th if you will be attending along with any dietary needs.

County AGM - Thursday 29th January 2015

The County AGM will take place on Thursday 29th January 2015, starting at 6:30pm in the Main Hall at Moor House.

We will be celebrating the achievements of our County over the last year, reviewing the annual report and accounts and looking to the future as part of the 2018 vision.

Please feel free to distribute this invite to your members.

Please RSVP to agm@durhamscouts.org.uk.

I look forward to welcoming you to the AGM.


Cub Dodgeball Competition

Happy New Year to you all

Places are going fast for the Dodgeball Competition on 22nd February and it does look like it will reach capacity shortly. I am delighted to let you know the we have arranged a sponsorship deal with AK SPORT for a fabulous prize for the entire Pack that the winning team is from. The following message from their Managing Director is below:

AK SPORT is delighted to be providing the winner's prize at the Durham Scout County tournament in addition to the existing trophy. The successful team will be able to look forward to more dodgeball fun (and of course some party food!) as they secure their very own dodgeball party for their whole pack! We wish good luck to all teams involved.

I am also delighted to say that Lesley Robinson and Karen Daniels have very kindly agreed to organise the event for me since I am going into hospital for an operation a couple of days prior to the event. We will be sending out joining instructions to those teams who are booked shortly.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Best Wishes

Ian Cooper

Explorer Scout Opportunity

YouShape: Giving young people the chance to shape their input in decision making at The Scout Association.

On February 7th 2015, we are inviting 120 young people aged 14-25 from across the UK to join the UK Youth Commissioner and team in London to ensure that how young people are involved and communicated with about issues and ideas within Scouting, is shaped by young people themselves. The main structure for this process will be through the UK Scout Youth Council, so thoughts and ideas on this play a big role during the event.

Having first hand experience in discussing and making decisions on a national level is a fantastic experience for young people to take part in, and will help develop their skills, boost their confidence and allow them to meet other young people from across the UK to share ideas and experiences with.

Date: 7 February, 2015
Time: 10:00 to 16:00
Age: 14 - 25 years
Location: Shannon Suite, Copthorne Tara Hotel, Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London, W8 5SR

The day’s agenda will include, but not be limited to, sessions on:

What sort of issues do young people in The Scout Association want to discuss/change?
How can we ensure we are engaging with as many young people as possible?
Who will make up the UK Scout Youth Council?
How often/where should the council meet, or should it be online?

Registration is open via an online form and closes on the 22nd January 2015. Please let young people in your area know about the event. Information will also be going out to young people direct through social media – please look out for these messages and share them when you’re online!

We would appreciate local support in helping members to attend the event – joining young people with others who are attending, supporting costs of transport to and from the event and encouragement to attend. Refreshments and lunch on the day will be provided.

Further information will be available later this month on how even more young people can be involved during the day through social media, so every young person aged 14-25 in The Scout Association can have their voice heard.

For more information on the event, please contact the youth shaped team on youth.shaped@scouts.org.uk.

ADC 14th January - Beaver Meeting Agenda

Since we don't currently have an ADC Beavers we need a volunteer to represent the District at this event - Please let me know if you can help.

Hello fellow Beaver Leaders

The next ADC Beavers meeting will take place on
Wednesday 14 January 7-9pm at Moor House

Please try to attend or send a representative as we are starting our meeting with a joint session with all Scouting sections

The main item I wanted to talk about was the Regional Conference in November and the updates from that. I don't have much info to give out so if you want any items to add to the agenda then please let me know, currently the following items will be covered:

1 Joint session with Cub, Scout and Explorer Sections
2 Update from NE Regional Conference.
3 Sharing of good practice
5 Date of next meeting

District Chairman's meeting

Tuesday 20th January is our annual District Chairman's meeting - starting at 19.15 @ Fram.

The meeting provides an informal opportunity for the Group chairmen from
around the District to share experiences of holding what can be a
challenging role.

In particular with the District Development Plan being drawn up on the
22nd we will be discussing any thoughts or suggestions relating this this.

Message from County Commissioner

A Christmas message from the County Commissioner can be found

County Young Leader Training (23rd - 25th Jan

We now have sixteen confirmed (paid) places for the County Young Leader Training weekend at West Hall (23rd - 25th January 2015).

I expect to receive payment for 4-5 more in the next few days. Since we are limiting numbers to 24 Young Leaders, this means that there are 2-3 places left. If you have anyone who wishes to take one of these places please let me know by return.

If any of your District Young Leader trainers would also like to come and deliver a Module I'd also be happy to accommodate them - please just let me know.


ACC (Explorer Scouts), Durham Scout County

Jan 2015 Young Leader Training Information

County First Response Course 18th January

May I remind you that the next County First Response Course is planned for Sunday 18th January (9am - 5pm) at 2nd Bishop Auckland Scout Headquarters.at a cost of £20 per person.

Bookings can be made via the training section of the County website.

Best Wishes for 2015


Keith Griffin County First Aid Adviser Durham Scout County

First Response Course - Sunday 8 February 2015

Just to let you know that the next First Response Course has been arranged for Sunday 8 February 2015, 9.30am, District Scout Headquarters.

I would appreciate it if you could please circulate this information to adults/young leaders who may be required to complete this training.

Cost is £7.50 to District members and £10.00 to everyone else.

If anyone wants to book a place on the course then could you please ask them to contact me before 2 February 2015.


Ros (Contact Durham DC if you need Ros's email address)

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