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Young Leader Training

The next Module A training session (the compulsory part of the Young Leader Training Scheme) is going to be run at Brandon on 3rd Feb from 19.30.

Bookings to explorers@durhamcityscouts.org.uk

Live Rock

Live Rock brought to you by Staindrop Scout Group. Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.


Young leader first aid training

Kieren has organised and will run a first aid coarse on the 7th of February (thanks Kieren). This is intended to cover the First Aid Module of the young leaders training program.

Please find the booking form for the first response course at the link below.

Please also note there is only 12 places, any extra candidates will be offered another date.

First Response Course Booking - 7th Feb 2016

Young Leader Module A Training

After hearing back from a number of leaders and Explorers and checking with those helping lead the session, we have made the decision to move the training to Wednesday 24th February (i.e. the first Wednesday after half term) still at Brandon from 7:30-9 pm. I have attached a flyer with the new dates for distribution. Apologies if you have already distributed information to your Young Leaders.

Bookings to explorers@durhamcityscouts.org.uk

Kind regards,

Ben Hodgkiss

Congratulations to:

Zoe Catherine Little who joined us in the early hours of Friday morning (15th Jan) - 6:12oz - mother and baby both doing well.

Magic Andrew - Beavers

There will be a Beaver Leaders meeting after Magic Andrew on 27th Jan.

PLEASE can I remind you to let your parents know that parking is going to be very tight. Slimming World (who use the smaller hall at the same time is VERY busy at the mo). I would suggest that parents use the road outside to park and be encouraged to drop their Beavers off as quickly as possible. The lane to and from the car park is only single track and there will be extreme congestion if too many cars are trying to go in and out at same time! It would be good to have a volunteer at the entrance to the car park if any group has someone to spare who would be happy to be car park attendant! Please let me know if you can do!

Also can you let Janice know (by 20/1/16) roughly how many Beavers you have coming so that sufficient snacks and drinks can be purchased.

See you on 27th!


Safeguarding Newsletter

The County Safeguarding newsletter for January can be found HERE

Latest HQ publications

Dear all, I thought it might be helpful if I detailed for you the latest editions of various bits of HQ information, so here goes....

Module Matrix, Sept 2015
The Adventure Starts Here, 2014
At a Glance, the appointment process quick reference guide, 2nd edition 2012
Right People Right Roles, a quick guide to recruitment, 2012
Finding out how volunteers are getting on, the review process, 2012
Welcoming volunteers to their roles, the induction process, 2012
Planning for success for Group Scout Leaders, 2012
Young people first (yellow card) Version 5, 2015
Young people first, guidance for young leaders, 2013
Safe Scouting and what to do in an emergency (purple card) version 4, March 2015
Staying Safe, safety checklist for leaders, version 2, 2015
Staying Safe, safety checklist for Managers, version 2, 2015
Staying Safe, safety checklist for Executive Committees, version 2, 2015
Anti-bullying materials, poster and booklet now entitled Together we can beat bullying, 2014.

These are all available free of charge from the Scout Shop - http://shop.scouts.org.uk/

Many thanks

Cub Football/Dodgeball - Saturday 23 January

Happy New Year to you all. Hope you are all looking forward to a busy year of Cubs 100.

Just a quick reminder that we have our District 6 a side Football and Dodge ball on Saturday 23 January. 13:00 - 16:00 at Coxhoe Active Life Centre.

Can you please let me know whether your pack will be attending or not and how many teams you will be entering by no later than Thursday 21 January at 9 pm.

Thank you


Awards 2016 Durham Town Hall - 17th September

I am pleased to announce that our awards and celebration event will again be held at Durham Town Hall on the 17th September 2016 and that nominations are now open!

Information about the day, the nominations process and indicative timings can be found on our website at www.durhamscouts.org.uk/awards2016.

All recipients of eligible awards, plus their guests and a leader, will be invited to this prestigious event and will have the opportunity to meet other award recipients and special guests and for their award to be acknowledged. Anyone who receives an eligible award between the 26th July 2015 and the 24th July 2016 will be invited.

There will be six sessions throughout the day, each focusing on a different award. Parents with two or more children receiving awards should be aware that their children may be allocated to different sessions during the day.

In order to allow us to invite eligible recipients to the event, we need your help throughout the year in identifying recipients from your district, section or group. You can do this online at the link above. Please tell us about any recipients throughout the year rather than waiting until the deadline, as it will allow us to plan accordingly.

All invites and tickets for Awards 2016 will be sent by email. Once you have nominated someone, you will be given access to a secure area of our website where you can see whether or not they have replied to our invite. You can also download a PDF copy of their invite.

I look forward to welcoming many of your members to Awards 2016. If you have any questions, please get in touch.


Ian Hammond
Assistant County Commissioner (Events)

Cubboree 2016 - Update on the wildest birthday ever!

It's just 138 days to go until the Wildest Birthday Ever kicks off at Cubboree 2016 and bookings are coming in thick and fast!

Cubboree returns with a party 100 years in the making to celebrate the centenary of Cubs. We've got some wild fun lined up with a great atmosphere, great activities and over 1000 Cubs camping under canvas!

Here are the latest updates on everything Cubboree related:

Activities and Programme
We've started announcing our activity programme, including:

Some of the UK's best activities including the Spider Mountain, Water Walking, Zorbing and Segways.
Nature, Science, Survival and Active Zones - featuring experiments, races, construction, crafts, programming, cooking, fires, survival and lots more.
Our resident activities—including climbing, abseiling, toboggan, archery, the Cube, low ropes, mountain biking and shooting.
At night, we've got wide games, campfires, arena shows and to round it all off, a giant firework display!
With over 13 million Cubs around the world, we'll be celebrating Go Global day on the Sunday. It's all about celebrating our worldwide family and understanding more about their countries and cultures.

And there is more to come!

Make a flyer
You can create your own unique event flyer to hand out to your Young People and their parents. Along with all the essential information you can customise the flyer with the price you want to advertise, when the entry form needs to be returned and who they make cheques payable to. You can make your flyer at http://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/events/cubboree-2016/make-a-flyer/

Frequently Asked Questions
We've put a dedicated page together to answer all those FAQs we receive, including details about what to expect and what information you need when you book. Take a look at http://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/events/cubboree-2016/faqs/ and if you have any more questions, please get in touch.

Information event
We'll be holding an information event on the 25th January 2016, 7:30pm at Moor House. It's a great opportunity to hear more about our exciting plans, meet our organising team and ask any questions that you might have. It will be especially useful if you've not been to one of our weekend events before. Sign up at http://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/cubboreelaunch/

Bookings are still open
Cubboree is open to Cubs and their leaders in Durham Scout County. It's £65 per Cub which includes all activities, food, camping, unlimited refreshments and an exclusive t-shirt and badge. The price increases by £5 on the 1st March 2016 and bookings close completely on 18th March 2016, or earlier if full. Places are limited to 1000.

Start your booking today at www.durhamscouts.org.uk/cubboree.

Any questions?
If you have any questions about Cubboree, please get in touch at cubboree@durhamscouts.org.uk.

Ian Hammond
ACC Events

District GPS Units

The newly purchased GPS units are now available for all sections. There are 9 Sat Map units available with 1:25 000 North of England mapping.
If you want to use them please contact me directly to book them and arrange collection.
I recommend making sure you allow a bit of time to familiarize yourself with their use before taking young people out!

First Aid Courses

Houghton Le Spring have a Scout first response course on the 23rd Jan:

There may also be spaces on course in Blaydon (Saturday 30th January OR Sunday 7th February) - contact david.stokes@blueyonder.co.uk

There is also a 2 day County First aid course on 12/13 March. Contact firstaid@durhamscouts.org.uk for more details.

North East Region Beaver 30 Years Challenge and Badge

As promised I have more details of the North East Region Beaver 30 Years Challenge and Badge - see attached document for the suggested challenges, but feel free to add or change as you see fit.

I'm working with the NE Region person to finalise the badge price, but it should be £1 per badge. The badges will be ordered from the County, who will order them from the NE Region when we have an idea of numbers required. The badge can be worn straight away by those participating in the challenges and can be worn for the whole of this year.

The Document
Thanks and yours in Scouting,

Paul Woods
Assistant County Commissioner Beaver Scouts

District Beaver leaders meeting

I would like to organise a district leaders meeting to firm up plans for the coming year, and discuss/schedule/action the next sleepover - Janice has said she doesn't want to run it, so I think some hard persuasion will be required!

I suggest 27th Jan, straight after the Magic Andrew event, since we'll all be together then. Carol - please could you book/confirm that we'll be able to use a room or the hall. We will try to keep it to less than an hour...

Best wishes,

District Training Role

After a number of year delivering Module 3 and young leader training for the District Kim has decided to focus her attending on other things (within Scouting of course) so we need a volunteer or two to take on running these courses for the District. The course are run one evening per term and the resources are ready and waiting! If you would be interested in taking on the role please get in touch!


A number of Scouters from Durham District are staring as extras in 'Beowulf return to the sheildlands' which was partially filmed in Weardale and started this week on ITV - watch out!

Cub 100 Resources

Happy New Year Folks

As you are all aware this year is the Centenary of Cubs and Groups are being encouraged to allow all Cubs to participate in a variety of events to help celebrate the occasion. As a County we have our extended Cubboree (HERE) on May Bank Holiday weekend. We are holding a launch event for this on Monday 25th january, 7.30pm at Moor House.

I'm grateful to Jonathan for pointing out that the national website has out of date information. I have contacted Gilwell and they have said that resources can be accessed on a Centenary page (HERE). Until the site is updated this can only be accessed directly via this link. I would be grateful if this message could be circulated to Cub Leaders to assist them in their planning. If any leaders have any queries or want to circulate any details of events they are running please get in touch with a member of the ACC Cubs Team via cubs@durhamscouts.org.uk. Since I am still not 100% back in operation one another member of the Team may assist.

Ian Cooper
ACC Cubs

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