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New leader appointments

The District Appointments Team have updated their approach to approving new appointments. Groups are still responsible for making sure new adults are added to Compass but the District Appointments secretary will now request any references required.

2017/18 Gliding Dates

The County pays a portion of the cost for our share of the Glider to make it so cheap for us to use.
Please take advantage of it....I'd like to see all our slots filled with Durham Scouts in the air.


Coves House Campsite and venue

Please note, I have not been to this venue and do not endorse it - I'm just passing on the info!

I wanted to tell you about our facilities which I think would really suit the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers.

We are based 2 miles outside of Wolsingham on a 60 acre farm. Our land includes 20 acres of woodland which is great for exploring and collecting fire wood for the camp fire in the tent site. This is 1/2 acre of grassland with its own loo block, obstacles to play on and lots of space to pitch tents.

We also have an Event Venue which has a large space, great for kids to run around in and play indoor games. The Event Venue includes a fully equip kitchen, changing rooms, showers and a comfy chill out room. We also have two bedroom with bunk beds in, one room can sleep 8 and the other room sleeps 4.

Feel free to give me a call on 07917 835 254 and come and have a look round.
Kind regards

Sophie Parker
Coves House
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL13 3BG
07917 835 254


Founders Day

Thursday 16th February 2017
St Cuthburt's Church (near Garden House pub)
Arrive from 5.40pm to be seated by 5.55pm
Finish 6.45pm
Flags will be paraded
Full uniform needed
Please let me know which group/sections are attending, so seating can be allocated.
Any questions or queries please get in touch.

Faith Group Meeting

Thursday 9th February 2017
19, Runcie Road, Bowburn, DH6 5EY
Please let Elsa know if you intend to come to the meeting, or if you are unable to but would like to be involved.

St Georges Day

Unfortunately St George's Day falls on the last Sunday of the Easter holidays and in the past we have had a poor turn out on this day. Due to other activities the following weeks these are not viable so I am proposing that instead we have the service on Sunday April 9th, 2 weeks before and the first Sunday of the school holidays.
If anyone has a strong opinions or can see any problems with this date then please let me (Elsa Smith) know by next Sunday, 29th January, and I will confirm the date next week.

Module 37, advising on adult appointments

Dear all, there is a module 37 planned at Moor House on Tuesday 28th Feb from 7:00-9:00. This is advanced notice - could you pass the info on to any potential members of your District Appointment Advisory Committees? Further details about how to book will be sent in due course.


Welcome to:

Scott Wiseman, Assistant Cus Leader at Cub at 4th Durham (Gilesgate)
Gareth Ayre, Group Treasurer at 20th Durham (Waterhouses)

Introductory training

The next module 1 and 3 training sessions for all new leaders are running on the 2nd and 9th February starting at 19.15 at the Fram Hut. If you need to book a place please drop me and email.

Census Reminder

Jan 31st is the Scouts annual census date - please make sure all you adult records (including Group Executive Committees) are on Compass by this date. Youth number will be collected as previously- GSLs have the required details to access the system.

Mandatory safeguarding training

Just a reminder that we all need to undertake safeguarding training at least every 5 years as part of our ongoing learning commitment – this can be done face-to-face or on-line. Leaders who completed the training on-line last time around and are now due to repeat it should do a face-to-face course. The next training course will be on Monday 27th February from 7:00pm to 9:15pm at Moor House and applications are via the county website.

New Activity Rule Changes

A number of rules have been updated covering in particualr: Gorge Walking, Swimming, joint Explorer and Network nights away, sailing, snow sports and visits abroad:


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stephen Ramsay and/or myself

County Satisfaction Survey

We have initiated a County satisfaction survey so that members can tell us what support they need from the County, tell us what they think of our current support and whether they think this represents value for money. Please encourage everyone to fill it in at https://goo.gl/forms/NgziHGQNOil3lSfy2 (the survey will close at the end of January and we have around 9% of our membership who have responded so far).

County Committee Meeting Minutes Online

Minutes from December 2016's County Executive Committee meeting are now available on the Governance page on the County website. HERE

As part of the move towards greater openness in the County we are now posting minutes of the Executive Committee meetings on this page, which you can view at any time (we will not be sending e-mails out for future meeting minutes, but please feel free to check at any time).

County Scout Council meeting

There is a County Scout Council meeting (8th March 2017), which will be open to ALL members of Durham Scout County. This will be a chance for members to obtain updates on what County are doing to support them and it will also be an opportunity for our members to ask questions, raise concerns and make suggestions.

Four Week Challenge

Because an open-ended volunteering commitment can be a scary thing, the Four Week Challenge gives potential volunteers who might not know much about Scouting a taster of what it's all about.

County Vacancies

There are a number of county vacancies available:
DCC - Growth and Development
ACC - Explorers
DACC - Young leaders
Deadline is the 13th Feb

19th Christmas Raffle

Thanks to everyone who sold and returned tickets for the group Christmas Draw which was on Friday 16th at the end of the Cubs 100 Promise Party. We greatly appreciate the time and support given by everyone to help the group.

There was a total of 10 prizes available, a break down with winning tickets can be found on our website.


Thanks very much and Merry Christmas!

The 19th Leadership Team

New DC

Following search and appointment processes completed just before Christmas we are pleased to announce the following new County appointments:

Richard Chambers - District Commissioner, Darlington and District
Shelagh Robson - District Commissioner, South Tyneside District
Philippa (Pip) Cottam - District Commissioner, Sunderland District

Richard, Shelagh and Pip join a list of other appointments made in the County in 2016 which includes new sectional ACCs for the Cub Scout and Scout sections, a new County Chair and Treasurer, a new Chair for the new Finance Management Board and a new Chair for the County Appointments Advisory Committee.

In the first half of 2017 we will be completing the search for a new County Youth Commissioner and Deputies and a new County Training Manager. We will also be starting the search for a new Deputy County Commissioner for Growth and Development, a new ACC (Explorer Scouts) and Deputy ACC (Young Leaders) and starting the process of appointing more new District Commissioners.

David Stokes

Young Leader Training - Module A

The next Module A session for Young Leaders will take place on Tuesday 7 February at 7pm at Gilesgate Primary School. Module A is the compulsory training that all Young Leaders must undertake as it covers basic safeguarding and other essential items. If any Young Leaders in your group have not attended this session, please advise them to email Ben at benhodgkiss@btinternet.com to book a place on the training.

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