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Welcome new volunteers

We would like to welcome:
Petra Bod at Belmont Church as Assistant Cub Scout Leader
Simon Jennings at 20th Durham (Waterhouses) as Group Treasurer
Ryan Wareham at Belmont Church as Assistant Cub Scout Leader
Gillian Hawdon at 20th Durham (Waterhouses) as Beaver Scout Leader
Simon Jennings at 20th Durham (Waterhouses) as Group Treasurer

I hope everyone will support them as they go through the appointments process.

Coxhoe Group opening

17th Durham (Coxhoe) formally reopens its doors tonight with the first Cub section meeting, while the Beavers reforms tomorrow night. It's been a long time in the planning but I'm sure it will be worth it.

Cub Night Hike

Just to finalised details for Cub Night Hike.

We will meet at 17:30 on Saturday 2 March on the old Sunderland Bridge at the bottom of Burnical Bank, just off the A167.

Please remind all Cubs to be suitably dressed for the occasion (NO JEANS). It is likely to be very wet underfoot so please ensure suitable footwear and wrap up warm and wear waterproofs. Cubs should also bring a small snack and drink.

Please ensure that you have a ratio of 1:6.

Parents are welcome to come along too.

Please let me know as soon as possible if your pack will be attending or not.

Thank you


Cub 6 a side Football

Cub 6 a side Football

The booking has now been confirmed for Sunday 24 March, 13:30 - 16:00 at Maiden Castle Sports Centre, Durham University.

Teams of 6 Cubs, you may have more than one team. Please confirm how many teams by no later than Wednesday 20 March.


Census Results

County have confirmed Durham City's youth membership is up 13% while the adult membership is up 26%. Youth membership growth has been particularly strong in Cubs and Explorers - so a big well done to all concerned.

Cub Leaders Meeting

Cub Leaders Meeting

We will be having a leaders meeting on Thursday 7 March at 19:15 at Fram Scout Hut. Can you please try to and have at least one representative from each pack.

Please confirm attendance.


Chalmers Shield
Pete Swinney
District Cub Camp
Programme for 2014
Swimming Badge

ACC Explorers

I am delighted to inform you that David Stokes, DESC in Blaydon District, has agreed to take on the role of ACC (Explorer Scouts) with immediate effect. The Section continues to grow in our County (numbers up by over 10% in the last year), and I am confident that David's leadership will build on the enthusiasm and support of the Section's youth and adult members alike.


Cub opportunity

Just emailing to inform you all of an event that is happening at Sunderland Museum on 2nd March. Please could you cascade this e mail to anyone or groups you feel may be interested.

The Museum is being taken over by Explorer Scouts from Sunderland and Seaham District's. The Explorers, who are working towards becoming Young leaders will be running a range of drop in activities surrounding Science and Art for any Scouts who wish to attend and their Families. Activities & demos will include Hot Air Balloon making, Crystal making, Simple switches, periscopes, Pulse rate games, clay modelling and cress growing. These activities will allow any cub scouts who attend to earn their Science and Artist badges but the day would be suitable for beaver scouts too. The aim is for Families to attend however any groups who are interested in coming a long can contact me to book.

If you would like more information please feel free to get in contact.

Thomas Elwick
Learning Officer - Learning Innovation
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
Tel: 0191 263 9860
Email: thomas.elwick@twmuseums.org.uk

County Meeting

I will be attending the county DCs meeting on Wednesday - if anyone has any issues they think I should raise please let me know ASAP.

Founders Day

A big thank you to Kim and the Faith Team for organising a great Founders Day service last week - and thank you to everyone who participated.
If anyone has any constructive suggestions or ideas for future years please feed back to someone on the Faith Team.

Climb when ready

We're pleased to offer additional places for Climb When Ready 2013!

Now that every group has had the opportunity to enter, we are now offering unlimited additional places for Climb When Ready on a first come, first served basis until we reach the maximum number for each session.

Perhaps there were some Cubs or Scouts who you had to turn down or maybe your whole group wants to come climbing, or you missed the deadline - this is your opportunity to sign up. Remember, this is more than a competition.

You can enter online at www.durhamscouts.org.uk/climbwhenready/

County Network

The bad news .......
Graeme Scott has decided to step down from the CSNC role, to concentrate on the Scouting he is doing at Group level (with great success). My thanks go to Graeme for the enthusiasm and effort he has invested in the Network Section, and I know his District and Group will benefit from his new focus.

and the good news .........
David Holmes, formerly County Scout Network Leader, has agreed to take on the CSNC role. David already works closely with the various Network Units, and comes to his new role eager to build on the existing foundations and develop the Section in our County. I am sure you will all wish him every success, and grant him full co-operation as he starts this new challenge.

Upcoming events:

Monday - Founders day
Wednesday - Indoor Scout Competition & Scout Leaders Meeting
Thursday - Valantines day (incase you'd forgot)

Music Day Report

Saturday saw 43 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts take part in the District Music Day. Everyone worked fantastically well to put together concerts involving hand bell ringing, 3 part harmony singing and individual performances by our very talented youngsters.
Those that took part gained one of the staged music badges and several Scouts have now achieved their stage 5.
Do take the time to follow this link and listen to the recording of the Cubs and Scouts singing Journey's Don't Stop Believing. You can listen to a sample here.

Next year the District Music Team is hoping to put together a 'Gang Show in a Day' working on the same format as the Music Day this year. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers will come along and rehearse for the day and put on a show in the evening.
This venture will require more adult help than the Music Day and we need input from anyone with experience on the technical side of things. If you are at all interested in being involved please drop me an email to gangshow@durhamcityscouts.org.uk

St Georges Parade

Final details are still being confirmed but there will be a District St George's parade in the city centre on the afternoon of the 21st April.

County climbing competition

Quick reminder that the deadline for the
climbing competition (5th March) is this week.

Training Session and Social

On Saturday 23rd March we're going to hold a training validation afternoon at Elvet Church followed by a wonder over to a local pub. More details nearer the time - but do put the date in your diary.

Update from County

1) Safety Training for leaders whose appointments are coming up for review -
The FAQ safety training document has been recently updated, as question 11 required some clarification. It can be found at:


2) The form AR has been reprinted to take this additional requirement into account - it can be found at:


3) Volunteer Vacancy Boards now live on the Print Centre
A new vacancy board and card kit has recently been made available on the Scout Print Centre. The idea of the kit is that you order an A2 board with a set of cards for a number of different vacancies which you can display within plastic wallets on the board. This allows the potential volunteer to take one of the cards as a reference to make contact.
To take a look, log in at www.scouts.org.uk using your normal username and password then click on Print Centre in the My Tools menu. Then choose Vacancy Boards from the list of thumbnails.
Please promote this tool when delivering any training about recruiting adults or engaging parents.

4) Executive Committee Role Descriptions – factsheet update
A number of factsheets for Executive Committee role descriptions have been deleted, updated or renamed. This is the result of a review of all resources to support Executive Committees which has produced updated role descriptions for Chairmen, Treasurers, Secretaries, and Executive Committee Members. These are available to purchase from Scout Shops or can be downloaded from Member Resources:


5) The fact sheet 'promoting good sexual health in Scouting' has been updated


And finally

6) Specialist Advisers for Adult Training
The Specialist Adviser (Adult Training) team is a UK wide team looking specifically for Advisers to work in a region in the North of England and the South of England.
If you share an enthusiasm for training and enabling adults then join the Specialist Adviser (Adult Training) team. You will have good skills in strategic management, training, coaching or mentoring. Your role will be to support Training Managers, County/Area/Regional (Scotland) Commissioners and Regional Commissioners in ensuring the quality of their training provision and providing specialist advice on issues relating to adult training.
View the role description and structure and download the form to nominate someone or apply online here. The closing date is Thursday 14 March 2013. Selection will be between 1 and 21 April with successful candidates being invited to the team meeting on the 11/12 May 2013


7) For those of you who are also TAs, a heads up that the APF/TAs guide have been updated - updated pages for both the TAG and APF are now available from Member Resources. These include updates to the validation criteria for Module 7: Scouting for All, Module 17: Running Safe Activities, and Module 23: Safety for Managers and Supporters. The link is:




Potential training opportunities

These are not endorsed in anyway:

Governance in the Voluntary and Community Sector (Accredited) Level 2
This course is run over 6 sessions
Venue: The Greenhills Centre, Stephens Terrace, WHEATLEY HILL DH6 3JS
Dates: 24 January to 28 February 2013 (every Thursday 10 am - 3.30 pm)
This Governance Training Programme supports participants in providing effective governance for new and existing voluntary and community sector organisations. The course is aimed at people who are active members of a governing body or who are interested in developing the knowledge and skills required to become a member of a governing body. The course covers:

» Strategy and Structures » Risk Management
» Responsibilities and Accountability
» Governance Skills
Also Governance will be ran at: Venue: Durham County Hall, DURHAM DH1 5UL

Dates: 05 April to 10 May 2013 (every Friday 10 am - 3.30 pm)

Quick Courses
SkillShare offer a range of quick courses FREE to County Durham residents. The courses are designed to equip participants with the relevant knowledge on each chosen course topic.

· Paediatric First Aid (two days)
Venue: Chester Le Street Council Offices, Newcastle Road, CHESTER LE STREET DH3 3UT
Date: 20 & 21 February 2013 Time: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

The Paediatric course is a two day training course and covers the requirements for First Aid for babies and children, topics include: resuscitation of babies & infants; choking; bleeding; incident management; childhood illnesses; burns and scalds. This course has been approved to meet Early Years Foundation, Sector Requirements to meet the needs of Primary Schools.

· Food Hygiene
Venue: Seaham, Unit 8 Spectrum Business Park, SEAHAM SR7 7TT
Date: 12 February 2013 Time: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
This is a one day course covering the awareness of Food Safety for the caterer, including: Law; cooking food; food management and storage; personal hygiene; food contamination; premises; cleaning. A recommended certificated qualification for people working in catering (Chartered Institute of Environmental Health). Assessment for successful completion is a written multiple choice examination the end of the course.

· Manual Handling
Venue: Durham County Hall, DURHAM DH1 5UL
Date: 15 February 2013 Time: 1 pm - 5 pm
Venue: Chester Le Street Council Offices, Newcastle Road, CHESTER LE STREET DH3 3UT
Date: 6 March 2013 Time: 1 pm - 5 pm
The manual handling course is designed to reduce the risk of injury caused by lifting and carrying objects manually in and outside of the work place.

Successful completion of the course will lead to the following learning outcomes:

· The process of manual handling in the work place
· Manual handling injuries and the activities which cause them
· Manual handling assessment and control options
· The responsibilities imposed by the Manual Handling Operations regulations
· The anatomy and physiology of the spine with biomechanics
The ability to carry out a basic manual handling risk assessment

· Emergency First Aid at Work (one day)
Venue: East Durham Trust, Community House, Yoden Road, PETERLEE SR8 5DP
Date: 29 January 2013 Time: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Venue: Newton Aycliffe Youth Centre, Burn Lane, NEWTON AYCLIFFE DL5 4HT
Date: 31 January 2013 Time: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Venue: Chester Le Street Council Offices, Newcastle Road, CHESTER LE STREET DH3 3UT
Date: 28 February 2013 Time: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Venue: The Robin Todd Centre, Front Street, SOUTH HETTON DH6 2TH
Date: 5 March 2013 Time: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
One day Emergency First Aid for the appointed person—this course covers:
incident management; CPR; burns; choking; breaks and fractures; control of bleeding; causes of unconsciousness. The course will identify the roles and responsibilities of a First Aider. Candidates must to able to successfully carry out Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation to pass to course.
· eParticipation & Training the Trainer
Venue: Spennymoor Council Offices, Green Lane, SPENNYMOOR DL16 6JQ
Date: 8 March 2013 Time: 10 am - 3.30 pm
Date: 4 April 2013 Time: 10 am - 3.30 pm
Date: 16 April 2013 Time: 10 am - 3.30 pm


To book places, or for further information, please contact SkillShare on:

Tel: 01429 868 353 OR

Email: enquiries@skillsharene.co.uk


SkillShare North East Ltd

Belle Vue Centre, Kendal Road, HARTLEPOOL TS25 1QU

Upcoming events:

Thursday - District Team meeting
Saturday - Music Day
Monday 11th - Founders Day
Wednesday 13th - Indoor Scout Competition

Founders Day

The District Founders Day service will start at 6.30 (and finish about 7.30) on the 11th Feb at Gilesgate Church. Please try and arrive by 6.20 in full uniform. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and leaders are all welcome. Please let Kim know if your section is attending faith@durhamcityscouts.org.uk.

The theme is Doing my duty to God - we will be putting ideas relating to this on postit notes so get your thinking caps on!

Volunteers to read prayers are very welcome - please let Kim know faith@durhamcityscouts.org.uk.

Light refreshments will follow the service along with a chance to trade gossip.

New Leaders/Roles

The following adults have taken on new roles - please do support them as they find their feet and complete the appointments process:

Peter Chipchase in 19th Durham (Neville's Cross) as Assistant Scout Leader
Karen Hartley in 5th Durham City as Cub Scout Leader
Emily Scott in 15th Durham (Elvet) as Assistant Scout Leader

County Safeguarding Update

February Safeguarding Update

Scouting Magazine

Hopefully everyone has received the Feb/March Scouting magazine by now - if not please let me know.

Next Module 3 Training

Wednesday 24th April 19.15 for 19.30 start at Fram.

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