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County Commissioner

I am writing to you ... to advise that I have advised my Regional Commissioner, Vicki Pearson, that I would like to step down from my role as Durham County Scouts County Commissioner. Vicki has kindly accepted this decision.

The reasons for my decision are generally twofold and firstly I do not feel that I now have the time to carry out the role properly and to be as effective as I would like to be for the benefit of Durham Scout county and its members. The role is an ever increasing workload and my “real work” has reduced the amount of time I can spend on my CC work which has ultimately affected my family and the amount of time I can spend with them.

Secondly I have struggled to make enough time to push the County towards vision 2018 and convince all of the members that we are a movement and as such need to move with the times towards this vision.

In relation to timescales Vicki gave me until the end of February to break the news and in early March she will start to advertise for a new CC appointment. A lot depends on the number of applicants coming forward and diaries for the selection panel but we are hoping that the process can be completed before the end of June 2016. I have agreed to stay in the role in the meantime but will only have time for the essential admin tasks and will rely on my Exec and County team to help out with meetings, AGM`s etc.

Can I place on record my thanks to everyone that has supported me in the role and it never ceases to amaze me the amount of work that our volunteers in Durham County get through for the benefit of it`s members.

Thanks again.


Cubboree 2016 - Staff Team

We are celebrating 100 years of Cubs this year and in Durham, we're organising the wildest birthday party ever at Cubboree 2016. We are looking for Network members to help us with lots of different roles from climbing to mountain biking to catering. We are especially on the look out for anyone who wants to join our Help Desk team (led by Vicky Turnbull) who look after everyone during the weekend.

To find out more, take a look at http://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/events/cubboree-2016/staff-team/ or get in touch with me at events@durhamscouts.org.uk. I'd appreciate if you could pass this message around the members in your district.

Any help appreciated!

DBS ID Checking

I have been asked to circulate these links:

DBS where an ID checking form is being used http://compasssupport.scouts.org.uk/?quick-start-guide=how-to-complete-a-disclosure-application-dbs-for-a-member-in-england-or-wales-option-1

DBS where an ID checking form is not being used http://compasssupport.scouts.org.uk/?quick-start-guide=how-to-complete-a-disclosure-application-dbs-for-a-member-in-england-or-wales-option-2

They do make the whole process look horrendous!

If you are still struggling to get new adults onto the system please let me know - there are paper forms which can be processed very easily.

Pete Swinney Cub Competition 2016

The Pete Swinney Competition will take place at Moor House Adventure Centre on the 7th May 2016.

We are pleased to announce that this very popular competition is returning in 2016, meaning even more Cubs can join in the fun! The Pete Swinney Competition is a big orienteering challenge, featuring a large number of activities around the grounds of Moor House.

Who can enter?
Anyone, not just winners of District Competitions. Teams can consist of between 4 and 6 Cubs. Groups can enter as many teams as they want.
What will happen?
Cubs will be given a map of Moor House showing all the different challenges. Each challenge will have a number of points available for successful completion and each team can choose what challenges they want to try, first using the map to find them. The team with the most points at the end of 2 hours wins!
Which activities?
We are asking each group who enter a team to provide one of the challenge bases. This might be a mental, physical, skill or team work challenge, appropriate for Cub ages. The more exciting the activity, the more fun the Pete Swinney will be! We’ll review your activity idea beforehand, to ensure that each challenge is different – you will be asked to submit your idea on the entry form. We’ll also be using a number of the Moor House activities as additional challenges, including Bouldering and Archery.
Cubs can start arriving from 12:30pm, with registration opening at 12.45pm. There will be time in the morning for groups to setup their challenges and also a leaders briefing. Please note these timings are approximate and subject to change.

12.45 – Registration Opens
13:30 – Briefing and route planning
13:45-16:00 – Competition
16:30 – Presentation
17:00 – Finish

The Pete Swinney Competition costs £4 per Cub, which includes a badge, certificate and all the activities. The deadline for entries is the 15th April 2016 and bookings will open soon (a further email will be sent out to update you)

If you have any questions about the competition, then please email us at peteswinney@durhamscouts.org.uk

We will email you again once bookings open.

Many thanks,

St George's Day Service. Saturday 23rd April.

The formal invitation to the St George's day celebration can be found HERE

Newcastle Gang Show

This year's Newcastle Gang Show is running from Tuesday 29th March until Saturday 2nd April. 3 of the cast members are from 1st Framwellgate Moor's Wednesday Cubs. David, Dianne (Leaders) and Harry (Cub) will be taking to the stage of the People's Theatre in Heaton. Please head along to support them.

Tickets can be booked through cast members up until Saturday 27th February (please email David for a pdf of the booking form - we have to hand them in on the 28th!) and are also available directly from the theatre whilst space is available. (Please see the attached poster.)

Newcastle is an open show and were really happy to have cast members from Durham , there are also lots of behind the scenes jobs, so if you are interested in taking part in a future year please let David or Dianne know. They will then pass on your details to the producers so you can be added to the mailing list.

David can be contacted through: david@framscouts.org.uk

Cub Centenary

To mark the Cub Centenary David (Baker) has been collecting Wolf Cub and Cub Scouting items. He is happy to bring the collection to groups during this Centenary year to help teach them about the changes in our movement. The collection includes:

- Old Wolf Cub and Cub Scout uniforms which Cubs can dress up in
- A wide variety of Cub books including annuals - these are good at giving the Cubs ideas about other activities they could try
- Picture frames showing the old badges, photos, record cards, etc...

Alongside a number of other items of Cub's memorabilia.

Please email David if you are interested in him visiting to arrange a date which is mutually convenient. David is also happy to take the collection to groups outside of the District.


First Aid Event Cover

To All Adult Members and Young Leaders.

As you will be aware by now a lot of our big Scout Events, especially those held at Moor House require First Aid Event Cover.

I am looking to put a Team together of those we can call upon to attend these events and provide First Aid Cover.

If you have a First Aid or Medical Qualification and would like to be included in the Team, then please let me have your details and I shall start building the Team and provide any necessary further training or refresher training that may be required.

Our first big event will be Cub 100 on 27th -30th May 2016, so let me know if you want to help and are available for that, for the whole event or even just part of it.




Just 8 days to go until the price for Cubboree 2016, the Wildest Birthday Ever, increases!

We've now started to confirm the next round of activities for Cubboree 2016, including the brilliant bungee trampolines, a 100ft inflatable assault course, creepy crawlies and the fantastic Tony Junior will be kicking things off on the Friday night.

Don't forget that prices for this great event increase on the 1st March, so you have just 8 days left to submit your booking at the bargain price of £65. For that, you get an exclusive Cubboree T-Shirt, Cubboree badge, 11 meals, 20 hours of activities, 3 nights of entertainment, 3 nights of camping, unlimited refreshments and all the infrastructure you'd expect at a big event.

More information is available on our website at www.durhamscouts.org.uk/cubboree and in our previous update emails below. On our website, you'll find more information and you can even make your own flyer to hand out to your Cubs. We also have a large set of updated FAQs which can be found at http://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/events/cubboree-2016/faqs/

In April, we'll be publishing detailed joining instructions, a guide for newbies, kit lists and even a presentation you can use at parents' evenings - its all part of our efforts to make Cubboree accessible to all. Whether or not you've been to one of our events before, you'll find a friendly welcome at Cubboree.

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

Ian and the Cubboree Team

Cubs 100 North East Region Necker Project

Full details of the project were included in the minutes from the last ADC meeting but just in case we have missed anyone I am sending this to all ADC Cubs and DC's and County Team.

As part of the Centenary year we as a North East Region are going to create one giant necker from every pack in the North East. We will then be making a second necker with all neckers from Durham Scout County Cubs.

Can you please get all the Cubs and leaders in your district to sign 2 youth size neckers per pack and get them to me by no later than Friday 18 March.

Neckers should be sent to Sarah Dodds

A team of us will then be getting together to sew them all together!

We hope to get a giant publicity event somewhere like a football stadium that the NE Regional necker can be shown with Cubs involved too.

The County necker will be ready for Cubboree and will then be put on the wall in Moor House for all to see.

Cuthberts Tour

Cuthbert it still making his way around the County. We now have a diary for him! If you have not yet had a visit to your District then please email cubs@durhamscouts.org.uk and give us some suggested dates and we will try to fit them in. He has been to London this week with Hoghton le Spring and is heading to Chester-le-street next. Apart from a weekend in May when he is booked to go to camp with Teesdale Cubs his diary is fairly empty until Cubboree!

Hope to see you all at the next Cub Event which is the Pete Swinney on 7 May. Details coming out very soon.

Acting ACC Cubs - Durham Scout County

Wednesday 24 February - Cub Leaders Meeting

We have a Cub Leaders meeting scheduled for this Wednesday. The meeting will be held at Sarah Dodds house at 19:30.

Cub Night Hike Beamish Hall Saturday 27 February

This year's Cub District Night Hike is taking place around Beamish and Pockerley Wood area. Beamish Hall have kindly allowed us to use their far car park for this event. This is the first one on the left as you come in the main entrance. To reduce the number of vehicles please can you car share where possible. Beamish Hall are happy for parents to visit the Stables, which offers really nice meals, whilst the Cubs are on the hike. You are also welcome to join us for the hike itself but please also ensure you have the recommended kit listed below! The hike is around 4.5km in length.

The hike itself will start from Beamish Hall just after 5:30pm. We will walk alongside Beamish Burn and up through Mill Wood until we reach a track t-junction in Pockerley Wood. This is the start of a night trail that will lead you down and along the wood until you come back up to find a geocache. Groups that are waiting will have the opportunity to find some other close by geocaches during this time. From the end of this circuit groups will head a slight way up hill to pick up the start of the next trail. (There will be a leader here to make sure that you find your way between the two trails.) Whilst making your way round the wood there are a number of other geocaches that you might like to search for. (Please listen carefully to the instructions on the night.) Once everyone has completed the trail we will regroup and make our way back to Beamish Hall. Please note that to easily follow the trail you will want quite a bright torch. You also want this to be as close to eye level as possible as that way more of the light is reflected back. A head torch is idea.

All participants should have the following kit for this activity:
Sturdy shoes (preferably hiking boots - one part of this trail is usually quite muddy! Trainers are NOT suitable.)
Small rucksack containing a drink, snack and additional thermal layers in case they get cold.
Torch (a bright head torch will make it easier to follow the trail - if you don't have a head torch you can hold a normal torch up to the side of your head to get the same benefit!)
Hat and gloves (these can be in the rucksack if it is warm enough)

Each leader should ensure that they have a first aid kit with their group. (The main event leaders will also have first aid kits.)

Can you please let Sarah know by Friday 26th at 21:00 if your pack will be taking part or not

Young Leader Training - This Wednesday!!

Just a reminder that this Wednesday we will be running Module A for Young Leaders at Brandon Community Centre from 7:30-9:00pm. The postcode for the venue is DH7 8QG. Please remind any of your Young Leaders about this as I suspect some will have forgotten after the freedom of half term! No uniform required, just a willingness to get involved... I believe Dave is providing biscuits too so all the more reason for hungry teenagers to pop along! If any YLs who haven't contacted me already want to come, people are more than welcome just to turn up on the night.



St Georges Day

As I am sure you away we are celebrating 100 years of Cub Scouting and one of the events is the Service in the Cathedral for ALL Sections of Durham City Scout Groups and Cub Scouts from around the County.

The date is Saturday 23rd April (St George's Day) at 2.00 p.m.

It is a tremendous event that we have been allowed to hold this service in the Cathedral and it is the result of a lot of hard work by the Faith Group.

The Cathedral is a big place !!!!! For this we need to make sure it is filled so please make sure all your sections know and add it to your programme planning..

My role along with Richard Smith is to organise the Flags and Main Colour Party.

We hope that all Group and Section flags will be there and we will be asking the Explorer Units to each nominate two members for the main colour party.

More details will follow but please book the date.

Ken Robertson & Richard Smith

Middlesbrough Gang Show

I have been asked to publicize the Middlesbrough Gang show which is on 4th -9th April at Middlesbrough Theater with a matinee on the Saturday.

Tickets can be purchased via cast member Hazel Hope (Fram Tue Cubs) and cost £10 and one free for every 10 in a group booking.

Forthcoming deadlines for Events

It's a busy time of year and we have a few deadlines looming for events which I wanted to remind you of:

Climb When Ready 2016 - reach the top at the climbing competition - bookings close on the 13th February

The Geoffrey Gordon Cup 2016 - returning to the sleepy village of Commondale for the ultimate Explorer challenge - bookings close on the 29th February

Cubboree 2016 - our long weekend of adventure to celebrate the Cub Centenary - prices increase to £70 on the 1st March (and bookings close when full)

I'd appreciate it if you could pass onto your groups so that no one misses out on these great events. If you have any questions, please get in touch.


Appointment of the chair of the Moor House Management Board

Announcement here - the short version is congratulations Ian Hammond

Moor House Management Board

Following Richard's announcement last week, I am now looking to recruit the six members of the Moor House Management Board with the aim of holding the first board meeting in March. As you will have seen, the board will play an active role in helping us deliver accessible adventurous activities to our members and help the County achieve it's 2018 vision.

I'm looking for passionate people to join with a wide variety of skills and experience, either in:

Facilities Management/Construction
Health & Safety
Outdoor Education

Or people who are able to understand the needs of our customers - Scouting or otherwise. I'm also looking for at least one member to be under the age of 25.

Further details are attached and there is an expression of interest form on our website at http://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/moor-house/mhmb-recruitment/. The deadline for expressions is the 26th February 2016.

I would appreciate it if you could circulate this far and wide, as I am very keen to hear from anyone who believes they can contribute to the future of Moor House.


Module Module 5 - Fundamental Values of Scouting 16 March 16

Durham Scout County’s Training Team will be delivering Module 5 - Fundamental Values of Scouting of the Adult Training Scheme on Wednesday 16 March 16 from 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm at Moor House.

If you wish to undertake this module and can commit to the date, applications need to be made by 5 pm on 2 March 16 via www.durhamscouts.org.uk/mytools.

If you do not have an assigned Training Adviser, please record “No TA” in the relevant field.

Module Mandatory Safeguarding Training 10 March 16

Durham Scout County’s Training Team will be delivering Mandatory Safeguarding Training of the Adult Training Scheme on Thursday 10 March 16 from 7:00 pm until 9:30 pm at Moor House.

If you wish to undertake this module and can commit to the date, applications need to be made by 5 pm on 25 February 16 via www.durhamscouts.org.uk/mytools.

If you do not have an assigned Training Adviser, please record 'No TA' in the relevant field.

This is the face-to-face version of the safeguarding training that experienced leaders need to complete at least every 5 years.

Module Module 16 - Introduction to Residential Experiences 12 March 16

Durham Scout County’s Training Team will be delivering Module 16 - Introduction to Residential Experiences of the Adult Training Scheme on Saturday 12 March 16 from 9:30 am until 12:00 pm at Fatfield HQ.

If you wish to undertake this module and can commit to the date, applications need to be made by 5 pm on 30 January 16 via www.durhamscouts.org.uk/mytools.

If you do not have an assigned Training Adviser, please record 'No TA' in the relevant field.

DUCK Local Charities Fund 2016 (previously DUCK Allocations) is now OPEN

The Deadline for applications is the 31st May 2016! Please find attached the application form with information about the Fund. Email your applications and any queries to myself at dsu.duck-community@durham.ac.uk

Good luck with your application!


Meg Kneafsey
DUCK Charity Liaison Officer 2015-16

Module 12a/b - Delivering a Quality Programme

Durham Scout County’s Training Team will be delivering the aforementioned module of the Adult Training Scheme on Saturday 12 March 2016 from 12:30 to 4:00pm at Fatfield HQ

If you wish to undertake this module and can commit to the date, applications need to be made by 5 pm on Friday 26th February via www.durhamscouts.org.uk/mytools.

If you do not have an assigned Training Adviser, please record “No TA” in the relevant field.

Kingswood Activity Centres Introduction

I have been asked to circulate this:

Kingswood have been working regionally and locally with Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer groups for several years. We are developing our products to ensure that all of the type of groups we work with get the best value and service when they come and visit us one of our Kingswood activity centres. Kingswood has 9 UK adventure activity centres across the country plus a chateau in France, the centres are good for team building/leadership development activity weekends but also can be used for adventure day visits and weekend visits or even exclusive visits (where the centre is yours only), and as a venue for an event.

I have attached our latest offer tailored for uniformed groups, along with our new brochure. Please feel free to forward this onto anyone who may wish to take advantage.

Our weekend brochure prices start at £59 plus VAT for a 2 night weekend. This includes all food, all accommodation including bedding and all activities.


Talks on animal care


I would be very grateful is you would pass on information about our free talks to Beavers, Cub and Scout groups in and around Gateshead and Durham.

Blue Cross, the charity dedicated to helping sick, injured and homeless pets has offered a national free education service to children aged 5-12 since 2005. Using our network of fully-trained and DBS-checked volunteers we have seen over 400,000 children. Our talks are not a fundraising initiative but are part of our programme of information and education, however fundraising opportunities are available on our website if required.

Talks can be to large groups or made age-appropriate for smaller groups of children. The programme is particularly appropriate to areas such as Animal related activity badges. Talks can be given on subjects such as:

• Responsible Pet care
• Being safe around dogs
• The history and work of the Blue Cross Pet charity.

Some of our volunteers have temperament-assessed dogs with them, and all carry a number of resources to help make the message of the Blue Cross a fun and interesting experience.

Availability of talks is dependent upon the availability of our volunteers, so please ask your leaders to contact me direct to make a booking during term-time. More information on responsible pet care can be found at www.bluecross.org.uk/education

With many thanks for your support

Sue Malin
Education Team - Blue Cross
Telephone: 0300 111 8950
e-mail: education@bluecross.org.uk

North East Adventure Camps

North East Adventure Camps is a new local start-up business offering residential camps for children aged 10-15. We are running two three-day camps in the 2016 Easter school holidays at the magnificent Mowden Hall School in Northumberland, which is very accessible from Newcastle and Durham. The first camp runs from the 29th - 31st March and is for 10-12 year-olds. The second camp runs from 1st - 3rd April and is for 13-15 year-olds. We have some exciting new instructors on board (including Andrew Corbin, a cub scout leader with 4th Durham) and we'll be doing loads of active competitive team games, team initiative challenges, some swimming pool games, and camping activities like shelter building, camp-fire, etc.

Both camps are £195 all inclusive. Discounts are available for early (before 23 Feb) and group (of 3+) bookings. Please have a look at the website where you can find loads more information including the sign-up form - www.northeastadventurecamps.co.uk. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call on 0191 603 1566 or email the camp leader, Toby, at toby@northeastadventurecamps.co.uk. If you do sign up, please mention Andrew or Durham Scouting in the ‘how did you hear about us’ box as that would really help. Finally, as a relatively new venture, we are heavily reliant on word of mouth, so please spread the word as much as possible and thank you in advance for your help!


According to HQ Group Scout Leaders will get access to Compass today. Based on the original time table, this means everyone else should get access in a couple of weeks.

Hollie is still busy trying to correct the data held within Compass so if you spot anything amiss please let me know and we'll get it updated.

Inventor activities for young people at Discovery Museum 27 Feb

I would like to make you aware of 2 events taking place at Discovery Museum on 27th February.

They are part of the Future Makers Programme and will give children the chance on becoming an inventor for an hour.

These activities would be perfect for Scouts and Guides.



Please share these links with any groups or people you think may find these events of interest


Tom Elwick
Seaham Scouts

Map reading quiz

If you have 5 minutes you may like to try your skills against:


Cheap entry into Beamish


We are inviting boys groups on the Saturday of the event (21st May), girls groups on the Sunday of the event (22nd May) and multi-sex groups on either day, we can give an amazing discount of £6 entry for anyone involved in the event (including friends and families if they would like to come along). We are asking that groups let us know their approximate numbers 10 days before the event so that we can issue the correct number of discount vouchers required for the group to use, and pay on the day upon arrival to the museum. You will also have the choice of paying by invoice after your visit – if you could let us know your preference when you give us numbers then that would be great.

The parade will take place at 2.30pm from the Town to the Pit Village, all the groups will be asked to gather in the Town Park ahead of this time, to line up at the back of the Town ready for the parade. Any banners or flags that the groups have or would like to make ahead of the event, would look great if the boys/girls could bring them on the day and wave them proudly! The banners from your hut would be brilliant.

There will be craft activities, band performances and the museum will be in full operation so it will make for a brilliant day out, as well as being a chance for the boys/girls to celebrate and commemorate this important story of young people fundraising during the First World War. Let me know if you have any other queries and hopefully the group would like to get involved.

We are going to add you to our database for this event and if you do have any idea of approximate numbers for the visit then please do let us now when you do. We will send out more in depth information 10 days before the event. We look forward to welcoming you to the museum for our Empire and Flag Day celebrations! For more information please go to - http://www.beamish.org.uk/events/empire-weekend/



Bev Connolly

Bev Connolly, the beaver scout leader at 1st Herrington lost her long battle against cancer this morning and passed away in St. Benedict's Hospice.

Bev will be very much missed from scouting and our thoughts and prayers remain with Paul, Ollie, Jamie and their family at this very sad time.

Once arrangements are known, I will share them.

Jonathan Chicken

Gold DofE residential

Hi All,

Fantastic opportunity for a local, inexpensive but extremely rewarding residential.

Erika & her team do an incredible job with these young people, I had the honour of assessing a Gold Expedition of theirs a couple of years ago so I know you are assured of a wonderful eye-opening experience.

Please see below and attached

I must know if you are going to take up the offer- I need to approve your plans on eDofE before you start.

NOTE: you must do both weekends for it to count

Stephen Ramsay

Dear All

I have 6 young people from my 'Cheesy Waffles Youth Project' who are ready to do their Residential for Gold D of E

They all have special needs and are therefore unable to go away on residential by themselves.

I have put together a package that will enable them to complete their residential over two weekends together, however they need other young people to join them and work with them.

If anyone knows any young people who would be interested could you please get in touch.

Information attached.


Erika Denholm
Cheesy Waffles Youth Project

DofE Expedition Dates

Hello everyone,

I know that across the County we often have individual young people struggling to find Groups for Award expeditions.

We have just fixed the dates for our Unit. Please note that these are primarily Blaydon District expeditions and these dates should not be considered as ‘open’ County expeditions. However, I don’t want anyone to miss out if we can help someone and I’m willing to open them up to individual Explorer Scouts (or even Scout Network members) from other Districts, subject to our own Explorer Scouts having ‘first dibs’ on the places

Spring Expedition Dates

2nd - 3rd April Platinum / Bronze Expedition

2nd - 4th April Diamond / Silver Expedition

2nd - 5th April Queen's / Gold Expedition

Summer Expedition Dates

30th - 31st July Platinum / Bronze Expedition

30th July - 1st August April Diamond / Silver Expedition
30th July - 2nd Queen's / Gold Expedition

Please feel free to share these dates with your young people and we’ll see what we can do to help out. Please also feel free to share your own dates around the County.

Stephen – can you circulate these dates to Assessors please so that we can check availability?



On Monday, we held an extremely successful information event about our exciting plans for Cubboree 2016.

You can download a copy of the presentation we used from our website (http://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/events/cubboree-2016/) to find out more or run your own information event locally. On our website, you can also find a full range of Frequently Asked Questions for those who have not attended our events previously.

Bookings are still open - prices increase on the 1st March and bookings close completely on the 18th March (or when we reach our maximum capacity of 1200).

If you have any questions, please get in touch.


District Beaver leaders meeting minutes

Forthcoming events:
Founders day service 6:30pm, 11th Feb. Elvet.

St Georges day parade 2pm Cathedral. 23rd April. Scratch choir forming at Waterhouses, all welcome to join - ask Kim. Ali will ask David Baker to send words/music around.

Flag week at Beamish in May. Uniform + parade. 1:30pm. £6 off admission. Let Beamish know if going (or your GSL if you're group are doing it as a whole).

County Beaver picnic 11th June 2016, theme is Space. Start getting numbers and book - see the county web page.

Sports day: 30th Jun - Sports day - Richard. 5:30-7pm. 6pm start. Richard doing drinks, crisps.

Hardwick visit - Sept 2016. Claire G to investigate, organise with Carol. Nominally 24th Sept (Sat).

Christmas 2016: Shildon railway museum. Janice to investigate. Was £10 (2015). Sat 10th Dec.

District panto. 3rd Dec, 1 or 2pm. Gala, Jack and the Beanstalk. £9.
Sarah D will ask for numbers in the summer.

Sleepover, Nov 2016. Janice doing food. Leigh as leader in charge. Organising committee: Richard.
25/26/27th November, to be confirmed once Leigh has booked Moorhouse. Joanne trained for fencing - so that could be a possibility (ask Sarah D).

You Shaped 2016: County wide - colonies should have log chews during
the You Shaped week. Pass info back to me. 1-7th Feb.

Moorhouse: Leaders now allowed to run activities (activity permits
required for some). Reduces cost. Cave bus is now there for a trial period.

Million Hands Initiative. Please consider registering - programme
looks good. Sarah D has registered, will send the info around.

Challenge 30 badges - Ordered, district will pay, assuming there is enough money.

Colonies welcome to visit Coxhoe. Tuesday nights, 5:45-7pm.

Opening/closing ceremonies across the district:
Build a lodge + sit in circle.
Build a dam
Flag break.
Beaver chant.
Start and finish in circle, count down from 3, beaver chant.
Bunny hop in a circle.
Beaver song, jump off benches.

Beaver Challenge30

Ali will pass on badges once they're received

Challenge 30

St George's Scratch Choir


Now as I start upon my chosen way,
In all I do, my thoughts, my work, my play,
Grant as I promise, Courage new for me
To be the best, the best that I can be.Help me to keep my Honour shining bright,
May I be Loyal in the hardest fight
Let me be able for my Task, and then,
To earn a place among my fellow men.Open mine eyes to see things as I should,
That I may do my daily turn of good,
Let me be ready, waiting for each need
To keep me clean in thought and word and deed.So as I journey on my chosen way,
In all I do, my thoughts, my work, my play,
Grant as I promise, Courage new for me
To be the best, the BEST that I can be.

Here is a link to a you tube video of the Scout hymn including words. Good for getting the right speed.

Founders Day

Founders day this year starts at 6.30 at Elvet Church on Thursday 11th Feb and should last about an hour.

I hope to see as many people there as possible.

Safeguarding Newsletter

The February County Safeguarding newsletter can be found HERE

Leader Training and Validation

As the new January 2016 Adult Training Guide and Information is released I thought I would take this opportunity to send out this reminder to you all regarding training and validations obligations.

As your new leaders are recruited, they will go through an appointment process to ensure that they are suitable for the role, this is also their agreement to undertake the relevant training for role. After the relevant checks have been made the adult will be issued with a provisional appointment. Once this has been issued, the adult will have five months in which to complete their Getting Started training, and become a full appointment.

Once 'Full appointment' to a role has been made your Adult / Leader has Three years in which to complete their wood badge.

On successful completion of their Wood Badge all adults holding appointments for which a Wood Badge is required must participate in an average of at least five hours on-going learning each year.

Mandatory ongoing learning includes Ongoing Safeguarding Training, and Ongoing Safety Training both of which must be undertaken every five years which is to be monitored by their line manager at the point of appointment review.

All adults in Scouting holding a Leader, Manager or Supporter appointment are also required to hold a current First Aid certificate. which is to be monitored by their line manager at the point of appointment review, every five years.

I have attached a copy of the new current 2016 guidelines for your information. (full Adult Training Information 2016 full training information is available on the national scout website)

Can you remind all your Adults /Leaders holding appointments that is is their responsibility to undertake training, I am aware that we have had some issues with lack of Training Advisor in some districts and we are working to rectify and ease this problem, however it is still an individuals responsibility, they should all have Personal Development Plans, and a file of evidence to support their Adult Training. This training should be monitored and reviewed by their line manager at the point of appointment review and every five years.

This situation is being closely monitored as part of the Quality and Standards review of Training in Durham County, I am currently aware of Leaders that have been in post for several years, without wood badges or ongoing learning, I recently Identified a member who had taken eight years to complete their wood badge and clearly this is not acceptable. Adult /Leader Training is Mandatory, and members agree to undertake this when agreeing to take on a Role, this now includes your Executive Committees.

If you have a leader awaiting who has completed their training and required Wood Badge issuing, can I remind you all that whilst Compass is still offline, I still have a manual system for requesting these but will require information to validate this.

If you have any Wood Badged leaders interested in becoming a Training Adviser or subject specific trainer then please let me know.

If you have any queries regarding training then again please feel free to contact me.


Ruth Morris
County Training Manager

Training Advisors Update Guide

Young Leader Training - Wednesday 17th February

As I’m sure you know, all Young Leaders have to complete Module A regardless of their Scouting background, whether they are completing service for DoE or any other circumstance. This module covers important information on the role of a Young Leader, safeguarding and risk assessment. We will be running the next Module A in Brandon on Wednesday 17th February between 7:30 and 9:00 pm. This training is open to all Young Leaders and any Explorers, whether they are currently working in a section or not. Please distribute this information to your Young Leaders and if they can attend have them email me (unless they are from Brandon Explorers in which case I am assuming they will be coming to their usual Explorer night). I have attached a flyer with all the information which can be passed onto them. This will then be followed by an optional weekend around Easter time where we will cover the remaining modules.

As an aside, if any groups want to discuss the Young Leader scheme in more detail, would like me to come along to any Troop/Unit nights to discuss the scheme with their section or would like me to come to meetings to validate any Young Leaders undertaking the YL Missions to get their belt then please get in touch and I will try my best to find a convenient time.

Thanks in advance for all the effort you put in to help our 14-18 year olds gain valuable leadership experience,

Ben Hodgkiss
Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leaders), Durham City District

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