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Recruitment event - Tuesday

Durham University are running a Tuesday afternoon (12-4) in the student union - if anyone is able to pop in and help Adam man our stall please let me know.

Fundraising success

Joshua Gilderoy (1st Fram Cub) raised £205 for Cancer Research doing his 6 mile cycle around Herrington Country Park yesterday (19th Feb 2017)

Many thanks to all who sponsored him.

New County Role - ACC (Diversity and Inclusion)

We're currently looking to improve support to our volunteers in the important area of diversity and inclusion - part of our Vision 2018 strategy. To facilitate this we're announcing:

The creation of a new role - ACC (Diversity and Inclusion), with applications now open
A new County Diversity and Inclusion Scout Active Support Team

New ACC (Diversity and Inclusion) Role
We have just opened applications for the role of Assistant County Commissioner (Diversity and Inclusion). The person appointed to fill this important position will play a key role in supporting the County Executive Committee and the wider County team on Diversity and Inclusion issues (see below) and will manage the new Diversity and Inclusion Team (County Scout Active Support Unit).

Details of this new role are included in the attached Vacancy Pack and nominations and applications can be made via the County website

Note that applications close on March 17th 2017

New Diversity and Inclusion Team
The new County Diversity and Inclusion Team will be a County Scout Active Support Unit (SASU) made up of volunteers with specialist knowledge or specific interests in one or more aspects of diversity and inclusion. Members of the team will be those willing to provide guidance and support to other volunteers or older youth members in the Scout County.

Individual County Diversity and Inclusion Team members may provide support in a defined geographical area e.g. one or more Districts and/or on defined topics including:

Support to leaders on the integration and support for youth members with additional needs including: Disabilities; Additional learning needs; Challenging behaviours
Support for leaders with respect to the integration and support of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) youth members and adults
Support to older youth members (Scouts and Explorer Scouts) on LGBT identity
Adult and youth member gender equality,
Support to leaders and parents on socio-economic inclusion and support
Support to leaders on spiritual development and the exploration of different faiths

If you would be interested in joining the County Diversity and Inclusion team (even if only to provide support in your own District), please keep an eye out for further information once the Assistant County Commissioner (Diversity and Inclusion) is appointed.

Module 5 - The Fundamentals of Scouting – Tuesday 21 March 2017

Durham Scout County’s Training Team will be delivering Module 5 of the Adult Training Scheme on Tuesday 21 March from 7:30pm at Moor House.

If you wish to undertake this module and can commit to the date, applications need to be made by 7:30pm on Tuesday 7 March via www.durhamscouts.org.uk/mytools.

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

Police survey

The police are running a survey for those under 24 - please feel free to pass the link onto any young people who you think may engage:


Justin Braithwaite, Group Scouter at 5th Durham
Evelyn Greeves as Cub Section Assistant at 19th Durham (Neville's Cross)
Tom Parker ASL at 15th Durham (Elvet)

Cub Dodgeball Competition

This year’s Cub Scout dodgeball competition is as follows:

Date: Saturday 11th March
Time: 9am to 3.30pm
Location: Coxhoe Active Life Centre (Linden Grove, Coxhoe, Durham DH6 4DW)
Cost: £12 per team of 6 – 8
Rules: As below
The competition is open to teams of 6-8 Cubs (6 play at a time). Cubs will need to bring a packed lunch and may want to bring some money for the tuck shop.

Please note that the competition is open to a maximum of 20 Teams. These will be the first to book and whose non-refundable payments are received first at the County office (please don’t confirm to your Cubs Scouts that you’re taking part until your booking is confirmed).


Cubs FW Dunn Photography Competition

We are pleased to announce details of this year’s FW Dunn Photography competition, with revised rules to allow more Cubs Scouts to enter and to work towards alternative requirements for their Cub Scout Photographer Activity badge.

The deadline for entries is 31st May 2017 and all entries should be e-mailed to cubs@durhamscouts.org.uk

The Rules

cubs photography badgeThe rules are simple:

Cub Scouts should take photographs on the theme of 'What Cub Scouts Get Up To', thinking about challenges, adventure, team work, skills and fun!
Any type of camera may be used
All 5 photographs should be arranged on a single A4 size piece of 'paper'


Hi FI Speakers wanted

Fram Scouts are after a couple of large hi-fi speakers to replace the ones in their hut which have now been retired. If you can help please let John know.

Annual DUCK Race

Durham University Charity Committee (also known as DUCK) are hosting the annual DUCK Race on Sunday 12th March at 2pm. Their biggest fundraising event of the year, it involves pouring 10,000 rubber ducks into the river from Elvet Bridge in central Durham. Every one of these ducks has been a given a number 1-10,000 and the committee are selling tickets to correspond to each of them. The ducks will travel downstream and the first to pass under Kingsgate Bridge will win its owner £400, with other prizes for the runners up including vouchers to Adventure Valley, Go Ape, the Newcastle Stand Comedy Club, Infinite Air and many, many more! Tickets cost just £1 each and can be purchased from a number of outlets around Durham including Tealicious, Café Nero, Starbucks and Esquires. All the money raised will be going to two charities – Veterans at Ease, a Durham-based charity aiding soldiers recover from the traumas of war, and the DUCK Local Charities’ Fund, which helps fund projects in County Durham. It’ll be an amazing spectacle with even the mayor coming along and is completely free to attend even if you don’t buy a duck!


I would just like to remind everyone about the need for us to recruit a District Secretary. The role is naturally administrational - minuting meeting, preparing agendas alongside general admin and collating the annual census.

If you know anyone who might be interested please do let me know.

If your group have a role you would like me to share please send me details.

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

First response Course - Annfield Plain

Derwentside District have two dates for the above course.

18th & 25th February lunch provided, £10 pp held at Annfield Plain HQ.

There are couple of spare places if anyone is in need of renewal. Dave Lovett is the trainer.

I will send joining instruction direct.

Many thanks

Derwentside DC

Wood Badge training

Module 15 – Sunday 12 March 2017
Module 12 – Sunday 12 March 2017

Durham Scout County’s Training Team will be delivering Modules 12 and 15 of the Adult Training Scheme on Sunday 12 March at the headquarters of 1st Fatfield Scout Group in Washington (NE38 8BJ).

Module 15 - Promoting Positive Behaviour will run from 0930 until noon

Module 12 - Delivering a Quality Programme and Programme Planning will run from 1230 until 1600

Note that Module 12 covers both Module 12A and Module 12B

If you wish to undertake these modules and can commit to the date, applications need to be made by 0930 on Sunday 26 February via www.durhamscouts.org.uk/mytools.

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

Message from Fram Cub

I am (Joshua) completing a cycle ride around Herrington Country Park and would love if you could sponsor me. I want to raise money to help people and families who have been touched by cancer. Some of my family have had to face this and it's just not nice! If the money I raise helps with research or making people better or helping families, I don't mind where it goes as it will all be going to the right place.

Cancer effects people in so many ways, not everything you can see, we need to remember this and take the time to help where we can. Whether it’s a little or a lot, I hope this money will be my way of saying 'I care'!

Just Giving

County Strategy Update and County Satisfaction Survey Feedback

All County members are invited to the County Scout Council meeting as follows:

Date: Wednesday 8th March 2017
Time: 7,30pm
Place: Main Hall, Moor House Adventure Centre

Please stay and socialise after the meeting - refreshments provided.
During the meeting we will:

Provide an update on the County Strategy
Review and discuss the results of the County Satisfaction Survey (thanks to everyone who responded)
Hold a Q+A with members of the County team and County Executive Committee

Note that we will be planning a series of 'town hall' meetings in all Districts to also cover the above topics, but this is your chance to provide your input and feedback (or that of your section, group or district) to the wider County Team.

Please RSVP to:


Just to confirm the total capitation charge per child this year will be £37.

This is broken down into:
HQ £26.50
County £9
District £1.50

I will confirm when Groups need to make payment in due course. Numbers as usual will be taken from the census.

Gold DoE Qualifier for 18-25

Hi All,

Please circulate this quickly to all your young leaders, network folk any 18-15's you can think of doing their Dofe/QSA expedition.

Anyone ready for a Gold Qualifier contact me BEFORE VALENTINE'S DAY. The expedition will run from

23-29 September , be around Loch Lomond area and Cost £300.

There are only a couple of places, but there must be a couple of young people waiting to do theirs.....

Stephen Ramsay
County Adviser DofE Award

Gibside Residential Centre

I am emailing from the National Trust - Gibside.

We are looking at promoting the Residential Centre to community groups such as the scouts, cubs etc

Gibside is a fantastic location in a magnificent setting where you can reconnect with nature and history. We do have Scout groups come again and again and thoroughly enjoy their experience.

I have enclosed our promotional pack which details prices, pictures, activities etc. Would you pass this on to your colleagues within your division to see if they would like come and stay and see for themselves what Gibside can offer.

We can also do a full range of day activities such as traditional fire lighting, den building, map skills activities which can be tailored to suit your group’s needs.

Happy to discuss this further if necessary.

Kind regards,
Emma Lamb


New County Youth Team Appointed

At the start of #YouShape month we are delighted to announce the appointment of the County's new Youth Team* as follows:

County Youth Commissioner: Mark Ireland (also Scout Leader at 28th South Shields / East Boldon Group in South Tyneside)
Deputy County Youth Commissioner: Andy Gray (also Cub Scout Leader at 1st Washington Group in Houghton-le-Spring District)
Deputy County Youth Commissioner: Lewis Hardy (also an Explorer Scout / Young leader in Darlington District)

The team are currently working on support for #YouShape month and are starting to develop a draft of the County #YouthShaped strategy for discussion with District Youth Commissioners and Youth Teams.

Please join us in congratulating Mark, Andy and Lewis in their new roles and check out what you can be doing to make #YouShaped Scouting a reality at all levels in the County

Royal Marines Visibility Team (RSVT) Visit 14 -16 Feb 17

The RMVT is a two man team of serving Royal Marine Commando’s whose role is to visit schools, colleges, uniformed youth organisations and other interested groups to promote the Royal Marines as a career choice. They do this by offering a presentation that lasts around 30/40 minutes and a military style circuit, body weight stuff, which lasts around 1 hour. It is aimed at Year 10s and above. Numbers wise, they can cater for between 10 and 40.

If your organisation is interested in a visit from the team, please complete and return the attached proforma indicating which day and time slot you would prefer.

If you require further information please get in touch.

Kind Regards


CPO Neil Taylor | Careers Adviser

County Beaver Section Meeting

All Beaver Section Leaders are invited to the County on Wednesday at Moor House.

- County Update from David Stokes.
- Introductions, apologies and welcome.
- Decide the theme for Beaver Picnic – Saturday 10th June.
- Our Beaver Programme discussion.
- Safety within the Beaver Section and Programme.
- Development of the Beaver Section, with the focus on sectional growth, moving on and programme quality.
- What do you want to see in this meeting? What do you want from me (Paul Woods)?

GSL Webinars - March / April 2017

The next series of Group Scout Leader support webinar’s run by the Scout Associations Regional Services Team are scheduled for

Tuesday 28th March 2017 Session 1 of 3

Tuesday 18th April 2017 Session 2 of 3

Tuesday 25th April 2017 Session 3 of 3

All three sessions are being delivered via Webinar and will start at 7.00pm and will last approx. 60 minutes.(If you are unsure what you need to participate in a webinar, please let me know)

These sessions are for Group Scout Leaders, acting Group Scout Leaders and Group Chairs. Please can GSL circulate to their Group Chair?

The content of the 3 sessions includes:-

Session 1
Role of the Group Scout Leader
Leading the Group
6 Core areas of Management
Policies of the Scout Association
Group Structure
Building a Team
Executive Committees
Role of the Executive Committee
Membership of the Executive Committee and the Appointment of Members

Session 2
Manging your Group
Reminder of 6 core areas
Scenario of a Group situation
Scout Safely
Child Protection
Safe Guarding
Equipment checks

Session 3
Young Leaders
What is the Young Leaders Scheme?
Complaints Procedure
Reviewing the Complaints procedure
Development Planning
Development Toolkit
Planning Matrix

Feedback from the previous round of GSL support webinars last year was very positive.

Please book on to the Webinar via the link below. You only need to register on Eventbrite once to book for the 3 sessions.

Links to each webinar will be emailed out approx.. 7 days prior to each session.


If you can’t make all 3 sessions please still register and we will keep you updated after each session with a copy of the recording and any resources.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Kind regards

Peter Thorp MinstLM


There are couple of opportunities coming up due to existing leaders stepping down:
Thursday Beaver Leader at Fram
Monday Explorer Leader at Fram
Both roles are coming available from Easter.

If you know anyone who might be interested please do let me know.

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