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District Executive

All groups are asked to identify one parent/supporter to take a place on the 2014 District Executive which will be elected at the AGM on the 15th May. The delegate may also be part of your Group Exec but will be a full member of the District Executive (not just an observer).

To keep things efficient at the AGM please I can request names of delegates by Tuesday the 13th May.

Rolls Royce visit Coxhoe Cubs

The Rolls Royce staff and apprentices visited Coxhoe Cubs at the village hall.

They helped with aspects of the Science badge including showing that heat rises, as demonstrated:

The Cubs also got to visit Rolls Royce which they found really interesting - getting very close to their huge machines making very expensive aeroplane engine parts. It was great to work with them.

Cub Chalmers Shield Results

Well done to all the packs who took part in the competition, everyone had a great day, albeit a very cold and windy one, we even had a few hail stones at the start but it decided to stay dry!

The Cubs were all great and seemed to get well into the competition with the majority of the packs completing all of the bases from making Hovercrafts to rescuing rubber ducks and sheep herding, not to forget rescuing the sixer and learning about Scouting History whilst following a tracking trail to name but a few of the bases.

Thank you to all the leaders and helpers who helped both on the bases and going around with the Cubs, it is appreciated and makes running these events easier. We've had 40 cubs from the District out today, which is excellent, so well done everyone.

Congratulations to our winning team Belmont/Waterhouses (1 Cub from Waterhouses, in the true spirit of Scouting joined with Belmont who were short due to a Cub being ill.)

Full results are HERE.

Sarah Dodds
ADC Cub Scouts

Young Leader Training Weekend (25th - 27th April 2014)

Please find attached details of the Young Leader training weekend, to be held at Moor House from Friday 25th – 27th April 2014.

If you have already contacted me about places which I have already confirmed, these places are held for your Young People, but I would ask you to:

- Confirm the names of your Young Leaders attending if you have not already done so

- Get your Young Leaders to complete the County Health form and Parental Consent form attached.

- Ensure that these are to be returned to County office with payment by 11th April at the latest (if forms are not received by 11th April places will be released)

If you have not already been in touch with me about places please get in touch as soon as possible. We will be restricting numbers to 30, and while we still have a few places left we expect them to fill up fast. If you would like to reserve places, please get in touch as soon as possible to confirm availability.

Note that as well as your Young Leaders being able to attend the whole weekend, they are also able to attend individual sessions on a ‘drop-in’ basis. This is primarily intended for the Module A ‘Prepare for Take Off’ module on the Friday evening, but it will also be possible to ‘drop in’ to the other sessions on Saturday or Sunday if you have Young Leaders who only need to complete one or two modules. Please note that your Young Leaders must inform me ahead of time if they will be dropping in (even if it’s only a quick e-mail [explorers@durhamscouts.org.uk] or a phone call (07786 250073) the week beforehand).

Depending on how the weekend goes we may consider making the TL training weekend an annual event.

If you have any questions please let me know.


David Stokes

Info Form

Medical Form

Consent Form

Pete Swinney Cub Competition

The deadline for entries is 20 April. The format is similar to the District Chalmers Shield but a County Competition.

To book places you will need to follow the link below to the bookings section.


The Pete Swinney Competition will take place at Moor House Adventure Centre on the 10th May 2014.
Following the success of last years Pete Swinney, we are pleased to announce that it is returning in 2014, 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 – please submit your idea on the entry form. We’ll also be using a number of the Moor House activities as additional challenges, including Climbing and Archery.

Cubs can start arriving from 12:30pm, with registration opening at 1pm. There will be time in the morning for groups to setup their challenges and also a leaders briefing.

13:00 – Registration Opens
13:30 – Briefing and route planning
14:00-16:00 – 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 20th April 2014.

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

District Secretary

Neville, who has been the Scout District Secretary for a number of years has announced his intention to stand down from the role at the AGM (15th May).

The District Executive usually meet four times a year and the Secretary is responsible for preparing the agenda before each meeting and circulating the minutes promptly afterwards. The additional correspondence demands are very limited.

The secretary is of course also encouraged to take a full and active part in the District Executive.

If you know anyone who might be interested in the role please ask them to contact to me.

Cub Leaders Meeting

Just a quick reminder that we have a Cub Leaders meeting this Wednesday,19 March.

19:30 at Fram Scout Hut

The main items to be discussed are:
Chalmers Sheild
Cub Camp
Big Day Out

Hope to see you on Wednesday


Shakespeare Trust Funding

Quick reminder that requests for the Shakespeare Funding are due by the end of March.

Jamboree Update

Congratulations to:
Katy Ross and Oscar Moran (Brandon Group)
who have been selected to join the Durham County Jamboree Contingent (alongside James, Jessica and Dylan).

Please try and support their fundraising when you get a chance.

DUCK Funding

Dear all
A reminder that the DUCK Allocations Process is still open, and closes on the 31st March; see below for more details.
Please do forward this email to any charities who you believe would like to apply.
Kind Regards
Rose Mortimer


Sailing assistance

Simon Beal is offering his assistance to any groups going sailing this summer.

I don't know details - but I believe kit will need to be sourced elsewhere.

Please let me know if you would like to be put in contact with Simon.

Chalmers Shield - Sunday 23 March 2014

I have just heard back from Hetton Lyons informing me that the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile is being held at Hetton Lyon on the date of our competition. I have therefore made the decision that we change the location.

I have just got back from walking the Orienteering course at Low Burnhall and have therefore made the decision that this course will be more suitable under the circumstances. This was one of the locations that we had originally talked about as a possibility.

Competition Details:
Meet at the car park which is located at the top of South Road, on the left hand side coming from Durham, just before the signpost for the roundabout to to A167 Darlington (Darlington Road, Cock of the North Roundabout)

Map Details:

Teams of 6 Cubs + 1 Leader
Start Time: 13:00
Finish Time: 17:00

Cubs will work their way around as many bases as they can in the given time. Leaders are accompanying the group but it is expected that Cubs will be able to read a map and navigate around the orienteering course. Your team will need to bring compasses. I will provide each team with maps at the start.

Deadline for entries Thursday 20 March

We also need some volunteers to help run a base which will be prepared - you will just need to turn up and help to run it on the day.

Can you please let me know as soon as possible if you or any of your leaders are able to run a base.

We will also have our Jamboree representatives helping out on a base and they will be selling drinks and sweets throughout the afternoon.

Can you please ask all Cubs to bring a small amount of money so that they can buys these and support our District represenative at the Jamboree.

Thank you

White boards

We have been offered a number of used but good quality white boards - if you have a use for them please let me know ASAP

Orrin Walker

As I am sure you remember the collection from Founders Day went to supporting Young Minds, a youth mental health charity in memory of Orrin Walker:

I am Orrin Walker's mother. I would like to thank you for your support at his funeral and for making the collection in his name.

... I used to have a picture of Orrin at Snowdonia with long hair, sat on a rock wearing a camo jacket. If you still have a copy I would be really grateful if you could forward me a copy.

Thanks Susan

WildWatchers - Young peoples Wildlife Project

WildWatchers is a new way for your young people to be part of
North Pennines AONB Partnership’s WildWatch project which records wildlife in the area helping to conserve and protect wildlife for future generations!

To get started we will send you:
- A free, full-colour, wildlife poster with the top species to look out for and record
- A free folder with information on the top species and recording sheets to collate your records
- Curriculum linked activities and information on projects and initiatives to extend your wildlife fun
- Awards and rewards for your school and children to encourage you with your recording and outdoor learning

There is also a chance to be part of a free Wildlife activity day
at Bowlees Visitor Centre, Teesdale on June 24thor 26th!

Training Opportunity

ITC Level 2 Outdoor First Aid (16hrs)

20th & 21st March 2014
10th & 11th May 2014
Venue: Chester Le Street
Costs: £90.00 (20% discount for DoE Leaders)

SMBLA Trail Cycle Leaders Award (training)
18th & 19th March (assessment dates to follow)
Venue: Chester Le Street
Costs: £150.00 ( 20% discount) also requires British Cycling Membership @£50.00

First Reponse Course 23rd March in Washington

Houghton District are running a First Response Course on Sunday 23rd March 1st Fatfield HQ in Washington from 10am - 4.00pm.

This course is designed for all adults and young leaders in scouting who, by virtue of their appointment require this mandatory training (this must be renewed every 3 years for all working at section assistant or assistant/section leader).

The course costs £10 (covers manual, premises use and liquid refreshments throughout).

There are 15 places.


Best wishes

Jonathan Chicken

Chalmers Shield - Sunday 23 March

The Chalmers Shield Cub Competition will be held on Sunday 23 March fro 13:00 - 17:00 at Hetton Lyons Country Park

Teams are made up of 6 Cubs + 1 leader and the deadline for teams to enter is Thursday 20 March.

We also need some volunteers to help run a base which will be prepared - you will just need to turn up and help to run it on the day. Please email Sarah (cubs@durhamcityscouts.org.uk) if you are able to help.

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