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Joined-Up Holidays Campsite

Dear All,

Further to my recent telephone conversation I would like to make your local scouting groups aware of the availability of our new campsite at Woodland on the edge of Hamsterley Forest in Co Durham DL13 5RH. We have a 5 acre field that we are currently developing into a new certified caravan and camping site at our small holding in Woodland village.

As a registered charity we would like to work with other local groups which offer benefits to children and young people and would therefore like to offer your members use of this facility for the summer of 2016.There is no charge for the use of the field but a donation can be made to Joined-Up Holidays if desired.

I am enclosing a brochure which explains more about our mission and includes a map of our location and I would be grateful if you could pass this on to any interested groups in the area. If you require any more information please do not hesitate to get in touch at this email or on Tel; 01388 710115 or 07790 372320,

many thanks

Janet Gardner


Training Vacancies

HI Guys.

We are looking to expand our County Training Team and currently have the following vacancies:-

Local Training Managers
Training Adviser

At a recent Training Advisers Meeting we discussed the need for 6 Local Training Managers (LTM) to be appointed to help the County Training Manager with Adult Training. The LTM will ideally have responsibility for 2 Districts. These areas have yet to be finalised and are open to discussion but the proposal at the present are:-

LTM1 – Darlington & Bishop Auckland
LTM2 – Crook & Weardale and Teesdale
LTM3 – Chester le Street & Durham City
LTM 4 – Seaham, Peterlee and Sunderland
LTM 5 – Houghton le Spring, and South Tyneside
LTM 6 – Blaydon, Gateshead and Derwentside.

As I said these are open to discussion and I have already received one request. However in the interest of getting people in post I have attached a flyer for these roles and a Role description. Please distribute and display the poster for all to see.

In addition we are looking to recruit some more trainers who would be willing to deliver specific County Training Modules. Finally we still require more Training Advisers in many Districts to validate members training locally.

If anyone would like more details the District commissioner has some fliers. Closing date for applications will be 1st May 2016.

Any questions please feel free to contact me.


County Training Manager & County First Aid Adviser
Durham Scout County

County Events Team Scout Active Support Unit

Following lots of demand, we have now launched the Events Team Scout Active Support Unit. The team is made up of like minded people who love delivering events. Here is how it works:

We'll sort out all your paperwork (including a DBS check if necessary), so you're ready to roll.
You'll be kept up to date with all the latest news about our forthcoming events.
When we're in the process of organising an event, we'll ask you if you want to volunteer to help and send you information on how to register.
You'll get the option to purchase exclusive Events Team mechanise.
You may decide to take on a specific role - such as taking overall responsibility for organising an event or running a team

The Scout Active Support Unit might be of particular interest to Network or SSAGO members who need a DBS to volunteer at events. Joining the team is free and you can find out all the information about how to join at http://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/events/events-team-active-support/

If you are interested in volunteering at future events, I would encourage you to sign up for the team so that you're kept up to date.

Event Manager Recruitment
We’re looking for someone who is good at planning and working under pressure to take the lead role in putting together some of our major events. You’ll be good at coming up with ideas, working through the detail and working with teams of volunteers to put together a high quality, memorable event.

Find out more at http://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/events/events-manager-recruitment/


Beaver Picnic 2016 - Saturday 11th June 2016 at Moor House


I'm pleased to announce that details of this year's Beaver Picnic are now available on our website at http://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/events/beaver-picnic-2016/.

The theme for the picnic is Space and we will be having crate stacking, bouncy castles, archery, grass sledges and lots of group provided activities as well. The order of the day will be:

10:00-11:00 - Leaders can arrive onsite, check-in and setup tents & bases,
10:45-onwards - Beavers arrive onsite and check-in,
11:00-13:00 - Activities running,
13:00-13:45 - Beaver Picnic,
13:45-15:45 - Activities running,
15:45-16:15 - Closing Ceremony with campfire, songs and prize giving,
16:15-16:30 - Colonies re-group, and get the Beavers ready to leave.
16:30-16:45 - Beavers and Leaders start to leave site.
16:45-17:30 - Leaders pack up tents, bases, tidy up and leave site.

The cost is £4 and includes all activities and a badge. The Beavers will need to bring a packed lunch as this isn't included in the cost.

We are asking every group to provide an activity for the day, which other Beavers can take part in - we'll ask you when you book what you can bring. We're also encouraging all groups to make a banner for their group, with the best one winning a prize!

Bookings are now open on our website at http://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/events/beaver-picnic-2016/ and close on the 14th May 2016.

Durham Scout Events Team

Cakes for kids newsletter

Dear Partners of Free Cakes for Kids Durham,

We wish you all a Happy Easter! Please find attached our March newsletter.


Jess and Isabel

Free Cakes for Kids Project Leaders

Student Community Action Durham University

St Georges Day Service

Please remember to promote the District St George's day service 2pm Saturday April,23rd. Families are welcome.

Colour parties should arrive by 1.20pm.

Other young people should meet their leaders to walk in.

Final planning check Tuesday March 22nd 7.30 pm at Elsa and Richard's home. Open to faith committee and anyone helpful!

2016 Geoffrey Gordon Cup Result

Congratulations to “The Grey and Purple Army” (5th Durham Explorers), for winning the 2016 Geoffrey Gordon Cup. They beat 16 other Explorer teams, to win the very competitive cup. According to the organisers, “Take rural North Yorkshire, a load of Explorers and tons of exhilarating activities and you've got yourself the Geoffrey Gordon Cup!”, “It's a mix of a massive incident hike and a huge orienteering challenge”.

Rob Giles

It is with deep sadness that I have to inform you that Rob Giles passed away this afternoon (16th March) after a courageous battle with cancer.

Rob began his Scouting career at the 5th Jarrow where he was a leader with the Cub section for over 30 years. He was also an ADC Cubs.

I am sure many of you will have fond and personal memories of Rob and he will be remembered with great affection.

The family would like to thank people for their kind messages and support over the past 6 months .

The funeral will take place at South Shields crematorium on Thursday 24th March at 3.15 pm followed by a celebration of his life at the Crock Crow Inn in Hebburn. Donations to the NCCC at the Freeman in lieu of flowers can be made following the service. Please wear full uniform if you have one, Rob was a very proud scouter.

Our best wishes go to Jean, his wife, and his family.

Yours in Scouting,

First Aid Course

Kieran will be running a Scout first response course at Waterhouses Village Hall on Sunday 17 April.

The sign-up link for leaders is: http://goo.gl/forms/qtalRfPVMY

There will be a £10 course fee for this course (which hopefully your Group will pay).

There's a strict limit of 12 places.

Cub Pete Swinney Competition 2016 - bookings are now open

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 are now open

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

Many thanks,

Short Report from Stephen Ramsay at HQ Forum

• At the moment expired/expiring permits will not be automatically advised to permit holders. Now that they can, Please ask all your people to check their own permits and contact me if they need any help or advice.

• Young persons will not be on Compass automatically when they are 18. Please point them to UKScoutNetwork.org.uk to join up (and to register for QSA if they want)

• Axe-throwing is going to be governed by the SA included in the A-Z Activities information in Scouts.org.uk

• I am running DofE courses for leaders on weekend of 4/6 November 2016. Covering some general Information and a firework display on the Friday evening with the Supervisor course on the Saturday and Assessor course on the Sunday. I have a list of interested parties but if you have any other to add to the list......... I'll give them priority booking before I advertise the courses on HQ website.

• All Network members in particular should be invited to attend skills training (Archery, Climbing, Hillwalking etc) which will help them for when they become leaders. When I work out how to blanket invite them through Compass I will do that.

Advanced Canoe Camp

Details of this years advance canoe camp can be found here:

This is the best opportunity for leaders to gain experience and ultimately permits to take young people out on the water.

Cubs is in the Northern Echo

Thomas Moles, a Cub at 19th Durham, is aiming to swim 2 km (80 lengths) to raise money for Sport Relief this weekend. He is also doing this as part of his Cubs Personal Challenge. There is an article about his challenge in the Northern Echo (http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14332546.Thomas__ten__in_2km_charity_swim_challenge/ ). Thomas is no stranger to swimming challenges, having previously taken part in the Rotary Club Swimathon. Everyone at 19th is looking forward to seeing Thomas complete his challenge, and for doing a great job at representing scouting in Durham by appearing in the paper in his uniform!

Andrew Frawley
CSL, 19th Durham (Neville's Cross) Scout Group

Cubs Chalmers Shield Results

Thank you to all those who came along to the Chalmers Shield today at Hardwick Country Park. We had 5 teams from 4 groups representing our District.

4th, Belmont, Fram Tuesday and Waterhouses

The weather was really kind to us which made for a very busy park but also a good profile for our Cubs.

Cubs have completed a variety of bases during the afternoon whilst navigating their way around the park Orienteering.

They have completed mapping, Geocaching, Navigation, Sheep Herding, Minefield Challenge, Save the sixer using knotting skills, and First Aid.

I would like to give a special thank you to 1st Belmont and there Scouts, Young Leaders, parent and Exec members and GSL who ran bases for us today without them we would not have been able to run our competition.

Thank you to all the other leaders who have supported our Cubs today and made this competition possible.

Those who were not there, you missed a great afternoon.

I know you are all wondering, so who has won. Well done to you all. Fram Tuesday came 1st with Waterhouses in 2nd place and Belmont Team 1 in 3rd, 4th Durham 4th and Belmont Team 2 5th.

A full breakdown of the scores are attached along with a few photos.



Also - feedback from Waterhouses:
Thank you for organising this. My team thought it was fantastic! All your Scouts/Young leaders were superb
Thank you to Kim for making sure this got passed on

Freemasons Support

As you may know the Freemasons provide funds to support community projects.

There's more info on their website:

Scout Memorial Unveiling Ceremony 5th June 2016

Hi Folks,

We are thrilled to share the news that applications are now open for tickets to the memorial unveiling ceremony on Sunday 5th June 2016 at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire (DE13 7AR).

If you wish to apply for tickets please follow the link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/scoutmemorial and submit your application by Monday 11th April 2016.

We would be very grateful if you could please share this information with your other Scouting colleagues. You are our best route to ensure that everyone who wants to support the memorial and join us on 5th June has the chance to do so.

The memorial will remember all members of Scouting past and present. From our youngest beaver scout to our oldest leader, those who have given service within Scouting and those members who have given wider service to their community or country.

The project was started in 2009 by 5 Explorer Scouts from Birmingham and has since been supported by over 200,000 Scouting members across the world.

I have attached images of some of the finished pieces that will go on the memorial and in the surrounding woods, so you can see the progress we have made. To find out more about the design concept and the build progress to date please visit our website www.tsmp.org.uk or like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/scoutmemorialproject to receive ongoing updates.

The support that we have had towards The Scout Memorial Project continues to be nothing short of inspirational, so thank you the help you have given to make this idea become a reality.

Many thanks

The Scouting Memorial Project
Email: memorial@birminghamscouts.org.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/scoutmemorialproject
Twitter: @scoutmemorial
Website: www.tsmp.org.uk

Getting Started training

All leaders and assistants are required to complete Module 1 and 3 Getting Started training within 6 months of taking up a role.

The next module 1 training will take place at Fram hut on the 7th April (19.15 start).

The module 3 training will take place on the 20th April.

To book on either course please just drop me an email.

Funfair Discount - Reminder

We have been offered a discount for all Scouts and leaders attending the Durham Easter Fair - please share this offer with your young people and ensure they remember their woggles!

Chalmers Shield - Sunday 13 March

Cubs Chalmers Shield Orienteering Competiton

Thank you to all those who completed the doodle poll. The majority voted for the original date of Sunday 13 March. We will therfore go ahead as planned on that date.

Hardwick Hall Country Park, Sedgefield
13:00 - 16:00
Teams of 4 - 6

Each team will need to be suitably dressed for the weather with their group necker and should have a compass per group. They may also want to bring a drink and a snack for during the afternoon.

Please confirm whether your pack will be taking part or not by no later than Thursday 10 March at 22:00

1 leader per group should walk with the team. All other leaders/adults will be needed to run the bases. Can you please let me know as soon as possible names of adults that can help on the bases so that I can allocate them to the bases prior to the event.

Thank you


County Safeguarding March 2016

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