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Training Update

The M1 and M3 training scheduled to take place over the next couple of weeks has been postponed.

The M3 training will now take place on the 3rd June 1900 start @ Fram.

I'll confirm the date for the M1 shortly.

Please make sure any new leaders who may not be on the District mailing list are made aware of this training.

Coxhoe Litter Pick

Last night a crowd of our Beavers and Cubs supported by helpers and parents took part in a litter pick in the village as part of the Durham Big Spring Clean and the Keep Coxhoe Clean Campaign.
They were joined by a separate litter pick by adult volunteers from Coxhoe Community Partnership which included Coxhoe Parish Councillors and members of the local walking group. The litter picking concentrated on the main thoroughfare, the greens and Coxhoe Park. Around 40 bags of rubbish were collected.
A big well done, from the Village Hall Association, to our brilliant Beavers and Cubs. A thank you too, to everyone who took part to make Coxhoe a better place. Thanks also go to Durham County Council for the loan of litter picking equipment.


As some of you may have heard over the next few months Network (18-25 yrs) will be redeployed from County out to Districts. HQ will be supplying facilities on line and within Compass to support this. The view at the last DCs meeting was while this was going to happen it would in practice be very difficult until the membership records are fully accessible again.

If anyone under 25 wants to get involved with County Network in the mean time please email network@durhamscouts.org.uk and ask to be added to the Network Facebook group.

New HQ Role

A new HQ role has been advertised in the safeguarding department - New National Role
A new member of the safeguarding team at HQ has just been advertised. The role is equivalent to a Scouting Operation’s Adviser (what used to be called a Programme and Development Adviser).

There is a copy of the application pack on the safeguarding pages of the county website.



St George

Please thank ALL leaders for their support yesterday in supporting the district service. Special Thanks to Janice, Sarah, Ian and Richard.

Kim, Elsa, Dianne & David (District Faith Committee)

Cub Adventure! 2015 - bookings open and yet more activities!


We're excited that we've just added another fantastic activity to the Adventure! 2015 line up for Cubs - the UK's first interactive cave. With over 90ft of tunnels, tight squeezes, ball pools and its own CCTV system so your friends can watch - this activity is one of its kind in the UK and it will be with us in Durham in June.

This is just one of the activities on offer at Adventure - one brilliant day packed full of exciting activities celebrating everything that is great about Cubs in the Year of Adventure. You can read more about it below.

Bookings are now open on our website at http://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/adventure2015/ and close on the 31st May or when we reach capacity. Please collate your Cubs bookings and enter as a group, rather than asking parents to book directly.

For more information, take a look at our website at http://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/adventure2015 or get in touch at events@durhamscouts.org.uk.


County Training

I am very pleased to see leaders signing up for County Training Courses, however, for some reason about 50% of bookings result in a no show which reflects badly on the entire District and is an abuse of the time other volunteers put into running the training courses. If you sign up for a course please attend. If for some reason you are unable to attend as a matter of courtesy please email the organiser your apologies at the earliest opportunity.

Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt - Scout visits

Palace Green Library’s exhibition, Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt will be running from 1 June – 31 August 2015. We are offering special Scouts visits to our exhibition including a one hour workshop with our learning team. Full details of this offer can be found in the attached documents.

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Compass Update

The latest update from HQ tells us there will be a limited access from early Autumn this year. The 2016 census is very likely to follow the same pattern as previous years - my guess is this means they're not expecting full youth functionality to be be operational before 2016.

Mountain Warehouse Discounts

Hi Jonathan,

You spoke to Hazel a few months ago about an event evening for your Scout group, well with it being such a success we are putting on another 20% event on Thursday 30th April. Unlike the last event this one will run all day (0900 - 1900). As before if scouts or their parents can bring some form of ID or their neckers this would help. If you can pass this on to the staff at your group, onto the scouts themselves and their parents, as the parents were very grateful for the last event, this would be greatly appreciated.
As always any questions feel free to give us a call or pay us a visit in store. We look forward to hearing back from you.

Tom Harvey
Assistant Manager
Mountain Warehouse Durham

Adventure! 2015 - one brilliant day for Cubs

To mark the Year of Adventure, Durham Scouts is pleased to present Cub Adventure Day - one brilliant day packed full of exciting activities celebrating everything that is great about Cubs.

Over 500 Cubs will join us for a day of adventure on Saturday 20th June 2015 at Moor House Adventure Centre. In their year of adventure, Cubs will get to explore our four themed zones packed full exciting and fresh activities, including:

Active Zone - Archery, the Cube, Space Hoppers, Zorbing, Body Zorbs, Giant Inflatables and more...
Survival Zone - Wood Turning, Assault Courses, Backwoods Cooking, Tracking and Trails and more...
Nature Zone - Geoaching, Bug Hunts, Radio Tracking, Tie Dye, Sea Life Searches and more...
Science Zone - Climbing and Abseiling, Photography, Programming, Street Science, Balloons and more..

And there are more activities yet to be announced! Please note, all activities are subject to change.

The cost of the day is just £15 which includes a day packed full of activities and unlimited drinks. Bookings open on the 24th April and close on the 31st May 2015, or when we reach a maximum number of 750.

For more information, take a look at our website at http://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/adventure2015 or get in touch at events@durhamscouts.org.uk.

Chalmers Shield Results

Well done to all 8 teams from 5 packs that took part in the Chalmers Shield, all teams have done really well. Congratulations to our winners 4th Durham A Team who were followed in 2nd place by Belmont A, Belmont B and Fram Tuesday A Team. It was a great afternoon and good to see all the Cubs working well together in their teams. We were really lucky with the weather and the sun although there were some exposed areas which 1 leader had come prepared for and brought their own tent for shelter!

I obviously gave the knotting base to a leader who doesn't like red liquorice as there was lots left and he said he hadn't eaten any!

The navigation base was given to a Mathematician who had to check all the bearings before letting the Cubs loose on the base! I understand that it was the number of paces that was questioned to build the house shape rather than the bearings.

A massive thank you to all the Leaders, Scouts, Explorers and adults who helped with the bases and teams and especially to those members of Group Execs and Scout/Explorer parents who helped out at the last minute.

How lucky we were with the weather today, as I write this message I can hear the rain boucing off the windows!



Trinity Scout go sailing and visit Brownsea

Thank you to Dianne for the great photos:

ADC Scouts

Ian Dickinson has kindly re-offered his services as ADC Scouts - welcome back (well kind of...)

St Georges Day

St Patrick's Langley Moor

April 26th 2.45 for 3p.m start and will last about an hour.

Please park opposite the Church (and Leave School Yard for Mayors bodyguard)

Chalmer Shield - Sunday 19 April

As per the programme we agreed that the Chalmers Shield would again be at Low Burn Hall Wood.

Competition Details
Date: Sunday 19 April
Time: 13:00 - 16:00
Teams: 6 Cubs + 1 Leader only
Location: Low Burn Hall Wood

Cubs will be expected to navigate themselves around the orienteering course using the map which will be provided on the day. Cubs will complete challenges as most of the markers around the course. Leaders are not there to help the team but for the safety of the Cubs. Please provide your team with a compass.

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

I will need volunteers from Leaders who are not acompamying a team to run a base which I will provide on the day. It would be very helpful if you could let me know which leaders/adults will be able to help prior to the day so that I can ensure we have enough adults.

Packs may enter more than 1 team but I will need to know by no later than 22:00 on Thursday 16 April how many teams you are entering.

Disclosure and Barring Service Checks

Completing a DBS check is now a two step process - first add them to the system then, 'a few' days later complete their DBS check.

To complete a new CRB you first need to add the adult to the system:
Go to:
Click on 'Add New Adult'
Enter your username and password
Click on 'I want to add adult data'
Once there you need their: Title, Gender, Forename, Surname, Date of Birth, Address, Town, Postcode, Country, Email and phone number.
Under Role details select Scout Active Support (or a more suitable role).

I suggest you ask the new helper to supply their:
Title, Gender, Forename, Surname, Date of Birth, Address, Town, Postcode, Country, Email and phone number
by email so you can add them to the database, then arrange to meet up to check off their ID documents via:

If for some reason you are struggling to add the basic details do let me know.

Durham District Explorer Meeting

The next District Explorer Leaders meeting will be held on Wednesday the 22nd April (venue TBC)

Agenda items are:
Joint District Activity
District Network
Young Leader Training
Support for new leaders
Explorer lead programme / District Youth Forum

Science Outreach

We are an outreach team based at Durham University who are setting up a scheme to bring science outreach to Scout and Guide groups in Durham and the surrounding areas. We can cater to all age groups and abilities and we even bring our own kit!
Sessions include loads of hands on fun; making and playing with slime, having fun with bouncing foam soap and building sticky bubble towers! They also feature a number of exciting demonstrations with colour changes, bubbling mixtures and even the odd explosion!
Anyone interested in lots of science and fun please email b.k.kazmierski@durham.ac.uk for more information.

Scout Vaux Ambulance Shield

This year’s Vaux Ambulance Shield will be held on Saturday 27 June at Moor House Adventure Centre.

The Vaux Ambulance Shield is the oldest of the County trophies and was given to the County in 1919 to honour the county commissioner, Cuthbert Vaux (grandson to the founder of Vaux Breweries) entry is open to any scout group within Durham Scout County.

The event is for teams of 4 scouts. Teams will demonstrate their first-aid skill by participating in a number of bases each testing individual aspects of First aid.

More Info

Cub Pete Swinney Competition - 9th May 2015.

The Pete Swinney Competition will take place at Moor House Adventure Centre on the 9th May 2015.

Following the success of last year's Pete Swinney, we are pleased to announce that it is returning in 2015, 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!

For more information and to register, please visit http://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/events/pete-swinney-2015/

Beaver Picnic on Saturday 6th June 2015

Hello everyone,

Join us for a day of adventure and the famous Beaver Picnic on Saturday 6th June 2015 at Moor House!

This year's Beaver Picnic will be held at Moor House on the 6th June. The theme is Around the World and on offer will be crate stacking, bouncy castles, archery, grass sledges and lots of group provided activities as well.

More information is available on our website, including how to book - http://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/events/beaver-picnic-2015/. Bookings are now open and close on the 24th May.

I look forward to welcoming you to this year's picnic. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

County Safeguarding Update

Lots of links to on line sources of information in this months update HERE

County Roles

As promised I have prepared role profiles for the following vacant positions in the County.

- County Administrator (Part time paid role)
- County administrator – training (Part time paid role)
- County Training Manager (Volunteer role)

Could I ask you to circulate these documents as widely as possible so everyone has the chance to apply.


More info here

Compass Update

I have received an update from HQ saying they are working on more interim measures while Compass remains off line - my guess is this means Compass will be off line for a while yet.

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