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County Training Manager role

I need to let you know that Ruth Morris has resigned from her role as County Training Manager. The process to fill that role will happen in due course.

You may recall that prior to Ruth’s appointment the CTM role was covered by a small team and in the interim I have asked that a similar organisation is put in place to look after the role, deal with queries and ensure that relevant County policies are followed. They hold the role of Local Training Manager and will act together as CTM.

The team is:
Sheila Gibbon, County Safeguarding Awareness Co-ordinator
Phil Harnby, Local Training Manager
Ian Johnson, DC, Bishop Auckland

All have other Scouting roles, but please ensure all training related emails are sent to training@durhamscouts.org.uk. This will allow the team to share the load and ensure you get a response as soon as practicable.

Ruth has also resigned as County First Aid Adviser. Emails to firstaid@durhamscouts.org.uk will be passed to me until a new adviser is appointed.

Thanks and can I ask you all to help and support the training team during this transition phase.


Moor House - get ready for the summer and even more adventure

It's time to start planning your summer adventures and I wanted to update you on a number of things going on at our Moor House Adventure Centre, all designed to help you deliver even more adventure for our members:

Our new website and booking system are now live at www.moor-house.org.uk. On the website, you can get a full run down of the activities we have on offer including the brilliant Low Ropes Course and brand new Cave Bus, along with classics such as the Tower and Cube. We will continue to enhance the site and add more information/resources.
We've revised our prices for Durham Scout members, with price reductions across the board. Our latest price list is available from the office but remember if you want something slightly different or even a package deal, please get in touch. And remember, we make absolutely no profit from Durham Scouts members.
You can now use your Scout Association AAP at Moor House to self-deliver a whole range of activities. Take a look at the attached overview document to find out more and enjoy further discounts on activities.

With all these changes, we've put together some great package offers for Durham Scout members looking to get away this year:

Visit Moor House Adventure Centre for a full day package of fantastic activities. This package is available for groups of 12, multiple groups can book.
JUST £15 PER HEAD with 1 free leader place for every 12 young people.
Full activity programme choosing 4 activities (1 x Range, 1 x At Height, 1 x On Ground 1 x Forest).

Visit Moor House Adventure Centre for a weekend package of indoor accommodation, catering and fantastic activities. This package is available for groups of 24, multiple groups can book.
JUST £80 PER HEAD including i
ndoor accommodation fully catered (6 meals per weekend) with 1 free leader place for every 12 young people.
Full activity programme choosing 8 activities (2 x Range, 2 x At Height, 2 x On Ground 2 x Forest).

Visit Moor House Adventure Centre for a weekend package of camping and fantastic activities. This package is available for groups of 12, multiple groups can book.
JUST £18 PER PERSON PER NIGHT with camping space provided but no equipment with 1 free leader place for every 12 young people.
Full activity programme choosing 4 activities (2 x Range, 2 x At Height, 2 x On Ground 2 x Forest).

I hope to see you at the Moor House Adventure Centre during the year. If you have any ideas as to how we can help you deliver an adventurous outdoor programme, please get in touch and let us know - we're always looking to improve things.

Ian Hammond

Wanted - Microwave Plate

If anyone has a spare 24.5cm microwave plate Fram Scouts are looking for a replacement. It seems most plates are a bit too big...


St Georges Day Service

A big thank you to everyone involved in organizing the St George's Day 100 year service in the cathedral - the building was filled and there was a fantastic atmosphere. If anyone has a couple of really nice photos please send them to me and I'll circulate next week.

Also, if anyone fancies trying to get some publicity into the local media - needs to be done today or tomorrow please let me know ASAP.

Kim says:
Thank you to everyone who supported the Faith Group and our district in celebrating 100 years of scouting at Durham Cathedral.
Huge thanks to Elsa, David & Dianne for their vision - I wish you every success in all your future events. I have (honestly!) enjoyed working with you.
Thank you also to people who supported us with our largest event yet - especially Richard and Ken in organising the flags.
It has been amazing - amazing because of each of you that was there.
Thank you again

The rest of us say:
Thank you Kim for all your hard work with the faith committee. It has been a pleasure working with you and I hope that taking a step back will allow you to offer your group the additional support it currently needs. Your input at meetings will be missed but I'm sure you will continue to suggest new ideas for the committee to consider. We look forward to seeing you with your group at events.

The faith committee's members continue to be interested in receiving constructive feedback about any of the events that we run. We would also be interested in anyone who feels that they have the time to help us plan events and can also contribute new ideas so that we can continue to retain the high standard of our events. Any network members would be especially welcome to help increase the youth input. The next event the committee is planning is the Beaver and Cub Faith picnic where we will be celebrating the sections respective birthdays.

We would also like to extend our thanks to Durham Cathedral, the Lord Lieutenant of Durham, the Bishop of Durham and all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders from around Durham County for their input in the service. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.

Gas bottle offer

We have been offered a couple of empty calor butane bottles - if any Group would like them please let me know ASAP.


to Hollie, Richard and their daughter Niamh born last Monday. After a challenging few days Niamh is now out of hospital.

Shakespeare Trust Funding

As in previous years the District intends to approach the Shakespeare trust for some funds.

If you would like a share to support the work of your Group please speak to your GSL and make sure the form they have is returned it to me by the end of the month.
If your project falls outside the Groups remit I'm happy to send you a form directly - just ask.

There are no hard and fast rules - if in doubt please apply!
Please try and split your request into 'lumps' to give the executive the most flexibility.
Projects which have a tangible benefit across more people are likely to be most sucessful.
Any problems, please talk to me in good time.

Glider dates

Date for the share of the glider owned y Durham County Scouts can be found on the website:

Previous feedback from those completing this activity has been very positive

Pete Swinney Cub Competition 2016 - bookings close 15th April 2016

Just a quick reminder that the deadline for booking places for the Pete Swinney competition on 7 May is this Friday, 15 April.
Full details in email below:

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 Opens13:30 – 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

Flag request

Does anyone have a St Georges Flag that the District could use at the St. George’s Day parade at the Cathedral. If yes, please let Richard Smith know.

County Safeguarding April 2016

In addition to the County Safeguarding update which can be found
I have directly contacted a number of leaders who need to renew their safeguarding this year. Once a leader has completed their safeguarding online a copy of the certificate need to be sent to me to get the record updated on Compass.If there's enough demand for a face to face course we can look to run one within the District.


Congratulations to Sarah and Rich Williams who finally tied the knot on the 1st April (pm).

Belmont Scout Camp Report

Just to say we had a fantastic weeks camp last week in Scotland just outside Edinburgh.

15 Scouts attended and visited the local church for Easter Sunday service and took part in the choir. Followed by egg decoration and rolling back at camp.

We had a busy week doing mountain boarding, Jacobs ladder, bushcraft skills, pioneering zip wiring and grass sledging, along with a walk in the Pentland hills and a day trip to Edinburgh where we visited Dynamic Earth and even an alcohol free whiskey tour where we all had Iron Bru! Oh and we even managed to fit in a trip to Chiquitos for tea.

An excellent time was had by all and a big thank you should go to the Leaders who made it possible. Also all the Scouts were great and helped cook wash up and tidy the building throughout the week and gained a few badges. So well done to them too.

Mike and Sarah

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