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Cub Water Day Reminder

Booking for the Cub water day is now open.

The Cub Water Activity Day gives Cub Scouts a chance to gain their Cub Water Activity Badge and get a taste of Canoeing, Kayaking and Traditional rafting. All Cubs must be able to swim 50m in light clothing.


We would also very much like to hear from anyone who can help on the day with running activities (on or off the water) or running the lunch station/BBQ.

Holiday Homes Trust

I have received info about the Holiday Homes Trust which is a charity affiliated to The Scout Association. The trust specialises in providing high quality, fully-accessible caravan and chalet accommodation for families and individuals that need a fun and relaxing break.

They offer low cost self-catering caravan/chalet holiday accommodation in popular UK resorts for families or individuals who are disadvantaged, whether through disability, income or circumstances.

I would appreciate it if you could pass this on to groups so that they can in turn pass the info on to parents.

As a charity, they rely on donations and grants as well as income from the caravan/chalet hire so you might like to consider a donation if you feel it is appropriate.
For more information, go to www.holidayhomestrust.org/


Confido Scout Camp 2014

You've seen the movies, now take part! Are you brave enough to step off our 10m platform, stomach the simulator or get out of the UK’s first interactive cave?

Confido will be back at Moor House on the 10th-12th October 2014. We'll be welcoming over 1200 Scouts, Explorers, Guides and Senior Section for a weekend of over 50 activities, 2 parties and a fantastic atmosphere!

We've been busy searching the UK for some of the best new activities. Coming to Confido, we've got:

The Free Drop Experience - You’re flying, floating and falling all rolled into one. Jump from our 7m or 10m platforms into the giant Air Bag and if you’re brave enough, try some tricks! You've seen it in the movies, now try it for real!
The UK’s first interactive cave - Over 90ft of tunnelling, twists and realistic turns with cameras so your friends can watch! There’s a sump, vertical squeeze and realistic rock to navigate.
Simulator - Join the Red Arrows or Navy Ribs in our 16 seater simulator. Experience G-forces, HD video and 3D sound!
Segways - the craze that is sweeping the nation, back for another year.
3Sixty Display Team – the world record breaking bike display team will be teaching you stunts throughout Saturday and putting on some brilliant shows.
2 massive parties and Walk of Fame - enjoy the bands and music on the main stage and experience the movies in the Walk of Fame!
Our resident activities - including climbing, toboggan, off-road buggies, orienteering, tomahawks, archery and shooting.
And for Explorers and Senior Section, stay up late at our Silent Disco!

Plus over 30 more – take a look at our website and remember there are more being announced on a regular basis. All this for just £45 per participant or £25 for leaders. For that you'll get a T-Shirt, badge, 7 meals, 9 hours of activities, 2 parties, 2 nights of camping and unlimited refreshments!

Bookings are now open
Confido is open to Scouts, Explorers, Guides and Senior Section from around the County and North East. The price increases to £50 on Friday 19th September 2014 and bookings close completely on Friday 26th September 2014, or earlier if full. Places are limited to 1200.

Start your booking today at:

Make telling your group about Confido easy!
Enter a few details and download your very own branded flyer - just print or email and wait for the responses to roll in.

/confido for all the latest news
All the latest information is online at www.durhamscouts.org.uk/confido and on our facebook page. You'll find a full list of activities, customisable flyers, medical forms and a breakdown of what we spend your money on.

It would be great to see you at Confido. If you have any questions, please do get in touch.

Durham Scouts Event Team

Invitation to Leadgate

1st Leadgate Scout Group are holding a centenary service on Sunday 8th June at St Ives Church at 2.00pm followed by refreshments afterwards. Please come along and help us celebrate 100 years of scouting in Leadgate.
Pauline Parker
Group Scout Leader

Dave B goes to Buckingham Palace

On Wednesday Dave Beeby (ASL at 5th Durham) and his wife Denise have been invited by the Lord Lieutenant of Durham County to attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to recognise his 40 years of Service to Scouting in many roles at 5th Durham City Scout Group and Durham City District.

Appointments Team

Congratulations to Fiona Brown and Alistair Cook who have successfully validated their training to join the District Appointments Team.

Appointments Meetings

Congratulations to:
Boris Ebbing
Chris Rumley
Gemma Ayre,
Darren Melroy
Wendy Littlewood
Bethany Holmes
Fiona Brown
Sara Lucas
Maria Burton
Michael Bryden
Simon Cooper
Don Peacock

who all successfully meet with the appointments Team on Monday night.

I'm sure everyone will continue to support them through their training.

FREE self-led visit to Housesteads Roman Fort

Your Scouts can experience a FREE self-led visit to Housesteads Roman Fort. With a history that goes back almost 2,000 years, this unique and unforgettable learning experience can link to a local history study.

Pupils imagine how life was for the 800 Roman soldiers based here, wander the remains of the barrack blocks and the commandant’s house. There's a fascinating museum too.

You could combine this with a visit to the best preserved Roman bath house in England at Chesters Roman Fort, only 7 miles away.

Book your visit and we can provide you with:

FREE entry
FREE resources for a self-led visit
FREE Teacher’s Kit including a history of the site, lesson plans & activities
FREE Hazard Information sheets

We hope to welcome you to Housesteads Roman Fort this term.

The English Heritage Education Team

Volunteer at the Big Day Out!

We're building a festival for over 1000 Beavers, Cubs and their Leaders on the 21st June at Moor House - the BIG Day Out - and we're looking for help!

We've got some of the best activities from around the UK including the Spider Mountain, Water Zorbing, Bungee Trampolines, Bird of Prey Displays, Inflatables and even some creepy crawlies! Plus, all the Moor House adventure and some brilliant group activities.

As with any great event, we need a great team! If you're available on the 21st June and want to join the team putting together this great event, we would love to hear from you! You don't need any qualifications or equipment, just bags of enthusiasm.

We're looking for help with running activities, welcoming everyone, car parking and running the help desk. We are also looking for people with Belaying AAP's and GNAS qualifications.

If you're up for joining us, please sign up at


District AGM

Thank you to everyone who attended the District AGM on Thursday night.

Minutes for the 2013 AGM can be found HERE

Accounts for the year 2013-14 can be found here

The Jamboree Raffle raised over £120 which is fantastic.

District AGM - Reminder

The District AGM is being held at Moor House on Thursday 15th May straight after the Beaver Wide Game (i.e. at 18.45).

While the Beavers are out on their Wide Game (5.30-6.45) we will be holding an informal Target Skills competition for Parents, Leaders and siblings. Get your parents to show their skills in archery, air rifles and tomahawks and you may win a prize for your group!

There will also be a raffle to support the District Jamboree contingent.

Please remember each Group has been also asked to nominate a candidate to serve on the District Exec.

Dryburn Challenge Scout Camp

6th-8th June at the Moor House Adventure Centre.

Can your Scouts survive 48 hours without their leaders? Can they cook for their patrol, plan their activities and have fun? The Dryburn Camping Challenge is for them!

This summer, we’re challenging Scout patrols from across Durham to spend 48 hours without their leaders to see what they are really made of! The weekend will see patrols setting up camp, cooking for themselves, planning their activities and taking part in a number of exciting challenges.

What happens?

Friday Night - build your camp, put up your tents and settle in.

Saturday Daytime – plan a fun day of activities for your patrol. You might try something on site, take a walk or travel somewhere – it’s up to you! The important thing is that you have fun. This year’s theme is the Tour de France and we would love you to come up with some ideas based around this.

Saturday Evening - try out the new Cube and enjoy the campfire.

Sunday - You’ve seen it on TV, now try it for real – Ready Steady Cook! Create what you can from our ingredients and get it judged.

There will be points available during the weekend for your camping, cooking and activities. We’ll award bronze, silver and gold camping standards to everyone who enters and the team with the best overall camping standard will be awarded the Dryburn Cup. In addition the Brian Slack flag will be presented to the patrol who demonstrate that they can take on board advice and show leadership, team work and that they enjoy their Scouting no matter what!

Advanced Canoe Camp

Congratulations to Michael Doogan on surviving his first Scout canoe camp. As usual the food was fantastic - thank you Mary, and this year the paddling was pretty good to!

Explorers Complete Expedition

On the weekend of the 26th April 2014, 7 Explorer Scouts from Fram Explorers took part in their Bronze DofE qualifying expedition. Their route look them from Scarborough to Robin Hood’s Bay with an aim to explore different coastal features and learn how they form and change. Despite the challenging weather the group kept in good spirits and completed their route over the two days.

St George's day update

I'm pleased to be able to tell you that the collection last Sunday came to £141.53. This has been split £100 to Treetops and £41.53 to St Nic's Church.

Cub Water Day

Booking for the Cub water day is now open.

The Cub Water Activity Day gives Cub Scouts a chance to gain their Cub Water Activity Badge and get a taste of Canoeing, Kayaking and Traditional rafting. All Cubs must be able to swim 50m in light clothing.


We would also very much like to hear from anyone who can help on the day with running activities (on or off the water) or running the lunch station/BBQ.

District Secretary

Quick reminder that Neville has tendered his resignation at District Secretary from the AGM so if anyone knows anyone who would be willing to take on this role please do let me know.

Jamboree bag pack

Today's Jamboree bag pack at Tesco's raised well over £900 - well done and thank you to everyone who took part.

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