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Scout Vaux Ambulance Shield Success

Congratulations to all the teams taking part in the Vaux Ambulance Shield this weekend. Three teams from the District entered the competition, taking the top two spots. Belmont Scouts came in a very respectable second place, with Fram winning the shield.

District Program 2015

Work has now started on the 2015 District Calender with provisional dates requested by the end of July. If you would like to see a new activity please speak to me within the next four weeks.

New email

Kieren (SL at Waterhouses) has a new email address (@live.co.uk) - please contact John Little on look on the website if you need it.

County Safeguarding Newsletter

The July County Safeguarding Update can be found HERE

Raft Race

Everyone had a great night at the District Scout Rafting Competition on Tuesday with six troops represented and 8 rafts built and put on the water.

Thanks you to Simon for the photo

There's more photos here

Photos from 5th Durham

Here's a couple of great photos from 5th Durham of their recent Cub camp and fundraising bike ride - thanks Karen

Missing Woodbadges

If anyone has completed their training but not received a wood badge certificate/beads (I don't have any awaiting presentation at present) please let me by the end of the week.

Executive Training

This years District Group Executive committee Training session on the 3rd July starting at 19.15 @ Fram - for directions see framscouts.org.uk/map.php

The session will cover the roles and responsibilities of the committee and give the various executive members the chance to share ideas and solutions.
The more people attend the session the better it will be for everyone. There will be benefits for both new executive members and those with more experience.

District Exec Training - 3rd July

This years District Group Executive committee Training session on the 3rd July starting at 19.15 @ Fram - for directions see framscouts.org.uk/map.php

The session will cover the roles and responsibilities of the committee and give the various executive members the chance to share ideas and solutions.
The more people attend the session the better it will be for everyone. There will be benefits for both new executive members and those with more experience. Prospective exec members are also very welcome.

Visitors from Down Under

We are having an open house on Thursday 26th June when Stuart, Lizzie & Hope Charters are staying on a visit back from their home in New Zealand. You may remember they were leaders in Durham and left about 7 years ago.
Anytime from 6.00 p.m. onwards. (Hope will be going to bed about 7.00 p.m.)

We hope you will be able to join us with partners if appropriate.

Please let us know. please send an e-Mail (robertson-k1@sky.com)

Anne & Ken

1st Belmont Scouts took part in their first Mountain Hike in the Lake District

We had 6 Scouts out plus parents walking in two Groups from Kirkstone Pass Inn up on to Stoney Cove Pike and then down the ridge to Hartsop Dodd. The Scouts bagged two Hills over 600m the highest being 763m with both also being claimed as Wainwright's.

In amongst all of this they also managed to do some Geocahing and found both sites on each hill. The weather was hot and humid with clear views and everyone really enjoyed themselves.

This was a totally different day to the same planned walk the previous week when it unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the forecast bad weather. We were due to have 7 Scouts plus parents out walking in two groups, but they will get another opportunity. It goes to show that even when things are planed well in advance you cant still rely on the good old British Weather. Thunderstorms and lighting and rain all day the first weekend in June!! At least the second weekends event made up or it. Also before I forget thanks to the other leaders and those with walking permits who helped make these events possible. The ideas was if both weekends walsk had happened, Belmont Scouts would have have almost 30 people out walking on the two days.
Mike Dodds

Belmont Scouts do good work

Dear Mike and Sarah

On behalf of Belmont Parish Council I would like to thank you and everyone who helped trample on Bracken and pull up Himalayan Balsam on Belmont Scrambles last Tuesday evening. Weren’t we lucky with the weather considering the downpours since?!

I hope everyone had a good time because they have made a distinct difference the the growth of these invasive plants on the Scrambles. I hope the young ones could understand that there was a purpose to what they were doing.

As well as doing a worthwhile community job I also hope that they had fun on the Scrambles and might come back with their families at some time.

Please pass on our thanks to all and good wishes to the Beaver, Cub and Scout sections – long may they flourish and congratulations to all adults involved.

Best regards

Gang Show - November

CRB Check Deadline

Due to changes in the Scout membership management and the new Compass system there is going to be a period when changing the HQ records and completing CRB checks won't be possible. In particular, please ensure any pending OH, AA for CoR forms are with the appointments secretary by the 7th July at the absolute latest.

After this date forms should still be sent to Mike but will then have to be held until the new system becomes live some time in August.

County First Aid Newsletter

The county first aid advisor (Keith Griffin) has produced a County First Aid Newsletter - this issue focuses on Allergies and Anaphylaxis.

Please spend a couple of minutes checking you are up to speed.

If you have any feedback please let Keith know - firstaid@durhamscouts.org.uk.

Thank yous

A big THANK YOU for all the dedication and hard work that you all have put into providing an absolutely FANTASTIC day for our District beavers at the weekend

You are all a fab bunch of leaders to work with and I am happy to have such lovely friends in you all

Please pass this on to all your other helpers on the day

Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday at our Sports Event at Moor House at 5.30


Photography Competition

Beaver and Cub Pantomime - Saturday 6 December @ 13:30

I hear you say pantomime bookings in June!! Oh no it isn't... Oh Yes it is!

In order to avoid any disappointment we agreed at the last Cub Leaders meeting that we would get numbers for the pantomime along with money in by the end of July.

I am therefore asking you to either send out to parents now or to just book and pay for the number of tickets that your pack/colony would like.

Tickets are again this year at the reduced Group rate of £9.00 per ticket.

Please let me know exact numbers along with one cheque payable to 'Durham City District Scout Council' or payment direct into the District account.

Deadline Thursday 31 July at 21:00


Cub District Sports - Wednesday 25 June at Moor House

18:30 - 20:00

Cubs will take part in the District sports night and also work towards Athletes badge. The Beavers will have their sports night prior to this. To try to avoid too much congestion in the car park it is important that Cubs arrive at 18.30.

Parents are welcome to stay and watch but should ensure that they park sensibly to ensure as many cars are able to park as possible and should also be aware that Beavers will need to get out before they depart.

Can you please ensure that you have a leader in the car park to meet your Cubs as we have been asked by Moor House not to have Cubs arrriving and Beavers departing at the same time. This will also ensure that parents who are not staying can get straight away

Beavers are leaving at 19:00.

Can you please let me know if your pack wil be attending or not by no later than Monday 23 June at 21:00

Thank you


Joint meeting report - Elvet and Trinity School Scouts

Tonight 15th (Elvet) held a joint meeting with Trinity School Scouts at Moorhouse where they split into mixed groups to light fires and do some backwood cooking- steamed fish, baked Apples and Bananas and bacon and sausages in cabbage leaves.

It was brilliant to see all get so involved and work hard together to cook their super and make friends.

Coxhoe Cub Sleepover

17th Durham Coxhoe Cubs held a Big Sleepover at the village hall on Saturday. We went to Hardwick Park where we did an orienteering hike, shelter building, emergency aid and had a campfire with bread twist and marshmallows.

Back at the village hall we had a game of rounders, did map work, a water safety quiz and did the rest of our stage 1 Emergency Aid badge.

On Sunday morning we had a coffee morning and the Cubs ran an auction of four chairs they'd upcycled as part of the DIY badge, raising £75 for their funds.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped - too many to mention!

Cubs waiting to ambush their leaders:

Shelter Building:


Cub Water Day

Reminder that the deadline for the Cub water day bookings is the 21st June.


Pets at Home

Hello my name is Tracey Carr I work for pets at home at the arnison center pity me Durham we are running in store events over the summer holidays for the cubs and beavers so they can earn there badges if you would like any information on these or would like us to book you in for one of these in store events please send us an email and we will arrange a date and time for you.

Tracey Carr
0191 3862717


to Paul and Ruth on the birth of Elsa Jayne Atkinson 8lb 6oz

Be part of groundbreaking research!

Deadline 20th June

I am writing to invite your Scouts to take part in an important piece of research investigating the extent of bullying online and via mobile phone technology, also known as 'cyberbullying'.

Following on from our previous Virtual Violence Reports (these can be accessed by visiting the BeatBullying website under 'Reports'), we are now looking to investigate what issues children and young people (aged 9-18) are facing online and on their mobile phones in 2014 and the extent to which these experiences are impacting on them.

If you are happy for your Scouts to take part, please have a look at the information sheet attached to find out more about our survey. The survey can be accessed using the following link: http://goo.gl/GvCDsr

We do hope you will support us in sharing this very important survey.

Best wishes,

Zoe Brownlie
Head of BeatBullying

Cotswold Outdoor

With Cotswold Outdoor celebrating their 40th birthday we thought it would be perfect timing to remind you of the great discount this partnership offers both participants and leaders* and how they can support your County.

As a company, Cotswold Outdoors’s commitment to the outdoor community is what makes them different. They are proud to support a great number of outdoor organisations and believe that these partnerships can provide the foundations for greater participation and strengthen the outdoor community as a whole.

We have detailed below some key examples of further support they can offer to you and your counties:

Your local store can provide kit talks for Scout groups of all ages, leaders and parents either in-store or at a location of your choice. These talks provide a workshop style talk on topics like the benefits of layering, which fabrics are best for different conditions or advice on maintaining your equipment along with handy tips. The kit talks will be tailored to be relevant with the group’s activities and are based around an interactive format.

Cotswold Outdoor understand how important volunteers are for the success of Scouts, with this in mind they offer free space in-stores for recruitment activities for local groups

If you are holding Regional / county events then your local Cotswold Outdoor store will work with you to support these, *promotion in store and on the store social media pages can also be made available *subject to availability of staff and resource

Use your local store as a base for your next meeting. Your local store will work with you to arrange a convenient time to hold these.

Their trained staff will measure the feet of your groups, select the best boot and make adjustments so they have maximum comfort and support. They can also ensure rucksacks are fitted to disperse the weight evenly, sit comfortably and are packed efficiently for the girl’s next outdoor adventure.

The introduction of the Regional Partnership Executive within Cotswold Outdoor offers you a direct contact for your County. If you would be interested in any of the above and developing your relationship with Cotswold Outdoor please contact:


*Scout members receive 15 per cent off * and Scout Leaders receive 20 per cent off* over 250 top outdoor brands.

Litter pick - Waldridge Fell Sun 22 June

We’re having a litterpick at Waldridge Fell, near Chester-le-Street.

It’s on Sunday 22 June, 1-3pm.

We’d like to invite you along and also to ask whether you could help to promote the event via your contacts, facebook etc.

For more information you can share this link - Waldridge Fell litter pick 22 June 2014.

I also attach a copy of the poster. If you would like hard copies of the poster please let me know and I’ll get some into the post for you.

Thanks very much if you are able to help out at all


Sun Burn Safety Resources

Launched on the 7th May, www.oksunsafetycode.com is a FREE resource bank designed to ensure that children who attend organised outdoor activities stay safe in the sun. The initiative was devised to support all those working outdoors with children, and is funded by a small national charity, the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund. It was created, after the charity identified the absence of standardised guidelines for those who work outdoors with children.

Cub Day Hike

I hope everyone enjoyed the Cub Day hike as much as these Cubs.

Module 13 and 21 Training

Please note that modules 21 Growing the Movement (for managers) and 13 Growing the Section (for section leaders) will be run together on Thursday 2nd October, so I would appreciate it if you could let any GSLs / ADCs who need to attend mod 21, know.

Sign up will be via the COUNTY website as usual.

District Cub Hike

Start: 10:00
Finish: 16:00
Location: Wynyard Woodland Park, just off the A177 to Stockton

Cubs and parents all welcome. Please ensure that all are suitably dressed, with waterproof coat and trousers, NO JEANS. Preferably wear walking boots and sun cream, sun hats, plenty to drink, snacks and a packed lunch should be brought along.

Leaders should ensure the correct ratio for hiking of 1 adult to 6 Children. (Young Leaders do not count as an adult)

I appreciate that you will not be able to give exact numbers but an estimate would be good with at least an indication that your pack will be taking part.

Thank you


New arrival

Congratulation to Claire Little on the birth of James on Saturday. Mother and baby due home today - so if I'm a bit slow responding to emails - that's why!

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