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Confido 2015

Are you ready for an adventure in Space and Time? Can you dig for victory with Diggerland, battle it out on Robogedon or jet off with astronaut training?

Confido will be back at Moor House on the 9th-11th October 2015. 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:

Diggerland - dig for victory with our diggers and dumper trucks. Have you got what is takes to handle these machines?
Robogeddon - battle it out with our remote controlled 80kg robots fitted with weapons in our special arena.
Quad Biking - returning after a ten year break, zoom around our specially designed course with a choice of quad bikes.
Water Walking and Zorbing Football - the craze sweeping the UK, climb into a giant inflatable zorbs on water and finish it off with a spot of body zorbing.
Segways - our always popular attraction is back for another year.
2 massive parties and alien encounter - enjoy the bands and music on the main stage and experience an alien encounter.
Our resident activities - including climbing, the cube, mountain bikes, 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 (£50 for Guides/Senior Section) 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 by £5 on the 19th September 2015 and bookings close completely on 26th September 2015, or earlier if full. Places are limited to 1200.

Start your booking today at www.durhamscouts.org.uk/confido.

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

Young Trustee vacancy on the Board of The Scout Association

As we find ourselves in the run up towards the 2015 AGM, we have the chance for another 18-25 year old to take on the fantastic opportunity of Young Trustee on the Board of The Scout Association. As youth-shaped Scouting in partnership with adults is such an important element of our Vision to 2018, we are keen to ensure as many capable young people within the age bracket hear about the upcoming position and have the opportunity to be nominated for the role.

• Share the online application pack

• Encourage the use of the online nomination form

• The deadline for applications is the 3 July, so please encourage your young people think about this opportunity or they will miss out.

Harnessing the excitement of your young people

Becoming a young trustee is just one in a range of fantastic opportunities to empower young people in the movement to make a difference to Scouting. I hope that you will also encourage young people to consider the Nominated Youth Representative (NYR) to The Council of The Scout Association role, giving them the opportunity to meet with other members from across the UK at the AGM, to explore how others are implementing both the 2018 Vision, and embedding decision making in partnership with young people.

With the now much wider range of roles for young people to impact Scouting on a local as well as a national platform, from trustee roles and NYRs, to the UK Youth Commissioner team and the newly created Local Youth Commissioner opportunity, I hope this will inspire you to think locally about how you can involve and engage with the young people that have created this wave of excitement and enthusiasm that is apparent from members aged 14 – 25 to ‘get involved’ and make Scouting happen for them.


Hannah Kentish
UK Youth Commissioner

Explorer Belt 2016

I am keen to undertake the Explorer Belt in the summer of 2016, and I am looking to put together a team of up to 7 young people who will be aged 18 by June/July next year. The Explorer Belt is a challenge whereby you travel across a foreign country completing one major and various other smaller projects along the way and it is usually undertaken on foot. The Explorer Belt would be of notable interest to anyone who is looking to complete their QSA.

In December 2014, I travelled to Peru to represent the The Scout Association at the UN Climate Conference being hosted their in the country's capital city, Lima. Whilst I was there, I was unable to travel far beyond the boundaries of Lima itself. This was a great shame having travelled such a distance and not being able to see some of the awesome sites this diverse country has to offer - such as the Nazca Lines, Machu Pitchu, the Sacred Valley and Cusco. What's more, I have plenty of contacts in the country that will be more that happy to assist in making arrangements; it only seems like a natural choice of destination to undertake such an adventure.

I'm keen to get the team established within the next few weeks so that we can get stuck into planning, fundraising and not waste any time hanging around. At present, I reckon the full cost of the trip will be between the 1200-1500£ mark. Although, I envisage that we'll complete a lot of the fundraising as a team. Having attended both the World Scout Jamboree and World Challenge, I know this amount can be easily fundraised.

Please get in touch ASAP. My email is jackwhite1997@hotmail.co.uk or call me on 07504 035660 if you have any more questions. I'll also be putting this out on the Durham Network Facebook page.

Jack White

County appointments

Morning all

Apologies for the delay in updating you on progress with the new County roles but I am now writing to update you all on progress in this respect.

You may recall that we advertised for 3 new County roles which were as follows.

County administrator (20 hours per week paid role)
County Training administrator (20 hours per week paid role)
County Training Manager (Volunteer role)

After carrying out a series of interviews and discussing the roles further we felt that it would be difficult to justify enough work for 20 hours a week for the County training admin person and it made more sense to combine the roles and reduce the overall hours subject to review after 6 months.

As such we have now made verbal offers on 2 roles which have been accepted and are as follows subject to contract agreement and appointments committee approval.

County Training Manager – This has been offered to and accepted by Ruth Morris and the appointments committee are looking to meet in the next few weeks to formally approve this appointment.
County and training administrator – This has been offered and accepted by Carol McKenzie on a 20 hour a week contract. We are awaiting the drafting of a contract for agreement and signature to confirm the start date and I will keep you advised further.

I am sure you will join me in welcoming Ruth and Carol to the team and provide them both with the support they will need to carry out the role.

Finally thanks to Ian Johnson, Sheila Gibbon, Ian Hammond and Ken Robertson who helped me in the interview process.




Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM last week - I'm sure everyone would agree it was a very informative night - so a massive thank you to Tekio University for their hospitality

A copy of the District accounts can be found HERE

Raft Race

Congratulations to all the Scouts who took part in the District Raft Race - in particular Coxhoe who put in their first entry and Belmont who had the best cardboard raft by a nautical mile.

Cub Sports - Thursday 2 July 2015

Just a quick remimder that we have District Cub Sports this Thursday 2 July.

18:30 - 20:00 @ Moor House

Can you please confirm if your Cubs will be attending or not.

We also have on the programme a Leaders Planning meeting for 2016. As the majority of us won't have had time to eat before sports, I also suggested we have this as a pot luck tea if everyone can bring something to share.

Hope to see you all on Thursday.


Network Update

As an update on things Network, all has gone quiet from HQ and I have checked today that I haven’t missed anything and they did tell me there is an HQ meeting today to decide what to do, but at present, nothing is happening. I have to say that was my expectation anyway having seen events so far.

I would ask that we still stick to the current agreed plan for Network in that we keep the Status Quo for now and review the situation in September. Please do continue with any plans to come up with a prospective District Scout Network Commissioner though in readiness for when things do eventually get moving and encourage any prospective Network members to get involved in the County Network program.

If anyone does need to speak to someone about Network, we have three leaders in the County, Jamie Ion, Andrew Rhind and Ryan Currah, who I’m sure will all be happy to help. We also have Matty Freeburn and Sarah Stokes as Chair / vice chair too.

The email address networkadmin@durhamscouts.org.uk will get in touch with Sarah who is also CSNA can handle any membership enquiries.

I look forward to speaking to you all later in the summer and will hopefully know a little more from HQ too by then.

David Holmes CSNC

District Jamboree send off and AGM

As previously published the District Jamboree send off and AGM will be taking place on Thursday starting at 19.00.

The event will take place in the Teikyo University, Lafcadio Hearn
Cultural Centre, the postcode (DH1 3YB) - near the Oriental Museum.

Ther will be Japanese-themed activities, refreshments and a presentation of the gifts.

Raft Race

Building for the Scout District Raft race will start from about 18.00 on Wednesday night at Maiden Castle. We should be done by about 20.00. Please leave all vehicles not dropping off kit in the main car park.

As usual we'll be float testing buoyancy aids.

As previously circulated we're also going to have a cardboard raft competition this year.
Scouts will be challenged to build a one man raft from cardboard. Troops may build as many rafts as they like. One 50m role of gaffer duct tape may be used to build each raft along with as much cardboard as you can supply.

Please bring scissors for cutting the cardboard - any use of knives MUST be supervised 1:1 by a leader at all times. No other building materials may be used but you may use a traditional paddle and decorate as desired.

Please also bring bin bags for removing the rubbish at the end of the night and DO NOT put any rubbish in the universities bins.

County Safeguarding Newsletter June

Available here

Training Advisor Training

Dear all, I am running a condensed version of Module 25 on Monday 15th June, 7-9:30 in Houghton-le-Spring District

Since I've condensed the two sessions it normally takes into one, people will need to do some pre work before they come.

If you have any potential TAs you would like to do the session, please let me know and I'll provide further details.

Please let me know if you have any queries.



Dryburn Scout Camping Competition

I now have a team of leaders in place to run the Dryburn Challenge so please do encourage your leaders to enter patrols.
Please do circulate the information around your District and ask people to contact me if they need more information other than the above. No question is silly! if your patrol has a question get them to e mail it to me and copy yourselves in. I will reply then to both patrol and leader.

The closing date is noon Thursday 25 June, but I would appreciate an idea of who may be entering as soon as you can.

There is nothing too difficult for a group to organise, a menu for the weekend and a programme for Saturday.
A proforma is part of the pack if it helps you don't have to use it.
The Sunday morning is a series of challenges for a couple of hours.
Camping equipment for the weekend

I have had some enquiries already and I want to stress that this is Dryburn ran as a camp where should a patrol need support they will get it. It is not about getting into a state over having everything perfect, yes hygiene especially around food and kitchen utensils is important, but so is working as a team. If you wish to use your programme to build an entrance to your camp that is ok, it will be judged as part of your programme not on how good it makes your site look.

I really do hope that we get at least 8 patrols entering please don't be put off ask if you want to know anything
I look forward to hearing from you

Application Form



This is Joelle Engolia, I'm the Marketing Assistant with the British Exploring Society.

We are an educational charity that inspires young people (16-30) from all backgrounds to unlock their potential through exploration on demanding and scientific expeditions to remote locations, helping them to better understand the world around us.

I'm writing to let you know about a campaign that we've just launched that would greatly benefit young people in the Durham area.

Our #ExploreforMore Geocaching Adventure has the aim to get young people outdoors to explore their local areas and discover 50 British Exploring Geocoins that have been distributed throughout the UK. The young people aged 16-30 who find a coin are eligible to submit an entry to receive up to £2000 off the cost of a British Exploring 2016 summer expedition. The campaign ends on July 2nd.

We have placed 3 coins in the Durham area and would love to see young people exploring their local areas with the added benefit of receiving an amount of money toward a personal development expedition with us. All of the information can be found on our campaigns webpage: http://bit.ly/exploreformore, including how to enter and how and where to find the coins.

I hope you will forward this incredible opportunity on to your scouts.

Thanks very much,

Joelle Engolia
020 7591 3143

COUNTY Panto Booking

Please note, this is different from the District Beaver and Cub Panto.

Hello fellow Scouters,

please see the link to our website to book tickets for the Beaver Pantomime, Cinderella - http://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/events/beaver-panto-2015

Please pass the booking details onto all your Scout Groups and Leaders and lets see the Gala full of Scout members and their families.

Remember that tickets can be sold to Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Leavers, Helpers and their family members.

Unfortunately the Gala have imposed a deadline on us for payment of the first week in October, so I must have all bookings and cheques through by the end of September.

Yours in Scouting,

Paul Woods


I have been told there is a way to update the postcode when completing a DBS check. using the Firefox Inspector tool.

If anyone needs any help with this please speak to Ali Basden

Scout Vaux Ambulance Shield

Quick reminder that the deadline for the Scout Vaux Ambulance competition is coming up very shortly.


Scout Dryburn Camping Competition

I have been asked to circulate this information about the County Scout Camping competition - it would be good for the District to be well represented.


Accountancy Software

Some of the Group treasurers may for this useful:


essentially (for Durham County Scouts) it means that Sage will be giving grants to non-profit making organisations and also offering two free licenses of software. Any more licenses can be purchased at 50% discount. I remember you said that county used Sage for its book-keeping? I expect that the software will include free upgrades...

Cub Water Day

Bookings for the Cub Water Activity Day are now being taken. More details can be found:

Cub Water Day

Places are limited and as previously bookings are for teams of 4 Cubs with a supervising adult.

Also, if anyone is able to assist with running activities please do let me know.

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