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Confido Scout Camp

We're bringing the carnival to the streets of Moor House! Can you take on the free drop inflatable, survive the boot camp or zoom down Europe's fastest mobile zip line?

We've tried our very best to create a fantastic carnival line-up for Confido 2016 - back at Moor House on the 7th-9th October 2016. 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 activities. Coming to Confido, we've got:

Mobile Zip Line - Zoom across the campsite on Europe's fastest mobile zip line
Free Drop inflatable - Climb to the top, take a deep breath and jump 14ft into the inflatable bag
Boot Camp - Race your friend through 28m of obstacles
Segways - Back by popular demand, the craze sweeping the UK
Quad Bikes - Learn to drive and tear up our outdoor course
Laser Quest - Battle it out in our custom built arena
2 massive parties and street festival - enjoy the bands and music on the main stage and experience our carnival street festival
Our resident activities - including climbing, the cube, mountain bikes, orienteering, tomahawks, archery, shooting and the brand new Cave Bus
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 activities 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 for Durham Scouts
Confido is open to Scouts, Explorers, Guides and Senior Section from around the County and North East. Bookings are now open for Durham Scouts and will be open for other Scouts and Girlguiding groups from the 31st July. The price increases by £5 on the 9th September 2016 and bookings close completely on 16th September 2016, 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, on our facebook page and twitter. 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

County Scout Shop at Moor House

The Scout Shop at Moor house is now back open.

As many of you will know the County Scout Shop was closed from April for a few weeks due to Angela being off sick.

Fiona Slater volunteered to work with me to get the shop re-opened which happened at Cubboree on Saturday 28th May and has remained open since on a Wednesday and Saturday's.
Fiona has done a cracking job and we are extremely grateful for all her hard work.

As we are unsure when Angela will be able to return to work we are looking for volunteers to work with Fiona and myself to keep the shop running.
Fiona has taken on the role of Volunteer Shop Manager.

We already have a couple of volunteers but it would be great if we could increase the number so if you are interested please contact Fiona & myself at the e-Mail address below.
As well as opening the shop Fiona has tried to sort out any outstanding orders and orders already in the shop. Please contact her at the shop e-Mail address if you have any questions.

As the shop is for the benefit of all of you it would be great to see you returning to us and support Durham County Scouts.

Please spread the word to your fellow leaders.

If you have any questions / suggestions please contact the shop e-mail address.

e-Mail contact address 'shop@durhamscouts.org.uk'.

Ken Robertson
Durham County Scouts Executive Member

Beaver Sports Evening

Just a reminder that the Beaver District sports day is Thursday (30th) at Moorhouse, 5:30-7pm, with a 6pm start.

Richard Smith is running it, and bringing drinks/snack. I won't be there (in Edinburgh with work).
Cheers, Ali.

Somme Events

I have been asked to circulate the following invitation to the Cathedral this Saturday:

This event is for the People of County Durham to commemorate those brave lads of the DLI who fought at the Somme - it would be an ideal opportunity to show the world how much the DLI means to this region.
I would like to see the Cathedral filled for the service on 2nd July at 12.30 hrs

The Royal British Legion Riders of Co Durham and Cleveland in conjunction with the Durham Cathedral are holding an event of Regional Significance to commemorate the involvement of the DLI at the Battle of the Somme. It is well documented that the Durhams were involved in the first offensive and last actions of the Battle, as such the RBLR and Durham Cathedral will be marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle t with a commemorative evensong on the evening of 30th June at 1730 hrs in the cathedral followed by a candlelit vigil until the Cathedral closes.

The following morning 1st July the Riders will assemble at 0700hrs and at 0728 hrs,a Regimental Drum will be beaten to signify the explosion at Lochnager and two minutes later at 0730 hrs an Officers Whistle that was used to send the Durham's over the top will be blown that will signify the start of the Battle and the vigil in the Cathedral.
The Whistle will then be boxed and taken to the RBL Riders who will be waiting outside the Cathedral on Palace Green, who will then embark on a 750 mile Ride around all the counties of the North of England in this order
County Durham
Tyne and Wear
Yorkshire (all four sub counties)

Whilst this is happening a Piper will be playing a lament from the Roof of the Cathedral.
If DLI Association members and their Standard would like to attend the start of the vigil and witness this spectacle they will be made more than welcome.The only proviso is that everyone departs from the Cathedral and Palace Green by 0800 hrs due to the Cathedral hosting the Cap and Gown Ceremonies for the University.

The Ride will continue through the night and will be at the Don Bar in Stockton for 0900 hrs where we would like to meet some DLI Veterans and the public before departing back to Durham Cathedral for the end of the Ride and a procession of RBL Riders and their bikes through the Market Place up to Palace Green for the public and DLI Association to meet the RBLR Team and participate in the media interest.

At 1230 hrs on 2nd July the Whistle will be taken into the Cathedral for a Service of Commemoration within the Main Body of the Cathedral at this point the vigil will cease upon the sounding of the whistle.

Canon David Kennedy the Preceptor of Durham Cathedral and myself as Durham and Cleveland County Representative of the National Branch of the Royal British Legion Riders would like to extend an invitation all Officers and Men of the DLI Association,their families and friends as well as other members of the public to attend this event.
It is Canon Kennedy's wish that this Service be seen by the World as a Peoples Event and that the People of the Counties of Durham and Cleveland have an event fitting to commemorate the sacrifice of so many of its sons.

I look forward to seeing you all resplendent in your Regimental Regalia and Medals at the service

Yours Sincerely

Andy Bridger

County Durham and Cleveland RBL Riders Representative

1st response courses

Darlington District have arranged for First Response Courses to be held on Sunday 3 July and Sunday 31 July.

Both courses will be held at their District Scout Headquarters and will start at 9.30am.

The cost of each course is £10.50 for adults outside the District.

Refreshments will be provided but it is suggested that those attending bring a packed lunch with them.

If anyone is interested in attending they need to contact Ros Micklethwaite (District Secretary) directly asap. Her email is mrsmick2009@gmail.com

Young Leader Good Service Award

With the deadline for Awards 2016 approaching, can I remind you again of the Young Leader Good Services awards (nomination forms attached).

Please remind your District Leaders of this so that we can recognise the exceptional service of some of our best Young Leaders in the County.

In order to be considered for this year's Awards Day in September, please make sure that any nominations are with me by 20th July.



David Stokes

Congratulations to the Garnham

Congratulations to Luke (AESL @Fram), Claire and their son George Flynn Garnham born at 13:01, Friday 24th June weighing a healthy 7.5 pounds. Mum and Baby Flynn doing well (I presume Luke is to).

Scouts in the News

Well done to Dave OConnell for getting a fantastic story about the Districts growth into the Northern Echo:


The hope is that this is the first of many stories aimed at raising the profile of Scouting in Durham City - if you have a positive news story please speak to Dave about getting it promoted.

GPS Units

Just a quick reminder that the District has a set of GPS units available for any section to borrow without charge. Please contact me if you want to book them.

Appointment of County Commissioner – Durham Scout County

We are delighted to announce the appointment of David Stokes as the new County Commissioner for Durham Scout County. David brings a wealth of Scouting experience to the role, having previously held roles such as District Commissioner, District Chairman, DESC, Cub Scout Leader, County Executive Member, ACC Explorers and many more. David will commence his appointment as County Commissioner for Durham on the 20th July 2016, I am sure you will all join with me in wishing him every success in his new role. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Richard for his dedication, hard work, commitment and leadership of Durham Scout County over the last 2 years and wish him well for the future.

Yours in Scouting,
Mark Tarry
Chief Commissioner of England


Rebekah (the District Treasurer) has had the District accounts audited - a copy can be found:
They will be formal adoption at tonight's AGM

Management Training

Responses to me in the first place please:
As you may be aware, Manager Training is not arranged in the same way as training for Section Leaders, but rather we deliver when there is a need.

Can you please let us know by 30 June of any individuals in your District who would benefit from the following Modules. After that, we will deal with on an ongoing basis.

Module 4 - Tools for the Job (Managers)
This is part of the Getting Started requirements for DCs (and Deputies), DESCs, DSNCs, Group Scout Leaders, Assistant Group Scout Leaders and Scout Active Support Managers.

Module 25 - Assessing Learning
This is part of the Wood Badge/mandatory for DCs (and Deputies), DESCs, Group Scout Leaders, Assistant Group Scout Leaders, Scout Active Support Managers, Training Advisers, Nights Away Advisers, Assessors (Adventurous Activities and Scout Shows).

Module 24 - Managing Adults
This is part of the Wood Badge/mandatory for DCs (and Deputies), DESCs, DSNCs, Group Scout Leaders and Assistant Group Scout Leaders.

Module 26 - Supporting Adults
This is part of the Wood Badge/mandatory for Assistant District Commissioners.

Module 21 is delivered jointly with Module 13
Module 22 no longer exists; the content is now part of Module 12(A)
Module 23 is delivered jointly with Module 17
Anybody considering one of the above roles may wish to undertake these modules

Scout Raft Race

Just a reminder the Scout raft race is on 22nd June 2016 at Maiden Castle on the River Wear. Again there will be both traditional and cardboard rafts. The number of rafts unlimited.

Building starts at 18.00
On the water time is not before 19.00 and not after 19.30

Leaders to assist with builds as needed but avoiding doing too much

All wood, cardboard, string etc to be removed - university bins not to be used

One roll of gaffer tape per cardboard raft


Fred Forster

If anyone would like funeral arrangements please let Greg know.

Dear All
Sad to report that Fred Forster, formally GSL at 1st Burnmoor scouts passed away Monday morning after a long battle with cancer. Fred was GSL for a considerable time, a silver acorn holder and scout through and through. Thoughts and prayers with his wife Marjorie, son Alan current GSL and the rest of Fred’s family.

When funeral details are known I will pass them on.



Cub Centenary Beach Trip and Souter Lighthouse - Sunday 19 June

Finalised details for our Centenary beach and Souter Lighthouse trip. Apologies for the delay in getting this to you. The deadline for signing up is Thursday 16 June at 21:00.

In order that we can get the maximum number fitted into the day the staff at the Lighthouse would like our first tour to commence at 10:30.

There will be 3 groups of 10 at a time. We can accomodate up to 120 over the course of the day with each tour being 1 1/2 hours long.

There is also a kite festival taking place throughout the day.

The link to sign up as we will need to know definite number is below. Can leaders also please sign up using the link so that we know who to expect. All leaders will be covered on our National Trust Membership.

Sign up for Beach & Souter Lighthouse

Tide times for the day are:

Low Tide at 09:31
High Tide at 15:39

Thank you


Awards 2016 Durham Town Hall - 17th September

Just a reminder that all nominations for Awards 2016 need to be made by the 20th July and all RSVPs must be received by the 31st July. Please encourage your groups to get their nominations in before the deadline and to chase any RSVPs, as due to the tight turnarounds, we cannot accept any nominations or acceptances after the deadlines - there were a number of disappointed parents last year because of this.

There is now a system to allow the District to confirm who is booked - if you need me to check for you please allow me plenty of notice.

Scout Dragon Boating

As you know we have the Dragon Boat session on the programme for SUNDAY 3rd JULY. (12.00 - 13.15 P.M. approx)

Could you please let Ken know numbers by SUNDAY 26th June.

As usual we ask for a £5 donation (per scout) to the Dragon Boat Group for giving up their time.

Cheques should be made payable to 5th Durham City Scout Troop and I will pay them with one cheque. Happy to collect on the day but it needs to be for the number you say are coming.


County Safeguarding June 2016

The June County Safeguarding newsletter can be found here:
June 2016

Message from Moor House Scout Shop

The shop has in stock quite a few different types of neckers that people have ordered. I'd be really grateful if anyone waiting for neckers could get in touch about them on the shop email: shop@durhamscouts.org.uk

Many thanks!


National Volunteer Week

National Volunteers' Week has kicked off, and we want to take the opportunity to thank every one of the dedicated and hard-working Scout volunteers who make everything possible. Without you, we couldn’t bring so much fun and adventure to so many young people. Over the next week, we’ll be profiling all sorts of volunteers who are going above and beyond the call of duty, to improve Scouting and give back to their communities.

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