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District Panto

Quick reminder that the deadline for booking tickets with Sarah Dodds for the District Panto is Saturday 4th October.

Cub activities

Cub wide Game at Broompark on Wednesday 8th October, 18:30 - 20:00

Cub swimming badge at Hetton pool, Saturday 19th October, 15:30 - 16:30
Cubs will be assessed for their next stage of swimming badge.


Don't forget that SANCTUARY 2013 bookings are now being taken. Entry is open to Scouts and Explorers as well as leader teams (anyone with a Scout CRB).

Activities last weekend

I know 2 groups had a lot of fun over the weekend - Fram Beavers had their first ever Beaver Camp at Moorhouse while the Waterhouse Scouts tried Gorge Walking at Ash Gill - the Scouts enjoyed it but so did Kim and Claire!

Take centre stage at Windsor Castle

We are recruiting Queen’s Scouts into the three teams that make ‘A day of celebration and achievement’ 2014 happen. We are looking for a team of young people to undertake the roles of Colour Party, Section Leader and Service Planning Team at the National Scout Service and Parade of Queen's Scouts.

It is important that we have a mix of young people from across the UK, so please promote this opportunity to Queen's Scout Award holders within your County/Area/Region.

Some of these young people may require assistance in attending the selection events and it would be helpful if someone locally could offer help, support and encouragement to help get them there. There may also be the need for some financial assistance for some who wish to attend.

Please copy and ensure that the promotional information below is circulated to members in your local area.

Take centre stage at Windsor Castle
Achieved your Queen’s Scout Award? Ready for an additional challenge? Why not take centre stage at ‘A day of celebration and achievement’, Windsor Castle. If you’re aged under 26 you could take a leading role as the Colour Party or construct and lead the National Scout Service or, if aged over 18, guide other Queen's Scouts as a Section Leader. Apply online to attend a selection event in Scotland, Midlands, London or Leeds (separate arrangements for Northern Ireland). During December to April your commitment is required at six trainings. Section Leaders required for two weekends from March. Application closing date is noon on Monday 28 October.

This information is also being circulated to Queen’s Scout Award Coordinators, District/County Explorer Scout Commissioners, District/County Network Commissioners, District/County Explorer and Network Administrators.

Durham Scout Network Beer Festival

Durham Scout Network Beer Festival, is a fund raising event by Durham Scout Network to help support scouts on International events. Specifically this year has the aim to help Scouts from Durham Scout County get to the Japan 2015 World Scout Jamboree.

This fund raising event is on the 19th of October at Moor House Adventure Centre just off the A690 near to the A1. £5 a ticket for entry, glass and first beer token. Additionally, camping is only £3.50 per person per night and breakfast can be pre-booked at £5 per person.

There will be a selection of local real ales and some ciders for those that want to try a cider and there will be live entertainment throughout the night. Hot food will also be on sale throughout the event.

The aim is to try and raise funds to help scouts from Durham Scout County go to the Japan 2015 Jamboree. This is a fundraising event from Durham Scout Network to help young people in Scouting.

This is an over 18's event only. For more information and tickets, email beerfestival@durhamscouts.org.uk.

Hope to see many of you at the event and please let us know if you can attend as soon as possible.


Durham Scout Network

David Holmes CSNC

Adult application now open for Jamboree in Japan

Hi all

Can you please pass this information on to all your members who will be over 18 at the time of the Jamboree, I have being ask by many from the County when and were there can apply for IST. This information is on the County Website, Facebook pages and twitter, but some may have miss it. Thanks

Applications for both the International Service Team (IST) and Jamboree Planning Team (JPT) have now opened, and will close on the 21st of October 2013. Anyone interested in applying should complete an on-line expression of interest form (see links below).

The selection of International Service Team (IST) and Jamboree Planning Team (JPT) members will be handled on a regional basis, with a minimum of 77 places being allocated to the North East Region. All applicants are expected to attend a short face-to-face interview on either 1st or 2nd February 2014.

More information on IST and JPT can be found at www.scouts.org.uk/wsj and an information pack can be obtained at

The on-line application can be found @ https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search/?cat=52,208,260,733,745


Dave Russell


Is full and bookings have closed.


Congratulations to the following leaders who have successfully met with the appointments committee (I believe this was over the last two meetings):
Andrew Richardson - ASL @ Fram
Colin Hughs - ACSL @ Elvet
Zara Atkinson - Beaver Assistant @ Coxhoe
Lee Bainbridge - Cub Assistant @ 5th Durham
Paula Prest - Beaver Assistant @ Coxhoe
David Lawrence - ABSL @ Gilesgate
Sarah Anderson - ACSL @ Belmont
Angela Porritt - Beaver Assistant @ Coxhoe
Nigel Whiston - GSL @ Coxhoae
Eamon McManus - ABSL @ Coxhoe
Edith Gilderoy - ABSL @ Fram

Beth Keegan Retirement

If anyone would like to attend Beth's retirement do at Moor House on the 7th October please let Helen Willcox know.

Please find attached an invitation to an informal early evening session on Monday 7th October where we will have the chance to say goodbye to Beth and wish her well in her retirement.

As well as being an invitation for you, we would appreciate it if you could pass a copy on to the people who have known and worked with Beth over the years so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to come.

We are also inviting people such as County Vice-Presidents, ex-County Commissioners, past Moor House staff etc who know her.

Although this evening will be informal, there will be times during the two hours when we will pause and give people the opportunity to publically pay tribute to Beth and her contribution to the work of the county over the years.

It is also planned to have a ‘memories / good wishes’ book in which people can add a message. If you are not able to come on 7th October, but would like a message added, please send this to Moor House before the event or alternatively, drop in during the week before to write a personal message.

The County Executive has already sent Beth a gift from the county, but this should not preclude you bringing/sending a small token if you so wish.

District Program 2014

The DRAFT District program can now be found on the District website HERE. We hope to have confirmed everything by the end of October.

Do check out the link for the printer friendly version if you're printing it.
Other formats may also be possible - just send me a suitable template.

There are a number of changes from previous years so please make sure you read the information that goes with each activity when it is published.

County Deadlines

Just a reminder about some looming deadlines for Confido and Awards 2013.

Confido 2013
21st September - Price increases to £50
27th September - Bookings Close

Bookings will close when we reach a maximum number of 1200, which may be earlier.

Awards 2013
1st October - last day to award an eligible award.
11th October - deadline for nominations of all eligible awards.

District Exec Meeting minutes

Minutes from the Exec meeting on the 18th June 2013

Technology Survey

Dear all, Counties have been asked by HQ if they can assist in carrying out a survey amongst young people about their use of technology and further details are given below. If you are able to identify any groups / sections who will be willing to carry this out within the timescale (by 18th October, so no pressure), then please let me know. I have samples of the surveys and tally sheets for people who are interested in being involved.

Many thanks



Technology and young people in Scouting: survey guidance

As part of the Scout Association’s e-safety work they are giving young people in Scouting from across the UK a chance to tell them about the role technology plays in their lives.

Obviously, they need our help in doing this. They want to get a survey to as many sections as possible, in a very short amount of time, so they can establish initial information from young people, to inform their ongoing work.

How can young people take part?
They have developed a survey for each of the sections. They are available online and also to download as paper copies.

They would like for them to be returned to them by October 18th 2013, so this leaves a short amount of time to collect as many views as possible.

How they will use the data
The data they collect will be anonymous. It will not be possible to identify the response of individual young people from this information. The information requested will not enable the Scout Association to attribute individual answers to specific children or young people. The survey will help them to compare data about young people in Scouting with data from other national surveys. It will also help them to gather data for the future to compare how things have changed.

Beaver and Cub Scouts should complete the survey on paper.
The survey will need to be completed on paper with the younger Sections.

One way to do this would be for Leaders to work through the survey as a whole section, reading it out aloud and getting the young people to fill it in as they go. If the young people don’t understand the question, feel free to leave out. They may need some more adults to help with this if they are running with a younger section. Alternatively the Leaders could get the young people to answer the questions by putting their hands up and using the tally sheets to record responses.

Scouts and Explorer Scouts can complete the survey online
With Scouts and Explorer Scouts the survey can be completed on paper as above, or the online version can be used.

If the sections have access to computers they might want to work in pairs and take it in turns to fill in although it’s probably easiest to work through the survey together as a section.

With this age group another approach could be for Leaders to give young people the links to fill in the survey themselves at home (especially the Explorer Scouts) through whatever communication channel is normally used by the Section.

Real life experiences
In this survey they are asking young people for their real life experiences of the online world and they will respect their confidentiality when doing this. The surveys are completely anonymous.

Facebook is mentioned a number of times throughout the survey. Facebook does have a minimum user age of 13, you may wish to address this in a later session (with those under 13), but we would prefer that you do not do so during the survey as this may act as a barrier to honest answers from the young people.

Tally Sheets
These have been set up an online for each of the sections, so the data can be input straight into these.

District Scout Climbing and Shooting

The District Scout Climbing, Shooting and Archery competition is at Moor House on the 29th September from 10 till 2pm - and not the date advertised last week!

Students wanted - 8th October

The Student Volunteer fair is taking place on Tuesday 8th October. We have a stall booked to help recruit some new students as Leaders but need some help to man the stall - in particularly it would be good to have some current students covering the various sections and various groups. Friendliness and enthusiasm are the most important requirements.

Please let me know ASAP if you are able to assist.

Beaver Santa Train Special

The Beavers are going a trip on the Santa train at Tanfield on the 15th Dec. This is a District run trip for beavers only. Numbers need to be confirmed by the 19th September (I know, its very early!).

Beaver and Cub Panto

This year the Beavers and Cubs we are booked to see Robin Hood and Babes in The Wood.

Saturday 7 December at 14:00, Gala Theatre, Durham.

Cost: £9.00 per ticket (Child/Adult)

The deadline for tickets is Saturday 4 October.

Can you please get numbers and money (Preferably a single cheque payable to 'Durham City District Scout Council') to Sarah Dodds no later than Saturday 4 October.

CC Holidays

The County Commissioner is away on holiday for most of September - please don't expect any communication from him!

Water based summer camp option 2014

Earlier this summer we launched the first issue of our jamboree newsletter, which we've named Jabble. Over the coming weeks and months we'll be sending out regular editions of Jabble, each of which will be packed full of all of the latest news, exciting features and official updates from the Speelash team. So, make sure you subscribe to the mailing list so you don't miss any future issues.


Marra Circus Camp

Bookings for Circus Marra are open!
Join us for Northumberland's Big Scout and Guide Camp

We are delighted to announce the official launch of Circus Marra 2014. Join us for all the fun of the fair as Northumberland Scouts present our biggest and best Marra Camp to date! Open to all Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Guides & Rangers along with Beavers, Brownies and Families on our Open Day, this promises to be one big weekend of fun, friendship and adventure. Our Daytime programme promises to keep all entertained with something for everyone in our Activity Zones. Young People can have a go at Climbing and Water Zorbing or learn some cool tricks with our Circus Workshops in our very own Big Top. And the fun doesn't stop at night! Join in with our high energy evening entertainment programme specifically designed to suit all ages. Including Discos, Marra’s Got Talent, Outdoor Cinema and much more. The Circus is only in town for one weekend so make sure you don't miss out!


Cycling offer

Simon has asked me to pass on information about discounts Direct Car Parts can offer, Scouts, Leaders and their families:

We'd like to offer anyone involved in the various Durham Scouting groups (that's leaders, or parents who's kids attend groups) - a FREE cycle club card when they call in to our store (which is normally £10) The club card will offer them 10% off RRP on any cycle accessories in store as well as any of our Thule roof bars, cycle racks, watersport carriers, snow chains, etc and we'll also offer them 10% off the RRP of any of our 2014 bikes if they mention that they are involved in the Scouting organisation.

Group Scout Leaders Support Day

County have organised a Group Scout Leaders and Group Chairman training day on the 2nd November. This invitation is extended to AGSLs, Group Contacts, potential GSLs etc.

The day is being hosted at Hild and Bede college in Durham so it would be good to see a really strong attendance from within Durham City District.

If you didn't receive the invite and think you should have done please let me know.

Autism Survey

HQ are asking for information about provision within scouting for young people with Autism. If you follow the link below, you will get to the information sheet about what is required.


Canoe/kayaking Coaching Course

BCU Level 1 Coach Training - October 10/11 & 17/18

The qualification introduces new coaches to the concepts underpinning good coaching practice and helps them understand and coach technical and tactical elements of the sport.

Candidates will need to attend all four days.

Included in the price will be bunk style accommodation Friday and Saturday night as required. Food will also be provided: Saturday breakfast, lunch and evening meal; Sunday breakfast and lunch. Candidates will be asked to help with washing up and tidying the accommodation before they leave.

Price: £225
Location: Aldwark Water Activity Centre, Near Boroughbridge
Booking: Should you wish to book on this course, please contact your martin@thewilbys.org.uk for a booking form. Bookings will only be secured on receipt of full payment.
CLOSING DATE: September 30th, 2013

Queens Scout Award

Could I please remind you all that if you have young people 18-25 in your districts working towards Queens Scout Award, that they need to be active members of Scout Network to have their award signed off, and that their presentation of achievements needs to be to a group of their peers, in this case Scout Network members.

Whilst I look forward to helping people with the completion of their awards, it would be great if I knew about them in advance and could avoid any last minute difficulties, so if you know of anyone out there in this situation, please get in touch.

Hopefully this will avoid any ongoing confusion and be to the benefit of all applicants in future. We may even manage to drum up a little extra enthusiasm and support for the awards in the process.

David Holmes CSNC

Module 37 training

The Module 37 Training (for new members of the appointments team) has now been postponed to the 9th October.

If you would feel able to offer some time to the appointments team please speak to Ken ASAP.

Bylth Valley Gang Show

County Safeguarding Newsletter

The September County safeguarding news letter is now available

Of particular interest is the new county on line training (replacing Keeping Children Safe) - which should be completed by all leaders as part of Module 1:

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