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SCA Fair

The District needs some help to man the SCA (Student Community Action) volunteer fairs next week - 1pm-6pm on Tuesday 6th and 10pm-4pm on Wednesday 7th at Elvet Riverside 1 (Wednesday morning in particular).

We're ideally looking for 2 or 3 people on the stall at any one time so if you can spare a couple of hours please let Iain know (recruitment@durhamcityscouts.org.uk)
Current students are particularly encouraged.

Use of BCC in group emails

I just thought I'd take this opportunity to briefly explain the use of Blind Carbon Copying (BCC) when sending group emails in particular to parents and young people.

When you send an email you will usually have three possible places for placing the recipients email address: To, CC and BCC (BCC is sometimes hidden). For practical purposes To and CC are the same - anyone receiving the email can see the addresses of everyone else in the To and CC fields - they can also reply to everyone else on the To and CC lists, and potentially use everybody's email addresses for other purposes.

Since very rarely in Scouting do we really wish to share contact details with everyone on the list we should instead place everyone on the recipient list in the BCC space - they will still get the email but you won't have shared their contact details with everyone else.

If you have any questions about the use of BCC please do get in touch.

SANCTUARY widegame

Quick heads up that SANCTUARY this year is on Saturday the 7th November, with a booking deadline two weeks before that.

For full information please see the event website:
http://www.operationsanctuary.org.uk

Belmont go for a hike

Two separate groups of Belmont Scouts did two days of mountain walking this weekend.

One group met in Buttermere on Saturday and did Red Pike, High Style, High Crag and Seat with the highest point being 807m and the lowest hill being 561m. The weather was good and the views were excellent.

On Sunday a separate group met in the Howgills and walked up adjacent Cautley Spout before making their way up to the high point of the day The Calf 657m high



Everyone had an excellent time and I'm really proud of all those who took part in one or both of the days and it showed what being a Scout is all about. They all had a good attitude and people we met mentioned how well behaved and good mannered they were, so all credit to them I think.

Mike

Pension Wise

I have been asked to circulate the following information about a local charity who offer pension advice.

Since 6 April 2015, pensions have changed giving you more freedom to choose what to do with your pension pot.

Pension Wise is a free, impartial service that will help you go through your options so you can make informed decisions about your pension that are best for you and your family.

A Pension Wise appointment may help you if you:

• Are aged 50 or over
• Have a defined contribution pension – not sure? Call us anyway!
Appointments are available across Darlington, County Durham and the Tees Valley.

Email pensionwise@darlingtoncab.co.uk or Phone 01325 249 833


Phoenix cards and gift ideas

One of our Beaver Parents has a business selling PHOENIX cards and gifts. She has kindly offered to hold an event at the Gilesgate Den at 7pm on Wednesday, 14th October 2015 where you can all come along and perhaps begin your Christmas Shopping.

A selection of Phoenix Trading products will be available on the evening to purchase and orders can be taken for anything from the brochure. The Christmas range of cards will be available which raises money for Macmillan Cancer Research and many other smaller charities. There will also be Christmas wrapping paper, designs suitable for adults and children. There will be a selection of advent calendars which come in a range of formats from traditional door-opening designs, designs with slot in characters to build a scene through advent and also a beautiful 3D snowy village to build.

There will also be a selection of everyday greetings cards and gift wrap which cover all occasions and have some really unique designs.

There are many gift items for adults and children including many colour-in items for different ages with different themes including Christmas. There are educational posters, writing sets and beautiful organiser boxes for adults among many other things.

15% of any sales and orders will be donated to the Scout group and also a small raffle-type game on the evening will be run to raise extra funds for the group. Orders will hopefully ready for 28th October, or maybe earlier.

Payment can be made as cash, cheques or credit card, preferably on the evening though if there are any issues with this we can find an alternative plan.

Please come along and support the Scout Group. This donation will help to purchase equipment desperately needed for us.

Regards
Sue Dickinson
4th Durham Chairperson

Badge and Award Programmes at Moor House?

Please feel free to feedback directly to David:

Hello all,

Like me, you’ll probably have received (or will shortly receive) an update from HQ on the programme refresh, including a booklet on badge requirement training courses from the national Scout Activity Centres (see http://www.scoutactivitycentres.org.uk/badgecourse/)

We are also currently in the process of finalising guidance on Scout led Activities at Moor House, which will provide clarity on delivering Scout led activities on site in accordance with POR. The means that our Leaders will be able to operate under Scouting rules rather than current Moor House procedures which are written for use with external groups (e.g. light fires using a flint an steel under an appropriate risk assessment, without necessarily using safety goggles, which is what schools – and therefore Learning Outside the Classroom - expect).

At the same time I am aware that Explorer Scout Leaders in the County are telling me that as adults (many of whom are new to the section) they lack the practical skills to deliver a programme with 50% focused on Outdoor and Adventure

Wearing my ACC(ES) hat I then started thinking about how we could make better use of the facilities at Moor House e.g.
- To re-instate Service Crews (once we get some accommodation sorted) to allow the Activity Centre Service badge to be delivered
- To allow the County Climbing Team to run the Climber Activity badge
- For fire lighting, shelter building, backwoods cooking programmes etc to be delivered to Explorer Scouts, aligned with badge requirements

... and then I thought why limit this to just Explorer Scouts – what about Master at Arms for Scouts, Adventure and Outdoors Challenges for Beaver and Cub Scouts etc?

The purpose of this e-mail is therefore to ask:
- Other County Team members to think about whether providing more activities directly linked to the youth programme could/should be delivered at Moor House?
- DCs whether there is demand in their Districts for these type of programmes at a County level, or is the demand for badges and award programmes currently being met within sections/Groups/Districts?
- Everyone whether practical skills training for adults is an issue in other sections, and whether this could/should also be delivered at a County level?

All thoughts welcomed

David Stokes
ACC (Explorer Scouts)
Durham Scout County

explorers@durhamscouts.org.uk / (07786) 250073


County Events Calender

The final COunty events calender can now be found HERE

Awards

Congratulation to everyone who got an award at the County Awards day at the weekend.


District Meeting

The next District meeting (for (A)GSLs and ADCs) will take place on Tuesday 20th October 19.00 @ Fram

If anyone has any items for the agenda please let me know.

So far:
Waiting list numbers
Leader numbers update
District Dev Plan progress
Building the District Exec
Dates of future meetings

Young Leader Module A

The next opportunity for Module A of the Young Leader Training scheme will be held at:

Elvet Explorers on the 19th October at 19.30.

All Young Leaders should complete Module A within 3 Months of starting. If you have a new Young Leader working within your group or one who has not completed Module A then they should attend.

Please send details to me if you plan on attending so that we can prepare. (explorers@durhamcityscouts.org.uk)

We aim to run one Module A per term so the next opportunity will be after Christmas.

Rich Williams (Durham City DESC)

Young leader Training Weekend

27 Young Leaders from across the District undertook their training this weekend. Not a single power point presentation but instead lots of fun activities; the blind folded crab football was very funny to watch. We started on Saturday afternoon with activities to get to know each other games, archery, food and a camp fire. Then on Sunday the Young Leaders worked through the modules.


A big thankyou to the Young Leaders for attending and the work they do within our groups. Thanks also to Kim, Iain, Paul and Richard for pulling the weekend together and attending. We’ll aim to run a similar weekend sometime around Easter.

Rich Williams (Durham City DESC)

Coxhoe Collection

Well done to Coxhoe Scout Group for their efforts collecting supplies to support refugees in Calais:

Full Story Here

District Scout Climbing Shooting and Archery competition

This years District Scout Climbing Shooting and Archery competition is on the
20th September between 10am and 2pm at Moorhouse. Scout Leaders need to get info about teams to Ian Dickinson by 15th September (so hopefully this is just a reminder!).

Beaver Leaders Meeting Notes

Thanks to Ali for sorting out note from Tuesday's meeting efficiently:

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14th Oct - Widegame, 6-7pm Moorhouse. Richard organising - Balls and ducks.
Drinks - Carol.
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Sleepover
20-22nd Nov - Janice.
Space theme.

1st letter - Janice in couple of days. Out to parents week of 14th Sept.
Back with numbers by 5th October to Janice.


Colonies: Fram x 3, Coxhoe, Belmont, Gilesgate, Elvet, Brandon, Waterhouses, Nevilles Cross.
6 per colony - preferably 3 each night. £10 deposit. Total cost £20.

Ali - planetarium for Saturday.

Carol - Door names.

Janice - Room allocation.

Cook - Ian Dickenson + ??? (Janice to sort)

Activities:
4 indoor, 4 outdoor bases.

Grass sledging. Try for self-lead. Rocket ride.
String trail. - Space trail. Richard.
Space rockets and Assault course - Janice sorting out rockets
- Kims plant pot stilts - Space walk.
Orienteering - Carol. - Planet search.

Indoors:
Pictures/art with stamps+ink. - Claire G.
Alien space ships - Paper bowl + plate - flying saucer - decorate. Claire L
Space dust - (sherbert) - decorating biscuits, cakes, moon rocks, rocky roads. Kim.
Space Mobile - Sarah Dodds.

Attendance Badge - Janice.

Name badges - Badge maker - Carol. Friday night/Saturday night.

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5/12/15 - District panto.
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Next sleepover meeting - 4/11/15. Brandon, 7:30pm.
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Christmas crafts at Waterhouses:
Decided as a group to be on 14/12/15.
6pm-7:30, Waterhouses. Kim organising. 8 bases.
People may volunteer for a base by emailing Kim. All resources will be supplied but we would appreciate people saving and bringing: Toilet Rolls and Small glass jars e.g Gu glass pudding pots
More Info
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Magic event:
Brandon: Wed 27th Jan, Magic Andrew. Carol organising.
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Sports day: 30th Jun - Sports day - Richard.
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Hardwick visit - Sept 2016. Claire G to investigate, organise with Carol.
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Christmas 2016: Shildon railway museum. ??? Janice to investigate.
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REMIDNER: County Young Leader Training / Survival Skills Weekend (October 2015)

Hello everyone,

For those of you who don’t meet during the school holidays, welcome back and I hope you had a good break

Not unexpectedly, we didn’t have many bookings for the County Young Leader Training / Survival Skills Weekend during the holidays but bookings and cheques are now starting to come in for the Young Leader training and the course will be going ahead as planned. We still have places left and to give some of you a chance to meet and talk you your young people now that the schools are back we’ll leave bookings open for a week past the stated date of 11th September. Please do get forms (consent form and County Under 18’s medical forms) and cheques to me as soon as possible however.

Regrettably, and despite our Explorer Scouts asking us to organise some more ‘traditional Scouting activities’, we haven’t received a single booking for the Survival Skills weekend (I wonder who said `build it and they will come?`). If I don’t receive any bookings by Friday we will cancel the Survival Skills weekend.

I look forward to seeing many of you at another busy Confido and please remember that Operation Sanctuary and Midnight Madness are coming up in the next couple of months. Let’s get our young people busy!

Regards

David


Brandon Hall in the Echo

5th Durham Scouts also got an mention in the Northern Echo as the revamped Brandon Village Hall opens:

HERE

Queen's Scout Award – Richard Dickinson

Richard Dickinson (4th Durham) has been presented with his Queen’s Scout Award. In order to achieve this he has undertaken the following activities:

Volunteering - He spent at a number of years helping out as a Young Leader at 4th Durham Beavers. He helped to plan and run the weekly programme as well as weekend events.

Skill - To complete this section he took driving lessons and successfully passed his driving test

Physical - He chose to complete the Beast bike ride. This meant that he needed to practise during the year before so that he was able to successfully complete it

Expedition - Richard along with 3 others planned two 4 Day/3 Night expeditions. They had to be self-sufficient carrying all tents, stoves and food required. The practice was carried out in the North Yorkshire Moors area with the main Expedition being in the Lake District.

Residential - As part of the award Richard had to attend a residential of at least 4 nights where he had not met anyone else before. He chose to go sailing on a Tall Ship. The route he took was “Esbjerg, Denmark - Helgoland, Germany - Den Helda, Netherlands - Lowestoft, UK - Hartlepool, UK ”

He also planned aQueen’s Scout Award – Richard Dickinson

Richard Dickinson (4th Durham) has been presented with his Queen’s Scout Award. In order to achieve this he has undertaken the following activities:

Volunteering - He spent at a number of years helping out as a Young Leader at 4th Durham Beavers. He helped to plan and run the weekly programme as well as weekend events.

Skill - To complete this section he took driving lessons and successfully passed his driving test

Physical - He chose to complete the Beast bike ride. This meant that he needed to practise during the year before so that he was able to successfully complete it

Expedition - Richard along with 3 others planned two 4 Day/3 Night expeditions. They had to be self-sufficient carrying all tents, stoves and food required. The practice was carried out in the North Yorkshire Moors area with the main Expedition being in the Lake District.

Residential - As part of the award Richard had to attend a residential of at least 4 nights where he had not met anyone else before. He chose to go sailing on a Tall Ship. The route he took was “Esbjerg, Denmark - Helgoland, Germany - Den Helda, Netherlands - Lowestoft, UK - Hartlepool, UK ”

He also planned and ran various activities on an Environmental and International themes. Richard has had many hights away during his time working towards the completion of the award.nd ran various activities on an Environmental and International themes. Richard has had many hights away during his time working towards the completion of the award.

CONFIDO Camp - now full

Sorry if you're not booked its too late...

Staff bookings remain open and we are on the look out for anyone who can help us over the weekend. In particular, we have a large demand for anyone with a Belaying AAP, GNAS or NSRA award. There is more information on our website at http://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/events/confido2015/staff-team/.

Thanks,
Ian

Network Commisioner Role

I’m sure most of you are aware that, as part of the recent programme refresh, Scout Network is changing. The Scout Network is moving from a county based entity to a District based entity. Furthermore all 18 to 25 year old members within the District will automatically become a member of the Scout Network. The reasons for this are well documented online and the changes follow a long consultation period. The aim within Durham City District is for this to happen as soon as possible and certainly before Christmas.
To drive this exciting change forwards we are looking to recruit A District Scout Network Commissioner (who may be over 25!) who will manage and enable the Scout Network members to participate within a fulfilled Scout Network Programme. Currently I am getting the ball rolling in my DESC role but to enable Network to flourish we need to recruit a commissioner ASAP. If you think this role is for you then please email myself (richjameswilliams@gmail.com) or John Little (dc@durhamcityscouts.org.uk) and we will go from there.
The job description can be found here: HERE
Rich Williams (Durham City DESC)


Centenary St George

Durham Cathedral
2p.m April 24th 2016 (please do check you have SUNDAY 24th in your diary - there has been some confussion...)
We would like to invite ALL Durham City Scout sections (not just Cubs) but need some idea of numbers by November 1st 2015. This is to help us plan for seating AND to order commemorative badges for ALL young people attending.
Please also invite any retired Cub Leaders you know of!

Please use your best guess to estimate the numbers below for your section and send to faith@durhamcityscouts.org.uk:
Group name & Section
Number of children:
Number of leaders:
Number of Parents:

Module 3 Training

The next module 3 training course will be held at Coxhoe Village Hall starting at 19.15 on the 7th October
HERE

Young Leader Camp Planning

The Young Leader Training Team are meeting on Tue 15th Sept 7p.m at Kim's House to plan for the weekend's training camp.

So far there's 10 Young Leaders definitely signed up for the camp.

Young Leaders

As you will know, young leaders are a real strength within our groups and they are our future adult leaders. Young leaders are generally aged between 14 and 18 and are usually also active Explorer Scouts. Sometimes however, we have Young Leaders who are not registered explorers, in this case they should be members of the Durham District Young Leader Unit that way we know who they are, they will be insured and they will be able to wear the Explorer uniform. It’s also my intention to invite them to district explorer activities. As DESC I have set up the Young Leader Unit and I will maintain its membership and their YL training records.

All young leaders should undertake training and this is a requirement if they are doing YL for DofE. Please watch out for dates in the weekly email for training opportunities; generally there will be one Module A session run each term within the district. Hopefully all young leaders are able to attend the upcoming training weekend, so far numbers are looking really good.

So if you have a young leader within your group who you know is not an Explorer then please let me know. I’ll then ask for a few details and I’ll send you an information sheet.

Rich Williams, explorers@durhamcityscouts.org.uk

Training Advisor's Meeting - Change of Date

Can I advise that the COUNTY Training Adisors Meeting planned for 12 October has been moved to Monday 16th November 2015.

Full details of this meeting will be available shortly, however if you wish for anything to be included for discussion at this meeting please let me know ASAP.

Ruth Morris
County Training Manager.

Young Leaders Award Training Camp

Teatime 19th September until 20th September
Venue: Moor House
Cost: £5
(This will be planned to allowed young people collecting awards that night to do so!)
Expressions of interest to krjennings@talk21.com
Leaders are welcome to attend but not expected to.
Planning meeting details will be sent to interested leaders
If you have Young people interested who did not attend the Module A intro night at either Fram or Gilesgate, please contact Kim ASAP so that session can be run!

Beavers and Cubs Pantomime - Cinderella Gala Theatre Saturday 5 December at 13:00

We have tickets booked for Cinderella for Saturday 5 December for the performance at 13:00 at the Gala Theatre, Durham.

The cost of tickets is the same as last year £9.00 which is a special rate for groups.

If you would like to book tickets can you please give me final numbers by Friday 25 September along with the full payment by cheque (preferably 1 per booking) made payable to 'Durham City District Scout Council'. If you choose to pay by bank transfer please ensure that you make this clear to BOTH Sarah Dodds and Rebekah Hillcoat

All numbers should be confirmed by payment which should be sent to me within 7 days of emailing me with your numbers.

As in previous years we have a fixed number of tickets booked so they will be allocated on a first come first serve basis regardless of the deadline. I have booked 210 tickets which is slightly more than than we had last year.

Thank you

Sarah

Photography Competition

Open to all Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers in Durham City

All entrants to Select a photograph they have taken to represent 'Adventures in Scouting'.

Please send with details of Scout name/age/section/group to Kim by NOVEMBER 1st
Winners to be announced at The Christingle Service December 15th 2015
Durham City Scouts Faith Group
c/o K Jennings , 21 Russell Street, Waterhouses, DH7 9AR
For any clarification please contact krjennings@talk21.com

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County Safeguarding Update

Latest County Safeguarding update for September can be found
HERE

County administrator - update and start details

Morning all

Following my last update I am writing to let you know that our new County administrator, Carol Mackenzie, will start her employment with us on the 1st September 2015.

Following discussions with the interview and selection panel we are combining the admin and training admin roles into one and feel there is still enough time to carry out these tasks under Carol`s 20 hour a week contract.

I will be meeting with Carol on Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at Moor House to start of the induction training and will update everyone further as we progress this training. We will also communicate working times and contact details as these are being sorted in the next week or so.

I am sure you will join me in welcoming Carol to the team and offer her your full support as required. Also can I ask you to pass this note out to your teams please so the County is aware of the appointment.

Finally can I make public my thanks to the selection panel of Sheila Gibbon, Ian Hammond, Ian Johnson and Ken Robertson for all their help in this process.

Richard


First Responder Courses

Houghton-le-spring are holding courses on 12th September and 7th November both run by Tom Melia. Bookings and details at http://www.hls-scouts.org.uk/support/adult-training

Bishop Auckland course is being held on 4th October run by Gary Ingham. Bookings and details can be obtained from gary.ingham@talktalk.net

Regards

Keith





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