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District Campsite visit - Saturday 1st October

As you may know the District have made very good progress in finding a District campsite/woodland (we're now sorting out paperwork).

The site is a mixed woodland with gentle slopes and a mixture of small and medium sized trees. There are a few existing paths. The woodland is a reasonably narrow strip (~200m) around a fairly dry stream surrounded by pasture land. The total wood area is ~30 acres. It's 13 miles as the crow flies from Durham but the roads make it seem somewhat more. The wood is tidy and mostly the ground is dry.

There would be very few restrictions on activities we could run/developments we could make - cutting trees down, lighting fires, creating clearings etc would all be fine.

The access is currently restricted to foot/4x4s (and there's no parking) but I think we would look to improve this fairly quickly without major problem.

I would see the site currently appealing to Scouts and Explorers, but with the addition of basic facilities this appeal would broaden, particularly for day visits.

In order to allow more of the adults involved in the District to visit the site and see the potential and ask any questions that may arise we have organised a site visit for Saturday 1st October. In order to minimise parking issues I would like us to travel from Durham together - 9am from Fram Scout hut (back in time for lunch) - please let me know if you would like to join us.

If this date/time doesn't suit but you would like to visit please let me know - we will be able to organise further visits in the future.


Peter Hindmarch as Scout Active Support Member at Waterhouses
Fiona Roberts as Assistant Section Leader - Cub Scouts at Waterhouses
Thomas Othick as Section Assistant at Coxhoe
Stuart Dixon as Section Assistant at Coxhoe
Jennet Brooks-Taylor as Section Assistant at Coxhoe

Module 3 training

The next District M3 training (for all adults in a leadership role) will take place on Thursday the 10th November - 19.15 @ Fram.

Please email me to reserve a place.

Module 19 – International 17 October 2016

Durham Scout County’s Training Team will be delivering Module 19 of the Adult Training Scheme on Monday 17 October 2016 from 7:30pm at Moor House.

If you wish to undertake this module and can commit to the date, applications need to be made by 7:30m on Monday 3 October via www.durhamscouts.org.uk/mytools.

If you do not have an assigned Training Adviser, please record “No TA” in the relevant field.

Upcoming District Beaver Events

Sleepover planning meeting 19th Oct.
Sleepover - November 25-27th.
Panto - 3rd Dec, meeting at 1pm.
Shildon railway visit - 10th Dec (TBC)
Christingle service - 16th December, St Cuthberts.
Mr Twister - 31st Jan, 5:45-7pm, Belmont.
Founders day - Feb sometime.
Botanic gardens - 2nd April (TBC)
Beaver picnic - 10th June.

Young Leader Module A - Tuesday night

Just wondering if any groups had any Young Leaders coming to the Module A training at Elvet on Tuesday at 7:30? At the moment, I only have had one person sign up and they are from my own group! If there are any additional people, please let me know by the end of Monday as otherwise I will just go through the training with my Young Leader in Belmont. As a reminder, all Young Leaders are required to do at least Module A to cover safeguarding etc


Awards 2016

Congratulations to everyone who got presented with an award at the County Award ceremony over the weekend.

From Mike Dodds:
Hi John as you know the Chief Scout Awards were on Saturday with over 450 Beavers Cubs and Scouts taking part throughout the day. There were also over 1100 parents/guests attending too throughout the day.

Durham District was well represented but as Group Scout Leader for Belmont I would personally like to thank the Cubs and Scouts from our Group who volunteered to help the County Team at short notice.

We had 6 Cubs on the stage inspiring all the Beavers in the audience to become future Cubs and we had 6 Scouts later on the stage inspiring future Scouts. All of them were extremely smart in their uniforms and the County Commissioner was well impressed at their behaviour, conduct and appeareance, so well done to them from me.

Finally we were also well represented as a District from Explorers with representatives from various groups and again they were acknowledged at how positive and well turned out they were. They again were on the stage and were there to inspire the Scouts in the audience to continue their Scouting onto Explorers. Particular mention was made by Tim Kidd the new UK Chief Commissioner who was presenting the award, which I my eyes is high praise indeed. So good on them too.

Cub Hike 2016

We did the District Cub Hike on Sunday with the Cubs Leaders and parents who took part all doing a 6 mile hike around Sunderland Bridge. There were great views and loads of photo opportunities along with excellent weather given the recent thunder storms.

Everyone had a really good day out and we even saw some trains, sheep, cows and horses on the way.

The Cubs were very keen to learn and know where they were on the map so we even had some time for map reading practice which they enjoyed.


Drama opportunity

I have been asked to circulate the following:

I am a former short-term volunteer in Girlguiding and as volunteers in the Youth sector, we obviously have like-minded aims of encouraging and developing young people to become well rounded adults with skills which will help them in their lives. Youth theatre gives young people the opportunity to gain confidence through performing and also to develop good team working skills. As some of our shows are a collaboration of both of our groups, they also develop the skill of working with people of other age groups.

As our flyer explains, there are various roles within the group, even for those who do not wish to perform, but who maybe thinking about a career in the technical side ie. lighting and sound.

Our membership used to mainly feed from Pelton Roseberry school however as this has now closed, we are exploring new ways of increasing our membership and I would appreciate it if you could circulate the attached flyers and spread the word about what we do.

The best way to inspire young people to want to get involved is obviously to come to see our show and we would love for your members to come and see Summer Holiday. Details are on the flyer and there is a special price of £6 per ticket for group bookings of over 20 people. There is also a mobile number for bookings 07527238674 which is not on the flyer.

Thank you for agreeing to circulate this information and I hope to see some of the members of your organisation in the future, either in the audience or as members of our group.

Remembrance Parade Durham Sunday 13 Nov 16

As many of you will know Durham City hosts a Remembrance Day Service and Parade on the nearest Sunday to the 11th of November.

This year it is on Sunday 13th November (like the last few years the day after Sanctuary !!!).

I realise that many of you join the church service with the church that you are connected with.

For many years now 5th Durham have represented Durham City (as many of you will know originally 5th meet in the centre of Durham) at this Service and Parade.

We will be there again however we have often been joined in the past by other groups including DUSAGG.

So if any Scouts, Explorers or Leaders would like to join us please meet on Palace Green at 9.30 a.m. Full uniform, poppy, collection, etc.

Ken Robertson

Module 1 training

The next District M1 training will take place on the 27th October at Fram Hut starting at 19.15. If you would like to book a place please let me know.

Module 1 covers the fundamentals of Scouting and is compulsory training for all adults joining Scouting.

STEM ambassadors in your groups

We are the preferred provider for the North East STEM Hub. Our job is to enthuse and promote all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to young people and to the adults who work with them. All of our services are free of charge and all we ask in return is that you fill in an evaluation form.

We provide STEM Ambassadors to work with groups of young people for free, these ambassadors work in all areas of STEM and so have a wide and varied range of knowledge and experience.

There are 2 ways that you can use the ambassadors in your groups.

Firstly work on a long term project and have one or two ambassadors come to the group on a regular basis to help with that project (working towards a badge that is STEM orientated such as digital maker), or secondly have an ambassador come to the group for a one off session to work on one specific area.

If any of your groups would like to discuss having a STEM ambassador and how they could make the most of them then they can contact me directly at jen.lee@rtcnorth.co.uk . I am more than happy to phone or meet with leaders if they have any questions.

Kind regards
Jen Lee

STEM Enrichment and Enhancement Coordinator Durham and Tees Valley

Outdoor first aid course

19th Durham have an outdoor first aid course on the 17/18th September at Nelson Hall. We are running this for our Young Leaders and some of our adults. We have space left on the course at a cost of £67.00. If anyone would like to reserve a place (young leader or adult) please contact Dave on 07966212614, or email 19th@durhamcityscouts.org.uk

County News Letter

Hopefully everyone already knows about the new County Newsletter which is available

If anyone wants to pull out pertinent points in circulate in future weekly updates please do.

Cub Upcoming Events

Hope you have all had a good summer break and are ready for the new term if you didn't start last week like we did having an excellent first night out at Low Burn Hall Woods doing some orienteering, weather was great and it was good to see that the Cubs map reading skills hadn't been forgotten over the summer break!

We have a few events this term and we also need to meet to plan our 2017 programme, the meeting was postponed as a lot of you were unable to make it.

I have however after requests from various leaders booked Ford camp site 28 April - 1 May.

District Cub Hike - Sunday 18 September

The hike will be a circular route meeting on the old bridge at Sunderland Bridge and will be a circular route. It is a route that we have done a few years ago so some of you will know it. 10:00 - 14:00 approximately. Mike will be leading the hike.

Can you please confirm whether your pack will be taking part or not. Please ensure 1 - 6 ratio for hiking.
Parents and family are welcome to come along, any dogs that come on the hike must be on a lead at all times we will be going through farmers fields were there is livestock.

Please make sure that Cubs bring a packed lunch with plenty of drinks and snacks.

Whilst the majority of the hike is on good footpaths there are parts where hiking boots are needed. Please remind everyone including adults that jeans must not be worn and to make sure that they all bring waterproofs.

Cub Leaders Meeting
Please complete the doodle poll below so that we can agree on the best date for us to meet to plan 2017 programme of Cub Events
Cub Leaders meeting doodle poll

Wide Game - Thursday 20 October
This year we will be holding the wide game at Moor House. 18:30 - 20:00. Can you please confirm whether your pack will be attending by no later than Friday 14 October.

Pantomime - Saturday 3 December
As per previous years we have pre booked tickets for the Gala Theatre pantomime which this year is Jack and the Beanstalk. Please let me have your numbers as soon as possible. I will need to have all money paid by no later than 1 October. Tickets are £9 per head, Cubs and Beavers can come along with leaders or with parents if you prefer. Cheques 1 per pack which should be made payable to Durham City District Scouts. If your group prefer to pay by bank transfer please email me to confirm that this has been done

Book Tickets for the Gala Theatre Pantomime

Hope to see you all soon.

ADC Cub Scouts

Midnight Madness 2016

This year's Midnight Madness competition is now up and running. Midnight Madness is an annual incident hike of approximately 20km, run by Durham University Scout and Guide Group. The event will be held at Waldridge Village Hall on the night of 26th November and will be Harry Potter themed. Attached you will find an invitation letter to the Explorers and Rangers to take part in the competition.

Teams are to be between 4-7 participants between the ages of 14-17. To enter teams, please use our online booking system: https://community.dur.ac.uk/scout-guide.group/midmad/enter.php, closing entry for teams is 10th November (early bird 8th October). Cheques should be sent to:
Scout and Guide Society
Durham Students Union
Dunelm House
New Elvet
On receipt of entry forms and payment, further information about the event will be sent out. We will have a maximum number of teams that can participate, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Please pass this on to any other groups in the area that might be interested in taking part. If you have any questions about the event, email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Yours in Scouting and Guiding,

Caroline Burden and Matilda Pimlott
Liaisons Officers,

Pantomime - Saturday 3 December

As per previous years we have pre booked tickets for the Gala Theatre pantomime which this year is Jack and the Beanstalk. Please let me have your numbers as soon as possible. I will need to have all money paid by no later than 1 October. Tickets are £9 per head, Cubs and Beavers can come along with leaders or with parents if you prefer. Cheques 1 per pack which should be made payable to Durham City District Scouts. If your group prefer to pay by bank transfer please email me to confirm that this has been done

Book Tickets for the Gala Theatre Pantomime

Thank you


County Annual General Meeting

7pm, on Wednesday 28th September, at Moor House.

Date: Wednesday 28th September 2016
Time: 7.00pm (light refreshments from 6.30pm)
Location: Moor House Adventure Centre, Main Hall


A copy of the agenda is downloadable from this email


Constitutional Issues

At this year's AGM we will be voting on whether or not we adopt a revised County Constitution, which would bring the County Scout Council and Executive Committee fully in line with POR, or retain the current County Constitution.

To help you understand the new Constitution (proposed and supported by the County Executive Committee) we have made two documents available for you to download:

Proposed New Constitution
Explanation of the differences between the existing Constitution and the new Constitution

Please ensure that you read these documents prior to the AGM.

Note that if you wish to be nominated for election to the County Executive Committee, or wish to nominate another member of the County Scout Council (assuming adoption of the above revised Constitution) please email County Administrator Carol McKenzie on admin@durhamscouts.org.uk

Annual Report and Accounts

The (new format) 2015/16 Annual Report and Accounts will be presented at the AGM. Note that these have been provisionally approved by the County Executive Committee (due for formal approval and signing prior to the AGM) and are only presented to the County Scout Council.

There will however be an opportunity to ask questions on the Report and Accounts. You can download the (finalised, but currently not signed) Annual Report and Accounts below

2015/16 Annual Report and Accounts

County Strategy Presentation and Q+A

The meeting will also include a presentation of the new County strategy and an opportunity to ask questions of the new County Commissioner, the County Executive Committee and the County Team.

If you would like to submit questions ahead of time please email County Administrator Carol McKenzie on admin@durhamscouts.org.uk

Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Award Sept 2016

Here is a photograph of some of the Scout from 5th Durham City Scout Troop who were presented with a trophy and individual certificates for taking part in the Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Award.

This was run in conjunction with Durham County Council and the Civil Contingency Agencies.

Along with other youth groups the Scouts learned skills which could help their communities during emergency situations like flooding.

Young Leader Training Dates 2016-17

Dear all,

I hope you have all had a relaxing summer break and are looking forward to restarting Scouting in the coming days.
Over the summer, I have been working on the training provision we have for Young Leaders in the District and have prepared an annual plan for training (attached). I hope this will provide a clearer outline of what is happening rather than me just emailing about specific dates a few weeks before (as I did last year).

The first session of the year is Module A - this is compulsory for all Young Leaders who have not previously attended as it covers safeguarding and other leadership basics. This will be held at Elvet on Tuesday 20 September from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.

Rather than run a training weekend this term (as previously advertised), we have broken up the training into two one-day events. We hope this will give both the Young Leaders and the trainers a bit more flexibility rather than adding another weekend to already busy lives. We will be running a full training weekend later in 2017 however. More details are in the attached PDF - the dates for your diaries are:

Modules B, C, E, I - Saturday 1 October at Fram HQ
Modules D, F, G, H - Sunday 6 November at 19th NX HQ

I would ask that you please distribute this information to your sectional leaders and Young Leaders and get them to email me with any training they would like to attend.

As ever, if you have any questions about Young Leaders (training or otherwise), please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Many thanks, and wishing you a good academic year ahead,

Ben Hodgkiss

First Response 24 September 2016

Durham Scout County’s Training Team will be delivering Module 10 of the Adult Training Scheme on Saturday 24 September from 8:45am at Moor House.

There is a charge for this module (£10). Details regarding payment will be issued with joining instructions.

If you wish to undertake this module and can commit to the date, applications need to be made by 8:45am on Saturday 10 September via www.durhamscouts.org.uk/mytools.

If you do not have an assigned Training Adviser, please record 'No TA' in the relevant field.

District Beaver Leaders Meeting

The Beaver leaders meeting will be at Nevilles Cross hut, 7:30pm next Thursday (8th).

Hope to see as many Beaver leaders as possible then... if you need directions, please ask.


First Response Courses Darlington

Sunday 18 September
Sunday 4 December

Start time 9.30am.
Finish Approximately 4.00pm
Course will be held at Area Scout Headquarters, Neasham Road, Darlington.
Cost is £10.50 for members other areas.
Refreshments will be available but would suggest those attending bring a packed lunch.
Uniform is not required.

If anyone is interested in attending then can you please ask them to contact me asap.



County Safeguarding September 2016

The latest County Safeguarding update can be found

Module 11 - Administration

Durham Scout County’s Training Team will be delivering Module 11 - Administration of the Adult Training Scheme on Monday 26 September from 7:00pm at Moor House.

If you wish to undertake this module and can commit to the date, applications need to be made by 7:00pm on Monday 12 September 2016 via www.durhamscouts.org.uk/mytools.

If you do not have an assigned Training Adviser, please record “No TA” in the relevant field.


The Shanly Foundation is proud to partner The Scout Association to introduce the
Building Futures Competition: Design your Dream Meeting Place

Why not ask your Scouts to design their dream meeting place - then enter their ideas into this fantastic competition to win up to £100,000 towards the rebuilding or repair of your premises.

There are eleven prizes to be won, ranging from £1,000 to £100,000, so have a think about how the money could change your group and their Scouting adventures, and download theApplication Form to get started (available from 26th August).

Full entry and application criteria apply, and the designers must be members of The Scout Association aged between 6 – 18 years.

Please download full terms & conditions here (available from 26th August).

This money will be awarded based on those in most need, the effect it will have for the successful Scouting group, and the best designs by young people.

A Place to Build

Think of what your perfect meeting place would look like, what facilities it would have, and what fun aspects you would like to include. If you put these down into a design, you could win the chance to make it become reality.
A Place to Repair

If your group have a meeting place that might need some care and attention, five lucky groups will also win a prize of £10,000, dedicated to carrying these works out
A Place to Equip

Five further prizes of £1,000 are up for grabs for the groups needing support for Scouting activities, equipment or storage.

About Shanly Foundation

Our partners Shanly Foundation have a long history of supporting charitable and community causes and events. In the last five years they have generously supported youth clubs, schools and woodland projects to centres for adults with physical and learning disabilities.

COUNTY Beaver Pantomime - open for Bookings!

Please note this is different from the District Beaver Panto...

Just wanted to drop you a line to say that the Beaver Pantomime bookings close mid September and all necessary information is on the website at https://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/events/beaver-panto-2016/

We currently have booking for 3 groups totaling about 150 in total and have around 450 tickets available in total.

Please share this email with your GSL's and Leaders and as in previous years parents and siblings can attend.

Thanks and yours in Scouting,

Paul Woods

Lightwater Valley Cub 100 Day - 24 September 2016

Please find enclosed the electronic leaflet advertising the exclusive discounted rates for cub, scout and beaver groups on Saturday 24th of September 2016 in order to celebrate the 100 year Cub anniversary. Any bookings should be made over the telephone on 01765 635321 quoting the code: CUBS100, you will then receive the reduced rate of £15.00 per child with 1 free leader place per 10 children booked (additional leaders will just pay the £15.00 rate too). This offer can be extended to guide, brownie & rainbow groups also.

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kindest regards


Teesdale Scouts fundraising

I have a number of these to sell - all profits from the sale are going to Teesdale Scouts to fund their annual St. Georges Activity Day.

These cost £1 each inclusive of postage.

If you could pass this round I would be very obliged.

John Moore
District Commissioner

Manager / supporter training

To DCs and District Training Contacts.

We are organising some manager / supporter modules for those GSLs, AGSLs and ADCs who need them, as follows:

Module 4, tools for the role (managers and supporters) will take place at Moor House on Tuesday 18th October from 7:30-9:30

Modules 24 and 26 combined (managing / supporting adults) will take place at Moor House on Monday 5th December from 7:00-9:00

Booking is via the county website (leaders will need to scroll right down to the bottom, because the 2017 modules had already been put in when we decided on these dates in 2016).

Please let us know if you have any queries


The training team


We've now reached our maximum capacity for Confido of 1200 campers and so bookings have now closed.

Sorry to anyone who has missed out on places this year.

I believe there is still space for leaders/helpers

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