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The official Scout introduction to Compass video can be found

Unfortunately at the current time it's certainly looking more aspirational than a reflection of reality, and I don't have any on the ground updates to report at present.

Tynemouth Gang shows

Tynemouth Gang show is taking place on 25-29th November, Whitley Bay Playhouse, for full details see their website www.tynemouthscouts.org.uk


I am very please to be able to announce that SANCTUARY 2014 is the biggest yet with 377 participants plus catchers.

We are still needing more help with registration and kit checks in morning, catching during the afternoon and check in and catering. If you are able to assist please do get in touch.

Mid Mad Deadline

The deadline for Explorers to sign up for 'Mid Mad' is the 2nd November


Midnight Madness is an annual overnight incident hike run for Explorers and Rangers in and around Durham County
Participants will walk around 18km and participate in challenges, both mental and physical, in teams of 4-6 people.
We strongly suggest that you practise navigating and map reading, ideally at night.

Rifle Shooting Course

Moor House Adventure Centre are proud to host a .177 Rifle (NSRA YPS Rifle Tutor Course)
Duration - 2 Day Course Weekend 13 & 14 December 2014
Start time - 9.00am
Finish time – 5.00pm
Lunch – Please bring your own
Refreshments – Provided free throughout day
It is suitable for anyone over the age of eighteen.
To ensure your place on the course please find attached the booking form. We will require this back with full payment to secure a place on the course.
admin@moor-house.org.uk or Tel: 0191 584 1703
Successful candidates will gain the National Governing Body Award Certificate.
Cost = £121.00 for Durham Scouts or £137.50 for Non Members

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me, Helen Willcox

Booking Form


Many of you will have seen press coverage reporting the upload of a large number of stolen Snapchat photos to the internet.

These images have apparently been taken from a third party site 'SnapSaved.com' which appears to have been hacked. 'SnapSaved.com' enables users to save Snapchat pictures rather than see them disappear but in doing so saves the images on its own servers. Press reports state that it is images from this database which have been uploaded and made available via the 4Chan discussion boards. This story from The Independent provides background.

From the press reports it would appear that:
· It is unlikely the images are linked to usernames so it would be hard to locate a photo of an individual.
· There is no additional personal information associated with images.
· Most of the images are not sexual.

Despite this, young people you work with may be concerned that images of them have been uploaded. It's really important that they are provided with support and know what to do if they lose control of a sexual image. It's never too late to get help.

Young people can:
· Talk to a counsellor at ChildLine on 0800 111 or at www.childline.org.uk. ChildLine will also work with the Internet Watch Foundation to notify sites hosting images to have them removed.
· If young people are being harassed, threatened or blackmailed because of a sexual image they can report to us at CEOP via the CEOP report form at www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre
· If images end up on a site they can often report to the sites where they have been shared. Find out how to report to some popular sites in the 'Help' sections of our Thinkuknow for 11-13s & Thinkuknow for 14+ sites.

If you'd like to explore this issue with young people you work with, use the 'News' section of Thinkuknow for 14+ - we've posted an article about it here.

Young people should be made aware of the potential consequences of sharing sexual images. They can visit the 'Need advice?' areas of our Thinkuknow for 11-13s & Thinkuknow for 14+ sites for information, advice and films on the topic.

If you're concerned about young people being blackmailed over images they have shared you can also access the 'Webcam with Confidence' fact sheet and assembly which tackles this issue from the Thinkuknow for Teachers - Resources Area.


The CEOP Education Team

Student Recruitment

Well done to Iain and his team. Between SCA and DUSAGG we had 17 expressions of interest.

Four students have already started the appointment process.

19th Durhams Sponsored Abseil

On Sunday, 19th Durham Scout Group held a sponsored abseil, archery and air rifle family day in memory of Orrin Walker. Orrin was a Scout at the group, but sadly took his own life earlier this year, aged 16. We have been raising money for YoungMinds, a charity that helps young people with mental health issues and provides support for family and friends of those young people.

We challenged ourselves to abseil the height of Scafell Pike (3209 ft), shoot 500 arrows and shoot 500 .177 pellets in one afternoon and I am pleased to say we exceeded all our targets. Combining money from sponsorships, online donations and our hot dog and cake stand we have so far raised over £600 for Young Minds, with more sponsorship money yet to be collected. If you wish to donate to this very worthy cause, you can still do so via our JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/19th-Durham-Scouts/

Thanks to all those who gave up their day to help us run the activities, all those who have donated and all those who took part in the activities. Thanks also to Moor House for giving us the use of the site today.

Thank you

19th Durham Scout Group

Module 3 Training

Final call for this weeks module 3 training on Friday night:


You are invited to an evening with the Adventurer Ian Usher in support of Staindrop Scouts


County AGM Postponed

Just to let you know that we are still waiting for the annual accounts to be completed and also have not finished the County report so we have decided to postpone the County AGM that was set for Tuesday 21st October 2014.

We will communicate a new date for the AGM once we know when the accounts and other papers will be ready.

Module 19 – International 12 November 2014

Durham Scout County’s Training Team will be delivering Module 19 of the Adult Training Scheme on Wednesday 12 November from 7pm at Moor House.

If you wish to undertake this module and can commit to the date, applications need to be made by 7pm on Wednesday 29 October via

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

New BBC One Adventure Series

I am emailing from Electric Ray (a Sony Pictures company) regarding a BIG NEW PRIME-TIME BBC ONE ADVENTURE SERIES that we are making called ‘Prized Apart’. We are currently casting and looking for people to take part in the programme and we feel it’s something that might interest Scout Leaders and those involved with Scouting.

Taking part in this exciting new series would include travel abroad, the adventure of a life time and there is a life changing prize fund for the winners! We are looking for couples/pairs from all walks of life, of all ages and varying fitness levels.

I am wondering whether you would be happy to forward our flyer (please find attached) to your network of Scout leaders? Please feel free to pass our flyer on to friends and family also. Anybody interested in applying or wanting to find out more should email us at: casting@electricray.com
Many thanks,

The ‘Prized Apart’ Casting Team

Training Advisor Training

Dear all, I will be running module 25, Assessing Learning at Moor House - part 1 on Wednesday 12th November and part 2 on Wednesday 3rd December, starting at 7:30. If you have any people who may be interested in becoming a training adviser, could you please pass this message on to them? They need to be able to attend on both evenings and book directly with Shelia.


Baden Powell's Original Manuscript now on show in Durham

Books for Boys: Heroism, Empire and Adventure at the Dawn of the First World War

Baden Powell’s original manuscript for Scouting for Boys on show in Durham.


We would also be delighted to welcome group visits.

A unique exhibition of some of the books and publications that shaped the outlook of boys and young men in the run up to World War I is opening on Saturday 27 September at Durham University’s Palace Green Library.

Books for Boys explores the cultural landscape in the decades leading up to the conflict and in particular, the influences on the young men who so readily volunteered in 1914.

While the exhibition’s focus is on publications aimed at young male readers, these books were not read exclusively by boys. Many texts represented were widely enjoyed by women and men of all ages.

Exploring stories of adventure, real-life heroes and patriotism, the exhibition compares the reading material enjoyed by boys and young men in both Britain and Germany during this period.

The rise in literacy after the 1870 Education Act led to an explosion of reading opportunities. Concentrating on the decades leading up to the War, Books for Boys explores popular trends that were articulated in books and magazines of the time, helping to form Britain and Germany’s understanding of their place in the wider world.

The exhibition celebrates a Golden Age of books for children and many of the authors whose work is displayed remain popular today. The late Victorian and Edwardian era introduced readers to classics such as The Jungle Book, as well as new genres, such as the spy novel.

The surviving parts of the original manuscript for Robert Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys: A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship (1908) is being loaned from The Scout Archive. The manuscript will be open on a page of Baden-Powell’s original notes, outlining his vision for scouting through the formation of patrols of young people.

Baden-Powell’s early aims clearly indicate his vision for an inclusive organisation that boys could join regardless of class or creed, whether they lived in the town or country. The original notes also show that he felt that the scheme could be extended to girls.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the text that prompted the international Boy Scout movement. Today, over 500,000 people take part in Scouting activities each week in the UK alone.

Members of 1st Framwellgate Moor Scout Group have been preparing for the exhibition by painting and building a Wind in the Willows reading caravan. Children visiting the exhibition can also take part in a gallery trail including activities from Scouting for Boys and tasks from historic Scout badges.

The books that the young men fighting in the First World War enjoyed as children portrayed a world of adventure, heroism and Empire, a very different world from the realities of being a soldier in the trenches.

Professor Simon James, co-curator of Books for Boys, said: “The Edwardian period tends to be seen as a ‘Golden Age’, especially for children’s writing, but some of the British and German literature from this era shows the making of the cultural attitudes that ultimately led to the First World War.”

Books for Boys is on display from Saturday 27 September 2014 until 11 January 2015. Opening hours are Monday 12noon - 5pm, and Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm. Admission charges apply. Full details are available online at www.durham.ac.uk/palace.green/ but entry to the exhibition is free to scouts on presentation of their woggle.

For more details, please contact Julie Biddlecombe-Brown, Exhibitions Officer at Palace Green Library.

Representation at County

As a District we get to nominate a number of representatives to sit on the County Executive and the Scout Council.

In particular we need a volunteer in the 18-25 age range to represent us on the County Executive. If you might be qualified and interested in the role please let me know ASAP.

October Safeguard Newslettter

The County October Safeguarding newsletter is now available:

Compass Update

I can confirm the Compass roll out has started - it will take a while for everyone to get used to it.

The new appointment forms are now available

Hopefully a slightly more efficient set will arrive at some point!

County Update

I am writing to you all to let you know that, following a role search, we have appointed a new DC in Blaydon to replace Peter Jenson who is stepping down.

The new DC is Helen Laird who has worked as a leader in Blaydon district for many years and I am sure you will join me in welcoming Helen to the team.

While writing can I place on record my thanks to Peter for filling the role so well over the last many years and I am sure Helen will agree that she is inheriting a district in fine shape because of Peters work.



Cub Hike

Thank you to everyone involved in organising the Cub hike and thank you to Claire for the photo:


to Paul Atkinson and Ruth who tied the knot in Coxhoe on Saturday - holding their reception in the Scout hut/village hall -

First Aid Badges

I have been asked to remind everyone that the green rectangular first aid badges are for adults (and potentially Explorers) who have completed a full 16 hour first aid qualification.

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