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Midnight Madness 2016 (Explorers)

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Yours in Scouting and Guiding,

Caroline Burden and Matilda Pimlott
Liaisons Officers,
Durham University Scout and Guide Group

Beaver sleepover planning meeting Wednesday

Just a reminder that we have a Beaver sleepover planning meeting on Wednesday - please feel free to invite your assistants too.

The meeting will be at Moor House, directly after the county meeting (to which everyone is invited, so if you can also make that, please do).

The county meeting starts at (I think) 7pm, so I expect we can start the Beaver meeting at 8pm... (and we'll keep it short so it won't finish too late).

If you can't make it, but have something you want to get across, please let me know...


Scouts Caving Trip - 15th October 2016

Scouts went on a trip to Ingleton, North Yorkshire to try a day of caving in a popular cave system known as the churns. Upper and Lower Long Churn is a popular stop for novice cavers to have a go and see if they like it which is part of Alum Pot.


Regional necker unveiling - change of plans

There has been a change of plans regarding the unveiling of the regional necker to celebrate Cubs 100. The original plan to unveil the necker at Middlesborough FC game against Hull has fallen through as the game has now been moved to a Monday evening. An alternative event has been arranged and details are below:-

We would like to invite all Cubs and their Leaders to take part in a very exciting Winter Zoo experience with Promise renewal by Mark Tarry (Deputy Uk Chief Commissioner), Regional Necker Unveiling, Flag parade, Keeper Talk and Sea Lion Show!

3rd December 2016
(Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UX)
10am to 4pm
£10 per ticket

The itinerary for the day is as follows:-

10am Coaches arrive
10.30am Flag Parade around the Zoo (15 Mins)
Followed by the Necker Unveiling and Keeper Talk
Each Cub will then be given a Zoo Trail Sheet and small groups will break off to visit the different animal enclosures. (Packed Lunches)
3pm Promise Renewal and Sea Lion Show

There will also be 10 tickets available for Cubs to do a Lemur Feed and 10 tickets available for Cubs to do a Meerkat Feed. Both of these activities will be chaperoned by the Event Working Party.

These experiences are open for Cubs that should be recognised for a special achievement. To nominate a Cub please email cubs@durhamscouts.org.uk with the Cubs name, Leader's contact details and why you think this Cub deserves a place. Places will be allocated by the Working Party and notification will be made to the leader approx. one week before the event.

Media coverage will be arranged for the day so please get photo permission. These photos will be used for publicity within scouting as well as by the media.

Please use your own consent forms.

If ADC's could please co-ordinate ticket requirements and let us know at cubs@durhamscouts.org.uk how many tickets are required by 9th November so that we can place a bulk order for tickets.

Can we also take this opportunity to remind leaders that this Wednesday will be the first Programme Support meeting at Moor House from 7pm. This is open to all Cub Leaders and not just ADC's. Why not come along and bring some programme ideas with you to share.

many thanks,

Lesley Robinson
Deputy ACC (Cub Scouts) Durham Scout County

Fram Friday Scouts support Shelter

Friday Scouts have raised £613.13 for Shelter - a fantastic achievement to support their very important work:



1st Belmont have just taken part in this years JOTI again for our fourth year and it seems to be becoming a bigger and bigger event.

This year we decided to have our sleepover at Moor House and split the weekend for all Sections with a joint international meal on Saturday evening with over 60 members plus Leaders and Young Leaders enjoying either a Chilli or Bolognese, Welsh Cake and Australian Lamington Cakes, before some left for home.

Friday night we spoke to 1st Belmont Scouts in Geelong Melbourne who we've made strong links with from this event from when we linked up 4 years ago. We chatted for almost 3hours on Skype, with us having supper and them having breakfast 12 hours apart. Our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders all really enjoyed chatting to the Australian Joeys Cubs Scouts Rovers and Leaders and learned a lot about each other's organisation and country.

After what became a late night Friday we chatted to over 40 different
Scout Groups around the world over the rest of the weekend on the secure scout chat site which was brilliant and the children got a lot out of this too and realised Scouting doesn't just exist in Durham. They even Skyped one of our ex cub leaders who is now living in Germany as well as having a Skype chat with a Group from Bosnia.

After an excellent campfire we even danced to some international party songs that the Scouts and Young Leaders learnt at Confido. This was excellent to watch as our Young Leaders showed them how to do the moves to Chu Chu Ahh and Soca Baca Vira and see the potential new leaders leading by example to their younger piers.

We did loads more including Scout Minecraft and too much more to mention but would say an excellent weekend was had by all and we would recommend other Groups have a go at this event if they don't already as it a brilliant experience and a good way of making Scouting friends on the other side of the world as well as completing various badge requirements.

LD Mountain Centre

For fifty years LD Mountain Centre has supplied youth organisations from Newcastle and beyond with outdoor clothing and equipment. We offer an extensive range of product perfect for all of your adventures, from a walk in the local woods, to an overseas expedition.

Our enthusiastic, friendly and highly knowledgeable staff, some of whom are involved with scouting and youth groups within the area, are always on hand to advise and guide you and your group with any related outdoor requirements you have.

We are offering your organisation and its members the following incentives in order to promote the LD Mountain Centre as the first stop for all your outdoor adventure essentials.

20% off RRP for all members on equipment and clothing (proof of membership required, in store only, electronics and books exempt).

A Dedicated In store Evening:
We are happy to arrange a dedicated evening event for your organisation where you and your members will be able to come along to chat with our friendly and experienced team and buy any clothing and equipment you need.

Walking Boot Exchange Programme:
20% off the RRP on the initial purchase, then up to 50% off the RRP when boots are traded in the following year (proof of initial purchase required, in-store offer only)

Special Orders:
If we don’t have the product you are looking for, we may be able to order the product from our vast range of suppliers. Please call into the shop to discuss any requirements.

New Rescue Team Base

As many of you will already have seen, the local Mountain Rescue Team have just opened a new base in Durham City - much more convenient for an evenings visit than the old base in Barnard Castle.

First Response Course - 19th Nov

Houghton Le Spring Scouts are running a first responder course on the 19th November.


First Response is the minimal accepted first aid qualification for every leader in Scouting.

Young Leader Training

On Saturday 1 October, nine Young Leaders completed a day’s training at Fram HQ covering the basics of leadership, different styles of learning, games and implementing youth-shaped Scouting into the programme. It was a great day, both for the training team and the Young Leaders themselves with feedback on the evaluation forms including: “The session was enjoyable, interesting and engaging” and “IT WAS FANTABULOUS!! I didn’t realise leading could be so fun”.

The next training session will be on Sunday 6 November at Neville’s Cross from 10-4:30 and cover programme planning and behaviour management. If any Young Leaders (or Explorers thinking about becoming Young Leaders) want to come then let Ben know at benhodgkiss@btinternet.com - they needn’t have come to the previous session.

Beaver Locomotion Christmas special

The Santa train is £10 per child and £6.50 per adult. At this stage, I would suggest that we book individually as groups, rather than trying to organise as a district. The date is the 10th December as originally planned, and that if your colony wishes to attend, we try to book places sometime either side of lunch. That way, we can all meet for a picnic at lunch time, and generally be around the museum at a similar time. This also gives flexibility in case some leaders cannot attend - they could tell parents to book directly themselves...

Last year, we needed to know how many male/female Beavers (for presents), so have that number ready when you book. If you have enough attending, a group discount may be possible - bookings can be made via 01904 685780, or by getting further details from locomotion@nrm.org.uk.

If your colony will be attending, then please let me know, so that I can collate a list and send it out.

So, in summary: get numbers as soon as possible, and book for 10th December, sometime fairly close to lunch time...


Archery Sessions

1st Framwellgate Moor's Contingent Members for the 15th World Scout Moot in Iceland are offering 1 hour long archery sessions for £3 per participant. Each session will be for 5-6 participants to ensure the maximum time possible for shooting. Funds raised will go entirely to support the contingent members attending the Iceland World Scout Moot (as leaders).

Dates available this half term include: (other dates may be possible on request)
Saturday 5th November
Sunday 6th November
Sunday 20th November
with one hour slots running each day:
10am to 11am
11:15am to 12:15pm
1pm to 2pm
2:15pm to 3:15pm

Further dates will also be available next term.

Please email david@framscouts.org.uk to book or for further details and other available dates.


Congratulations to Jonathan Tones (Slimer) who was presented with a Chief Scouts Commendation for Good Service while helping at Confido. I'm sure many of you have met Slimer and will agree it was well deserved.

If there's someone in your Group who deserves an award then they need to be nominated - the main criteria are at least 5 years, all training up to date and no other award in the last five years.

District Campsite Update

A small contingent from across the District but covering a very wide spectrum visited the prospective District Campsite the weekend.

Everyone agreed the site offered fantastic potential to Scouting in Durham - and we even got a couple of photos (thanks Sarah).
'The site has a lot of potential and will give Scouts a lot of projects for years to come. It is definitely the place we need to be able to do some back to basics camping and firefighting. It would be ideal for the district Scouts proposed back to basics camp.'

At the current time we are waiting to hear back about legal paperwork from the owner.

The next site visit is likely to be either the 29th/30th October - if you would like to join us please drop me an email to let me know which dates would suit and I will aim to confirm in a fortnight.

District Exec meetings

The dates of future Exec meeting are as follows - please note in particular the joint meetings.

Monday 14th November 7.15pm at Fram with Group Exec Chairs

Monday 9th January 7.15pm at Fram joint with Group Scout Leaders

Monday 3rd April 7.15pm at Fram

We also penciled in the District AGM to be Sunday June 25th

NAN Form

The NAN form for notifying the DC of nights away has been updated and is now available:

Prior learning gained in the Young Leader Scheme

We have recently been asked about guidance about young leaders becoming adult leaders as far as the Adult Training Scheme is concerned. Please find attached the latest info on this - we would appreciate it if you could make this available to TAs in your district who are working with leaders in this situation.


County Annual Report and Accounts now Available

Following a well attended Annual General Meeting last Wednesday, the 2015-16 Annual Report and Accounts are now available for you to read. This contains a report for the 2015-16 year, the accounts for the year ended 31st March 2016 and an outline of the County strategy for the next 12 months.

In an era of increased transparency and openness in your Scout County, these are also available to download from a new 'Governance' page on the County website which also contains a copy of the County Constitution adopted at the AGM and minutes of the last County Executive Committee meeting.

Also following input from the County Scout Council at the AGM it has been decided that future copies of the County Durham ePost newsletter will automatically be sent to all members recorded on the Compass membership system (while other e-mail lists will continue as opt-in lists, there is not longer any need to opt-in to receive the newsletter).

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