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Beaver Sleepover

Beavers enjoyed SPACE Camp this weekend. They rode space shuttle sledges, orientated the planets, launched rockets and had a blindfold moon trail. They also made moon dust and moon rock cakes, planet mobiles and alien UFO's. Games were played in abundance and food was supplied and eaten in abundance too. Sleep........ not as much in abundance!
Our highlight on the camp was a visit to the planetarium. Thanks Ali for arranging this.
Lots of first time beaver campers this year, and leaders too, who all fitted into our well established team
Thank you to EVERYONE, leaders, explorers, helpers, and cooks, who gave their weekend to make a fun time for all.
We sent home lots of happy but tired little astronauts.
A good weekend!


District Network Weekend

Plans are being finalised for our traditional annual winter chill out weekend at West Hall over the weekend 8-10 January 2016.

In the absence of the web portal being launched (we hope to use this going forward), we will be relying primarily on the County Facebook group to administer the event and communicate with everyone.

Could you all please try to ensure that your Network members are members of the group, or at least one person per Network (including DSNC) is on there so that you can see the event and communications. You will have to request to join via Facebook.


We are estimating the cost of the weekend to be £20 and will be payable by cash on the day please. All are welcome. (Over 18’s only please).

If anyone wants to come along for part of the event, we would ask for a contribution towards the cost of the weekend depending on how long they stay and how much they eat, but a minimum of £5.

Sarah Stokes (programme coordinator) will be creating the Facebook event and following up with a google form to collect information on attendees so watch out for that.

I was wondering if it was worth the DSNC’s getting together at around 14.00 on the Saturday to meet each other and have a chat about where we are with Network, share ideas and contacts. Could you please let me know your thoughts on this and if you feel you would be able to make it before we book it in?

As always, please let me know if you need and help or support.


David Holmes

Community Safety Award Opportunity

My name is Laura Dobson and I am from the Civil Contingencies Unit for Durham County Council. We are currently rolling out the Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Award in the county, contacting uniformed youth organisations to see if they would be interested in completing the award and attending an exciting fun day next year!

The award is aimed at Scout aged uniformed youth organisations, teaching them skills and information that will help them with the response and recovery to emergencies in their community such as flooding. It is a fantastic opportunity for youth organisations to get involved as the young people will learn important skills not only relating to emergencies but also in team work and other life-skills.

We have already had a great uptake with police cadets, army cadets and several young firefighter groups signing up, so get signed up fast!

Please see attached the promotion poster for the award and the fun day. If you would like more information or would like me to come along to speak with you about the award, please contact me on 03000 264638 or email laura.dobson@durham.gov.uk

Laura Dobson,

Civil Contingencies Assistant

Poster HERE

Proposed young leader 1st Aid training day

Young leaders first aid training feb 7th waterhouses. Kieren and Kim will confirm details nearer the time

Free Cakes Update

I have been asked to share this update from Free Cakes for Kids:


Free education talks from Cats Protection for the Animal Care Badge

I am emailing on behalf of Cats Protection to offer free workshops to Beavers, Cubs and Scouts across the Durham City and District area.

These interactive workshops cover the work of the charity, cat care, understanding cat behaviour and the importance of respecting cats and all animals. We aim to promote responsible pet ownership and animal welfare. Talks are designed to be fun, informative and are delivered by a trained education speaker. Each participant will receive a free goody bag and we can provide follow up resources if required.

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. We have over 6,000 cats in our care at any given time and each of our 30 adoption centres is under immense pressure, with long waiting lists. Through activities including rehoming, reuniting, neutering, we help more than 500 cats a day across the UK.

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions or alternatively complete the attached booking form and return to me to arrange a workshop.

Best wishes

Caroline Burden

Community Education Officer – Northern England, Southern Scotland and Northern Ireland

Cats Protection, National Cat Centre, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath, RH17 7TT (Sat Nav postcode: RH17 7DE)
caroline.burden@cats.org.uk www.cats.org.uk

Outreach Activities for Groups

I have been forwarded your contact details as good people to get in touch with regarding some outreach activities we are responsible for. We are a group of students based at Durham University who have recently been awarded £5000 by the Royal Society of Chemistry to use to deliver Chemistry outreach sessions to Scout and Guide groups in the local area.

The sessions involve both hands on activities and experiments for the groups to get involved with and some more visual demonstrations done by our team. Sessions can be done at the local Scout huts and all are delivered free of charge.

We are in close contact with the head of Durham South Guiding who has been advertising these sessions in their regional newsletter and the response has been very good. We are looking for a similar contact within the Scouting world to expand the number of Scout groups we can reach as at the moment our only contact here is through word of mouth.

The sessions are appropriate for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts as we can just tailor the level of content for the age group.

Do you think this is something you would be able to help us with? All feedback so far has been extremely positive and all groups seem to have enjoyed the sessions, no child has said they didn't enjoy it yet! If you think you will be able to help advertise us/ spread the word I can give you more information on what the sessions actually involve and pass on the advert we put in the guiding newsletter.

(Beth - b.k.kazmierski@durham.ac.uk)

Cub Leaders Meeting - Wednesday 11 November

Hi All

Just a quick remider that we have a meeting this Wednesday 11 November. We will now be meeting at 4th Durham's HQ at 19:30.

Please note slightly later time and change of venue to allow for Beavers to leave and space for us to be able to park.

Hope to see you all on Wedneday



ADC Beavers

I'm very pleased to be able to confirm Ali Basden has agreed to take on the role of ADC Beavers. I'm sure everyone will support him as he gets to grips with the role.


Congratulations to everyone who took part in SANCTUARY at the weekend. The weather wasn't very kind to us but most Teams still made it back on time and without major difficulty!

Full results can now be found on the website.


In an effort to promote more outdoor adventure to reach our 50% target can I ask you to let me know if you know of any new leaders who would like to do:
or Hillwalking

Ask them to email me direct on activities@durhamscouts.org.uk and I will give them advance notice of any courses or opportunities that I can provide.

If you have any existing leaders who have an archery qualification to email me a copy of their award before the end of the year in order that I may issue them an AAP (Adventurous Activity Permit) .

Without a permit to go with it, the Archery GB leader Award alone is useless after 1st January.

Also if you have signed off any permit for anything since compass went down it would be most useful to let me have a scan of it- I will then take it upon myself to input them onto the system when it is restored, and also if you have any people with rifle,pistol or crossbow qualifications please pass their details on to me.

Perhaps the easiest way is for you to forward this to all your leaders............

What have I let myself in for?



Beaver Sleepover Planning meeting

Just to remind everyone that their is a beaver leaders meeting to discuss sleepover and other issues and events on Wednesday 4th November at 7.30 at Brandon Community Centre, Brandon. As Explorers is on we will be having our meeting in the Committee room which is on the left hand side as you go into the main hall.

Can I ask you to invite any leaders / helpers who are attending the weekend, to come along to this meeting. It may be good to meet them prior to the weekend.

County Safeguarding Nov 2015

The November COunty Safeguarding news letter can be found here

County AGM

A few notes to support the County AGM on Wednesday

2014 AGM minutes

Durham County Scout Council and County Executive Committee Minutes


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