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Module 1 and 3 Dates

The provisional dates for the next Module 1 and Module 3 training are the 2nd and 9th Feb respectively.

Jamboree / County Poacher 2017 Contingent Information Evening

On Wednesday 14th December we will be holing an open information evening for all adults interested in:

Taking their Scouts / Explorer Scouts to the Poacher 2017 International Scout and Guide camp as part of the Durham Scout County Contingent
Becoming a Unit Leader for the Counties 2019 World Scout Jamboree Unit
Becoming a member of the International Service Team for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree

The meeting is as follows:
Time: 7.30 - 9.00pm
Date: Wedensday 14th December 2016
Location: Moor House Adventure Centre, main hall

During the meeting we will be:

Announcing plans for the County's contingent to attend Poacher 2017, which is a well established and well run international Scout and Guide camp. This event is open to all Scouts and Explorer Scouts in the County and although we hope you will join us, leaders need not attend if you only have a few young people attending. Note that final costs (~£250) will be announced on the evening and bookings with deposits will be required by the end of January 2017.
Explaining what the role of Jamboree Unit Leader and Assistant Unit Leader is all about, for the World Scout Jamboree 2019,
Explaining what the International Service Team (IST) role is all about, for those interested in attending the World Scout Jamboree in 2019 as IST members.

Please note that these last two opportunties are open to all members in the County, regardless of your role or which section you work in. These last two topics are intended to provide general information on these roles, to allow people to think about applying ahead of formal applications / selections starting in spring 2017. Although we will provide general information on the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, we will not be able to provide details of costs, applications, specific selection criteria etc at this time..

If you are interested in attending please e-mail to say your're coming

David Stokes

M1: Trustee Training 7th December at 1st Herrington

All Scout Executive members MUSt complete Module 1 - most years we've run one within the District in the summer, but if anyone still needs to do it there's a session in Houghton Le Spring.

Kevin Wilson and I are leading the free
session and it's open for booking on our district website. Please feel free to circulate widely.


Trustee Essential Information (Executive Members)
Course Venue: 1st Herrington Scout HQ, Devon Street, Houghton-le-Spring
Date and Times: Wed 7th December 2016, 19:00 to 21:30

Representative for Summit 17

The District has been asked to send a representative to the National Scout Conference (Summit 17) where the next 5 year plans will be discussed. This is a weekend event in Warwick on the 1st and 2nd April.

If anyone might be interested in attending please let me know ASAP.

Safeguarding info for parents

If there are any questions from parents about our safeguarding procedures please refer them to the following page on the national website:


Also consider providing them with a copy of the ‘Safe and Sound’ leaflet which can be downloaded from that page.

First Aid Training - Sunday 27 November

We have five spaces remaining on a First Aid course on Sunday 27 November at Fram Scout Hut. Whilst this is being run for Young Leaders to complete their training, the course will cover everything required for First Response if any leaders need to complete this either for the first time or as a refresher. If you would like a space, please email Ben at benhodgkiss@btinternet.com - spaces will be given on a first come, first served basis and more detailed joining instructions emailed out afterwards.

Durham Wildlife Trust

I am the Community Education Officer at Durham Wildlife Trust and we are now running a Young Volunteers group for 14 - 18 year olds. This involves meeting on the 2nd Saturday each month and visiting different nature reserves and wild places to deliver a range of different nature conservation tasks and activities and provides opportunities to achieve the John Muir Award and work towards D-of-E. I am trying to get information out to young people, our usual means of promotion aren't quite hitting this audience so I wondered if there is a way you could share it with any of your Explorer Scouts. I would be happy to come and talk to any interested people.
Kirsty Pollard
0191 584 3112

District Scout Competition Results

Now that I have the official results for Sanctuary, attached are the final results for 2016's district trophy.

You will see that in third place was 5th Durham Scout troop, in second place was 19th Durham and in first place was 4th Durham.

well done to all involved the trophy has been an excellent competition this year with lots of scouts getting involved.

Thank you to all leaders that have helped at the many events over the year.




I am running a navigation training course, practice and qualifying expeditions in 2017 for any Network, / adult young leader who cannot undertake them any other way.

The plan is to 'mop up' individuals who are perhaps the only one in their group/District.

It is not intended as an easy option for those groups large enough to sustain their own expedition groups.

The dates are:

24-26 February Course 109 Network Scout training for Gold DofE (& older Scout leaders if space permits) at GARRIGILL. Cost £70

18-22 March Open Gold DofE Practice Expedition for Network members and young leaders 18-25 Cost £100

23-29 September Gold DofE Qualifying expedition for network members and Young leaders 18-25 Cost £250-£400 deending where the participants choose

The dates are non-negotiable and participants must commit to all three dates.

Please get back to me before Christmas so I can judge what demand there may be.

Stephen Ramsay
DofE Adviser
Durham Scout County

Cathedral Remembrance Service & Parade

5th Durham City Scouts & Explorers are joined by Scouts and Explorers from 1st Eppleton Scout Group at the Cathedral Remembrance Service and Parade through Durham.

Most of the Scouts and Explorers from 5th Durham had taken part in Sanctuary the previous day !!!



Thank you to everyone who supported the biggest SANCTUARY yet.

Thank you also for everyone who's already provided feedback - please keep it coming.

Christingle Service

Wednesday 14th December
Arrive from 5.45pm to start at 6pm, finish 7pm
St Mary's Church Sherburn
Please do not park in the Church grounds but on the adjoining streets.
Please bring own Christingles, no flags needed.
Please let me know if your group/section will be attending, and rough numbers!

Faith Group Meeting

There will be a faith group meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday 22nd November at 19,Runcie Road, Bowburn, DH6 5EY. If anyone would like to join us we would very much appreciate your contribution and support. If you would like to come please let me know.

Midnight Madness 2016

Once again here are the details for MidMad. Currently we only have 2 teams signed up. The deadline is 8th November (Tuesday).
We need at least 5 teams to make the event worth running, otherwise we will have to cancel.

Yours in Scouting and Guiding,

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

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.

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