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Module 25

Module 25 part 1 will run at West Hall on Thursday 2nd Feb from 7:30-9:00. This is for GSLs, ADCS and potential Training Advisers

I'll then run Module 25 part 2 at West Hall on Thursday 16th Feb from 7:00-9:00. This is for potential Training Advisers

Applications are via the county on-line booking system.

I would appreciate it if you could pass this message on to anyone who needs to attend.

Many thanks


#YouShape 2017 - Resources Launch

The #YouShape team are pleased to announce that the #YouShape resources are now live and ready for you to use. There are a few different resources to make #YouShape month in February 2017 a success in your local area, but these resources are also designed to be used at any point in the year to encourage Youth Shaped Scouting.

Activity Inspiration
This 31 page resource is jam packed full of inspirations and ideas to help you plan your own #YouShape activities. From the District Youth Commissioner organising a #YouShape camp, to the Section Leader planning a #YouShape night, there are activities to suit every role and every section in here.

This year we have shown how each activity links to badges from the section, making it even easier to link it to the Programme. We’ve also included an evening planner for each section, to make running your own #YouShape evening is even easier.

View the Activity Inspiration Pack

Wear Their Necker
This year we are launching Wear Their Necker, which is a platform for young people to influence their Scouting experience by taking on a new role for the day. This could be as simple as a Scout running their section for the night, to an Explorer Scout shadowing a County Commissioner. Why not give a young person the challenge of being your County Commissioner for the day?

Find out more about Wear Their Necker.

This year we are asking each Group and section to pledge to take part in #YouShape and to make sure their young people are listened to. There are three levels of #YouShape involvement, starting at Bronze working up to Gold.

Resources for Youth Commissioners and Managers
This year we’ve put together a Youth Commissioner’s guide to #YouShape which provides guidance on how you can take part in #YouShape. There are also suggestions on continuing to promote Youth Shaped Scouting beyond #YouShape month.
View the Youth Commissioner Guide to #YouShape

We’ve also compiled a guide for Managers. This has practical advice on how to support Youth Commissioners during #YouShape month, including how to recruit and appoint one if you don’t have one already.

Finally, if you’re a Youth Commissioner or Manager in Scouting, don’t forget about the Action Plan Toolkit that the UK Youth Commissioner team have developed to help your local Youth Shaped Scouting action plans.

Share what you do
Don’t forget to share what you get up to throughout #YouShape month by sharing it on social media using the hashtag #YouShape so we can see what you are up to. If you don't use social media please still share your updates with us via email at youshape@scouts.org.uk.

We’re also featuring stories on our social media channels about how Youth Shaped Scouting has influenced your life. Want to be featured on a #YouShape Insight? We’re looking for anyone involved in Scouting; from a County Chairman to a Young Leader, we want to hear your story! Submit your story on our #YouShape Insights web form.

We often share exciting updates and new ideas in the weekly Scouting+ email newsletter, so make sure your communications preferences in Compass are set to receive this.

Finally, we wish you the very best in running an awesome #YouShape month, and hope that you get as many ideas as you can for your local area as you can.

Yours in Scouting,

Hannah, Jay, Jagz and the #YouShape team


Have you seen these Scouters? We have reason to believe they maybe hiding their true identity

Well done to 4th Durham & Gilesgate Explorers

Durham Post

You should have received this directly:

Durham Post Winter 2016


Nat Hayler as Cub Assistant Section 15th Durham (Elvet)
Neil Sleeman as Beaver Section Assistant 17th Durham (Coxhoe)
Eleanor Curry as Cub Section Assistant 19th Durham (Neville's Cross)

The 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!

The Founders Day service will be on Thursday 16th February. More details to follow.

As chair of the faith group. I can be contacted on the following e-mail faith@durhamcityscouts.org.uk
I am currently hoping to put together a group of people who can support and develop faith in Durham City Scout District.
If you are willing to support this, please get in touch. Hopefully we can have a representative from every group.
Elsa Smith


Gilesgate explorer unit are performing the classic panto Cinderella this Saturday 10th December.
The event will be held at St Leonards school with doors opening at 17.30 to start at 18.00, we have a number of tickets spare and if anyone would like to purchase any tickets could you please email me at p4thu@yahoo.co.uk to confirm your seat, there will be stalls and refreshments available on what will be a really entertaining night.
The cost of the ticket is £5 with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.

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