Youth Investment Fund round up!

The project is really picking up the pace as we head towards the summer break.

Friday 27th April saw us host our first open event as part of the project at 19th Darlington (Corporation Road) Cubs and Scouts. With 19 new young member turning up on the night, as well as the current members, it was fantastic to see so much Scouting taking place. The next week even more young people turned up; good news certainly travels fast.

Next up we have the following open events:

Wednesday 6th June – Skerne Park Academy 5:30 – 7pm – full new group

Monday 11th June   – 14th Darlington (St Andrews) Cubs – 6:30 – 8pm

If anyone would like to support with these events please do not hesitate to get in touch, the more the merrier.

I have been spending time getting out and about delivering assemblies for all of the District open events as well as for the one open event in Sunderland.  Visiting Polam Hall, Reid Street, Corporation Road and St Johns so far, with Skerne Park, St Bede’s, Red Hall and Springfield coming up after half term.  Raising awareness of Darlington District Scouts and our exciting open events. It’s been exciting seeing the response locally to our updated brand and sharing the fantastic images and videos with potential new Scouts.

Joanne Hennessey

Growth and Development Officer  – Durham

#neckersontour

The summer of 2018 is upon us, and as the sun is shining it’s time to take the plunge to the great outdoors.

 

But STOP wait a minute Darlington District are running a competition this summer. There’s prizes to be won, this competition is open to all sections and leaders.

From the 1st of May to the 31st of August 2018, we want you to take as many pho

tos of yourselves with your Scout Neckers on  and post it on social media.

You may be on Scout Camp or on holiday with your family. Pack you Scout Necker in your suitcase and when you’re by the pool or on the beach or by that famous land mark –  strike a pose and take the photo.

Then simply upload it to one of the following social media formats Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, the posts need to be made public for us to be able to follow.

Each post requires the following

Group Name / section – where you are currently and what you’re up to  and #tag it #neckersontour #scouts

 

For example

25th Darlington Cubs – Airfield – guiding them in – #neckersontour #scouts

 

Most of all don’t forget your Necker and the hash tag #neckersontour as that will be how we will be filtering the photos of you when you’re out and about.

All photos posted on social media are done so with the permission of the person in the photo

Twitter

Follow us on twitter @darlingtonscout and use the hash tag #neckersontour #scouts
Only public posts will be picked up on twitter

Instagram

Follow us on Instagram @ darlingtondistrictscouts and we will follow you back, and again don’t forget the #neckersontour

This competition is only open to all current Scouters of the Darlington District, but we don’t mind if other Districts join in on the fun, on Twitter or Instagram. You never know it may catch on and the #neckersontour may go worldwide 😉

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Important info regarding taking photos, we know and understand that to open any Social Media account, the minimum age is 13, therefore we expect those entering the competition under this age do so with the permission of their parents / carers and its their parents / carers that are posting the photos.

Because the photos posted to twitter and instagram  are on the public domain (WWW), they may be reposted by third parties, or used by 3rd party publications. By posting these photos on Social Media you acknowledge these terms.

Reporters or Radio Stars?

12th Darlington Scouts – Reporters or Radio Stars?

The back end January and into February was a busy one for the 12th Scout Troop as they worked towards their Media and Marketing Relations Badge

First they were asked to list important people local to them, and after some thought came up with a list, taking that list on we invited the following

Richard Chambers (Darlington District Commissioner)

Joanne Hennessy (Durham Growth and Development Officer)

Jenny Chapman (MP For Darlington)

Andrew Stobart (Rev. at Elm Ridge Church)

Neil ( An Iron Man – Local to Darlington)

Now knowing the list of people they had to interview came the difficult bit of putting the questions together.

Should we ask Jenny Chapman what her favourite sandwich is?  or should we ask whats her take on Brexit ? Has our District Commissioner met Baden Powell? Does Joanne know what the Future of Scouting is for Darlington. What does the Rev. have for breakfast ? Does an Iron Man eat plenty of Spinach ? and most of all is it Cool ! having a  Son in Scouting ? all these questions and no answers.

The Scouts were put to work on their questions, and through painful thinking (it’s hard to think of questions you know? Were some comments form Scouts) a lot of sighing and gritted teeth we got our questions for our Guests.

The day came and the interrogation tables and lights were put out, I mean the Interview tables and chairs. Our guests arrived and Tea and Biscuits were provided to put the DC in a good mood. After a quick flag break the Grilling (Interviews) began.

The following are some of the Facts that the Scouts found out during the interviews

Richard Our District Commissioner &

Joanne Hennessey Growth & Development Officer

The Scouts at the 12th found out he was a Scout as a child and  is better at Map Reading and Orienteering than Pioneering, he likes to go Camping and really likes  Confido, and is yet to attend an International camp, and hasn’t met Bear Grylls yet. The most famous person he has met is Face from the A-Team. Apparently this answer got a stone face look from the Scouts, and our DC had to explain that “ If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.”

Joanne has only been in post for 3 months at time if interview, she was a Brownie as a young child, and her most embarrassing moment was Stuck in a Toilet ? (well that was a answer to a question), Joanne previously worked at Mowden Rugby Club, and likes Netball, Running and walking her dog.

Jenny Chapman MP for Darlington

Before Jenny was a MP she was a full time mum, and worked for a MP, when she was a Child girls couldnt join scoust. Jenny has met Teresa May, the part of the job she likes is meeting people, and wanted to be a journalist as a child. She also learnt the piano and this year will be taking part in the London Marathon in aid if Darlington Mind

Rev. Andrew Stobart

We found out our Rev. at Elm Ridge is related to Eddie Stobart the Truck owner. His favourite teaching is “Forgiveness”   and the best part of his job is meeting people, he did well at school and it takes 17 years to become a vicar.  He likes all types of music, Even likes Punk and Shed 7

Neil – Iron Man

Neil gets up at 5:40 to go swimming before going to work, he follows up with a routine of Running and Cycling, he’s entered many competitions and entered the IronMan competition in Hawaii, he likes many sports and as a child wanted to be a footballer.

There were many more questions and answers but to many to report on.

We even got a piece in the Northern Echo

Radio Stars ?

The 12th Followed this up with a visit to a local radio station where the recorded their interest in Scouting & some music.

If you have time follow this link and there will be 36 mins of Scouting Radio Adventure

Radio Clip of the 12th Darlington Scout Group

Above all the Scouts had a blast and earned their well deserved Badge