Goodbye Zoom – Hello The Great Outdoors

The 12th Go Hiking.

After what seems like an age on Zoom, the Scouts at the 12th have been out and stretched their legs. It was time to put those navigation skills learned online to use in the real world.

The hike was an opportunity for the Scouts to complete their stage three navigation badge by completing a 10 km walk, and for our older Scouts, the chance to lead and earn their challenge badges.

Our scouts were split into groups of six, with a lead scout in charge of navigation. Early morning meet at Low Dinsdale, a lot of rain and mud and away they went, alone with nothing but a route card, compass, and whistle (possibly a big bag of sweets).

The walk took them across fields, through forests and to potentially face the mighty Sock Burn worm.  Teamwork was needed to bring all scouts home safely, with only a few detours on the way.

They returned tired but having used those #SkillForLife, one more adventure done.

Beaver – Children In Need

Herbert – Beaver Champion

Not every Fundraising event is Fun !

Whilst many of us raised money for Children In Need this year one of our very own Beavers went that extra mile.

Herberts mum said “Herbert completed 4 miles in 3 days.  He doesn’t like running so it was a real challenge. He made £191.25 Children in Need. We worked out that if each meal was £2.00 he had fed 96 hungry children.”

Well done Herbert were proud of you at the 12th Scout Group

Night Light Orienteering

#DarkNights

The Dark Nights may be drawing in, but that doesn’t stop the Scouts from the 12th Scout Troop.

Our orienteering teams were all set, wrapped up warm and with a map, head torch and grid references they were ready to search out the orienteering posts we had placed around the route.

5 groups started on their trail into the night time dusk, challenged with only their trusty maps and a few grid references, they set of into the night.

Working on their route and hitting the checkpoints, all but one group got back in the allocated time.

Above all fun was had and the younger Scouts learned from the older Scouts the basics of Map Reading.

#Skills4Life

Camp@Home

Camp@Home was what we needed in this lockdown, for the sections of the 12th Scout Group coming together to Camp in their own homes but joining together with others as the Scouting Movement does so well.  Just before lockdown we had our own camp at Kettleness with all the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and we had a great time.  But this was different this time it was in our own back yard literary.

We also roped in our parents and they got an insight of what happens when we meet up with our Durham County Scouting Friends.

Durham Scouts did an excellent job from start to finish with their virtual Opening Ceremony to Wide Games (standing in buckets who came up with that LOL??). The Camp fire sing along, Breakfast Club and the Closing Ceremony

The Activities presented by Durham Scouts got our sections involved from Design a Camp Badge to necker flips and Superheroes – the superheroes photos seen on our own FaceBook Page and that of Durham’s were excellent!!!

It was 24hrs of fun and gave all our parents the chance to temporary be a Leader, or was it the parents been taught new things? Did you have a secret midnight snack? Posts by many Leaders and adults on the Durham Facebook Page were a hoot, I think one Leader had the full Chocolate biscuit isle of Morrison’s with him.

Above all the photos and emails received by parents of the 12th Darlington Scouting sections along with the praise, I need to pass on a BIG Thank You to Durham Scouts Organisers and thank you to all that took part the 12th had a Blast !

If any parents wish to help out at section nights or even put a necker and shirt on then just speak to one of the leaders on our return to normality whenever that will be, there will always be Scouting, and whilst we have Beavers, Cubs and Scouts we need Leaders, to carry on the Scout Movement for the future generations.

Below are just a few of our photos submitted over the weekend..

Neil

Group Scout Leader

#ProudtoScout