Group Camp 2022

For the Scouts the Group Camp started in a car park. The troop was split into two groups and the Scouts had to map read their way to the Campsite at Thornthwate.

Both groups survived the hike into camp only faltering once or twice, but its good learning and puts them in good stead for the upcoming county Escape and Evasion (Operation Sanctuary) and the Districts Challenge Hike.

Once on site we were met by the Beavers and Cubs who had arrived earlier in the afternoon.

Scouts setup camp and the theme for the scouts at camp was survival that said the scouts were given a number of hammocks to set up in the woods.

The following morning it was cooking breakfast over an open fire and the beavers and cubs were having their full English in the dorms.

Many activities were done over the weekend from Bread making from the Cubs and cooking it in the Camp Fire Ovens – Scouts making Camp Curry Pots. Kite making by the beavers and cubs, nature trails and all round Scouting and Smores and sing along’s around the Camp Fire!


In the Countryside …..

In Spring 2022, the cub section enjoyed four sessions, designed and delivered by Caron, Imogen, and the Naturally Connected team ( . Especially welcomed, as it marks the end of a series of Lockdowns in 2020 and 2021. This was a chance for the young people to get closer to and deepen their appreciation of the natural environment, with the help of skilled and experienced people, demonstrably passionate about what they do.

The program kicked off with a visit by the Naturally Connected team to our scout hut, armed with all things OWL, ID cards, calls from the different UK species, and even the pellets owls leave behind. Cubs engaged enthusiastically, naming different owl species and facts, and picking apart the pellets to examine the remains of owl meals (the bones and fur of small mammals (grizzly)).

Next, in March and early April, the cubs went on three visits to Bowlees Visitors Centre. Visit one: a walk to Gibsons Cave, building refugia big enough for a multitude of animals, den building, and even campfire smores. Visit two: more smores of course! learning about the Green Man lore and making giant nests to fit the entire cub pack. Visit 3: a fantastic journey back through geological time with Naturally Connected’s own geologist Naomi, who took the pack to see fossil evidence of when Teesdale was in fact a warm tropical shallow ocean floor teeming with life, then on to see the Great Whin Sill, a huge igneous intrusion that dominates the landscape in Teesdale and other parts of the north for the last 300 million years. And, you guessed it more smores!

The Cubs spent time with each other learning and playing, team building in the best possible surroundings and in the capable hands of Caron and her team. A big thanks to the Naturally Connected team from everyone at 12th Darlington Cubs!

12th Darlington Cubs

Going for Gold and More !

It’s not every night that you get to hand out four Gold Awards 🥇🥇🥇🥇 well done Robbie, Archie, Will and Alistair for achieving the highest badge in scouts. Four years of fun adventure and friendship.

We also had the pleasure of Oscar gaining his Sliver Award 🥈 as he moves into scouts. (Thanks Akela).

Jess and Florey were also invested.

The deputy district commissioner also dropped by to drop off David’s wood badge.

We even managed a full night of team games to welcome the new Cubs into the section.