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


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.



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..


Group Scout Leader


12th Goes Virtual

At the 12th we usually are active and outside as much as we can be. Being isolated away doesn’t mean scouting has to stop completely. After a week of homeschooling, Joe Wicks exercise and completing every gardening job we have, we decided to brave the virtual and hold an online meeting. The group is in the fortunate position that one of the leaders through their work has a full Zoom account. If you do not the free version will allow you to hold 40-minute meetings with 100 people.

A few days before the meeting, parents were sent a link to zoom and a time to logon.  The night opened up by welcoming all the scouts in and catching up with what they had been up to. We watched a video from a recent camp and shared some stories on the best bits.

To keep scouting going at home, we got the scouts to vote on the badges they wanted to do. This Easter we are going to be artists and work on the Skills Challenge badge!

Then it was onto the games. We had a few set and ready to go but what worked really well was a scavenger hunt for things in the house; red, edible, metal, wobbly. The winner was the first Scout back with all the items. We also did a round of Pictionary using the annotate tool in Zoom. Private messaging in the app was used to send the Scout who was drawing the word (knots, campfire, tents etc).

The night went really well, and facebook posts from the parents afterwards said how much they enjoyed it and was a little bit of normality in a strange time.