Scouts Finally Get To Camp

The traffic lights have changed and camping is back on!

The 12th took the opportunity to do a short one night camp on the grounds at Elm Ridge (thanks to the church). For some of the scouts this was the first time they have camped for the others it was a chance to get some more nights away for their staged badge. We dusted the tents off, played the game of which bottle has gas in it and setup camp. First night was all about cooking and campfires.

The scouts made a mountain of bolognese, followed by campfire treats and a few wide games in the dark. Highlight of the night was the campfire song written by one of the scouts for their personal challenge badge. You’ll never hear “take me home” the same way again.

After eating our body weight in eggy bread, Saturday involved a #MillionHands activity making planters, followed by a multi-geocaching challenge to crack the hidden code. Scouts went home tired but happy and a few more Outdoor Challenge badges were completed. On to the next adventure.

All together……

Carmel Road, take me home
To the place where I belong

Darlington, Co Durham
Take me home, Carmel Road

#Takeoverday

On the 25th of June it was #Takeoverday! Young people from across the UK took control of the social media museums, to empower and make their voices heard. The 12th were in on the action thanks to the wonderful learning officer at Darlington’s our Head of Steam museum. The scouts explored the museum to find items they found interesting and then wrote tweets and posts about what they saw. We heard stories of the items, their past and how the railways built our home town. All of this went towards there Local Knowledge activity badge and Skills Challenge badge for promoting Scouts.

Head over to the museums Twitter feed and Facebook page to see more.

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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.

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