News

Welcome pack

posted 9 Feb 2018, 10:13 by Blackhill Scouts, Cubs and Beavers

Check out our updated welcome pack under Resources, Forms & Welcome pack for more information about the group, and to hopefully answer any of your questions.

Spring 2018 term & section restart dates.

posted 4 Jan 2018, 15:04 by Blackhill Scouts, Cubs and Beavers   [ updated 4 Jan 2018, 15:06 ]

Hope all members have had a great Christmas.  Term time for most restarts on Mon 8-Jan so Beavers and Cubs restart on 9-Jan and Scouts on 12-Jan.

Helping chat

posted 4 Oct 2017, 07:16 by Blackhill Scouts, Cubs and Beavers

If you want to have a chat about helping, please come along during one of the Scout sessions on a Friday.  We prioritise those who ensure we can run each section.

AGM - Tuesday 19th Sept 2017 6:30pm

posted 11 Sep 2017, 12:23 by Blackhill Scouts, Cubs and Beavers

We will hold our AGM on September 19th from 6:30 to 7:30pm, with refreshments until 8pm.  Each section will update on their achievements, new members will be invested and badges presented.  We will also update you on group finances and elect the group executive committee for the year ahead.  It is an opportunity for you to learn more about what the group does for the children and ask any questions you have.  If you can help scouting in any way please discuss with one of the leaders.

We are particularly looking for helpers / leaders for Beavers and a chairperson.

Many thanks and we hope to see all members and parents there.

Family Quiz & Tombola, for all sections, families, anyone interested in joining

posted 28 Jun 2017, 13:38 by Blackhill Scouts, Cubs and Beavers

All welcome – mums, dads, brothers, sisters, grandparents.

Quiz is £1 a person, max 5 in teams.

Bottle tombola

Tea / Coffee / Juice

Pleas support your child in scouting via this fund raiser.

Annual census, capitation payment and gift aid reclaim

posted 29 Dec 2016, 13:26 by Blackhill Scouts, Cubs and Beavers

In January each year we complete a census return for our group, which includes section numbers, age profiles and other demographics.  We also pay capitation fees of about £45 per member to support scouting nationally, in the county and in the district.  Capitation is our largest outgoing each year and we pay it and other bills from members monthly subs.  As a charity we can claim gift aid on monthly subs donations and typically try to reclaim gift aid at about the same time we pay capitation.  Sometimes we need to check gift aid records and may contact parents / guardians via the OSM system.

1st Blackhill Scouts AGM - Tuesday 27th Sept 2016 6:30pm

posted 19 Sep 2016, 15:18 by Blackhill Scouts, Cubs and Beavers

1st Blackhill Scouts AGM - Tuesday 27th Sept 2016 6:30pm

Dear Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and parents,

In place of section meetings next week, we will hold our AGM on September 27th from 6:30 to 7:30pm, with refreshments until 8pm.  Each section will update on their achievements, new members will be invested and badges presented.  We will also update you on group finances and elect the group executive committee for the year ahead.  It is an opportunity for you to learn more about what the group does for the children and ask any questions you have.  If you can help scouting in any way please discuss with one of the leaders.

Many thanks and we hope to see all current and prospective members and parents there.

Summer 2016 Newsletter

posted 16 Jul 2016, 11:57 by Blackhill Scouts, Cubs and Beavers   [ updated 16 Jul 2016, 11:58 ]

Many thanks to all for all the support for Blackhill Scouts throughout the year.  We hope you have a great summer, but also want to make you aware of some important information and requests:

The week ahead is the last week before the summer break.  Regular section nights will restart after the school holidays  on:  Tuesday 6th for Beavers and Cubs and Friday 9th of September for Scouts.

The HQ building is used most nights during the week by Blackhill Scouts and Consett Scouts.  It is available to hire on a one off basis - e.g. for parties (discounts for members) or for regular bookings.

We are looking to make the building management as separate from the two scout groups as possible and are looking for a bookings secretary for HQ rentals, to support the building committee treasurer.  The role would be to liaise with those renting - e.g. send agreement forms, record on the building calendar, chase up purchase orders, invoices and payments and list bookings or draft a report for the treasurer of the joint building committee.  If you are interested or know someone who might be do discuss with one of the leaders. 

We are always grateful for further assistance.  Scouting is very rewarding and can help develop your skills too.  Nationally there are over 30,000 children on waiting lists for want of volunteers and facilities.  Blackhill Scouts Executive Committee would like to thank the leaders, parents and also those who've helped the group over the past years.

You can raise money for the group from most online purchases (2700 retailers including Amazon and Ebay) by logging into Easy Fundraising - they have Apps for phones and tablets too.  www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/blackhillscoutgroup

If you have any fundraising ideas do speak to one of the leaders.

We will hold our AGM on September 27th and each section will update on their achievements, new members will be invested and badges presented.  We will also update you on group finances and elect the group executive committee for the year ahead.  If you can help scouting in any way please discuss with one of the leaders.

"Subs" donations:  By September all sections will be using direct debit subscriptions and Online scout Manager (OSM).  This saves the leaders much time each week, with the organisation of camps and gift aid and ensuring that we accrue enough subs monies over the year to also pay and fixed costs like insurance, heating etc and the £45 capitation costs per member in support of district, county and national scouting every January.  Subs are £10 a month (same as £20 a half term).  If any parent or guardian can do so, please ensure you have completed the gift aid form.  It makes a great difference.

Thanks again and wishing you a great summer.  Think about how to help the children get more out of scouting.  

Dragon Award

posted 31 Jan 2016, 11:25 by Blackhill Scouts, Cubs and Beavers

This year scouts and leaders are undertaking the the Dragon Award which is gained by attending at least one night of camping each month of the year, only 2 camps can be indoors!

http://www.scoutscymru.org.uk/members/awards/dragon-award


AGM Tuesday 29 Sep from 6:30 pm

posted 26 Sep 2015, 11:40 by Blackhill Scouts, Cubs and Beavers

Blackhill Scouts AGM is on Tuesday 29 Sep from 6:30 pm at the Scouts HQ on Constance Street. All members and parents should attend. Any children or adults who want to find out more about the group is very welcome to attend.  Find out what we've done in the past year, influence what we do in the year ahead.

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