12th Darlington Scouts - Reporters or Radio Stars?

posted 27 Feb 2018, 11:08 by Neil - Darlingtion Scouts   [ updated 27 Feb 2018, 11:09 ]

The back end January and into February was a busy one for the 12th Scout Troop as they worked towards their Media and Marketing Relations Badge

First they were asked to list important people local to them, and after some thought came up with a list, taking that list on we invited the following

Richard Chambers (Darlington District Commissioner)

Joanne Hennessy (Durham Growth and Development Officer)

Jenny Chapman (MP For Darlington)

Andrew Stobart (Rev. at Elm Ridge Church)

Neil ( An Iron Man - Local to Darlington)

Now knowing the list of people they had to interview came the difficult bit of putting the questions together.

Should we ask Jenny Chapman what her favourite sandwich is?  or should we ask whats her take on Brexit ? Has our District Commissioner met Baden Powell? Does Joanne know what the Future of Scouting is for Darlington. What does the Rev. have for breakfast ? Does an Iron Man eat plenty of Spinach ? and most of all is it Cool ! having a  Son in Scouting ? all these questions and no answers.

The Scouts were put to work on their questions, and through painful thinking (it's hard to think of questions you know? Were some comments form Scouts) a lot of sighing and gritted teeth we got our questions for our Guests.

The day came and the interrogation tables and lights were put out, I mean the Interview tables and chairs. Our guests arrived and Tea and Biscuits were provided to put the DC in a good mood. After a quick flag break the Grilling (Interviews) began.

The following are some of the Facts that the Scouts found out during the interviews

Richard Our District Commissioner &

Joanne Hennessey Growth & Development Officer

The Scouts at the 12th found out he was a Scout as a child and  is better at Map Reading and Orienteering than Pioneering, he likes to go Camping and really likes  Confido, and is yet to attend an International camp, and hasn't met Bear Grylls yet. The most famous person he has met is Face from the A-Team. Apparently this answer got a stone face look from the Scouts, and our DC had to explain that “ If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.”

Joanne has only been in post for 3 months at time if interview, she was a Brownie as a young child, and her most embarrassing moment was Stuck in a Toilet ? (well that was a answer to a question), Joanne previously worked at Mowden Rugby Club, and likes Netball, Running and walking her dog.

Jenny Chapman MP for Darlington

Before Jenny was a MP she was a full time mum, and worked for a MP, when she was a Child girls couldnt join scoust. Jenny has met Teresa May, the part of the job she likes is meeting people, and wanted to be a journalist as a child. She also learnt the piano and this year will be taking part in the London Marathon in aid if Darlington Mind

Rev. Andrew Stobart

We found out our Rev. at Elm Ridge is related to Eddie Stobart the Truck owner. His favourite teaching is “Forgiveness”   and the best part of his job is meeting people, he did well at school and it takes 17 years to become a vicar.  He likes all types of music, Even likes Punk and Shed 7

Neil - Iron Man

Neil gets up at 5:40 to go swimming before going to work, he follows up with a routine of Running and Cycling, he's entered many competitions and entered the IronMan competition in Hawaii, he likes many sports and as a child wanted to be a footballer.

There were many more questions and answers but to many to report on.

We even got a piece in the Northern Echo

Radio Stars ?

The 12th Followed this up with a visit to a local radio station where the recorded their interest in Scouting & some music.

If you have time follow this link and there will be 36 mins of Scouting Radio Adventure

Radio Clip of the 12th Darlington Scout Group

Above all the Scouts had a blast and earned their well deserved Badge

District Scouts Mechanics Badge Day

posted 28 Jan 2018, 11:50 by Neil - Darlingtion Scouts   [ updated 28 Jan 2018, 11:53 ]

Saturday 13th January 2018 was a cold one and 58 Scouts and 15 leaders 
from the District ventured to Newton Aycliffe, to 102 Battalion REME; home of the Army's Engineers in The North East. The aim of the day was for the scouts to attain their mechanics badge under the tutelage of the experts. So at 0900 off we went, split into 4 groups the Scouts and leaders went to learn about mechanical engineering. So what was on the menu?

The internal Combustion engine and how they suck-squeeze-bag-blow to generate the power to move things, primarily Army vehicles in this case. Part of this involved looking under the bonnet of an Army Landrover to see how to change the essentials Oils and Lubes and what to do if the lights go out! While all this wonderful engineering knowledge was on display I feel the sitting in the big vehicle cabs was the highlight; to see how to control all this power.

Differential systems on how all this power gets to the wheels. Great demonstration using a bicycle, with christmas lights, and two large
workshop brooms. Made everything much simpler

More hands on with couplings, or clutches.

The Gearbox was the final stand not only looked at how the gearing worked but a trip under a vehicle in the inspection pit demonstrated how it interfaces with the other major assemblies studied throughout the day. Also a short brief on how the vehicle was inspected was useful insight on how the Army keeps its equipment road legal.

Finally the highlight of the day was the written test! Or was it? Gladly everyone passed and attained, in the REME's, view the required standard to pass the mechanics badge. Although they are still waiting to see if any scouts knows about Torque! Maybe need to twist a few arms!!

The final event of the day was the presentaton of badges and certificates by the REME Soldiers who led the day. The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Nick Moore MBE, presented certificates and badges to 4 Scouts at the front of the main parade.

Well done Darlington District

Iain Clyde
ADC Scouts

District Training

posted 28 Jan 2018, 11:34 by Neil - Darlingtion Scouts

Training update 

Email tc.darlington@durhamscouts.org.uk for any training queries and questions 

We have a TA who has recently been appointed as a Manager and Supporters advisor and hopefully we will soon have other TA's in the district that will be able to help

County are finalising all the details for courses and training for adults who need M&S training etc and these will be issued shortly

a training drop in session has been arranged for Wednesday 21st February at Neasham Road 19:00 till 21:00 hours 

First Response Course we are almost at a point to issue dates for First Response Courses in the District this will be imminent so please watch this space!

2017 District Beaver Day out

posted 27 Aug 2017, 11:52 by Neil - Darlingtion Scouts   [ updated 27 Aug 2017, 12:15 ]

2017 District Beaver Day out


Saturday 30th September 2017

Arrive at Elm Ridge by 9:20am – leaving at 9:30am by coach

Leaving Durham at 5:00pm


Beavers to take a picnic


£15 per person

1 leader free for every 6 Beavers

Final numbers to Sandra Bower by 20/09/17

Email: - badger@12darlingtonscouting.co.uk

Mobile: - 07875 608048


Adventure Valley, Union Hall Farm, Brasside, Durham, DH1 5SG



·         Outdoor Fun


·         Indoor Fun


·         Meet the animals


·         Tractor rides


·         Water Wars


·         Birds of Prey Show


·         Goat Racing


·         Hamster Grand Prix


·         Magic Show

Summer Scout Shop Opening times

posted 28 Jul 2017, 10:57 by Neil - Darlingtion Scouts   [ updated 28 Jul 2017, 11:01 ]

District Scout Shop will be open as follows during the holidays:
Monday 31 July (6.30-8.00)
Saturday 5 August (9.30-12.00) 
Saturday 2 September (9.30-12.00)
The two Saturdays are to accommodate the coffee mornings.
The Scout Shop will resume normal trading on Monday 11 September (6.30-8.00).

Foodbank Request

posted 9 Jul 2017, 03:29 by Neil - Darlingtion Scouts   [ updated 9 Jul 2017, 09:47 ]

Hi All 

In the past the 12th Darlington Scout group have donated to the Food Bank at St Andrews Church a plea has been published on their Facebook page by Sarah McTimoney (one of the Food Bank organisers) - it reads ‎ 

After giving out 15 bags again this week, the cupboards are bare. Please add a couple of extra tins to your shopping this weekend - soup, tomatoes, veg, fruit, meat or fish ; all donations gratefully received! Thank you x

Lets come together as a District and show our support of those that need our help on our doorstep.

We only have a few more weeks at Beavers / Cubs, Scouts and Explorers before we breakup for the Summer.

They are in need of non perishable foods - bring your donations to your section night and I will collect and take the donations to St Andrews.

Many Thanks, Neil

Confido 2017

posted 3 Jul 2017, 13:56 by Neil - Darlingtion Scouts   [ updated 3 Jul 2017, 14:07 ]

Booking is now open for Confido 2017

Take a look at the Durham County Site and see what your Scouts / Explorers can get upto a whole weekend of Activities and Fun

Confido 2017

Darlington Scouts do well in Cleveland Hike

posted 27 Jun 2017, 11:49 by neil calvert   [ updated 27 Jun 2017, 13:49 ]

The 12th Darlington's fifth year in the Cleveland Hike ended in triumph when our three scouts won the trophy for the highest scoring team with all members under 15. Tom, Ivan and James were fourth overall as well.

The Cleveland Hike (http://www.theclevelandhike.com/) is a two-day competition in its 53rd year. Organised by the Boys Brigade it is held every year on the last weekend of June. Teams camp on Friday night and then on Saturday hike from checkpoint to checkpoint. At each checkpoint they are given the grid reference for the next checkpoint and have to navigate there within the allotted time to accumulate points.

At each checkpoint, there is also an 'incident" to complete for points. The highlight is always the final checkpoint on Sunday which involves getting wet! On Saturday there were 6 checkpoints this year with teams covering more than 20 miles of the North York Moors. Teams carry everything they need to camp overnight (and of course there are more points for their camping and cooking skills). On Sunday morning there is an early start and 4 more checkpoints and about 12 miles to bring them to the finish which is always in Danby where hot food and prizes await.

The Cleveland Hike is a great event for scouts. Experienced hikers can try the full two-day, three person, event but it's also possible to take part as an accompanied 'expedition' team (in four of the past five years our scout leaders have walked with a team) and there's also a one-day option. The event is marshalled and organised by the Boys Brigade with full support from the Cleveland Mountain Rescue service but scouts and other groups can enter teams. This year the winners were from a rowing club.

It was James fourth year taking part and he says "I like it because it's fun and a big challenge to take on. Our team was me and two friends and we worked really well together".

Cub Come Dine with Me

posted 9 Jun 2017, 00:05 by neil calvert

The Cubs at the 12th completed their Chefs Badge with Cubs Come Dine with me , a credit to all for the way they organised themselves from planning to cooking to presentations they all did a super job. I can confirm any of them can prepare and cook a 2 course meal. Also a BIG thank you to the parents who helped without them the Cubs wouldn't have been to earn the badge.

Scouting Friends

posted 27 Apr 2017, 09:39 by neil calvert   [ updated 27 Apr 2017, 09:46 ]

Wednesday 26th the 7th Cubs visited the Friends meeting house on Skinnergate and learnt all about the history of The Quakers and the history of Quakerism in Darlington.  We learned how they worshipped and about the testaments they follow.  This will go towards their Our World challenge badge.


We visited the graves of some of the influential past residents of Darlington the Pease's and Backhouses and heard how they shaped the town and the modern railway system.

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