posted 30 Apr 2018, 23:17 by Neil - Darlingtion Scouts

The summer of 2018 is upon us, and as the sun is shining it’s time to take the plunge to the great outdoors.


But STOP wait a minute Darlington District are running a competition this summer. There's prizes to be won, this competition is open to all sections and leaders.

From the 1st of May to the 31st of August 2018, we want you to take as many photos of yourselves with your Scout Neckers on  and post it on social media.

You may be on Scout Camp or on holiday with your family. Pack you Scout Necker in your suitcase and when you’re by the pool or on the beach or by that famous land mark -  strike a pose and take the photo.

Then simply upload it to one of the following social media formats Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, the posts need to be made public for us to be able to follow.

Each post requires the following

Group Name / section – where you are currently and what you’re up to  and #tag it #neckersontour #scouts


For example


25th Darlington Cubs – Airfield – guiding them in - #neckersontour #scouts


Most of all don’t forget your Necker and the hash tag #neckersontour as that will be how we will be filtering the photos of you when you’re out and about.

All photos posted on social media are done so with the permission of the person in the photo


Follow us on twitter @darlingtonscout and use the hash tag #neckersontour #scouts
Only public posts will be picked up on twitter


Follow us on Instagram @ darlingtondistrictscouts and we will follow you back, and again don't forget the #neckersontour

This competition is only open to all current Scouters of the Darlington District, but we don't mind if other Districts join in on the fun, on Twitter or Instagram. You never know it may catch on and the #neckersontour may go worldwide ;) 

Important info regarding taking photos, we know and understand that to open any Social Media account, the minimum age is 13, therefore we expect those entering the competition under this age do so with the permission of their parents / carers and its their parents / carers that are posting the photos.

Because the photos posted to twitter and instagram  are on the public domain (WWW), they may be reposted by third parties, or used by 3rd party publications. By posting these photos on Social Media you acknowledge these terms.

Hockey Session

posted 29 Apr 2018, 16:58 by Neil - Darlingtion Scouts

District Wide introduction to Hockey and mini competition for all Cubs and Scouts.

Dear Parents

We have been offered an evening of introduction to Hockey from Darlington Hockey Club.  The draft details are as follows:

Location: All Weather Pitch at Carmel College, The Headlands, Darlington, DL3 8RW

Date & Time : Tue 19th or 26th June.  6:00pm to 8:45pm


6pm      - meet and greet

6:15pm - split into groups for training sessions with a coach

7:15pm - mini tournament between all the Darlington district sections 

8:30pm - prize giving

8:45pm - Close and depart

The date to be confirmed will be either the Tue 19th or Tue 26th June - this depends on which night we can guarantee the pitch availability and the most number of coaches to be available.

Please discuss this with your section leader and see if they are available to bring you down to what will be a fun filled night.

All you need for the evening is for your Scouts/Cubs to wear shin pads and if they already play to bring their hockey stick along.  We will provide all hockey sticks to those who don't have one but shin pads are essential to be allowed to play.


Cub Leader - 12th Darlington Scouting Group

Scouting and why I like it

posted 26 Mar 2018, 00:40 by Neil - Darlingtion Scouts   [ updated 26 Mar 2018, 00:42 ]

Earlier in the Year the 12th Darlington Scouts were working towards their  Media & Marketing Activity Badge

We interviewed Local people from Darlington and went to a Local Radio Station to record our own show, in addition some of our Scouts were requested to write a report on why they like Scouts and this was one of those reports by Harry.

Media Relations Badge Report by Harry (A Scout From the 12th Darlington Scout Troop)

Topic – Scouting and why I like it.

I became a Scout because I had lots of friends who already did it and the opportunity to make new friends.

Below I have listed some other things we do in scouting that I enjoy.


Confido: confido is a camp, every year where lots of scout groups go to do activities such as: biking, climbing, knot tying and partying. It is a chance to meet new people and to hang out with friends.

NIJAM: we went to Northern Ireland for a week, travelling on the ferry and being twinned with a local scouting group, who were really friendly. I have never seen so much rain however, this didn’t stop us from going to an army camp where we did bubble football, an obstacle course, team work challenges and shooting.

Family camp: we played football when we got there and ’helped’ our parent set up the tents. The next day we were put in to group to lots of activities such as: sumo wrestling, tug of war and an elasticated running game. Lots of families go along, so it is good spending time with my family and friends too. This is me in a sumo suit and competing against my brother on the running game, which was so funny!! The food is always delicious at camp!

District camp: This where scouting groups from County Durham all meet and do lots of activities.

New things:

One new thing that I enjoyed to do was operation sanctuary, it is where you and a group of 4-5 have to escape from a group of catchers who are in cars and drive around looking for you. You get 10 lives, the least catches you get the better and you have a chance of winning a medal. We had to hide in bushes and look out for each other in the team. Our team came in second place, so we were really pleased and our adult leader, Tony was too!

When we are not outside in the winter we play games in the hall such as: hockey, bucket ball, lighthouse, dodgeball and obstacle courses. The leaders always have a plan, making it fun and interesting.


At scouts we also work towards getting badges from lots of different activities such as: medical badges, art badges and musical badges. With the medical badge, we have learnt first aid and how to do CPR, so this is important.

This report is going towards the Media Relations badge. We have already interviewed different local people, including Jenny Chapman, our local MP and Mrs Jacqui Watson, one of the scout’s mum’s. I could not go to the radio station at Bishop Auckland, but it looked like great fun, trying on headphones and using the equipment.

We do night’s away badges too, as well as two years ago, we went to an outdoor centre at Barnard castle, where we canoed, climbed and had pizza’s from the outside pizza ovens. My brother, Mack fell into the lake.

I enjoyed the trip to Newton Aycliffe, for our mechanics badge, as I learnt a lot about engines and the army. I had chance to look at engines up close, and speak to the instructors. It has made me interested in becoming an engineer now.

Every week, we meet on Fridays and do something different. Soon we are going to ROF 59 for trampolining, which I always enjoy.

I have enjoyed moving from beavers to cubs and to scouts. It is good in the Wolves pack, as I am the APL, which is the assistant patrol leader. As the APL, I help the patrol leader, make decisions with the PL (Patrol leader) and do the flag if the PL is not there.

I would encourage people to join the scouts because it is fun, you get outdoors a lot and you learn new things.

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

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