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Group Update - June 2016

posted 15 Jun 2016, 13:17 by Stephen Harrison
Hello Everyone,

It's been a very busy couple of months with tonnes going on at 4th Washington Scouts and we wanted to share some of the best bits from across all sections with you and invite you to our family event and AGM on Saturday 16th July.

Busy Busy Beavers!

Our beaver colony never slows down and beavers been enjoyed bouldering, an international night, making massive towers with spaghetti and marshmallows (we think a few might have been eaten along the way!) and getting outdoors in the run up to half term. Last weekend, the colony joined others from Durham Scout County for the Beaver Picnic where they had lots of fun running around, crate stacking, getting crafty, and making some new friends.

The adventure doesn't stop there and over the next 5 weeks, beavers will be looking after some feathered friends, problem solving, spending time outdoors running riot and will be out and about in the local community. There will of course be more crafts, more games and tonnes of fun! Download the programme here.

Beavers can look forward to their next sleepover at the end of July which promises to be an amazing end to their summer programme with an animal theme and an underwater adventure being the highlight. While the excitement is building, why not check out our Facebook page for photos from past events.

Happy Birthday Cubs!

Cubs from 4th Washington recently joined 850 others from across Durham Scout County for Cubboree 'the Wildest Birthday Party Ever'. The event celebrated 100 years of cubs and cubs spent 3 nights in camp, enjoying activities which included Segways, climbing and abseiling, waterwalkers and an International Day which took them around the world in 3 hours.

Our cubs have also been across the Pennines to spend a night with the stars, sleeping at Madame Tussauds in Blackpool surrounded by the likes of Lady Gaga, Bear Grylls and Cheryl Cole to name but a few. It was certainly a night like no other!

Cubs programme has taken them on a journey of discovery and in the process they've learned some first aid skills, surfed the flow rider and gone Old Skool with some scouting games from the past. It's incredible that our young people could save a life and they're not even 10!

Cubs new programme has loads to look forward to as it takes them outdoors to enjoy the light nights and gets them closer to nature. You can download it soon from our downloads page.

We also congratulate our young leader Drew who became the first in the Houghton-Le-Spring District to complete his young leader award and gain the gold edged necker, his contribution to the cub section is very valuable (even if he did show off a bit on the Flow Rider!).

Getting Scout and About
Adventure is always on target for scouts and they proved this by hitting the bullseye arching this week as part of their busy and active programme. The troop has been out geocaching, cooking outdoors and is looking forward to a rocket fuelled night next week before a trip to Infinite Air to go wild.

We're pleased to welcome Phil to our team of adult volunteers, Phil has previously volunteered with 1st Fatfield and 3rd Washington and will support our adult team and young leaders to offer new adventures which will put a smile on the face of every scout each week.

This Monday, scouts are invited to bring a friend as we aim to get more young people scouting and to grow our scout troop. Anyone wishing to join will need to come with their parent or guardian so that we can take contact details

The troop are invited to join our friends from 3rd Washington for their annual Summer Camp in North Yorkshire and experience the adventure of a lifetime from 23rd to 30th July 2016. More info is online here.

It's A Lottery!
We launched our Bonus Ball game last month and our first winner Susan took home £37 when her number came up. The bonus ball game costs £1 a week to play and helps the group to raise vital funds to help buy new equipment and expand our weekly offering of activities.

You can find out how to join the bonus ball game by visiting our bonus ball webpage or find out about some of our other fundraising initiatives by visiting our fundraising pages.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has collected Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers for the group, we expect to have some great new games kit delivered in September.

Join Our Growing Team of Volunteers

We want to offer even more adventures for the members of our group and we're looking for your help! Could you join our beaver and cub section parents rotas, we're looking for parents to help a maximum of 1 in 4 weeks. You don't need any experience because we'll help you find your feet. If you could lend a hand, then please talk to Victoria or Sarah, or email

If our parents rotas aren't for you, then we're also looking for additional members of our group executive, the group of people who work behind the scenes to keep the group running smoothly. The group executive usually meets 6 times a year, although you can do more by supporting some of our fundraising events.

If could support, please contact Stephen Harrison (Acting Group Scout Leader) by email or by phone on 07745 184 137. You can find out more about volunteering in general at

Family Day and AGM
Join us on 16th July for a Family Fun Day and our AGM. We'll quickly get the formal business out of the way and then we'll have games, challenges and fun for all of the family. Mams and dads, we hope you're up for a challenge.

We'll also be presenting some well deserved Chief Scouts Awards, investing our newest members and presenting badges from the last couple of months. We'll announce times and activities on our events page very soon and we'd be really grateful if you could book in so we know how many people to expect.

New Website & Social Media
We're working hard to update our website so that it's easier to find useful information and so that it shows just how busy we are and we'd love some feedback if there's anything you think we've missed. Please contact Stephen Harrison (Acting Group Scout Leader) on 07745 184 137 or email to have your say. We hope our updated parents pages make it even easier to find all of the info you need!

You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook where we'll continue to post photos from our adventures and tweet some of our highlights.

We as a group continue to be incredibly grateful for all of the support we receive from parents each week and we look forward to coming together on 16th July.

Best wishes,


Stephen Harrison
Acting Group Scout Leader