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Adventurous Activities Training, Assessments and Permits

14 Jan 2018

I’m just back from another busy weekend. I’ve been at Fell End bunkhouse, where this weekend’s hill walking training and assessment weekend was held.
While i …

Network Chill Out – and Young Adult Choices

7 Jan 2018

It’s the end of the first scouting weekend of the year, and I’ve been at the county Network Chill Out Camp at West Hall (thanks …

Thank You for a Great 2017

24 Dec 2017

As another year draws to a close and most of us take a short break from scouting for a week or two, I wanted to …

A Worldwide Family

9 Oct 2017

This weekend was of course Confido – our biggest and most epic regular event in the County, with 1,200 Scouts, Explorer Scouts, leaders and staff …

Our Real Scout Ambassadors

1 Oct 2017

So you may have heard that we have a new Scouting Ambassador – ESA Astronaut Tim Peake – joining Bear Grylls and our existing Scout …

Trust in Trustees

25 Sep 2017

It’s been a busy week again. I’ve caught up with a few people and spent a fair amount of time helping make sure that our …

Awards for All?

17 Sep 2017

Yesterday was the annual County Awards Day and I’m writing this just prior to heading out to Sunderland District’s Awards and AGM afternoon (the first …

Here We Go Again!

11 Sep 2017

Although it’s encouraging to see more sections meeting through the summer holidays in one form or another, many sections still close for the school summer …

Summer Meetings

30 Jul 2017

If you look on social media at the moment you’ll see that there’s a lot of high profile scouting going on. I’m in London at …

Scout and Proud

23 Jul 2017

I’m hardly a poster child for diversity. Heck, as a white, middle aged, heterosexual male I’m as mainstream as it gets and certainly no longer …