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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Going from Strength to Strength

1st Consett is continuing to grow! We have submitted our annual census, and our membership has increased again. 
We now have 117 members enjoying the Adventure of Scouting. This means that since 2013 we have trebled in size, from 39 members.
Scouting is not just for children; we would never have achieved this success without our amazing team of adult volunteers .
With 35 children on waiting lists, to cope with this increasing demand we need more adult volunteers to come along and join us and do something amazing for their community. Why not give it a go? Volunteering is easier than you think!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Cub Scout Halloween Adventure

30 Cubs and Leaders from 1st Consett spent an amazing Halloween at Hawkhirst Scout Activity Centre at Kielder.
During the three day camp the Cubs (and leaders) took part in many activities and spooky challenges.  These included climbing the forty foot tower, zooming down the zip wire, driving the boat on Kielder water, walks through the scary woods, shelter building, cooking on open fires and a trip to the Birds of Prey centre.
As one parent said "Just a quick note to say a huge thank you to the Consett cub team taking our children to Kielder this weekend.
Dirty, stinky and very happy children have returned and I wouldn't want it any other way!
Thanks for giving up your time and making it possible."

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Scouts' Awesome Summer Camp

Consett Scouts have just returned from an "awesome" week long summer camp to Kibblestone International Scout Camp, in Staffordshire.

During an adventure packed week the scouts spent a day sailing, visited RAF Cosford museum, spent a day at Alton Towers, built (and sank) rafts, cooked over open fires and played wide games.

To fit so much adventure in to one week took a lot of planning and organisation, thanks to the leaders. But it is worth it when the scouts described the week as awesome.

Planning has already started on next year's summer camp.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Scouts Jump in to Adventure!

1st Consett Scouts enjoyed an amazing day jumping off waterfalls and sliding down rocks, during a day of Ghyll Scrambling.

The 12 intrepid scouts and 1 leader and 1 young leader (2 leaders decided to be on photographic duty) started off walking under a waterfall on Ashgill, before plunging in to the pool below. They then scrambled downstream to the first of the waterfall jumps.

With everyone successfully negotiating that jump it was onwards and downwards, with the waterfalls becoming ever bigger, and some you had to slide down backwards! The last jump was in to a seemingly bottomless chasm!

Congratulations to all the scouts who bravely took part, and to Marc who reluctantly wore the wetsuit for the leaders, but ended up wanting to do it again.


Monday, July 6, 2015

Scout Camping Success

A team of Scouts from 1st Consett has come second in the County Dryburn Cup Camping
Competition at their first attempt, achieving the coveted Gold Standard for camping.

The Dryburn Cup is a very difficult event, in which the scouts have to plan the entire weekend themselves, devise a menu and then camp without adult help for the weekend. This year was the first time Consett have entered, and they were just fourteen points behind the winners.

The competition is open to teams of Scouts from across Durham County. The hope is that next year we can go one better.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

We have Done It! The New Headquarters is finished

After almost ten years of planning and fund raising, and two and a half years of construction, our new headquarters is finally completed, and we are in it.

The new headquarters will help us provide the adventure of Scouting to more children for many years to come.

The building has two halls for activities and games, a large kitchen, reception room and store rooms, as well as a grassed area to the rear for pitching tents, open fire cooking, activities and games.

The new facilities will enable us to carry out a greater variety of activities during our meeting nights.

The also hope the building will be used by other community groups, as well as for birthday parties and functions. Anyone interested can email us.

The building would never have been completed without the help of local businesses and individuals who have donated time and materials.
To mark the opening of the new headquarters we are holding a Family Summer Fair on 11th July from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Everybody is welcome to come along and look around our fantastic new facility.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Over 500 attended Consett's St. George's Day Parade

Start of Parade on Middle Street
Thursday 23rd April saw over 500 people attend the District St. George's Day Parade, which was hosted this year by 1st Consett.

The parade started on Middle Street. Led by Consett Scouts we walked to Christ Church, via our new headquarters, which had just had its new sign put up the day before by Spoton Displays in Stanley.

After the parade there was the opportunity to have a look around the new headquarters, which is about a month away from being finished.

Parading past our new headquarters
Thank you to all for putting on such an excellent display.