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Saturday, January 24, 2015

First Members of our New Beaver Scout Colony Invested

1st Consett has successfully opened a new Beaver Scout Colony to cope with the demand for Scouting in the area, and on Monday the first ten new Beaver Scouts officially joined 30 million other Scouts around the World, as they made their promises and were invested in to 1st Consett Beaver Scouts (Steel) Colony.

So far the new Beaver Scouts have taken part in a visit to the planetarium at Hancock Museum for the Space activity badge, and over the coming weeks they are visiting an aircraft museum for the Air Activities badge, the local Tesco to learn about healthy eating, and they have camps planned as well.

Micky and Stu, our new volunteers
The opening of the new colony was made possible thanks to Micky and Stu, who volunteered be our new Beaver Scout Leaders.
Group Scout Leader, Keith Slater, said "Opening a second Beaver Scout Colony is a great achievement for us. Our numbers have been growing very quickly over the last few years, and we were having to turn children away. The new colony means we can ensure that more young people enjoy the fun and adventure Scouting offers".

The group is now seeking adult volunteers to enable it to open a new Cub Pack for 8 to 10 year olds, as the current pack is full to capacity. If you are interested in joining our team of fifteen adult volunteers please contact us: info@consettscouts.org.uk

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Join us for a Summer Camp Adventure?

Our Scout Troop is planning an amazing Summer Camp Adventure in Staffordshire. 
The camp, which is held in August 2015, will be at Kibblestone Scout Camp near Stoke on Trent. Activities during the week could include climbing, abseiling, raft building, sailing, survival skills, The Eliminator as well as a day at Alton Towers.

The Summer Camp is the most important event in the Scout calendar. It is the opportunity for Scouts to put in to practice everything they have learned during the year.

As well as all the amazing activities, the scouts will be camping and sleeping in tents and cooking their own meals.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Excellent turn out for Remembrance Parade

We would like to thank all the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and parents who attended the Remembrance Parade last Sunday.

We had an excellent turn out, with around 60 members parading. All of the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts were exceptionally well behaved throughout and looked very smart. A special thanks to our flag carriers and wreath layers.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Nice Surprise at Opening of Fawcett Park

An invitation to the opening of Fawcett Park near Tesco in Consett brought an unexpected surprise; donations of £7,000 towards the new headquarters.

Representatives of Consett and Blackhill scout groups were invited along to the event, were not told why. Morris Muter, Chairman of the Dysart Group, presented a cheque for £5,000 from Project Genesis and Steven Masters from Absolute Civil Engineering presented a cheque from them for £2,000.

Needless to say Carol Smith, our treasurer, was over the moon with the donations, which now mean we only need a further £11,000 to finish the building, and should ensure we will be in for the New Year.

After the presentations there was a chance to look around the fantastic installations in Fawcett Park, which are well worth a visit.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Full Steam ahead for Canal Holiday

Congratulations to the Scout leaders Marc, Tori and Sean for completing their RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Certificate. 

To gain the certificate the they spent two days mastering the control of a narrowboat, and navigating the obstacles of the canals, without sinking!

Marc, Tori and Sean are taking 21 Scouts from 1st Consett on the canals for a week around Staffordshire and Cheshire in October and the course will enable them to pass on the skills they learnt to the scouts. 

During the week away the scouts will work towards the Power Coxswain badge, and will be carrying out all the jobs on the boat, from steering the boat to operating the locks.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Another step forward for new HQ

Following the hard work of the scouts, parents and leaders the new grass is growing well around the new headquarters.
It took one and half days of clearing stones and levelling, but now the grass is growing it was worth it. The grassed area will create a fantastic space to pitch tents, play games, have BBQs, or just relax.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Building Update

Work is still progressing on the new headquarters, thanks largely to JKD Electrical Services of Blackhill who are doing all the electrical work for free!
First fix electrics and heating are now just about complete and we are planning the next stage, of insulating and plasterboarding.
We have also had some great news this week. Lottery fund Awards for All has offered us almost £10,000 towards the fitting out of the headquarters once the building work is complete.
With all the fund raising as well, we now just need around £20,000 to complete the work, and start using the building.
We are still hoping to be in by September, but need some good luck on the grants front to keep the momentum going.