World Scout Jamboree 2023

One of our Patrol Leaders, Abigail, is off to the World Scout Jamboree in South Korea with the Scottish contingent. Abigail would like to thank everyone who sponsored her during her fundraising, making this trip possible. Have a great time Abigail, certainly an experience she will never forget!

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Scout Hall Wall – Just Giving

#BuildTheWall2022 Buy-a-Brick – JustGiving


Earlier this year we undertook our five yearly fixed electrical test at the hall, and found we needed a complete rewire costing £8,880. This wasn’t unexpected and we had funds put aside: however, when the new external lights were fitted the electricians found that the front hall wall moved when it was pushed. Following further investigations by a structural engineer, the wall was found to be misaligned and deemed as being at risk of imminent collapse. We immediately erected HERAS fencing to keep everyone away from the wall, and are undertaking emergency repairs comprising a complete rebuild of the front wall. Without rebuilding the wall immediately, we would have to had shut the hall to both scouts and the other groups.

We had some reserves put aside for maintenance, but these have been depleted by the planned rewire in August. The emergency rebuild cost of the wall is £15,000, and comes on top of the planned rewire. Due to COVID we have been unable to fundraise as we have in the past. We are finding that for many of the grants the work cannot be completed before the grant is received, and because we have had to had to move so fast to keep the hall open this is a problem. In addition, grants we have accessed in the past are now closed due to so many applications, or don’t support building works (ie lottery, Glasgow flightpath fund). We haven’t given up though and continue our search for grants we do qualify!

We know that our hall is valued by so many in our community, and we are hoping that you – former scouts, current scouts, dancers, gymnasts – and families of all those hall users will dig deep and help us! So buy a brick – or even two – or one for your gran, or your dog or a brick for every family member! Please help us to make sure our hall is still here providing a venue for scouting for years to come, so if you can buy a brick!

Thank You

Camping at Home

Last week we set the challenge of building a den or pitching a tent and ‘camping’ at home. Each night a Scout spends in their den qualifies for one towards a nights away badge. Here are some photos that have been sent in.

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Scouting at Home

Now that we are back to doing virtual meetings, some of our members have been sending in photos of what they’ve been up to.

Thanks to those who have sent in photos already, and anyone else who would like to share any please do send them in.

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Camp at Home

During the month of April, Northumberland Scouts came up with the idea of organising a virtual camp with Scouts from all over the UK joining in and camping at home. Some of our members joined in the record breaking 84,000 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts who camped at home. Well done to everyone who participated.

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Hike To The Moon

Chief Scout Bear Grylls and astronaut Tim Peak have launched a challenge for all Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Young Leaders and Leaders to hike to the Moon! This is being done in support of Children in Need. If everyone walks just 1 mile and makes a donation to Children in Need them we should be able to reach our target of getting to the Moon.

Of course during the current COVID crisis, safety is a top priority, so please stick to government guidelines while helping with the challenge and you can always hike round your house rather than going out!

Good Luck

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