Expedition Challenge

Expedition Challenge Weekend

The day started on the Train, Scouts had worked out the best way to get to Great Ayton from Darlington was by train, some had bought tickets prior to the day of the expedition others were trying to buy tickets at the Stations ATM. But after other Scouts pointed out there errors they were on the Train to Great Ayton. A Scout Leader had sneaked onto the train to keep a careful eye on the Scouts. Change over at Middlesbrough and it wasn’t long before they were at Great Ayton.

With Map and Route Card in hand and the world on their shoulders (kit bag for one night only) they set of on their hike to Ravensgill Campsite (Commondale). 20 Minutes had past and the two groups of Scouts had gone different ways. With a quick check and the point of the Compass they were on the correct path.

Whilst one of the Leaders followed the 2 groups from the station, three of us me included met at the first check point. We had a short wait whilst we worked out which exit they would come from. We followed a path through the trees near Kirkdale and suddenly we heard them, or at least one of the groups. “Who do you think you are? Where Do you come from!” they sung at the top of their voices. Quickly the 3 of us Adam, John and Myself legged it back down the path to hide and get out of the way ‘they’re supposed to be unassisted and we didn’t want to be seen, (we must of looked like Foggy, Cleggy & Compo from the Last of the Summer Wine, let you work out which one was compo) We waited and we waited and ………. waited suddenly the Necker of the 12th appeared through the gate, no it wasn’t the Scouts it was Tony the other Leader he had given up following them and hiding. The two groups had caught up and sat down for their Lunch.

The four of us decided to snack ourselves at this point and in time the 2 groups packed up and set on the rest of the journey at this point we weren’t hiding anymore. A quick check of the map with the leaders and the 2 groups carried on about 10 minutes between them. We the leaders had a quick discussion again and set off towards our next checkpoints.

Adam and Tony in one car went hide at a junction whilst John and I went on further to a clearing where we knew the two groups would come out of. Again we waited….. & waited, then the sight of the first group coming out of the tree line with their florescent rucksack covers it was no Operation Sanctuary training they stuck out like a sore thumb. We watched as they looked at the map and then decided rather than follow the path that it would be quicker to take a shortcut, all we could do was laugh as they suddenly found themselves in a Bog. The footpath is there for a reason scouts. They squelched and Ugh!!! Ugh!!! Then there was the call of one of the Scouts names (Who shall not be named, why (Insert Scouts name) did you bring is this way. Both John and I had a good giggle as it must have took them to get to the road in about 25 mins. The other group by this point had come the correct way using the Footpath and over took them.

Again we checked them over and both groups showed us the way they were going and of they went. By this time it was a straight road to speak of to camp. We as leaders agreed to meet them at camp.

We got to camp and started to unpack our equipment. It wasn’t long before the 2 groups of Scouts turned up and we showed them their camping area. Soon the scouts had their tents pitched and just

in time as the heavens opened with a thunderstorm. That soon passed and believe it or not the sun came out and dried up the fields.

The scouts were then set about cooking their evening meals on Tangiers, pasta and meatballs on one team and soup and noodles on the other. The evening passed with a bit of Stretcher building and we as leaders thought we had it all planned for a winning race to make a stretcher we would do a rope stretcher whilst the scouts had four poles and some lashing to do. We were wrong, we must be teaching these Scouts right, we barely got ready with making our stretcher and one of the groups were nearly done. With both scout teams well ahead of the game we as Leaders took a bronze medal.

Evening came and we sat by the fire and discussed the day, laughing telling stories and picking out our best and worst parts of the day. Bedtime came and went, and we woke to the smell of bacon, we then packed up and made our way home. Each Scout gained their Expedition Challenge and should be proud of themselves, and learned #Skillsforlife

Neil – Scout Leader

Beaver Picnic

“Let me across here, I want my picnic”

12th Beavers enjoying the giant swing at County beaver picnic.

The sun was kind this year, the theme was ‘fun at the seaside’ so we expected the sun. We didn’t win the banner competition but or coconut shy game was extremely popular.

Once again county put on a fabulous day, you can’t go anywhere for those activities for that price. The organisation to get 500 plus young people their is well thought through. It’s just a shame the car park doesn’t have a road so the leaders don’t get stuck in the car park for an hour. However, the comments from the young people make you soon forget.

Scouting and why I like it

Earlier in the Year the Scouts were working towards their  Media & Marketing Activity Badge

We interviewed Local people from Darlington and went to a Local Radio Station to record our own show, in addition some of our Scouts were requested to write a report on why they like Scouts and this was one of those reports by Harry.

Media Relations Badge Report by Harry 

Topic – Scouting and why I like it.

I became a Scout because I had lots of friends who already did it and the opportunity to make new friends.

Below I have listed some other things we do in scouting that I enjoy.


Confido: confido is a camp, every year where lots of scout groups go to do activities such as: biking, climbing, knot tying and partying. It is a chance to meet new people and to hang out with friends.

NIJAM: we went to Northern Ireland for a week, travelling on the ferry and being twinned with a local scouting group, who were really friendly. I have never seen so much rain however, this didn’t stop us from going to an army camp where we did bubble football, an obstacle course, team work challenges and shooting.

Family camp: we played football when we got there and ’helped’ our parent set up the tents. The next day we were put in to group to lots of activities such as: sumo wrestling, tug of war and an elasticated running game. Lots of families go along, so it is good spending time with my family and friends too. This is me in a sumo suit and competing against my brother on the running game, which was so funny!! The food is always delicious at camp!

District camp: This where scouting groups from County Durham all meet and do lots of activities.

New things:

One new thing that I enjoyed to do was operation sanctuary, it is where you and a group of 4-5 have to escape from a group of catchers who are in cars and drive around looking for you. You get 10 lives, the least catches you get the better and you have a chance of winning a medal. We had to hide in bushes and look out for each other in the team. Our team came in second place, so we were really pleased and our adult leader, Tony was too!

When we are not outside in the winter we play games in the hall such as: hockey, bucket ball, lighthouse, dodgeball and obstacle courses. The leaders always have a plan, making it fun and interesting.


At scouts we also work towards getting badges from lots of different activities such as: medical badges, art badges and musical badges. With the medical badge, we have learnt first aid and how to do CPR, so this is important.

This report is going towards the Media Relations badge. We have already interviewed different local people, including Jenny Chapman, our local MP and Mrs Jacqui Watson, one of the scout’s mum’s. I could not go to the radio station at Bishop Auckland, but it looked like great fun, trying on headphones and using the equipment.

We do night’s away badges too, as well as two years ago, we went to an outdoor centre at Barnard castle, where we canoed, climbed and had pizza’s from the outside pizza ovens. My brother, Mack fell into the lake.

I enjoyed the trip to Newton Aycliffe, for our mechanics badge, as I learnt a lot about engines and the army. I had chance to look at engines up close, and speak to the instructors. It has made me interested in becoming an engineer now.

Every week, we meet on Fridays and do something different. Soon we are going to ROF 59 for trampolining, which I always enjoy.

I have enjoyed moving from beavers to cubs and to scouts. It is good in the Wolves pack, as I am the APL, which is the assistant patrol leader. As the APL, I help the patrol leader, make decisions with the PL (Patrol leader) and do the flag if the PL is not there.

I would encourage people to join the scouts because it is fun, you get outdoors a lot and you learn new things.