Merry Christmas!

Scouts helping Santa and members of Tynedale Lions.
Thanks to all who gave money – the collections on the two nights in Stocksfield and Mickley raised over £700 for local good causes.

Photo Credit: Karen Pollock

Scout Post 2015

Stocksfield Scout Post

Local residents can use Scout Post to have cards delivered to addresses in Broomley, Hedley, Mickley and Stocksfield (with a NE43 postcode). Cards should be placed into the special Scout Postboxes located in the two Post Offices in Stocksfield and we ask for a minimum donation of 20p per card. Collections start on the 1st of December. The last day for posting is Friday, December 18 at 12 noon.

The cards are  delivered by members of the Scout Group. Beavers, Cubs and Scouts can collect their allotted cards from Philippa’s house (25 Cade Hill Road) between 3pm and 6pm each Friday, or 9am to 12 noon on Saturday.

Amazon Row

row2Not content with rowing across the Atlantic, ex-Scout  is now planning to row the navigable length of the Amazon River – a total distance of 3,342 km (2,077 miles) – from Nauta in Peru to Macapá in Brazil. Part of a five person crew, their boat “the Bishop” leaves in November and they hope to complete the journey in approximately 30 days.

The Crew
The Crew – Stephen is second from the right.

The team will face very challenging conditions: intense sun, heat and very high levels of humidity. Each day they’ll have to ensure they can find clean drinking water to avoid dehydration and debilitating sickness. On the water they’ll have to dodge fallen trees and the enormous river barge convoys – day and night. Navigating the remote upper reaches of the Peruvian Amazon, the dense forests of Colombia, and the busy shipping lanes of Brazil will demand immense stamina, a very high degree of committed training and above all strength of mind and teamwork.

Each member of the team is raising funds for charities that matter to them. We are delighted that once again Stephen has chosen to support the 1st Stocksfield Scouts. If you want to support his efforts please use the following link:

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

Tracking map from provided by Expedition Tracker and Voyage Manager.

Piranha photo by warriorwoman531

A walk in the park

The Beaver Colony managed to pick a dry evening for their annual walk on the final meeting of this Scouting year. It was a sponsored walk, raising money for the new hut. At the end the Beavers said farewell and thank you to their leader Carole, who is retiring this summer. Happily Matthew has volunteered to take over the Colony.

There and Back Again!

Hadrian's Wall Challenge

We are raising money to replace our leaking Scout Hut. The latest activity centres on a local (indeed international) landmark – Hadrian’s Wall.  We plan to complete all 84 miles of the Hadrian’s Wall Walk, traversing the UK from Wallsend in Newcastle to Bowness on the Solway, following Hadrians Wall all the way.

Scout and Cub parent Claire Collinson is attempting to walk/run the whole length in just 3 days from the 17th to 19th July.

The Scouts, Cubs and Beavers are going to do their bit too – each walking part of the way –  so that as a team, by the end of the Summer we will have worked together to complete the whole walk there and back again.

Thank you so much, every contribution is very much appreciated!

Make It Happen!

The 1st Stocksfield Scout Group changes lives by offering 6 to 14 year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities.

Scouting helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Beavers, Cubs and Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. We help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.

There are two ways you can help:

  1. Volunteer
  2. Fundraising

Giving Your Time

The quality of Scouting in Stocksfield depends on its volunteers. We are always glad to receive offers of help – large or small. The Scout Association’s award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults can get as much from Scouting as our young people.

Scouting uses a modular training scheme which delivers the full spectrum of required skills. Volunteers can choose training modules that are relevant to the role that they do, ranging from leadership to running residential experiences and first aid.

The Chief Scout“One of my big missions is to encourage people across the UK who have the time, enthusiasm and ability, whatever it is, to put something back into their communities. It’s about a lot of people doing a little. I don’t want to hear any more about kids who can’t join because of a lack of leaders. We’ve got a brilliant, talented nation and I want some of that talent to be used to support young people.”Bear

Getting Involved

Whether you just want to help on the odd occasion, or are interested in becoming an adult leader, we’d like to hear from you. There are plenty of opportunities to help  the smooth running of the Group, as well as working directly with young people.

Current Vacancies

Full training and support is available for the following positions:

Scout Leaders

ScoutsWe are still looking for a replacement Scout Leader having successfully recruited a couple of assistants. If you have free time on a Thursday and want to make a difference, we’d love to hear from you.

Cub Leaders

Helen has just retired from Cubs, but Rob has stepped in to take over the lead. It would be great if he could have a few adult assistants. If you are free on a Monday night, please get in touch,

Beaver Leaders

BeaversThere is currently a huge unmet demand for more places in Beavers. If you are free on Tuesday evenings and could help, that would be great.  Note that leader’s children are given priority places in the Colony.



With the extra fundraising activity relating to the new hut, we have restructured out Treasurer role(s).  With the retrial of our previous Treasurer, we are looking for someone to step in and help us keep an eye on the Scout Group’s expenditure. If you think you can help please get in touch!


This is a new position we’d like to fill. The Group has a range of equipment and we’d like some help in ensuring it is safely stored and maintained. If you know the difference between a tilley and a primus (or would like to learn) then this could be the job for you!

If you want to find out more, please contact the Group Scout Leader or any of the other Adult Leaders.


The Group are currently fundraising to try and replace their ageing hut. If you can help with activity in any way (financially or in kind or time) it would mean a great deal.

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Or donate now:

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

Find out more about our current fundraising activities.

If you want to find out more, please contact the Group Scout Leader or any member of the Group Executive.

Photo by marc falardeau

Support us while you shop

Calling all parents and local businesses! You can help us raise funds for our new hut without leaving your house! When shopping online, if you register once with the Give as you Live website, then shops in the scheme will donate a proportion of your purchases to the Scout Group. This doesn’t cost you anything and every purchase will bring a smile to the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in Stocksfield.

Find out how you can help

Background image taken by Gerd Altmann shared under a CC0 license via Pixabay