DC Bits n Bobs

Posted on 21st April 2020 by Greg Piskosz

It is surprising to reflect that it is just over 5 weeks since we ceased Face to Face Scouting.   In this very short time the world has turned upside down.   All of us are having to cope with a new normality – social distancing, not seeing family and friends, being away from work or at work if a key worker, financial issues, bereavements, the list goes on.   I hope that we are all coping, that our families and loved ones are well.

Scouting From Home.

These are challenging times for everyone. But it’s been heart-warming to see Scouts across the District responding in such positive ways. The prospect of keeping up with connecting, learning and helping, feels like a way to maintain a sense of community and lightness during this time.   Most groups and most sections have reached out their young people with ways to keep involved in Scouting – setting challenges, emailing out workbooks and badge ideas, on line meetings. I have had great fun in joining in with on line meetings with

Centurions @ Waldridge explorers

2nd CLS Cubs

1st Gt Lumley Cubs

4th CLS beavers, cubs, scouts

I am missing, as I am sure you all are, the interaction with young people and miss visiting groups and sections…… so if you are planning an on line meeting I would love an invite – just to say Hi to everyone and also Thank You to leaders for the work that they are doing to support our young people.

If your section is yet to get going with Scouting from Home, and needs any help, please shout up……help is available, just ask!

Thank you so much for whatever you are able to do.

St Georges day

Next Sunday would normally be our annual St Georges Day Celebration.   Sadly this year this cannot happen in the way that we would like.   In it’s place we have decided at County level to organise a county wide St Georges Day Celebration – online.

We’re welcoming all beavers, cubs, scouts, explorers, scout network members, adult volunteers and their families to join us online.

Date: 23rd April 2020

Time: 6.30pm – 7.15pm

Please wear your uniform

This will be an interactive session where we’ll be running an on-line quiz to find out how much you really know about St George. We’ll also be asking you to share what you’ve been doing over the last few weeks to help other people and there will be an opportunity for all of our members to renew their Scout Promise. During the on-line celebration we’ll be telling you all about “St George – the man and the myth” and why he was chosen as the Patron Saint of Scouts.

We hope that you’ll stay in uniform and join the millions of people across the country – including hundreds of thousands of Scouts – in the 8pm ‘clap for carers’, making as much noise as possible to say thank you to all those people who are taking care of us during these unusual times.

Click on this link to join us from 6.15pm on Thursday 23rd April -> Join the Broadcast

You can also download this file and add a reminder to your electronic calendar -> St George Day Celebration

Adult Training

Many of us will have received emails sent out from Gilwell regarding the completion of training, especially the mandatory on going learning.   In those emails there is guidance on how to get validation completed and how certificates can be sent to Gilwell for Compass records to be updated.   The District Training team are also available to support with any training that any of us wish to get signed off.   If any Adult Volunteer wishes to make progress with training, please get in touch.

Durham 2020

Many will be wondering what is happening with Durham 2020.   Earlier in the year as the spectre of Covid 19 started to appear, the organising team, of which I am a member, published a statement saying that a decision on Durham 2020 would be made by the end of the Month.   The Event Management team, met via video conference about three weeks ago, discussed the current circumstances, scenarios and options for Durham 2020.   It was agreed that the original decision date of the end of April would stand.   The Event Management team are meeting again week commencing 27th April and will be publishing a status report at that time.

District Night Out

How do we feel about a District Night Out…..On line of course, but we can still have a drink, a chat and a catch up.   Kieren Dye from 1st Newfield is offering to host a District Night Out with either a Quiz or Karaoke.   What do we think, is this something that is of interest….please email me dc@chesterlestreetscouts.org.uk and if is seems a ‘goer’ we can set a date

And Finally…

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,


Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.


Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about,

When he might have won had he stuck it out;

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow

You may succeed with another blow.


Often the goal is nearer than

It seems to a faint and faltering man,

Often the struggler has given up,

When he might have captured the victor’s cup,

And he learned too late when the night slipped down,

How close he was to the golden crown.


Success is failure turned inside out

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far,

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,


It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.


Edgar A Guest


These times are difficult, full of uncertainty.  However we are all part of one, huge extended Scouting Family, unified by our Promise.   All we can ask of each other is ..

…To do My Best,
….Up hold our Scout Values
……To help other people



Look after yourselves, Be Safe.