Scream for Adventure!

posted 8 Jul 2014, 08:45 by Kevin Wilson   [ updated 10 Aug 2014, 07:50 ]

 Fancy a day of adventure at Alton Towers?
Fancy a day of adventure at Alton Towers?

On Saturday September 13th 2014, you can do just that!

Leaving Washington at approx 6am, we will travel by luxury coach with KJS Coaches (the same firm we use on our France trips), arriving in time for the park opening where we will spend the day experiencing the rides and thrills of Alton Towers leaving to return at 6.00pm.

The trip will be open to anyone over the age of 12, and to leaders and their families.

There's only 49 places on the coach, so places will be awarded on on first come, first served basis.

Cost is £41.50 per person which includes the coach (This does not include food and drink for the day).

You can book on line HERE!

Places will only be booked upon receipt of the payment.

You can pay by Bank Transfer to our account:

1st Fatfield Scout Group    Sort Code: 40 52 40    Account Number: 00019548

We've been around the World! (#globalgetaway)

posted 29 Jun 2014, 12:50 by Andy Gray   [ updated 29 Jun 2014, 14:46 ]

Over the weekend of the 27-29 June, 25 young people from 1st Fatfield Cubs joined with other groups from across the Houghton-le-Spring District for a weekend full of adventure at the 'Cubs Global Getaway' at Dilston Scout campsite in Hexham.


The fun began on the Friday night with an opening party, starting with some entertainment provided by Tony Junior before seeing Cubs and leaders-a-like join in with some party hits, including of course the YMCA and macarena!

Saturday was action-packed with activities put on by Cub leaders from across the district.


The theme was global, and leaders from each Cub group in the district were given a continent. We were given Europe, but went one step further and took responsibility for two bases! We challenged Cubs to use their creativity and create models of famous European landmarks from bamboo canes, as well to challenge their taste buds with foods from across Europe - from Polish sausage to the much loved German Sauerkraut - before finishing off with a delicious rolled-up pizza cooked over our fire.

Cubs were treated to an extra-special, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at lunch: To try HLS districts very own deli bar as the appropriately named 'Cubway' saw its opening and close this weekend.


On the Saturday evening, Cubs were entertained by Steve Keys, who some young people and parents may remember from the 2013 Durham Scout County Awards as our host. Afterwards, Cubs had the choice to go between various activities, including a rodeo bull, bouncy castle and inflatable slide. After a quick supper break, Cubs returned for some more entertainment before getting ready for some z's.


Sunday morning saw the fun continue, with Cubs being given a passport to stamp as they went around different activity bases, including an extra special addition... A slide going in to the stream! Sure it may have been just a bit cold, but that certainly didn't stop over 100 Cubs queing up to have a go!


We finished off the Sunday with a must before you go home, by singing and dancing a long to the appropriately named 'Take Me Home, Country Roads'.

Scouts Reach New Heights at County Climbing Competition!

posted 4 Mar 2014, 11:19 by Mark Madden   [ updated 4 Mar 2014, 11:24 ]

On March the 2nd, five of our Scouts entered 'Climb When Ready!' - Durham Scout County's annual Climbing competition.  This year it was hosted by Simonside indoor climbing wall.

Holly, Peter, Jess, Ben & Ross competed against over 60 other Scouts from across the County in a series of fun and challenging climbs of varying difficulties.

Everyone who took part had a great time - Congratulations to Jess who took the Houghton-Le-Spring District 1st place and came 9th overall! 

Well done all!

Scouts at 1st Fatfield take part in a balanced programme. Over time, they experience a wide range of themes, challenges and adventurous activities.

Scout Hoodies To Order for Christmas

posted 10 Nov 2013, 12:57 by Jonathan Chicken   [ updated 3 Dec 2013, 10:44 ]

Branded Clothing:

girl scout wears hoodie
Adults and young people of all ages, often choose to wear i-SCOUT branded hoodies when on activities with the group. Each year, we offer the opportunity to buy these garments, usually in time for Christmas.

We have the hoodies specially made with our 'i.SCOUT' branding to the sleeve and chest and our 'We Live The Adventure' strapline on the rear.

The hoodies are very competitively priced and are of a very high quality. Children's sizes cost £14 and adult sizes just £18. 

Orders have now closed.

Scouts: Autumn Programme Launched

posted 16 Sept 2013, 12:18 by Philip A

Tonight Scouts launched their Autumn programme. It's time to think 'BIG'. Every activity this Autumn is supersized! Check out this as a taster for 'Big food' to whet your appetities!  The programme can be accessed from the downloads section here

Scouts: The Ultimate Alpine Adventure

posted 10 Aug 2013, 04:11 by Stephen Harrison

Awesome activities, fantastic new friendships and stunning alpine scenery, were highlights of the week as 108 scouts and adult leaders from the Houghton-Le-Spring District enjoyed an amazing Alpine Adventure in Morillon, France.

The event brought together young people from across the scout district and challenged them to push their boundaries to overcome their fears, to work together to support each other and most importantly to have a great time. This year was the biggest event ever and the increase in participants reflects the growth in young people and adults enjoying scouting in Houghton-Le-Spring district.

The 8 days abroad were certainly action packed and this year’s trip included many memorable moments. Young people stayed a night in a mountain refuge and after a tough climb through snow to the hut were able to take in some fantastic Alpine views, girls and boys supporting each other all the way. For many scouts, via Ferrata was one of the biggest challenges - traversing a cliff face hundreds of metres up is not for the faint hearted (even when you’re clipped on)!

Daniel Haughan, (11) from Washington said,

“My favourite moment was the cable car to the Aguille Du Midi and the Chamonix Luge! It was freezing at the top, but I enjoyed seeing the clouds clear to open up a view of Mont Blanc. The luge was wicked and I had a blast!”

Another highlight was white water rafting, an exciting rush of adrenalin as scouts teamed up to paddle furiously down the raging rapids, avoiding the rocks. Scouts also enjoyed some Alpine views from the Aguille Du Midi, the cable car took us well above the clouds.

Andrew Turnbull, (41), an adult volunteer from Washington, who enjoyed his first European Adventure this year said,

“Rafting was my highlight of the week - tremendous fun! Scouts worked really well together to paddle the course, in fact I’ve had one of the best weeks of my life and I’d encourage others to support scouting as an adult volunteer.”

The week for most scouts was a journey of self discovery as scouts learned how they contribute to the group, how they can support and inspire others and how they can meet their own personal potential. Many scouts signed up for the trip knowing only a few others from their own group, but by the end of the week, everyone left with new friends.

The weeklong adventure wouldn’t have been possible without the support of a large team of adult volunteers who brought unrivalled enthusiasm and commitment to the event. The thorough planning ensured the success of the week. To find out how you can join our growing adult team, please visit.

Houghton-Le-Spring District is one of the largest districts in Durham Scout County. The district has recently opened a new group to cope with the growing demand for scouting in the area and now supports 7 groups to offer adventure and challenge to over 750 young people aged 6 to 18. For more information about Scouting in Washington and Houghton-Le-Spring, please visit or call 0845 300 1818.

Scouts Christmas Blast - Words and Pictures by Ben Harbottle

posted 17 Jan 2013, 12:50 by Mark Madden

Scouts had a festive Blast running up to the Christmas period with lots of Yule themed activities - Ben documented the programme with pictures as part of his Photographers Activity Badge (he passed)...
Lego Nativity

Scouts make nativities with a modern twist.  Using Lego, digital cameras and picture backgrounds we created some amazing slideshows!




A Christmas Party

Scouts get messy with cream pies- cool!  Hawk and Panther go head to head to see how many cheese puffs they can stick on each others faces!



Christmas Sweet Treats


Scouts make peppermint cream sweets and biscuits (the floor was a mess).  We all felt sick after!





Skating @ Life


1st Fatfield and 3rd Washington went falling on ice!  We had a great time @ the centre of Life!






Scouts go X'treme - An Autumn of Adventure

posted 10 Nov 2012, 06:24 by Mark Madden   [ updated 10 Nov 2012, 06:30 ]

As the evenings grew darker and before the icy fingers of Winter set in, the Autumn 'X'treme' programme was all about getting outside and taking part in some action packed activities.
We were going to try some new things that we hadn't tried before and some old favourites mixed up with an X'treme flavour...!
X'treme Food
Scouts attempted to cook things that they hadn't cooked before over an open fire - Chocolate treats with a chilli kick to spice
thing up!
As an added twist, Scouts tried their hand at a bit of X'treme fruit carving, there were many weird and wonderful creations
including the marvellous Keith Lemon (Orange)
X'treme Slide
What better way to spend a cold night at Scouts?  Getting wet and braving the X'treme Slide of course! 
Those who remember the waterslide from Summer Camps gone by, get ready...
Tonight we went FULL SCALE - BIGGER, BETTER, FASTER, DARKER than ever before...!
20 metres of plastic sheeting, a hosepipe and 10 bottles of Fairy Liquid!  Then it was back into the HQ to relax with a steaming mug of Hot Chocolate - Brrrr!
X'treme Cache
Patrols pitted their wits against each other to solve the mystery of the Pirates Booty - Who would be triumphant?  Only those with X'treme Navigation skills!
X'treme Climb
Scouts headed to a local Indoor Climbing wall to test their mettle against the heights and overhangs, there were a number of Crag Rats in the making!
Those who hadn't climbed before conquered their fears and climbed to dizzy heights - some
even dared the 15 metre X'treme death drop!!
Think eggs, but think X'treme...
Scouts had only one night to complete the Eggs'treme 
engineering challenge.
Who could build the best project to protect their egg
from smashing to the ground when dropped from an
X'treme height (3 metres)?
X'treme Laser Battlefield
The finale of the programme was our big 'WOW' event - X'treme Laser Battlefield
We didn't go to it, it came to us - Battlefield Live came to 1st Fatfield's HQ for a full day of X'treme Laser Missions - Call of Duty Style. 
Leadership, tactical play and good old fun was had by all!
An exhausting but fun day and a perfect way to round off an action-packed programme (I think the leaders enjoyed it as much as the Scouts).
Our Winter programme will be launching soon - Your Scout leaders will be announcing it shortly... 

Scouts: New Heights of Adventure!

posted 2 Aug 2012, 12:10 by Jack Fletcher

Mountain biking, canoeing, climbing, abseiling and a 300 foot zip wire were among the highlights of a week-long adventure in the Scottish Borders for both 3rd Washington and 1st Fatfield scouts. This year's Summer Camp was bigger and better than ever before, with new activities
including wild Segway riding and Horse-Riding.

As well as experiencing some of the best adrenaline activities in the area, scouts from both scout troops made the most of the outdoor experience, building a bivouac, spending a night sleeping in the woods, sleeping under the stars and racing down the tracks at one of the UK's premium mountain biking hubs.

The site itself was a greenfield site and was transformed from nothing more than a few blades of grass to a fully functioning camping village with patrol areas, mess tents, sleeping tents and site services; all in just a few of hours from arriving. For many, it was a a huge challenge as it was their first time away, scouts learned new skills such as how to pitch a tent and got to know each other, and their wild surroundings, for the first time.

Everyone battled the weather through the week, at times the field looked more like a muddy festival than a scout campsite, however no rain or mud can put a dampener on the spirit and scouts enjoyment of camp, everyone had a fantastic week of adventure!

Through the adventure of scouting, scouts get to take risks in a safe environment, and have their first taste of responsibility; scouts spent the week living as teams of 8 and together they develop as patrols: cooking, cleaning, taking part in activities together and supporting each other through challenging situations.

Ben, who has just recently joined scouts, said: ‘I really enjoyed my first camp away, it was great meeting lots of new people and cooking for myself was brilliant. Then there was the mountain biking! It was awesome!

To see photos from the adventure, visit the gallery.

3rd Washington and 1st Fatfield Scout Groups are two of the largest groups in the area and meet in the North, South and West of Washington. Together, the groups are almost 400 members. 60 adult leaders collectively commit an average of 150 hours a week of their volunteer time to developing the young people in their care - making local citizens. The groups provide scouting for boys and girls, young men and young women from age 6 to 25.

Scouts to Welcome the Olympic Flame

posted 10 Jun 2012, 14:28 by Jonathan Chicken

On Saturday 16 June 2012 the Olympic Torch Relay will travel through the City of Sunderland.  To mark this once in a lifetime event we are planning a day long Sunderland in 2012 celebratory event at Herrington Country Park (HCP).  There will be something for everyone including a WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT sponsored by EDF Energy.   

The Hula Hoop World Record Attempt will be one of the highlights of the day and is something that all the family can be part of. The current record stands at 2,492 people hula hooping continuously for 2 minutes.  We want to break this World Record….If you are up for the challenge to continuously Hula Hoop for at least 2 minutes please come and join us and help put Sunderland on the map as the “Hula Hoop World Record Holder”. Don’t worry practice sessions will be available and details will be sent once you have registered. Hula Hoops can be provided on the day, however if you have 
your own please bring it with you. 

Children under the age of 12 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Hula Hoop Registration and practice  HCP 9.00 – 10.15am 
Entertainment and build up to Olympic flame  10.15 - 11.30am
Hula Hoop World Record attempt 11.30am.

After the Hula Hoop event, there will be exhibitions and activities. And BBC Blue Peter are live at the event.

For further information and a plan visit or check out the leaflet that came through your door a couple of weeks ago.

Look out for the Scouts’ Mobile Display Unit on the day!

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