Deben District Scouts

Adult water activity training

23rd Sept

For adults considering if they may like to become qualified in water sports specifically to run Scouting activities

Water Activities- adults have-a-go day 2018 flier

District AGM

Deben AGM invite

Thorpeness Mere Day

Date: 29th Sept 2018      Time: 9.30am to 4pm

Suitable for: Scouts and Explorers (joint activity with Guides and Rangers)

Cost: £10

Click here for the application form

Please note the overall LIC for the Scout Camp is Tony Campbell as previous years

Cub Camp – Julie’s Jottings

Thank you Deben Cubs for inviting me to a lovely camp, I hope everyone had a safe journey home and is enjoying a well earned rest! Big thanks to all concerned and extra huge thanks to Karen

Happy Scouting

Julie, District Commissioner

The Scout Experience Survey 2018

Click here to take the survey

(Leaders please see below)

Welcome to the Scout Experience Survey. We have created this survey for young people, parents/carers and adult volunteers in Scouting.  Your answers will help us to make Scouting better, to prove that we are an organisation worth supporting, and to help us make better decisions about how we use our time and money. Thank you for taking the time to help us.  The survey will take between 15 and 30 minutes and it may be easier to do on a computer or tablet rather than a mobile phone.  We will never publish your answers in a way that could identify you personally, so feel free to be honest and open about what you think. 

As a thank you, by fully completing this survey, you will be entered into a prize draw to win £500 to spend at Scout Stores or Scout Adventures. If enough young people, parents and volunteers from your local area also take part, then your District is in with a chance of winning £1,000 to spend in the same way.

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please email


I hope you use this opportunity to give feedback on what you’d like improved!  However, if you can’t think of anything, since we only get one opportunity each, you might consider writing something on behalf of your GSL who has an overview of how the Group runs and may have some good ideas.   If you’d like to write on behalf of the District, you may contact me for ideas.


Skills for life

Section Leaders click here!

GSLs click here!


Lake District Camp

Suitable for Scouts and Explorers

Friday June 29th to Sunday 1st July

Apologies, I misheard Andrew, I thought he said the highest mountain in the world  – but actually its only the tallest one in England!
Yes, with the rock climbing and biking weekend now safely behind us, and what a great time that was, we turn our attention to next CMAT expedition to the Lake District, which will be from Friday June 29th to Sunday 1st July.  All being well those who want to will have the opportunity to walk into the area surrounded by England’s highest mountains and actually set up camp for the night in the wild.  You will probably be boiling your water collected from a lake and will be cooking dehydrated food just like the Everest explorers.  But wait, there’s more …… as it will be light until very late you may well have the opportunity to climb England’s highest mountain, called Scafell, to watch the sun setting into the Irish Sea.  Or will it be the other way round? Will Andrew be getting everybody up at 3.30 in the morning to climb Scafell before breakfast, and watch the sun rise into the majestic skies.  Who knows, the only way to find out is to be there!
As always, I do have to point out that this is England we are talking about, so all our activities are dependant on the right weather – so good waterproofs as well as suncream are a must for this trip.
Leaders – please note that we expect a high demand for this trip and so there is the possibility that not everybody in your troop/unit may be able to attend.  As always, we will do our best to involve everybody and we will keep you informed over the next few weeks on the take-up.
Leaders again – CMAT does not have a limitless supply of suitable tents and lightwave cooking equipment, so please make sure you try to source these items locally.  You must also make sure your Scouts & Explorers have personal equipment suitable for the environment and for the worst of the weather.  Even in July it can freeze overnight high up in the hills, so lightweight summer sleeping bags on their own will not be good enough.  For more advice please contact me by e-mail ….. inadequately equipped participants will not be able to stay on hills overnight and will return to base with a leader, along with any other participants who don’t want to camp out.
The next thing to do is to get the attached application form filled in for each of your Scouts, Explorers and Leaders and sent to me at the address on the form.  You can also e-mail me completed forms which you can either scan or complete electronically.
Forms must be accompanied by payment – this can either be by cheque with the application form or by BACS transfer.
If you have the CMAT banking details already then you MUST use this reference on your tansfer:  LKS618xxxxx  where xxxxx are the first 5 letters of the participant’s surname.  If you do not have the BACS details please request these via e-mail to me.
I will confirm all application received so long as there is a reply e-mail address to send this to.
As always, if you want any questions answered please just ask.
I hope to see you all there.


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BCU canoeing course for Deben District

Message from Alan,

Sent to all District Scouts and Explorers,

Dear All,

I have once again arranged a BCU canoeing course for Deben District.

We have two courses –  a BCU 1 star course and a BCU 2 star course both running on a Tuesday evening but spread over different weeks.

The course details are as follows:

> Costs (inc certificate):

BCU 1 star (6 weeks) – £56 for beginners and novices

BCU 2 star (8 weeks) – £72 for those who already hold the Paddlepower passport or BCU 1 star Award

> Dates and Times:

BCU 1 star – 6 evenings all Tuesdays – June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and July 3rd, 10th

BCU 2 star – 8 evenings all Tuesdays – April 17th, 24th, May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and June 5th, 12th

Time: 6.30pm to 9.00pm

> Location

Deben Water Sports Centre near Kingston Playing Field, The Avenue, Woodbridge IP12 4BB. Just over the railway crossing towards the river and by the boating lake and toilets – see

> Transport

You will need to arrange your own transport to and from Woodbridge. Please consider sharing transport if possible.

> Clothing

Old clothes and a cagoule are fine. However if you own a wet suit you can wear that if you prefer. You will also need shoes which you don’t mind getting wet – old lace-up trainers are perfect, but no crocs or other footwear without laces as these will be lost in the mud – guaranteed!

> Places

BCU 1 star (Tuesdays) – up to 16

BCU 2 star (Tuesdays) – up to 8

> Interested?

If you are interested in taking part please complete the registration form at


Places will be allocated across Troops / Units on a first come first served basis.

Official Paperwork: (ie permission form, student advice sheet, Heath and Consent form) to follow.

NB Please note participants are expected to turn up for all of the planned sessions and that passing the assessment at the end of the course can be quite difficult if sessions are missed. However we will always try to help somebody catch-up if they are away for illness or another good reason. 

Participants should be able to swim 50 metres to take part in the course and you will asked to confirm this in the follow up paperwork. when places are allocated.


Alan Comber

01473 622185 / 07917 023871

PS If you are a scout going up to explorers shortly you can still apply as explorers are  invited as well.

Scouts Offshore

NOTE TO PARENTS:  Non-DBS’d adults have been invited to attend this event as participants alongside Scouts and Explorers

Dates:  14th – 18th May 2018

Cost: £100 per person

Scouting contact:

Scouts offshore website: