Knives are a key tool in bush craft and survival skills which is an important part of Scouting. 1st Burnmoor Scouts are committed to the responsible use of knives within the programme. To ensure safety the following rules must always be followed:

These rules refer to use of pen knives, lock knives or fixed blade knives. Kitchen knives and craft knives also could harm others, so should be used with equal care, direction 
and supervision.

Training will be carried out with Scouts which will include; method, maintenance, safety, first aid and law based on the Scouts Knife Safety factsheet. Once training is complete they will undergo an assessment to ensure they have understood the training, if the leader is satisfied with the Scouts knowledge they will issue them with a knife activity permit (KAP) which will be valid for one year and logged on OSM.

Only when Scouts hold a KAP they can use a knife during an activity.

The group will hold a set of knives which will be kept in a locked box when not in use and will be well maintained. Scouts do not have to spend money on their own knife.

Scouts with a KAP are able to bring a knive to meetings, events or camps when appropriate and prearranged with the leader in charge, knives must be brought by an adult and given to the leader in charge, this is to make sure that knives are only available at appropriate times, knives will be assessed to ensure they are appropriate and in good, safe condition. 

Beavers and Cubs are not permitted to use knives, knife safety forms part of the survival skills activity badge for Scouts and its important knife users are able to 
understand the law and responsibilities relating to knives, so it is appropriate that we only teach this to Scouts and older members.

Any activity with the use of knives will always be supervised by leaders or helpers with the correct knowledge about 1st Burnmoor’s policy and training.

When using knives Scouts must uses the correct methods learnt in training and carry out the activity in a safe, responsible manner.

Missuse may result in the loss of KAP, suspension or dismissal.

Leaders and adult helpers may bring their own knives when appropriate to do so, they must be used in a safe manor and not be used by young people. When not in use they must be kept safely out of the reach from young people.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding this policy, please don’t hesitate to speak to a leader.

To prevent our neighbouring streets from becoming congested during the use of 1st Burnmoor Scout Hall and Grounds we have the following parking policy in place:

  • Arrive on time for pick up and drop off.
  • When possible leave the car at home, walk, cycle or scoot if you can.
  • When bringing a car, try to car share if possible.
  • When bringing a car, aim not to park along Sidney Street.
  • When bringing a car, park away from the hall, there is on-street parking along Lumley New Road and Pithouse Lane.
  • For those with mobility issues and would benefit from parking within the car park, please speak to a volunteer and this can be arranged, if so please aim to arrive slightly earlier to avoid the congestion.
  • When staying at the hall, aim to use the car park within the grounds.
  • Report any abuse to the leadership team.



Group membership numbers from the annual census:

Section 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
Beavers 24 26 24 23            
Cubs 21 25 30 30            
Scouts 17 17 16 19            
Total 62 68 70 72            


Group membership numbers from the annual census:

Section 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Beavers 17 21 20 27 21 13 13 19 23 16
Cubs 16 19 26 20 13 13 23 22 21 21
Scouts 8 10 14 18 22 24 14 14 16 15
Total 41 50 60 65 56 50 50 55 60 52