As we plan the return to face to face Scouting, we must ensure to do it in a save manner in line with the government guidelines and the Scout framework.

We have now been advised we are at Amber Readiness level. This means groups, including adults, of up to 15 young people and 5 leaders can meet both outdoors and indoors, adults are able to move between these groups, adults must wear face coverings unless they are leading an activity.

The group has carried out an in-depth risk assessment and taken necessary steps to minimise any risk and make the return to face to face Scouting as Covid secure as possible.

When we will meet:

  • Scouts will meet each Tuesday in two groups from:

7:00-8:00 & 7:30-8:30pm

Each group will have a maximum of 15 young people and minimum of 2 adults.

Scouts must wear face coverings indoors, including when using toilet facilities.

  • Cubs will meet each Wednesday in two groups from:

7:00-8:00pm & 7:15-8:15pm

Each group will have a maximum of 15 young people and minimum of 3 adults.

  • Beavers will meet each Wednesday in two groups from:

5:30-6:15pm & 5:45-6:30pm

Each group will have a maximum of 15 young people and minimum of 3 adults.

What you need to do:

  • Read the Risk Assessment (Click Here to View) and give consent that your young person can return and to the best of your knowledge you and your young person will comply with the risk assessment.
  • Arrive on time for drop off and collection.
  • Use the toilet before coming to meetings to minimise meeting interruptions.
  • Wash hands before leaving and when returning home from meeting.
  • Try to walk to and from meetings.
  • If anyone in the house has any symptoms of Covid (high temperature, new continuous cough or loss or change to sense of smell or taste), self-isolate and do not attend meetings.

Anyone who has not given consent or is not expected at the meeting will not be able to take part in the meetings and may be asked to leave.

If you have concerns about a vulnerable member returning please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or speak to a leader to talk about any appropriate adjustments to ensure they can still engage in Scouting.

This Action Plan may be updated as necessary, any changes will be communicated.

what next

Parent Portal will be updated with the upcoming program.

As a part of our safe guarding measures all our adult volunteers who support running activities with young people need to undergo a DBS check, this will be carried out by one of our volunteers and will involve a face to face ID check. None Scouting and transferable DBS's are not currently accepted by the Scouts and we would have to carry out our own, there is no cost to you or the group for this.

When you arrange to meet for your ID check you will need to bring three forms of ID from the following list:

  • Passport (any nationality)
  • Biometric residence permit (UK)
  • Current photocard driving licence
  • Adoption certificate (UK and Channel Islands)
  • Birth certificate (UK and Channel Islands)
  • Firearms licence. UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man
  • HM Forces ID card.
  • Marriage/civil partnership certificate. UK and Channel Islands
  • Cards carrying the PASS accreditation logo
  • EEA National ID card

Documents issued within the past 12 months:

  • Council Tax Statement
  • Financial Statement - e.g. pension, endowment, ISA  
  • Mortgage Statement
  • P45 Statement
  • P60 Statement

Documents issued within the past 3 months:

  • Bank or building society statement
  • Bank or building society statement
  • Electricity Bill / Statement
  • Gas Bill / Statement
  • Bank/Building Society Account Opening Confirmation Letter
  • Credit Card Statement
  • Telephone Bill / Statement (Not Mobile Telephone)
  • Water Bill / Statement
  • Benefit Statement
  • Central or local government, government agency, or local council document giving entitlement. e.g. Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service, HMRC.

Our Sections


Beaver Scouts is the first and youngest section in the Scout Movement for 6 to 8-year olds.  As a Beaver, your child will join their Colony in exploring the outdoors, delving into creative crafts, discovering their community, playing games and making friends. Scouting opens the eyes of young people to a world of extraordinary possibilities.


As a Cub Scout, your child will join their Cub Pack on exciting adventures, discovering hidden talents and exploring the world around them. Cubs is the second section of the Scouting Movement for 8 to 10 ½ year olds. In this section, excitement and adventure are key. The Cub Scout Programme offers Cub Scouts a huge variety of activities, indoors and outdoors, allowing them to be creative and get involved in their local communities.


Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society. The Scout section is the third section in the Scout Group, for young people aged between 10½ and 14 years old. In their Troops, Scouts make friends with like-minded young people from all walks of life. Together, they will earn badges and awards by taking part in both indoor and outdoor activities.


Explorer Scouts experience life-changing opportunities and develop important skills by working towards badges and top awards. Explorer Scouts is the fourth section in the Scout Movement for 14 to 18-year-olds. In this section, young people enjoy the independence of planning their own incredible adventures with their Explorer Unit. When Explorers turn 18, they move onto the Scout Network, the fifth and final Scouting section. They could also choose to take on a role as an adult volunteer.

What we do

Earn badges, achieve awards and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime! Scouts are encouraged to learn by doing, so our Programmes are filled with adventurous activities to develop their confidence, independence and skill set. You can expect members to get involved on their journey through Scouting in activities such as:

  • Sleepovers & Camping
  • Cooking & Backwoods cooking
  • Community impact projects
  • Creative activities
  • Walks & hiking
  • Sports
  • Water activities.

Joining Scouting

Joining the Waiting list

At 1st Burnmoor we run a waiting list on a first come basis, you can join the waiting list with the link at the bottom of our website. Once your child is old enough and we have room we will email you with a start date and further details about the section.


After a few weeks, your child will be ‘invested’. This is when they promise to do their best and help others. Find the various versions of the Promise and Law Here:  Beavers  -  Cubs  -  Scouts, Explores & adults.


All sections in Scouting have a uniform, uniforms are available from the Scout Store online or at Moor House in Durham, its not necessary to purchase uniform prior to joining to give you child chance to see if scouting is for them but will need it after a few weeks to be invested. For Beavers and Cubs sweatshirts are required, for Scouts and Explores shirts are required. When invested we will provide the Necker, woggle and badges, replacement Necker’s will need to be purchased from the group.

Peace of mind

To ensure your child is safe, leaders adhere to our anti-bullying, equal opportunities, safety and child protection policies. Scouts take part in activities and learn new skills under the supervision of adult volunteers. They work effectively and safely with young people to deliver the Scout Programme and have access to training to support them in their role.

Parents Portal / OSM

We use a fantastic service called Online Scout Manager (OSM) to handle all our admin, before your child joins you’ll be sent an email with a link to access Parent Portal, Parent Portal is your way to keep personal and medical details up to date, see how may badges your child is working on and see the upcoming programme. On Parent Portal you will also see contact details for the leaders in case of emergency, get event information and invites to things like camps and so much more.

Scouting is for adults too!

We believe in flexible volunteering and offer several adult volunteering roles that suit a range of skills.

INTERESTED? Speak to a section Leader or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. How much time you give is completely up to you. Whether you help once a fortnight, month, term or just at special events or camps, there is bound to be a role for you. BUILD ON YOUR SKILLS Scouting offers the chance for you to build on personal skills like teamwork, confidence and leadership.

further infomation

InTouch - How contact is maintained between parents/cares and our leaders

Code of Conduct - All our young people are to follow the Code of Conduct during meetings and activities.

You can now join the waiting list for 1st Burnmoor on our website, just click the link at the bottom of every page.

Leaders will be notified, and we will be in contact when there’s room for your child in which ever section is age appropriate. You can join the waiting list as early as you like so when your child turns 6 we can get them straight into Beavers.

if you have any questions please speak to one of our leaders.

We are right on the junction of the A1252 where it meets the B1284 from Chester-le-Steet between Burnmoor and Fence Houses. 
The hall is set down from the road junction with a palasade fence around the grounds.
HQ Address:

1st Burnmoor Scouts
Robert Forster House
End of Gill Cresent North
Fence Houses
Houghton le Spring
County Durham

Postage to:
7 School Terrace
Fence Houses
Houghton le Spring
County Durham
Registered charity no.: 525189

The purpose of this website is to provide information regarding the Group's Scouting events, activities and fundraising events to members (and their parents/carers) of all sections of 1st Burnmoor Scout Group, potential new members and anyone with an interest in the Group. All information supplied by visitors is purely used for this purpose.