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VOLUNTEERS: District OSM Skills Day

12th January 2020 @ 10:00 17:00

In early 2019, District rolled out a free Gold+ subscription to all groups in the district for Online Scout Manager.

OSM is a digital platform that reduces the administrative burden of Scouting and allows data about young people to both be collected and stored securely in a fully GDPR compliant way.

If you would like to learn more about Online Scout Manager, join us for a friendly and hands on day (with the experts) learning how to use this powerful tool.

It is important to note the 2020 census will be generated using Online Scout Manager so every group/section will need to ensure they know how to collate this data and understand how to keep youth data up to date.

We are keen that at least one leader from each section plus the GSL/AGSL or Group Administrator attends. There will be four sessions as well as an option for general questions and queries.

To ensure quality tutorials we will break into small groups and rotate round the various topics.

What to bring with you

  • Packed lunch
  • Tea and Coffee will be provided but in the interests of the environment, bring your own mug.
  • (If you have one) it may be useful to bring your; Smart Phone, Tablet and/or Laptop.


Programme planning

  • Programme publishing
  • Calendar Syncing
  • Leader availability
  • Events & Payments
  • Linking Badges
  • Activity database

Group Management

  • Census collection
  • Collecting Gift Aid
  • Subscriptions
  • Section Size Planning
  • Access permissions


  • Sharing young people between sections/groups/units
  • Sharing young leaders
  • Attendance register
  • Awarding badges
  • Badge stock and Shared badge stock
  • Email system (read receipts, templates, special content)

Parent Portal

  • Paperless Scouting (no more activity information forms)
  • Keeping Emergency contact information up to date
  • Events (Collecting additional data via Custom fields)
  • Events (RSVP & Payments)
  • Parent Rota
The Heath Business & Technical Park
Runcorn,CheshireWA7 4NHUnited Kingdom
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District Sixer Camp

15th Jun @ 09:00 16th Jun @ 15:00

A special district Camp that only Sixers are invited to.

It will take place at QCW and will be a competition of 4 of our best versus 4 of the best from other Cub Packs.

The winning sixers will take a trophy back to their group.

The cost is £20 and covers food and overnight camp fees along with something to bring home.

The Ridgeway
Alvanley,CheshireWA6 6XQUnited Kingdom
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01928 732885

District Cheshire Hike Practice 4

30th Mar @ 08:30 31st Mar @ 15:00

This is the second of two, ‘two day hikes’ open to all Scouts & Explorers in the District participating in the Cheshire Hike. It’s a great opportunity to practice for Cheshire Hike and Participation can contribute to a number of badges. Please note there is a flat £20 to attend practice 2, 3 & 4 whether you attend all of them or just one of them. If you book onto all three at the same time a £40 discount will be applied to the basket. If you book on to just one weekend and then subsequently decide to come to another weekend hike the website will recognise this and not charge you for the other two weekends.

What to wear/bring


  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof Trousers
  • Synthetic/Wool Baselayer
  • Polyester Fleece (& spare)
  • Synthetic Trousers
  • Synthetic Liner Sock
  • Hiking Socks
  • Hiking Boots
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Warm Hat
  • Gloves
  • Buff

In a Rucksack with waist support:

  • Packed Lunch x 2
  • Water Bottle/Hydration Bladder (minimum 0.5l)
  • Compass
  • Map Case
  • Permanent Marker
  • Headtorch
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Insulating Mat
  • Hike Stove & Gas
  • Mess Tins
  • Matches
  • Boil in the bag Evening meal
  • Boil in the bag Breakfast
  • Mug and Hot Drink
  • Spork/Cutlery
  • First Aid Kit
  • Collapsible Washing Up Bowl
  • Watch
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District Night Hike 2016

As some of you will be aware, at this time of year we hold a Night Hike for all troops within our district, where Scouts navigate a short route in the dark in teams of between 6-10. Each team is made up of Scouts from within their own Troop and the routes are marshalled by leaders from across the district.

This years event will start from Lady Heyes Craft Centre in Frodsham and will end at 1st Norley Scout HQ; where there will be a warm drink and hot food for the Scouts to enjoy.

Full details about this activity have gone out to Scout Parents via My.SCOUT.

Search and Rescue Activity

cqzc2plwyaazl4zOn 19th and 20th August, nine of our Scouts took part in a District held ‘Search and Rescue Activity’. Here’s what two of those Scouts – Cody and Josh, had to say about it.

When we got to Forest Camp, we carried our equipment to the I.C.C. (Incident Control Centre), where we were given a briefing and GPS unit. We were then told to search a sector of the forest for possible casualties.

Josh – We were very tired, but it was a fun experience.

We found the casualty, which we had to report to the I.C.C. – we also used basic First Aid to like checking the pulse and airways. We had to set up an emergency shelter, where we could keep the casualty sheltered and to also set up a sleeping area (some of us didn’t get much sleep).

cqzdjkcwcaantj3We then radioed in to the I.C.C., where they arranged an air supply drop from a ‘helicopter’ – once the supplies had been dropped, we used a GPS to find them and bring them back to the base. Using the supplies, we were able to treat the casualty and also feed ourselves.

After receiving the supplies and attending to the casualty, we were instructed to radio in to the I.C.C. at a set time every hour. In the morning, we had to pack up base and take our equipment and the casualty to the I.C.C.

Cody – Very tiring, but it felt real. Will definitely go again!

Search and Rescue Activity

Fancy a fun and exciting challenge?! How about a wide game lasting all night, with the chance to earn loads of badges and try out your survival skills!

Do you crave an Adventure? Do you like Widegames? Are you keen to work together with your existing friends or would you make some new ones? This is a District led camp with a bit of a difference and could be the perfect activity for you to get out of the house over the School Holidays!

Cubs triumph at District Craft Competition

Six of our Cubs headed to 1st Helsby yesterday (27/02/2016) to compete in the annual District Cub Craft Competition.

The objective for this year’s Craft Competition was to make a model of ‘Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station’ to celebrate the British Astronauts current mission orbiting Earth in the International Space Station.

The Cubs had just under 2 hours to design and build their model before it was time to present it before the judges.

We’re very pleased to announce that our Cubs came joint 1st place with Cubs from 1st Helsby – marking the second consecutive year of our pack coming in 1st place in the competition.

A massive congratulations and well done to those involved!


1st Ince and Elton Triumphs at the Cheshire Hike!

inceandelton_cheshirehike141st Ince and Elton submitted two Senior team’s into this year’s Cheshire Hike, and both teams did extremely well!

We’re extremely proud to reveal that our Senior teams came 1st and 2nd in the district (overall 7th and 11th)!

Here are the full results for Mersey Weaver:


  1. Daisy Peacock and Grace Rimmer from 1st Helsby (5th place overall)
  2. Izzy Dodgson and Holly Cleland (6th place overall)


  1. James Halliwell and Alfie Porteous from 1st Helsby (2nd place overall)
  2. Laura Knipe and Zoe Kimber from 4th Frodsham (3rd place overall)


  1. Jack Whibberley and Alex Usher from 1st Ince and Elton (7th place overall)
  2. Zach Hunter and Jack Murray from 1st Ince and Elton/Cestrian ESU (11th place overall)

Senior Plus

  1. Matthew Marnell and Sam Burgess from Cestrian ESU (overall Cheshire Hike winner with a tremendous score of 4459 points)
  2. Joe McDonnell and Toby Jackson from Cestrian ESU (6th place overall)

Congratulations Scouts, and hopefully you’ve spent the last week recovering!

And if that wasn’t enough, our winning teams presented a presentation about the Cheshire Hike to the rest of the troop on Friday night, explaining what the hike involves, how the points are scored and what it means to reach the finish. Hopefully they have inspired some of our younger Scouts to consider taking part in next year’s Cheshire Hike!