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As you may know, Abid Saleh has stepped down from the role of Lead Volunteer (District Commissioner), and I have been asked to lead the search for our next inspirational volunteer to lead the District. I would like to express our sincere thanks, on behalf of the District Trustee Board, to Abid for all his hard work and dedication over the last 5 years in the role.

We are asking for nominations, including self-nominations to be made in confidence to me by Friday 20th October 2023. You can download a copy of the volunteer vacancy pack here and the nomination/application form here.

Please consider people right across the District, and even people not currently involved in Scouting who would be committed to our aims. We want to talk to the widest pool of talented volunteers as possible to lead the District through a period of significant change.

If anyone wants to talk about the role please feel free to talk to myself or Chris Taylor.

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We are delighted to welcome our newest Scout Troop to the Blackburn Scouting family.

Tauheedal Boys School have opened a Scout Troop for their year 7and 8 boys and held their first meeting at Canalside Activity Centre learning to light fires.

The Scouts first tweet said:

Empowering our young men to develop skills for life! Y7 and Y8 Scouts enjoy a riveting first session at campsite building outdoor fires. We at TIBHS firmly believe in shaping our young people’s experiences to build leadership capacity and reach their potential. #TIBHS

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Blackburn Scouts are absolutley delighted to welcome Olive Scout Group back into the District. The Group have been closed for a couple of years but now have new volunteers to run the sections.

The Scout Group has opened new Squirrel and Beaver Sections which will meet at the school in Beardwood Blackburn.

We look forward to seeing the group thrive and grow, giving lots more young people opportunities to enjoy Scouting.



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Around 80 Blackburn Scouts attended the brilliant LSSA Waterdays event at Waterparks, Coniston. A special thankyou to members of WACKYS SASU (our watersports team) who supported the paddlesports activities over the weekend- Paul, Naomi, Hannah, Jonny, Pete, Lisa and Jack.

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At the annual BwD Sports Council Awards on the 20th May 2022 Pete Sculpher (District Scout Network Commissioner) and Stuart Parker (District Chairman) were presented the award for ‘Contribution to Active Communities’ for their work at Canalside Activity Centre by the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Cllr Khonat.

Congratulations for to both Pete and Stuart who work so hard to allow thousands of young people access to the outdoors each year.

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