New DESC required!




The search is on for a new District Explorer Scout Commissioner for Blackpool District Scouts, and we need you to think about anyone you know who would thrive in this role!

So what is the role?

In a nutshell, the District Explorer Scout Commissioner (DESC) needs to:

  • Inspire and enthuse people
  • Apply strategic thinking to a challenge
  • Build and lead a team of key volunteers
  • Be resourceful and energetic
  • Believe passionately about developing young people and volunteers

The role

The DESC leads the District Explorer Scout section, supporting other volunteers to provide great Scouting either individually or as a role share. Working in partnership with the District Executive Committee they ensure that the leaders are supported, the section is well managed and that there is a plan for growth and development. This means that the Unit Leaders can concentrate on planning and delivering fantastic Scouting to young people, knowing that someone is overseeing the management of the District provision. Scouting is flexible and this role is open to role share within a small team.

What do I need to do?

We need you to nominate someone, or some people, who you think would make a great contribution to the role of DESC. You may wish to apply for the role yourself, that would be great! We would also consider a ‘team’ nomination or other opportunities to share the role. Any nomination you make will be kept in the strictest confidence.

If you would like to discuss the role further, please contact Barbara Hughes, County Development Officer on 07827 344135 or email at

There are a number of different ways to apply or nominate someone else:

Download the nomination form or application form from the District Website.

Contact Barbara Hughes at or 07827 344135 for the full DESC Vacancy Pack, nomination or application forms.

The closing date for receiving applications is Sunday, 25th June 2017.

Thank you for taking the time to consider the role carefully, and if you have any questions please do get in touch!

Steve Williamson

Chair, DESC Search Committee

On behalf of Blackpool District Scouts


If you would like to apply for the role then please complete this form…. DESC Application Form

If you would like to nominate someone for this role then please complete this form…DESC Nomination Form

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District Camp 2017

WOW What a weekend!

Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen!

Here is a little of what we got up too! #BDCamp2017

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World Scout Jamboree 2019

Do you want to lead or assist the West Lancs Contingent at the next World Scout Jamboree?
The 24th World Scout Jamboree will take place from 22 July to 2 August 2019, at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, in the United States of America. The UK will be sending a Contingent and West Lancs County has been given a Unit of 36 young people and 4 leaders.

West Lancs Scout County is seeking a Unit Leader and three assistant leaders, who will develop, train and lead a unit of 36 young people to the World Scout Jamboree in American in 2019. World Scout Jamborees are fantastic events which have a wide reaching impact on the young people who attend and also the wider Scouting community. Helping to deliver this impact as the unit/assistant leader is a challenging but extremely rewarding task.
The Jamboree dates are from 22nd July to 2nd August 2019. A departure from the UK a few days before is probable as is some form of home hospitality afterwards for UK Units. This means that the Jamboree experience will last approximately 3 weeks.

More details and application forms here on the West Lancs website:

Good Luck! 

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Badge order form

Badge Order Form

We have a new badge order form for use by sections.

When you’ve put all the badges quantities in can you click on the little arrow in the ‘ Qty Req’d’ box and then untick the box called ‘blanks’. This leaves you with a list of just the ones you are ordering.

Completed forms should be sent to

The new order form is here:

Badge Order Form V3

Deputy District Youth Commissioner Vacancy


Deputy District Youth Commissioner Vacancy

I am on the look out for a new Deputy District Youth Commissioner to join my team here in Blackpool.

The role of Deputy District Youth Commissioner  (DDYC) is to work closely with the  District teams and Groups to ensure that the views of our fantastic young people are  listened to. Empowering them to  make decisions and allow them to have a real say in  what they do in Scouting.

The DDYC needs to:

  • Have excellent written and communication skills
  • Be computer literate
  • Be a self-motivator and be able to motivate others positively
  • Be able to work well in meetings
  • Have excellent presenting and facilitating skills
  • Have the ability to work and engage with young people aged 6 – 25
  • Have the ability to work and engage with adult members
  • Be articulate
  • Have the ability to speak confidently in public
  • Have the ability to be persuasive
  • Have the ability to work within predefined limits

The role is open to anyone who is aged between 17 and 25. You will be joining the  existing team of me (DYC), Emily Platt (DDYC) and Emily Parkinson-Swift (DDYC).  I look forward to getting all your applications.

If you have any questions please email me –

To apply please download the application form here. The deadline for applications is Friday 2nd June 2017. Please send them to

Good luck!

Jordan Shuck

District Youth Commissioner

More success for Racing ambassador! 

Our Ambassador Georgia Shiels is going from strength to strength!A massive congratulations from us all! 


Georgia has made the switch from stage rallying to Rallycross with the assistance of LOCO Energy Drink. “All of this has come around really quickly,” said Georgia “to be talent-spotted by LOCO is so exciting and this is the start of a really amazing partnership. LOCO only launched last year so it’s great to grow with them and be on this journey to the top of the sport together.”

The Bolton University Engineering student contested in her first British Rallycross event on Sunday, finishing a competitive 7th overall after mechanical issues. Georgia is competing in a 200bhp RX150 buggy. “The RX150s are insane!” Georgia said. “They only weigh 420kg so the sheer acceleration is mind-blowingly fun!”
Rallycross is held on a closed mixed-surface race circuit but still has a nod to stage rallying as drivers spend much of their time sideways on the gravel. It is an ever-increasingly popular form of motorsport. Attracting thousands of spectators at each event and with plans for a rallycross circuit at Silverstone, the future for rallycross is bright! “There is a clear career path in rallycross,” Georgia says “which makes my ultimate goal of becoming the first ever female World Rallycross Champion possible, not to be tokenistic of women, but to inspire more young girls into both motorsport and engineering.”
“This is just the start.”

Mowbreck BF 2017

The Mowbreck Beer Festival is BACK!

Saturday 3rd June 2017! Don’t miss out! Here is how to get your tickets! #MBF2017

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Abseil for Parkinsons UK

One of our District Scout Leaders is abseiling to raise money for Parkinson’s UK.

Steve was diagnosed with the disease 4 years ago. You can read Steve’s story in full here: Steve’s Story

If you can support Steve to raise and even better beat his target that would be fantastic!! 

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Explorers NEED YOU!

Are you looking for a fresh challenge? Or a new adventure? We are growing the Explorer Scout Section and are looking for adult volunteers to support a number of Explorer Scout Units in 2017. The success of the Explorer Scout Section and Young Leader Scheme has been one of the highlights of Scouting over the past decade. We have some remarkable teenagers who have gained valuable skills, overcome challenges and encountered adventure at the highest level. Crucially a number of these young people have leadership talents which they use in a volunteer capacity to enhance the programme we deliver. We would like to provide this opportunity to even more young people by increasing the capacity of the Explorer Scout Section.

If you have a passion for developing 14 – 18 year olds, exploration, and the outdoors, then we have a role for you. Whether you can give an hour a month, or are looking for a new leadership challenge, please contact us for a chat.

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District Camp is back!

We are back again this year at Bibby’s Farm Scout Activity Centre on the 9th-11th June!

We had such an amazing time at our last one! This one promises to be bigger and better!

Here’s a little taster of what we got up to last time….