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Since September, Blackburn District has been without a dedicated District Lead Volunteer, and I have been acting as interim. I'm pleased to let you know that from today, Mark Longworth takes up the role as District Lead Volunteer

Mark has been an adult volunteer in Scouts since 2009 where he has achieved a number of successes: opening and sustainably growing St James' Scout Group to just under 60 members in under twelve months, leading and delivering on our County Cubs100 Camp in 2016, and leading an international expedition to Iceland in 2019 to name a few. 

While Blackburn has been growing since face-to-face Scouting returned post-COVID-19, we aren't yet back to our pre-pandemic levels of Scouts and it's clear that particular focus is needed on some key areas if we're going to meet our ambitions for young people in Blackburn. Mark will be in role for twelve months and I have tasked him with three key focus areas to concentrate on in that time;

  • Governance & Leadership - ensure that all the Groups have appropriate Lead Volunteers and Trustee Boards in place
  • Safety Assurance & Culture - ensuring that we're always safely delivering on our commitments to young people and volunteers
  • Bringing Blackburn Together - through District events, direct support for all and open communications

Mark will have a number of people supporting him in his new role from across the District, and I know you will add your support to that when the time is right to make sure that Blackburn can thrive and keep providing young people with skills for life. 

You can contact Mark at

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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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