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1st THIRSK SCOUT GROUP still needs more volunteer Adults or Young Leaders.

There are plenty of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts but it is more ADULTS that are needed in ALL sections, but especially in the Cub Section at this time.

Cubs meet on Tuesdays at the Picks Lane Scout HQ from 6.30pm until 8pm.

ANY help from anyone would be good - If you can't spare regular time, there are always jobs to be done as occasional 'help' in Administration, Hall Maintenance etc.

To discuss how YOU could help just contact the Group Scout Leader, TERRY HODGSON, on 07889 573782 or email to sueter1@btinternet.com




By now every Pack should be either well on their way to completing, or have aready completed, the PACK QUALIFYING round of this 2017 County Cub Scout Quiz.

Next comes the DISTRICT KNOCKOUT ROUND which will be held on 6th October at Allhallowgate Church Hall.  

Due to limited space, Groups are asked to only bring their winning Six plus an adult on the night.

Following this District Knockout Round, the COUNTY FINAL of the Quiz will be held on 19th November at Thirsk Town Hall between 12 Noon and 4pm.



On a recent Saturday morning in September, the Scout Association’s Annual General Meeting took place. This year, there was no shortage of reasons to celebrate. The movement has excelled in all four areas of the strategy. Successes include:

12 consecutive years of growth
230,000 young people are involved in A Million Hands – that’s 7,200 sections from 4,400 Groups, delivering 500 projects
A 6.5% increase in adult volunteers
A 6% growth of female youth members, taking us to 100,000 girls in Scouts for the first time
11% more young leaders
178 new sections in areas of deprivation
139 Youth Commissioners appointed around the country

Without the dedication of members across the UK, none of this would be possible.  Well done to you ALL

Applications are now invited for eligible young members to join the North Yorkshire contingent at the 24th World Scout Jamboree 2019 in West Virginia, USA. The deadline for applications to be at the North Yorkshire County Scout Office is midday on Friday 13 October 2017. Important information regarding youth participation and the selection process has already been published. Applicants and parents/guardians should read this information prior to completing the application form. In addition, please note that applications must be accompanied by:

a. A passport-style photograph, which can be uploaded with an application.
b. A short reference from an adult Scout Leader, who is not a family relation; this too can also be uploaded with an application.

You can read and/or download a copy of the youth participation information and now access the ON-LINE APPLICATION FORM via the North Yorkshire Scouts’ World Scout Jamboree Information Centre (from the WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE 2019 tab on the front page on the County website which contains other relevant information) or directly via the link shown in red below:
24th World Scout Jamboree 2019 - North Yorkshire Contingent Applications

Remember the STRICT deadline of Friday 13th October 2017

County Cub Camp 2018---Pateley Bridge---25-28 May 2018
Is Your Cub Pack Ready for TAKE OFF?  Ready for Adventure? Ready to Have Fun?

When? Friday 25th to Monday 28th May 2018
Where? Bewerley Park, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5BD
Cost? Cub Scouts £35. Leaders, Adults, Young Leaders & Extras £10
Included? Camp fees, activities, entertainment, Camp 2018 badge & souvenir necker

Bookings NOW OPEN - £50 deposit required per cub pack, see registration form for details.
Full payment required by no later than Friday 16 March 2018

To register your Cub Pack, please complete the registration form via the following link:

The Scout Association's 'good practice' advice has been updated

This sound advice has been updated to better reflect POR rule 2.4d which has NOT changed. This states that "Adults must not consume alcohol when they are directly responsible for young people on a Scouting activity and must not permit young people (aged under 18 years) to consume alcohol on Scouting activities."

Following its successful introduction by 'Scouts Scotland', a pocket sized GREEN CARD has been produced for the rest of the United Kingdom and a card was included in every copy of the Autumn Edition of "Scouting" Magazine.

This card sets out our policy on alcohol for all adults involved in Scouting.

You can order your free copy from Scout Shops at http://shop.scouts.org.uk  or you can view and download it (HERE)

If you are a Leader and haven't yet seen a copy, then you SHOULD!!



Dave Baker, Assistant Scout Leader to 1st Topcliffe Scouts has been selected by the County to be part of the Leadership team for the 24th World Scout Jamboree in North America in 2019. CC Mark Edwards said: "An excellent group of members applied for leadership appointments and it’s regrettable that we could not offer all of them a role."

The North Yorkshire Scouts’ leadership team will be:

Linda Cartwright - 1st Riccall Scout Group, Selby - Unit Leader
Nigel White - 1st Copmanthorpe Scout Group, York - Deputy Unit Leader
Sophie Barker - Ryedale District - Assistant Unit Leader
Josh Gregson - 2nd Acomb Scout Group, York - Assistant Unit Leader
Dean Smith - Ryedale District - Deputy Unit Leader - North Yorkshire/Durham Unit
Dave Baker - 1st Topcliffe Scout Group, Ripon & District - Assistant Unit Leader - North Yorkshire/Durham Unit

In the coming weeks, the selection process will begin for the young members who will make up the Jamboree contingent and it is hoped that applications are made from across the County for this unique and what should be memorable event.


Message from Mark Edwards, our North Yorkshire Scout County Commissioner:

"Following recommendations by the County Appointments Advisory Committee, I am pleased to announce that I have approved the following appointments with effect from Friday 14 July 2017.

County Youth Commissioner Luke Roslin cyc@nys.org.uk / 01845 523 858
Deputy County Youth Commissioner Tom Haigh dcyc1@nys.org.uk / 07743 620 837

In confirming these new appointments, I am delighted that we can now begin to establish a vibrant Youth Team across the County. I know that you will all wish Luke and Tom well in their new appointments and give them your full support. In due course, I hope that they will be joined by another Deputy County Youth Commissioner."

The DAS Barbecue, which seems to have become an 'annual event' was held recently in the vast garden of Anne & Mike Collins at Roecliffe.

A smaller gathering than usual (13 members) enjoyed the sun, food and fellowship over the course of the afternoon. The number were down from previous years due to holidays, illnesses and the like.

Nevertheless, those present enoyed Boules, Lawn Darts, and Croquet as well as the important part of actually cooking the Barbecue

Anne and Mike were thanked for hosting a super afternoon in their beautiful garden, and the Unit were treated with a clear blue sky and lots and lots of sun. Just to hear the chatter and laughter proved it was, once again, a most enjoyable and convivial social event which undoubtedly helps to 'bind' the unit even closer together.

Now, with batteries recharged, the "District's Active Support Unit" are off back to what they do best - that is - supporting the various Sections & Groups (and the District) in their Scouting.


10 unofficial camping rules to make sure you have the best trip ever

The Association asked Scouts what they would add to a list of ultimate camping rules and here are their responses:

'Turn off the phones!'

'The kettle should always be on if the fire is lit.'

'Don't end up accidentally feeding the midges!'

'Watch the stars at night...'

'...And the sun rise in the morning!'

'Make time for a sing-song round the campfire.'

'Once you've finished packing, add one extra blanket.

'Nap, eat and relax, but try and do one new activity you'll always remember.'

'Set up camp upwind of the toilets...'

'...And decide whether you need to use one before you get into your sleeping bag!'

These tips sound pretty sensible to us! 

Did You Know?

Ripon and District Scouts operate NINE scout groups around the district:
  • ONE in Bishop Monkton
  • ONE in Boroughbridge
  • ONE in Masham
  • ONE in Knayton
  • ONE in Sowerby
  • ONE in Thirsk
  • ONE in Topcliffe
  • TWO in Ripon City itself
  • PLUS TWO District Explorer Units
  • PLUS a District Active Support Unit

THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION offers adventure and activity to almost 400,000 young people across the UK.

THE MOVEMENT is the largest co-educational youth organisation in the world, with over 28 million Members in 216 countries and territories.

Scouting has opportunities for almost ALL age ranges

Ripon and District Scouts 2017