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Dear Team North Yorkshire
Wow! A lot can happen in a week. We had the government announcement about changes across the country; however, Scouting is an exempt youth organisation. So, as long as you have completed your risk assessment and had this approved, we can continue in the Amber readiness level and have outdoor and indoor meets.
One addition that came in only yesterday and now has to be in place in all Scout properties is a QR code poster. Scout Association regulations, which you can read here, tell us: “If you have your own venue, you now need to provide a printed QR code to enable those who are 16 and over to use the NHS Test and Trace app.” Therefore, if you have your own building this should be printed and displayed in a prominent place. If you rent from someone else, it is their responsibility but it’s worth checking and reminding them if they have not done so. To receive your unique QR code poster, visit the HM Government website HERE.
Scouting Training - Safety and Safeguarding
I guess I need to take a slightly stronger tack on this (which is a bit against my nature) but this training must be done. This needs to be completed by all those returning to face-to-face Scouting. We would not dream of attending a meeting without a valid DBS and I would like to instil the same ethos and urgency for safety and safeguarding training.
First Aid Training
Yesterday, Joe Fillingham (DCC People Training) launched this important training. See separate article on this website's front page or read HERE
PUT SUNDAY 20 DECEMBER in your DIARY
We are going to hold our second online County day similar in organisation to our Sunrise to Sunset Day in June. This time we will coincide with the shortest day. Whilst this falls on 21 December, we will do this on the nearest weekend day to it.
I now need people to volunteer to run an activity so I can develop a programme. We can have winter festival themes or Christmas themed activities. We also hope to hold a County Christmas Carol-type service at the end of the day.
We will again hold a badge design competition for this event. It needs to include: North Yorkshire Scouts Shortest Day Zoomberee 2020 and the design of your own choice. The deadline for entries is also Saturday 31 October.
Activities Across the County
It is great to see some of you dipping your toes into the new freedom of meeting face-to-face and also seeing some more creative online sessions being offered.
I would love to showcase what is going on each week in my update. These photos show 1st Copmanthorpe Beavers (left), York Ebor District and Derwent Valley Beavers (below) in Scarborough & District in two very contrasting locations!
Mental Health Course for Leaders
The mental health course is now live and we have 40 volunteers signed up and looking at the materials. This is a resource for you to support our young people as you return to face-to-face scouting so please feel free to sign up HERE.
At the recent County Executive Committee Meeting, we agreed to reduce the County Membership Fee for 2021 from £13.30 to £10. This will be the County membership fee payable for all young members and further advice will be circulated to Districts very soon. We hope this will help offset the larger than normal increase from HQ this year. We will need to review this in 2021, but we feel it important to ease the financial burdens as much as we possibly can for this next year
I hope that you are all keeping strong, keeping safe and keeping Scouting!
You can read the Full Update on this website's SCOUTING AT HOME PAGE
If your first response expired on or after 1 April 2020, then you can complete the e-learning to be sufficiently trained for face-to-face Scouting.
If your first response expired on or before 31 March 2020, then you will need to complete the e-learning and attend a 2-hour Zoom session to be sufficiently trained to deliver face-to-face Scouting.
Once our Scouting readiness returns to Green, a practical validation will be required to fully validate first response and module 10.
To access the e-learning, just click here and enrol to start your training.
Following completion of the e-learning, please complete this short form and you will receive a certificate within 7 days or be invited to a Zoom session if you need to complete the full course. Please include your membership number, full name and the email you registered with on the e-learning portal.
Marco DiClemente (County Chair)
Alison Haigh (County Treasurer)
Mark Edwards (County Commissioner)
Tom Haigh (County Youth Commissioner)
Peter Bardon (Assistant County Commissioner Watson Scout Centre)
Lewis Agar-Simms (Assistant County Commissioner Scout Network)
David Forster* (County Secretary [*non-voting])
David Baker (Ripon & District)
Ian Bardon (Ripon & District)
Stephen G Hall (North Yorkshire)
Dean Smith (Ryedale District)
Helen Westmancoat (Harrogate & Nidderdale District)
Hannah Cook (Harrogate & Nidderdale District)
Marjorie Coughlan (Ryedale District)
Ben Hodgson (York Ebor District)
Haris Lloyd (York Ebor District)
John Lockwood (Ripon & District)
Andrew Bedford (North Yorkshire)
The Creative Activities Team is still running a photographic competition for all members of Scouting and Guiding within North Yorkshire.
As we are currently living in extraordinary times the theme of this year’s competition is MAKING THE ORDINARY EXTRAORDINARY! This can be interpreted in many ways; ordinary objects or scenes or events photographed in an extraordinary way, used for extraordinary purposes, from unusual angles or just plain odd!
Entries will be judged in the various sections from Rainbows and Beavers through to Leaders and Active Support/Trefoil Guild.
As a change from previous years we will be happy to receive entries each month, we will publish the best from each month on the relevant County Website and then hold them over for eventual winners in October. Each person may enter one photograph per month, which must have been taken by the entrant, to the competition. Submissions must be in digital jpg format, entries taken on camera phones will be accepted.
All photographs must be submitted with the name of the photographer, section (Beaver, Brownie etc), Scout or Guide Group, District plus Guide County details, an email or postal contact and confirmation that the photograph is all the entrant’s own work.
The entries will be judged in the appropriate section, all judging will be anonymous and the decisions of the judges will be final.
Any photographs submitted to the competition may be used by the Scout or Guide Counties for any Scouting or Guiding purposes. All other rights are retained by the photographer.