As Scouts, we believe in preparing young people with skills for life. Each week, we help our young members (male and female from age 4 to 17) from every background and faith as well as those with no religion, enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future. We’re talking about teamwork, leadership and resilience – skills that have helped Scouts become everything from teachers and social workers to astronauts and Olympians. We help young people develop and improve key life skills. 

We believe in bringing people together. We celebrate diversity and stand against intolerance, always. We’re part of a worldwide movement, creating stronger communities and inspiring positive futures.

NYbadgeNorth Yorkshire Scout County is, geographically, by far the largest of the 4 Yorkshire Scout Counties. Indeed it is England’s largest County! It has a growing population of over 600,000 spread over 8,654 square kilometres (3,341 square miles). The principal ‘Urban’ areas centre on York, Harrogate and Scarborough. At the last census, North Yorkshire Scouts had a membership of nearly 8,000 members spread over 12 Scouting Districts from North Hambleton in the north to Selby in the south and from Scarborough in the east to Ingleborough in the west.

NYS County Map June2021 

Some Districts have their own websites.  Why not take a look?

Harrogate & Nidderdale



Ripon & District           


York Ebor        

York Minster   

What do we do in North Yorkshire Scouts?

We believe all young people have the right to an adventure. This could be a Beaver Scout spending their first night away from home or an Explorer Scout going on their first international expedition, but adventure is at the heart of what we do. From abseiling down a cliff to yachting on a lake, from lighting a fire to paddling on the beach – Scouting is all about everyday adventure. Our members participate in some of the most varied activities imaginable; all while having fun and learning how to get the most out of life.

Every section (Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers & Network) has different activities; meet at different times and in different places. There’s always something different, exciting and new going on. As part of a movement with over 30 million members worldwide the opportunities are almost endless.

Volunteering is #GoodForYou      So…what do our unpaid adult volunteers do?

This everyday adventure is possible thanks to our adult volunteers.  All our leaders, who are all unpaid volunteers, and others who have unsupervised access to children, have to complete a check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and complete mandatory training on Safety, Safeguarding and First Aid.  Together they support Scouting in a wide range of roles from working directly with young people, to helping manage a Group, to being a charity Trustee. We help volunteers get the most out of their experiences at Scouts by providing opportunities for adventure, training, fun and friendship.

Our award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouts as young people. Our approach focuses on what you want to get out of volunteering with Scouts, while respecting how much time you can offer. Over 90% of Scout volunteers say that their skills and experiences have been useful in their work or personal life.  Why not volunteer today?

How do I get in touch?
You can contact our County Scout Office in Thirsk 01845 523 858 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during office hours (9am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4pm on Fridays) where the County Secretary will be pleased to help you.  Or you can complete our contact form.

The North Yorkshire County Scout Office postal address is: 43b Market Place, THIRSK, North Yorkshire, YO7 1HA.