Dear Team North Yorkshire
I hope everyone is keeping well. I’m a bit out of sync with the regular Tuesday update, but things are moving fast and so I was waiting for information that I knew was in the pipeline to be made public.
Given our new three tier approach, this is the response from HQ with regards to Scouting.
You’ll have seen in recent days, the Government has introduced a new tier system for local restrictions across England.
The Government has confirmed that youth clubs and activities will be permitted activities at all the current three tiers (1. Medium, 2. High and 3. Very High), as services such as Scouts, like education, are essential to the development and wellbeing of young people and should continue wherever possible.
Here are the posters published by the Government explaining what activities are permitted at the various levels; Medium, High, and Very High. If you need to check which Tier you are in, please use the Government postcode checker.
In light of these changes, the National Youth Agency has confirmed that all parts of England will be at the Amber Readiness Level under the new tier system. We know that the Government has offered some flexibility to Local Authorities in the Very High tier to put additional measures in place.
As has been the case since face-to-face Scouting resumed in July, there’s no requirement for any volunteer or young person to return to face-to-face activities if they are not able or comfortable to do so. We know that Coronavirus has impacted communities and families in many different ways and we should always be sensitive and supportive.
Thank you for your hard work supporting young people in such challenging times. We’re always hearing such inspirational stories about the positive impact the return to face-to-face Scouting is having on both young people and leaders.
Note the date of the event (which is actually the day after the Shortest Day this year) - and for latest details about the event and the badge competition, take a look HERE on the County Calendar
Be aware that the closing date for badge designs is Saturday 31 October.
The latest draw was made and witnessed on 4th October 2020 with £220 in prizes
The vacancy packs can be found HERE and they explain both roles and include links to the application forms.
Please note....the closing date for applications is the 1st of November 2020.
We are now recruiting for a new District Commissioner to lead one of our most vibrant and successful Scouting Districts.
The District Commissioner Selby & District is a uniformed, management role and we need someone, or a team of volunteers, who can provide leadership, motivation and guidance to other adult volunteers. A large part of the role involves supporting Scout leaders and local Groups.
You don’t need any prior Scouting experience to apply for this role and we welcome applications from people of any age or gender. It's people and leadership skills we are looking for to lead and support our uniformed volunteers so they can deliver those life-changing experiences, skills for life and opportunities for adventure that are the hallmarks of Scouting.
Applications should be received by 31 October 2020. Please read the vacancy pack HERE, where you will find a link to the application form.
We’re so pleased to announce that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge today becomes Joint President of the Scouts, alongside HRH The Duke of Kent to champion the power of Scouting and oversee the Council, the Scouts’ governing body.
Her first move is to thank every Scouts volunteer across the UK for their brilliant work supporting families and communities during this challenging year.
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who has helped Scouts in so many ways over the last eight years, has now kindly agreed to take on this historic role and is the first woman to hold the post in the movement’s 113-year history.
The Duchess’ first engagement as Joint President is a visit to 12th Northolt Scouts, based in London, to thank them and all Scouts volunteers who have supported young people during lockdown.
Beginning her support for Scouts as a volunteer while living on Anglesey, The Duchess has been a great friend of the movement and a constant champion for young people. A great believer in the power of volunteering, she has a particular interest and expertise in early years’ education and speaks frequently on the positive impact gaining life skills at an early age can have on a young person’s wellbeing and development.
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge was particularly keen to meet Scout volunteers, who have done so much to support young people during the current pandemic. In this challenging time, Scouting is more important than ever before - giving young people life skills and a sense of connection and belonging, all while supporting communities in areas of deprivation disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
Applications for the 2021 NSGSO and NSGCB course are now open.
They are being accepted for both the Symphony Orchestra and the Concert Band. The residential course is held in Stourbridge, West Midlands, with concerts held at prestigious venues in the Birmingham area, as well as the first ever completely joint concert between the NSGSO and NSGCB at Coventry Cathedral.
The course runs from Sunday 1 August to Sunday 8 August 2021 and the closing date for applications is midnight on Saturday 12 December 2020.
For full details And information on how to apply just click HERE.
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)