This from the CC, Mark Edwards: 

16th October

Dear Team North Yorkshire

mark 17I 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.

Keep Calm 6In 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.

Best Wishes


Keep safe - and keep on Scouting!




Can YOU design a good badge for us?

short 1

We need a badge designing for the County 'ZOOMBAREE' Activity Day on Sunday 20 December - Please can you help us out?

short 2
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.

Over to you - Let's have LOTS of entries!




Another FOURTEEN lucky people

200 banner

200 Club Anyone can join200 winners 10 2020

Help us to deliver more Scouting Adventures for young people in North Yorkshire.


Why not join our 200 Club TODAY and give yourself a chance to receive a monthly prize from between £10 and £25. There are at least TEN prizes each and every month


The latest draw was made and witnessed on 4th October 2020 with £220 in prizes


For more information, or if you wish to join, just click HERE



If you are not a member, then act NOW!





Could YOU fill either of these two posts?


We are seeking to recruit and fill TWO Assistant County Commissioner (ACC) appointments, namely: ACC Scouts and ACC International.

ACCx2BFor either appointment, you will be a member of the County Team and, note, these exciting opportunities are not only open to current Scouting Leaders and Members, but also to adults with NO Scouting experience (all you need is the enthusiasm and personal skills to help us to ensure the effective operation of either of these positions in the County).

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.

If you are interested, act NOW!




Selby & District are looking for a new D.C.

Need a new challenge

We are now recruiting for a new District Commissioner to lead one of our most vibrant and successful Scouting Districts.

selby DCThe 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.

Selby DC2You 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.

Are YOU, or anyone you know, up for it?




GOOD NEWS today from Scouting HQ.....

HRH banner

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.

HRH 1Her 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.

fleur de lis newBeginning 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.

Fantastic News For Us All




Are you aged 12 to 25?

nsgo 21

Applications for the 2021 NSGSO and NSGCB course are now open.

notesThey 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.

Remember the deadline, don't YOU miss out!



Recent On-Line AGM results

 Exec banner 4

At the 'online' County Annual General Meeting on 22 September, with over 100 members from across the County tuning in live, the new County Executive Committee for 2020-21 was elected and confirmed as being:


Marco DiClemente (County Chair)
Alison Haigh (County Treasurer)
Mark Edwards (County Commissioner)
Tom Haigh (County Youth Commissioner)
big news 2Peter 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)

If you missed the online AGM, don’t worry you can catch up and watch the video HERE.

 ....and thanks to ALL those who volunteered!