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200 Club Dec 19In North Yorkshire Scouts we are fortunate enough to have a lot of adult leaders who are qualified to instruct our Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts and Explorer Scouts in various outdoor activities pertaining to their age ranges.

200 Club Anyone can join

To allow our young people to enjoy the myriad of exciting Scouting activities costs us a lot of money - joining our 200 Club is one of the ways that YOU can help us to achieve our goals

If you join our 200 Club - HALF the money you pay quarterly goes in PRIZES and the other HALF goes towards our County Scout Funds - this is a way of raising money for NY Scouts AND allows YOU the the possible thrill of winning one of the many prizes in our Monthly Draw - EVERY MONTH!

If you are interested in finding out more about the Draw (or joining it) please contact David, our County Secretary, at the County Office NOW!





He will be sorely missed.

Gone Home Jim Benson

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Jim Benson, Assistant District Commissioner (York Minster District) and Active Support Member for York Districts as well as Snowball Plantation. He was a Scout Leader for over 55 years and District Appointments Secretary until recently in York Minster District.

In 2018 he received The Silver Wolf (the highest adult award in Scouting) for his services of the most exceptional nature. He will be greatly missed across York Minster District and the County.

The condolences of the County Commissioner, County Team and all members of North Yorkshire Scouts are with Jim's family at this sad time.

NEW UPDATE: The funeral for Jim will take place at 11.40am on Friday 7 February at York Crematorium, YO23 2QD. All enquiries to Hayley Owen Funeral Director, 01904 792 525.


A sad time indeed for us all.


Scouts get everywhere!

 famous scouts

Scouting is for everyone, and there are all kinds of famous people who were once Scouts, some of whom might surprise you. Scouts have been presidents, prime ministers, entrepreneurs and pop stars. They have climbed Everest, stood at the South Pole and walked on the moon. Scouts are also teachers, social workers – the people who make society work. They are all united by common values of integrity, respect, trust, cooperation, and their promise to help other people.

Here are just a few examples.

Sir David Attenborough, naturalist
Neil Armstrong, astronaut
Buzz Aldrin, astonaut
Mark Addy, actor
(Note...Mark was once a member of a York District!)
David Beckham, footballer
Tony Blair, former prime minister
Russell Brand, comedian
Sir Richard Branson, entrepreneur
Jarvis Cocker, musician
Billy Connolly, comedian
Bill Clinton, former US president
Bill Gates, business magnate
Richard Gere, actor
Bear Grylls, survival expert (& Chief Scout)
Richard Hammond, tv presenter
(Note...Richard was once a member of Ripon & District!)
Lucie Jones, singer and actress
John F Kennedy, former US president
John Lennon, singer & songwiter
James Martin, chef
Sir Andrew Murray, tennis player
Sir Paul McCartney, musician
Barack Obama, former US president
Joe Pasquale, comedian
Jeremy Paxman, journalist
Keith Richards, musician
Steven Spielberg, film director
David Walliams, comedian
John Wayne, actor

These are just a few of the many.....



A valued friend of the County - He WILL be missed



Colonel Edward C. York held the appointment of Vice Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire from January 2000 to February 2014. In 2015 Eddy was honoured with an OBE for 'services to charities'.

He was well known and immensely popular with many Scout Leaders and County Administrators and his contribution to Scouting across the County was considerable over many years.

The condolences of the County Commissioner, County Team and all members of North Yorkshire Scouts are with Colonel Eddy's family at this sad time.

"Know that you are still in our thoughts"

New Update: A private family funeral will be held, to be followed next month by a Service of Thanksgiving at York Minster on Thursday 20 February


Why not give it a go?


Open to all current and future Group, District and County Executive Committee members. Times 10.30-15.00 approx, venue in York (To Be Confirmed).

Invaluable training and advice on the role and responsibilities of Executive Committee members, including how members should support Scouting in their role as Trustees, in line with The Charity Commission, Scout Association and County regulations. No cost and lunch provided.

If you wish to attend, please complete the short booking form you can access HERE by no later than 12 February.

No cost AND lunch! - Why not book yourself in NOW!



Bookings NOW OPEN


This exciting North Yorkshire expedition weekend for Scouts and Explorer Scouts in 2020 will take place over the weekend of 2nd/3rd May and although there is a competitive element the main aims are:-

Tohunga --- Enabling the younger scouts to complete some of the hiker badge requirements and gain the experience they require before tackling the expedition element of the expedition challenge.

Teko Teko -- a two day expedition enabling Scouts to complete the expedition elements of the Scout Expedition Challenge.

Tahwiri --- a two day expedition enabling Explorer Scouts to take part in 2-day expedition which, navigation-wise, is of D of E Silver standard.

TTT20AAs a team, participants plan and walk their own route taking in a number of checkpoints, some of which are compulsory. For this reason, the distance walked depends on route planning. Successful completion of the event satisfies the expedition elements of both the Scout and DofE training schemes.

Teams must be completely self-contained, carrying all equipment and food for the weekend. Although no minimum age is specified, in the opinion of the leader ALL Scouts entered must be physically and mentally capable of completing the event.

Teko Tahwiri Tohunga (or TTT for short) is open to teams of between 4 - 7 Scouts or Explorers, who compete against one another in a 2-day expedition, testing their route planning and campsite skills!

For Leaders, this is an easy weekend to help your Scouts / Explorers achieve Activity, Staged, and Challenge Badges, giving Scouts the opportunity to get even closer to their Chief Scouts Gold Award, and Explorers to their Chief Scouts Platinum and DofE Awards!

For more information or to register your Troop/Unit..... .....

Look HERE for the Scouts' event

Look HERE for the Explorers' event 

Are YOU interested? If so book now!



Keith steps down in March 2020


2020BWe are searching for a new Assistant County Commissioner (Scouts), to take up the role in March 2020. You will be a key member of the County Team and play and significant role in the development of the County, in particular the Scout section programme.

So, are you up for an exciting challenge? The Vacancy Pack provides invaluable advice on the role, including a link to the application form.

To see both the Pack and the link to the Form click HERE

Think about it if you fancy a Challenge


District Commissioner for NORTH HAMBLETON needed

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We are searching for a new District Commissioner (DC) for a new Scouting District in the County of North Yorkshire!

volunteer NHNORTH HAMBLETON will be formed when 'Leven' and 'Northallerton & District' merge in April 2020. We are now seeking applications for the first DC of the new District. The DC is a uniformed, management role and we need someone who can provide leadership, motivation and guidance to other adult volunteers.

You don't need any prior experience of Scouting to apply and we welcome applications from people of any age. The role can be undertaken individually or as a job-share as part of a District Commissioner team. Before the District stands up in April, the new DC will work with the County Merger Group in developing plans for North Hambleton and its new District Team.

The Vacancy Pack provides invaluable advice on the role, including a link to the application. To see the Vacancy Pack and Application Form just click HERE

An exciting post - why not give it some thought?