June 1st: New DC takes the reins Following a recommendation by the County Appointments Advisory Committee, the County Commissioner is pleased to announce that from Monday 1 June 2020, JOHN…Read More
This from the CC, Mark Edwards: Dear Team North Yorkshire, Here we are and 10 weeks have now passed; I hope that you and your families are keeping well. You…Read More
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Ripon & District has a proud Scouting history and as one of the largest in the County it has some very successful Groups and 3 Explorer Scout Units, both large and small, supported by a large & dedicated Active Support Unit.
Our County Commissioner says: "I am sure that every one in the District (and in the County) will all give John full support as he begins this new chapter in his Scouting career. In doing so, I am confident that he will help everyone to offer ever more opportunities for adventure and skills for life to our young members at this most challenging of times and when face-to-face Scouting eventually resumes".
The competition is open to everyone involved in Scouting and Guiding in the County of North Yorkshire (from Beavers and Rainbows through to adults).
Using recyclable or junk materials only, create a model. You can do anything so use your imagination to come up with your most creative design and name it! (You may use sticky tape, string or glue to assemble and craft materials/paints etc to decorate).
You will need to take two photographs: one of the materials you are going to use and one of your finished model with a quirky name for it. Submit these for judging by the end of June. The most creative model from each section wins.
All entries must be submitted with the name of the entrant, Section (Beaver, Brownie etc), Scout or Guide Group, District plus Guide County details, an email or postal contact and confirmation that the entry 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.
For further information please contact;
John A Ives
ACC, Creative Activities
North Yorkshire Scouts
Dear Team North Yorkshire,
Here we are and 10 weeks have now passed; I hope that you and your families are keeping well. You are all still doing a fantastic job. Many AGMs are now in the planning or are due to take place, so well done for that. Your programmes, as always, amaze me but as we go forward, we thought it would be good to share ideas across the County. So, next week we will be setting up a shared Google drive for you to share all your great ideas, templates etc so that we can expand the pool of online ideas. Look out next week for the link.
Safety and Safeguarding. Please can I ask those that need to complete their online safety and safeguarding do this as soon as possible. There is a new online safeguarding course that avoids the need to use flash player. The links below take you directly to this mandatory training, including the new online safeguarding course.
Sunrise to Sunset Activity Day
Sunday 21st June when we celebrate the longest day.
A daylong programme of events that our young people, adults and families can tune in to. A kind of virtual activity day. Look out for the programme release next week. Links to book a place will be available, but please flag up the event with your young people.
I am pleased to reveal our badge for the event that from next week can be ordered at a cost of £1 per badge - It was designed by Max from Elvington Beavers (York Ebor District) and can be worn on the uniform left sleeve cuff for the next 12 months. He has tried to keep it fairly simple so that it can be easily printed as a badge. He has added the farming element partly because he lives next to a farm and knows that farmers work from dawn to dusk and North Yorkshire is a big farming community. Max also wanted to show the different colours of the sun when it rises and sets.
To read the Full Update from the CC including details of the SCOUT NETWORK QUIZ, COMPASS OUTAGE, and VARIOUS TRAINING LINKS just click HERE
Keep SAFE and KEEP SCOUTING.
"The world has changed. But one thing’s stayed the same – the outstanding generosity of our volunteers. You’ve proved time and again just how dedicated you are, even in these toughest of times. Seeing the countless stories of our volunteers going the extra mile appearing across social media inspires me every day.
You’ll remember that the first week of June is Volunteers’ Week. It’s a time when we traditionally say thank you to the 160,000 adults who make Scouts possible. This year, it’s going to feel a little different. It’s not a time to celebrate, and it’s probably not the right moment for cake and balloons. But it definitely is a moment for us to recognise the incredible efforts and positive impact our volunteers are making on the lives of young people.
It’s not easy to keep twenty Cub Scouts engaged and entertained on a Zoom call. It’s not something any of us were trained for and so many of us are simply doing the best we can. But that’s totally in the spirit of Scouts. In my experience, having a go at something with enough enthusiasm and kindness usually means it’ll succeed in the end. That kind of response deserves a really meaningful thank you.
Some ideas could be, a letter, an award, a certificate, a public thank-you, a private 'thank-you' etc.
I’m sure you’ll have more great ideas, but the important thing is that we all do something. Let’s respect the rules around social distancing and keep each safe while still doing something meaningful.
It’s important to remember that everyone’s life circumstances are different, and volunteers are able to give differently at different times and in different ways. That’s OK. It’s also OK to continue to be safe and look after yourself, your loved ones and work, before even thinking about Scouts and volunteering.
When we look back on all this, I know we’ll be so proud of the way you’ve lived your Scout values and supported our young people. So, I’d just like to finish with a thank you from me. We’re so lucky to have you."