Welcome to the new District Commissioner for Easingwold District

Begins his new Scouting role - Monday 16th April 2018

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This from the County Commissioner, Mark Edwards, about the recent Appointment:

Easingwold"Following a recommendation by the County Appointments Advisory Committee, I am pleased to announce that I have approved the following uniformed Scouting appointment with effect from Monday 16 April 2018:

GARY ROBERTS - District Commissioner - Easingwold District

Gary has been a Scouter for over 20 years in Harrogate & Nidderdale and Ryedale, and I am sure that you will join me in supporting Gary in his new appointment. I am delighted that, with his return to the County he has taken on this important role, where he can bring to bear his leadership and managerial skills. Under Gary’s leadership, I am confident that Easingwold District can develop positively and grow with confidence, and I would be grateful if everyone would give him their full support as he begins a new Scouting challenge"

I'm sure EVERYONE will help Gary in his new role.



March 2018 - N. Yorks. "200 Club" Winners

TWELVE lucky people......


200 winners march 18In 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 ten 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!





York Scout and Guide Gang Show now recruiting!

This from John Ives, who amongst other roles, is Chairman of the York Scout and Guide Gang Show.

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The York Scout & Guide Gang Show is a variety show filled with songs, dances and sketches which is staged once every two years at Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York. The cast is made up of Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network and Leaders from the York Scout Districts of Minster and Ebor, as well as Brownies, Guides, Rangers, Senior Section and Leaders from the Girlguiding County of North Yorkshire South.

The next full show at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York is on 27 November to 1 December 2018. The cast will sign-on on Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 June 2018.

If YOU qualify - are you joining the Gang??


GDPR - What's that??

The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018.


This from Mark Edwards, our County Commissioner: 

"The GDPR toolkit for local Scouting is now available online.

GDPR 1As a reminder, Scout Groups, Districts, Counties/ Areas/ Regions and Countries are separate charities and The Scout Association, as a national charity, is not accountable for the respective alignment of the GDPR of each individual charity. Responsibility to be aligned with the GDPR rests with the respective Executive Committee, and its our intention to sign-post appropriate resources to support local Scouting in fulfilling this important responsibility.

The national team have issued this suite of resources to help you with GDPR regulations.Including 'how to' videos and support materials prepared by Black Penny Consultancy to help local Scouting, and specifically local Executive Committees, to guide each Group, District and County/ Area/ Region to work towards alignment to the GDPR.

The GDPR toolkit is a self-service guide and leads Executive Committees through the data privacy life cycle in steps. In February we shared a document entitled 'What is the GDPR?' which is the first stage of step 1.

For sight of what the Scout Association has provided already, click HERE"

Remember that 'The Scout Association' or 'The Scout County' are NOT responsible for your Group or your District implementing the Regulation - it's up to YOU!!


2018 Expedition Weekend : The DOWNLOAD page is now open to see!

Details can be viewed on the Land Activities Events page

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Teko 1A special web page containing information for the 2018 Teko Teko/Tohunga/Tahwiri Expedition Weekend is now available.

Participant handbooks and various other documents for Section leaders and expedition team members can be downloaded to use or share HERE.

The event itself takes place in Ribblesdale on May 12th and 13th. Bookings have now closed, but details can still be viewed on the event pages which can be found via the Book Land Activities web page HERE.


Keep your eye on the Event if you want to know what is going on!


Gone Home - Eric Postles

This from Ian Powell, the District Secretary of Selby and District:

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"It is with much sadness that I must inform you that Eric Postles, the District President and former D.C. passed away peacefully in his sleep. His family were with him at the time."

Eric Postles 2Eric Postles served Scouting for 52 years, was a former District Commissioner for Scouts for 21 years, and, more latterly, served as District President for many years in the Selby District.

A lot of people in the County will have know Eric over time and, I'm sure, all will mourn his passing.

Eric first became involved in Scouting in Birmingham when he formed a Cub Scout Pack with 36 members, having joined the Scout Movement as an eight-year-old Cub. He later became Group Scout Leader of that same Scout Group before moving further north to Selby with his work.

In 2016 he was awarded the 50 year's Service Award and had previously been honoured by the Chief Scout by being presented with the Silver Wolf, the highest adult award in Scouting.

Eric’s funeral took place at midday on Tuesday 17 April at St Wilfrid’s Church, Brayton, Selby, and a Scouting Guard of Honour paid their tribute to Eric.

We are ALL thinking of Eric and his family at this sad time.


Ex-Boroughbridge Leader helps to get Army to Sponsor the Scout Mechanic Activity Badge

The Scout Mechanic Activity Badge is now partnered by the Army (REME - Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers)

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Mike Collins, GSL of 1st Boroughbridge Group, tells us that he has had the following communication from Trevor Holding who was a Leader with the Boroughbridge Group for a while during the time he was posted to Dishforth and, since moving on, he has helped to get the new Scout Mechanic Badge sponsored by REME.

Army 5Trevor writes to Mike: "I am writing to you today because I wanted to give you a small update on what Dylan (son) and myself have been doing since we left Boroughbridge Scout Group. I know it was around 8 months ago but we would never have started if it wasn't for you.

Dylan moved on to Cubs and settled in almost immediately. After enjoying being an Occasional Helper at Boroughbridge Beavers I decided that I would join as a Leader and I am now ACSL in Lyneham Cub Scouts. I would like to thank yourself and the rest of the Boroughbridge Scout Group for introducing both Dylan and myself into Scouting,

Shortly after moving to Lyneham I approached REME Regimental HQ and put forward the proposal that the REME sponsor the Scout Mechanic Activity Badge and the Army have taken it forward and, in this quarter's Scouting Magazine (in the GOING WILD section), it is being advertised (pages 10 & 11).

I hope that the Boroughbridge Scout Group will take up the challenge of completing the badge and that you can turn to your Scouts and say that 'one of the guys that pushed for the sponsorship was one of my leaders and I introduced him to Scouting'."

Mike expects that Trevor will be heavily involved with an event for the Mechanic Badge which is being run by the Scout Association and the Army for 300 Scouts on Saturday 28th April 2018 (To celebrate the launch the partnership, the Army are hosting a Scouts Takeover Day at MoD Lyneham on the 28th April 2018 to earn their Scout Mechanics Badge. Scouts will learn from professional REME engineers and will perform the badge practical tasks on a variety of Army equipment, including tanks and helicopters!)


Keep up to date with the N.Y. County Water Team

Water Team Events update March/April/May 2018

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Bellboating at York and Boroughbridge on 12th and 13th May - there are still places to book on these events - however - please remember the closing dates for bookings are 21st and 22nd April. (BOOKINGS FOR THESE TWO ARE NOW CLOSED!!)

Windsurfing – Places for this are being added and will be available to book anytime from 23rd March and will take place at Ellerton Park this year on the following dates:
29th April - N.B. Closing date for this one is 15th April ( NOW CLOSED!!)
2nd June
21st July
29th September

bellboatEvening Bellboat sessions at Boroughbridge – The arrangements for these sessions are changing this year and will be booked through the County Website with all enquiries going to Peter Crook (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) who is co-ordinating them.

These will be available from Tuesday 5th June through to Thursday 12th July on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you require bookings on a Friday night or at a weekend please contact Peter Crook.

You will need to choose an evening (6.30 to 8.30), book one or two Bellboats (£25 per boat per evening) via the website and then it is upto you how you plan the evening.

If you have a helm(s) that have the relevant permits there will be no extra cost but if you require a helm we can provide them and the cost will be £10 per helm (one helm per boat is the minimum requirement) and these will need to be booked separately on the website, for the appropriate date.

activity team logoThese dates will be on this website and open for bookings from Friday 23rd March and all bookings will close one month before the date of the event to allow us to organise helm as necessary. When booking the Bellboats please indicate in the info box whether you are providing helms and if so, their names, in order that we avoid anyone booking helms without boats!

Please note these will show as individual bookings although you are booking for your Group

Water Bookings – Please note that any queries regarding Water activity bookings should be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (NOT to the 'general' County Office email or any other @nys.org.uk email address) to enable us to resolve any issues. Sending to the County Office may result in delay due to the volumes received and office priorities.

Make a note, all you sailors. Don't miss out on these good opportunities!