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First Scarborough loses this well known Member

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This message from Graeme Young, D.C. of Scarborough District, who says:

"It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we report that Bryan Lawrence died peacefully on Friday night, just after midnight. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with all of those who were close to Bryan.

Bryan Lawrence Mar19Bryan was a 'Group' man through and through with First Scarborough and after taking many roles over 60+ years, ended up as Group President. He holds the Scout Association’s highest award, The Silver Wolf (awarded in 2002) and, in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, June 2015, was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.)

Bryan was a giant of Scouting in Scarborough and had been involved with the Movement since 1955. He was the vision and driving force behind First Scarborough, the Scout Group which he loved dearly and was a huge part of his life. When the Group found themselves homeless decades ago, his determination ensured they carried on meeting until he was able to raise the funds to build the fabulous headquarters which First Scarborough now enjoy.

From a personal point of view, I became close to Bryan in the last few years. When I was appointed to my current role he was horrified that someone he hardly knew was the new DC. However it was all in lighthearted jest. As it happens he has been a real support with encouraging emails and quiet words of encouragement which meant so much coming from him."

I think many of us that knew Bryan will miss him tremendously


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Photography 2019

Open to ALL Sections - will YOU win this year?


Bookings now open to Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Explorers

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Only 250 places available  to North Yorkshire on a 'FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED' basis - For more information and/or to make a booking just click HERE!

Don't wait - do it NOW!



10am to 1pm Sunday 14 April - Bedale Scout Group HQ.

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safeguardingThe issues facing adult volunteers in keeping young people safe are changing all the time and it is essential that we provide up-to-date training.

It is a requirement for all relevant adults in Scouting to have undertaken 'approved safeguarding training' at least every five years and this is monitored at the point of appointment review

Bookings are now open for up to 24 leaders to undertake the mandatory training element of Safeguarding Awareness. Uniform not required..

Remember - 10am to 1pm Sunday 14 April - Bedale Scout Group HQ  - click HERE to book

Why not book NOW?


Dean accepts the role from the NY County Commissioner

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Right people right rolesThis message from the County Commissioner:

"You will have read on the County website or in this month’s edition of Have-u-Heard? that after 6 successful years as Chair of the County Appointments Advisory Committee, Jean Cann stepped down from the role earlier this month. We are indebted to Jean for the work she has undertaken and I had no hesitation in awarding her my commendation for her enduring loyalty and support to the County.

Moving forward, I am pleased to let you know that with immediate effect the new Chair of the County Appointments Advisory Committee will be Dean Smith, whose contact details are below.

DEAN SMITH  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dean brings to the role a wide and varied breadth of Scouting experience having been a Beaver Scout Leader, a Group Scout Leader, an Assistant County Commissioner, County Executive Committee Member, the County Youth Representative at The Scout Association National Council, District Chair and more recently District Commissioner in Ryedale. I am confident that we will benefit considerably from his leadership and judgement as the new Chair of the County Appointments Advisory Committee and I hope you will all give him your full support"

We ALL welcome Dean to his new role and thank him for taking on this important job


Date announced as Saturday 8th June 2019

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york pride 1Saturday 8 June 2019: meet at 11.30am at York Minster, ready to depart at 11.45am
Parade route: York Minster to York Racecourse

The County has been allocated a section of the parade to walk from York Minster to York Racecourse, so we are looking for a good size contingent to represent North Yorkshire Scouts. At the racecourse, there will be a range of activities including a fairground and live music with acts from around the world.

Please complete the Form to be found HERE if you want to join the contingent at York Pride as members of The Scout Association.

For further advice or information on this friendly event, contact Joe Fillingham, Deputy County Commissioner (People Training) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Junior Warrior – Scout & Guide Only Event

Bramham Park, LS23 6LT, Thursday 20 June 2019

Information for Leaders 

This event is for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders

It is not a public event

Type of Activity

Off-road obstacle course, approximately 3km in length, featuring 12 tailor-made obstacles, including walls, pipes, nets, loads of mud and an awesome water slide! The course is suitable for adults as well as children.

Event Details

  • Location: Bramham Park, LS23 6LT.
  • Arrival Time: from 5pm with First Wave from 6pm.
  • Cost: £10 each for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. No cost for Leaders.
  • There will be staggered start times, which will be advised to Group Leaders nearer the time.
  • Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will have different start times so that everybody on the course at any given time will be of a similar age.
  • When not on the course young people will be able to spectate and participate in other games and activities.
  • Please note there is ample car parking on site, please just follow the signs from the Terry Lug (Challenge17) entrance. Access will be signposted.
  • Family are encouraged to come and support the Junior Warriors.
  • The course will start and finish adjacent to the car parks and main Event Village in Bramham Park estate, so navigation on the evening will be straightforward.
  • The course will be for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders only, but many parts will be easily accessible for spectators and groups.
  • Please note that the event is primarily for under 18s; it’s not a leaders’ event and group bookings should reflect this. Any bookings showing an excessive number of adults will be returned.
  • Volunteers and outdoor trained lifeguards (where relevant) will be on each obstacle and volunteers will be distributed to ensure they have eyes on every section of the course.
  • All Junior Warriors receive goodies and a medal at the finish.
  • Refreshments will be available for purchase from the Event Village by Total Warrior caterers.

The event is limited to 250 young participants, on a first come first served basis, so don’t delay with your booking.

Expectation of Fitness Levels & Clothing

Junior Warrior is not a race, nor is it compulsory to complete each obstacle.  Junior Warriors can complete the course in their own time, walking and resting where necessary and can simply bypass an obstacle should they not wish to complete it.

Course participants will need to wear sports gear in which they are comfortable getting wet and muddy, including trainers.  It would also be worth bringing a towel to clean off after the event.  Male and female changing rooms are available, but showers are not.  A change of clothes would be advisable.  Remember, you will be outside so wet weather clothing may be required.

Medical Information

All young people and adults who plan to intend to complete the course must complete a Health Declaration Form.  The organizing group leader send these completed forms to the County Office by no later than Friday 14 June 2019.  They should also keep a copy of all of their participating group’s Health Declaration Forms and bring them to the event.

Bookings & Health Declaration Forms

Bookings for this event and access to the Health Declaration Forms are via the County website (link here).

Bookings are only confirmed once full payment has been received and this must be made no later than Friday 14 June 2019.


Ian Hick is recognised for all his past works

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Ian Hick200IHAfter 9 successful years managing and administering the County's "200 Club", Ian Hick has been awarded a commendation from the County Commissioner on stepping down from this role.

Ian has ensured that the "200 Club" continues to raise funds from members and supporters not only in North Yorkshire but across the country. For his enduring support to Scouting in this role he has the sincere thanks of the County.

Ian, as you will remember, has been in the past, a N.Y. County Secretary and a N.Y. County Treasurer, and is still continuing as a valued member of the N.Y.County Appointments Advisory Committee and is also a respected District Active Support Member in Ripon & District.

CONGRATULATIONS must go to Ian from the whole County