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Paul and Phil to join the Team

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This from MARK EDWARDS, our County Commissioner:

2 new appointments

I'm sure everyone in the County will support both of them in their new roles.



Will be much missed in the Richmondshire District. 

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Richard Good, Chairman of Richmondshire District Scouts writes:

"I have tell you the very sad news that Brenda Milner has passed away. Brenda was an amazing lady, she served Scouting for over sixty years with over 40 years as our District Badge Secretary.

She had previously been a Cub Scout Leader and then a Group Treasurer and was currently District Badge Secretary, a District Active Support Member, a District Executive Member and a District Appointments Advisory Committee Member as well.

In April 2008 she was awarded the Silver Acorn and in January 2018 she was given the 60 year Good Service Award.

I am sure you join me in thinking of Brian and his family at this sad time, and we will remember them in our prayers."

NEW INFORMATION: Brenda’s funeral will take place at noon on Wednesday 12 December 2018 at St Aidan’s Garrison Church, Hipswell Road, Catterick Garrison, DL9 3BH.  Scouting leaders and friends who knew Brenda are welcome to attend and Scout uniform should be worn.  Brenda’s family have requested no flowers, but donations should be made to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

I'm sure a lot of people in the County knew Brenda, and will mourn her passing.


Destined for 'Rotary' to send abroad

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Mike Collins, GSL of the 1st Boroughbridge Group tells us:

shoebox"Boroughbridge Scouts recently handed over 34 shoeboxes to Rotary International through the kind auspices of the Rotary Club of Knaresborough. The Scouts collected presents to fill the boxes which are made up for age specific children, for teenagers or for households. They will go to Children and Families who are in need over Christmas in places all over Europe. Each box was marked as a present from Boroughbridge Scouts."

NB The Rotary Shoebox Scheme operates from Rotary Clubs within Rotary Great Britain & Ireland. It’s based in Preston, Lancashire and the Scheme operates within Eastern Europe. Initially it started with the orphanages in Romania and spread from there.

Well done 1st Boroughbridge - gifts like this are welcome ANYTIME, but are especially welcomed around Christmas time by those in poverty!


Latest version of the 'Water Diary' now on line

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The Water Activities Team have opened up the bookings for the Paddlesport, Sailsport and Windsurfing events for 2019 including the Bellboating in York in May. The Bellboating evening slots will be opened later in the month after we have tested refinements to the booking system for this.

Once again we will be planning an "Open Day" at Ellerton for Leaders and Permit holders to enable new (and old) leaders to find out what we have to offer, details will be advertised later in the month after the Water team meetings but pencil in the date now - 23rd March.

Also new for this year is a training day for those who wish to deliver the Dragon Boat badge on the 31st March the details of which are being finalised and will be available by the end of the month. The day will follow the Bellboat permit training day on the 30th March.

Please keep watching out for new events being added during the next few months.

A full copy of the latest version of the diary is to be found HERE

All looks good - and plenty of variety!


Some awards now delegated to Districts to decide

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Every adult who gives their time to Scouting supports the development of young people and without them Scouting and the adventures it offers simply would not happen. However, there are those who make an extra special contribution and carry out task and commitments outside of the requirements of their role and our Good Service and St George’s Day Awards are intended to recognise that additional contribution and thereby express the appreciation of the Association and in particular that of the Chief Scout.

Take a look at the NEW County Awards Policy which takes into account recent Scout Association CHANGES for the approval of some important awards that can now be decided WITHIN Scouting Districts.

With decision-making for some awards now delegated to District Commissioners, to support them in their decision-making, they may wish to establish a District Awards Advisory Group/Panel, but are not required to do so. Commissioners can manage awards in their areas in different ways: some may wish to completely devolve the decision-making, while others may wish to take personal responsibility for them. This approach gives Commissioners the flexibility to manage awards in the way that works best for their Districts.

You can find the NEW County Awards Policy (including links to the Scout Association's site) HERE

Changes indeed - Make sure YOUR District knows about these important changes!



Have YOU got the date in your diary?

euro 2020


After the last Eurojam in 2005 in the United Kingdom, the European Jamboree returns to gather young people from all over Europe in Gdansk, Poland to celebrate Scout and Guide values, strengthen our international community and provide young people in Europe with the opportunity to meet and learn from each other.

The County has selected its leaders for the Euro-Jamboree 2020 in Poland as follows:

euro 2020cUnit Leader: Matthew Thompson (York Minster)
Deputy Unit Leader: Dave Baker (Ripon & District)
Assistant Unit Leader: Janet Greenwood (Easingwold)
Assistant Unit Leader: Alex Hockin (Ripon & District)

The County International Service Team (IST) members have also been selected.

Kathryn Dunn (York Ebor)
Tom Haigh (Ingleborough)
Connor Leeming (Ryedale)
Joe Odziemski (Richmondshire)

Congratulations to everyone as they begin this exciting Scouting adventure.
Applications for contingent members is now OPEN - see separate article on this website!

Mark your calendars now to save the date - 27TH JULY TO 6TH AUGUST 2020.


58 young people involved


This article is published, courtesy of the Gazette and Herald in Ryedale:

A JOINT girl guiding and scouting event has taken place at Ampleforth College. The 58 Beavers, Rainbows, Brownies, and Cubs, along with helpers and leaders, met at the college’s orchard where they got the opportunity to pick their own apples from the trees and turn them into apple juice.

rye bThe youngsters also worked in teams to successfully complete an apple-themed scavenger hunt.

Francesca Evans (who is the Beaver Scout Leader for 1st Helmsley), one of the organisers, said: “In this landmark event, Girlguiding and The Scout Association joined forces to organise a fun and exciting evening, integrating both organisations, offering the opportunity to work together, and share experiences while learning new skills. Joint meetings are not something that has been done within recent years in Helmsley and we are keen to integrate the two organisations for special meetings and events. The success of this event shows the true power of collaboration by two of the largest youth organisations in the UK, and by working together helps young people to achieve and learn more, and flourish within their Guiding and Scouting journeys.”

Well done Ryedale - you know what they say - an apple a day............................!!


Looking specifically at the 13 to 25's


Are YOU musical?


13 to 25 and musically Grade 5? This may interest YOU!