Ripon & District 'Team Test' for Scouts 2017

A massive '18' Patrols enter

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MA 2This annual event for Scouts in Ripon & District was recently hosted by 1st Boroughbridge Group at the Coronation Hall, Milby, Boroughbridge,

A massive 18 Patrols (Teams), each of them between 3 and 6 Scouts, from Troops in  Ripon, Boroughbridge, Sowerby, Topcliffe, Masham and Thirsk came together for just over 2 hours of FUN and FRIENDSHIP whilst tackling 12 challenging tasks each out of the 18 bases provided for them to complete.

The 18 Bases included: Marshmallow and Pasta Pioneering, Knotting, Mastermind, Jamboree locations, Union Jack jigsaw, 'Get out of that', Map symbol memory, First Aid scenario, Mountain height recognition, Scouting snakes and ladders, Estimating weights, Kim's game, Skittles, Meccano Pioneering and Chief Scouts past & present recognition

After the tasks were completed, the scores were added together and there were only 6 points between the FIRST PLACE and the THIRD PLACE making it a truly 'nail-biting' finish. 

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The top three Patrols (Teams) were deemed to be, in reverse order - 3rd was 'Team O' (from 6th Ripon) with 81 points - 2nd was 'Team I' (from 6th Ripon) with 83 points - and the WIINERS were 'Team E' from (1st Masham) with 87 points.

1st Masham therefore took home the 'Jim Bradford' Trophy' to proudly hold for a year until next year's competition.


Well done to ALL who participated
 - and thanks to ALL those who made it happen.


N.Y. County Scout Cooking Competition 2017 - 'The Results' announced

"Massive 28 teams registered"

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Here is a report by David Waring about 'what went on':

coopk 17 meals"Sunday, 8th October saw the largest entry list for the North Yorkshire Scouts’ Annual Camp Cooking Competition so far. 28 teams from North Yorkshire Scout Groups registered and although there were inevitably some cancellations we still ended up with around 70 youngsters taking part in the 2017 County Cooking Competition at Easingwold Outdoor Centre (Dawney Bridge). For the fifth year running the Scouts managed to choose a fine Sunday. However, it was a close run thing and although the day was bright and mostly sunny the site itself reflected the weather of the past few weeks. ‘Welly’ boots were certainly the order of the day. Still, what’s a bit of mud between friends?

As ever, the Outdoor centre saw its first arrivals at around 1000hrs as the teams of Scouts arrived with their shelters, stoves, equipment and ingredients ready to do culinary battle. Mind you the last team didn’t arrive until about 1115hrs, a very brave move and they certainly hit the ground running for the 1200hrs start. As it happened the field conditions delayed some of the earlier teams so we delayed the start a little and no-one was too inconvenienced. As in previous years each team of three were required to produce a meal for four (main meal and either starter or dessert) that they might serve at a Scout Camp. This was using a maximum of 2 rings or burners, no grills or any other aids that they might not have when camping - and all in two hours.

By 1300hrs the place was a hive of activity with everyone working hard to produce a meal that they hoped would win the day. Very soon the field resembled a bee hive with a hum of activity in the cook tents (or at the tables of the two brave teams who decided they wouldn’t bother with a shelter whatever the weather!) and also with a few hopefuls searching for some oddments that had either been forgotten, broken or otherwise rendered un-useable; replacements were always found or offered. There are always a few adults around, to make sure no-one received unacceptable help from outside the tent or suffered serious injury but this year I noticed far more of them simply sitting back, enjoying the sun and monitoring from a distance. The teams really were 'on their own'. My stroll around the cooking areas confirmed this confidence; great knife skills, cunning techniques to cope with ‘camping conditions’ and limited equipment (only two ‘rings’ remember and no oven or grill) being displayed - and this in the fresh air and a muddy field.

cook 17 judgesDespite the delayed start, by 1415hrs (the two hour limit) all meals had been presented for judging in a form of natural progression as the various courses were cooked. This year the three judges had possibly the hardest time so far choosing the three best meals. All meals presented were assessed as extremely good. As ever, some had excellent mains whilst others excelled with the desert or starters and whilst it was not difficult to sort the top five, deciding on the final three was not easy. With the help of the long-standing cooking experience of one of their number, the three judges, Mark Edwards, Keith Cartwright and Felicity Hackett, all members of the County Scouting HQ Staff, managed to agree on the winners. Even then it was only by applying culinary and presentational standards that would more usually have been seen in a ‘Master Chef’ competition - and still it wasn’t without a certain amount of argument!

However, the job was done and the final result was:
1st. Ripon and District. 1st Topcliffe Group team: “Topcafe” with Pan Fried Salmon and parsley sauce with new potatoes, mange touts and baby carrots with Tiramisu for desert.
2nd Ripon and District. Hillside Group, team: “Hillside Girls” with Pan fried Chicken with a Creamy Paprika Sauce and a Toffee Crumble and Home Made Custard for desert.
3rd Leven District. 1st Great Ayton Group, team: “Resolution”. They produced a Risotto and Bruschetta main course with Chocolate fudge brownie for desert.

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Congratulations to Ripon and District: Not only did the 1st Topcliffe Group achieve a FIRST for the second year running but their Hillside Group also managed to get Second prize.

Everyone said that they had had a thoroughly enjoyable day and promised to be back for next year’s competition which is scheduled for Sunday 9th October 2018. Provisionally at the EOC (Dawney) again but that is to be confirmed. Why not you put a marker on your calendar and perhaps we will see you there (or wherever). With luck it might not be quite such a muddy field!

Thanks to all who came and supported the Scouts, everyone I spoke to expressed their pleasure at seeing so many youngsters enjoying themselves. And while there was a little disappointment for the ‘Home’ team as Easingwold were not able to get a 2nd place to add to their previous years’ results in order to achieve a ‘full set’ of awards - but, heigh-ho - ’that’s the way the cookie crumbles’. There is always next year!"

Sounds like EVERYONE had a good time - WELL DONE TO ALL!



TWO more D.O.E. Gold Awards for Autumn 2017

What an achievement for the County!

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WELL DONE TO BOTH from all of us in North Yorkshire

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1st Barton Gang Show coming soon....

8th, 9th, 10th and 11th of November 2017

Jane Davenport says "Please come and see our Gang Show!"

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Get into the Gang Show spirit - book YOUR tickets NOW!


1st K & F is STILL the longest running Gang Show

2018 Gang Show opens on 24th November 2017

1st Kildwick & Farnhill Scout Group is the longest running Gang Show in the country & will be performing its 76th Gang Show on Friday 24th & Saturday 25th November 2017 in the Glusburn Institute, Colne Road, Glusburn, BD20 8PJ.

Tickets are priced at Adults £7.00 and Children £4.50. Discounts available for group bookings. Please contact Neil Tillotson on 01535 653511 or Richard Tillotson on email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details. Doors open 6.45pm Commence 7.15pm

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Contact Richard or Neil NOW and have a really GOOD night out!


County Water Activity Team Diary for 2018 released

All 2018 water events in one document

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The County Water team has now released its diary for 2018 year and bookings will open in mid-October.

activity team logoOf special interest this year are two days that are being laid on for leaders and permit holders, firstly an open day at Ellerton on 10th March for anyone who wishes to come and find out what the Water team can offer at Ellerton and in the wider County – this should particularly appeal to new leaders. Secondly we are offering a day on the 25th March for any Paddlesport permit holders to come and update their knowledge and skills. Further details in these will appear over the coming months.

In response to feedback we have now a number of days when Paddlesport and Sailsport are on the same days so sections can bring participants to both if they wish.

All events are open for parents to book individually as previously, however if sections are booking then the payment is due one month after the booking and individual names and details should be with the water booking co-ordinator by the closing date at the very latest so that we can arrange the correct level and quantity of instructors and get the joining instructions out direct and in good time. A copy of the Group booking information sheet will now be sent out when the booking is made.

To find the 2018 diary look at the activity tab on this website or click HERE

Get in early and keep your eye out for bookings opening!


North Yorkshire County Team grows stronger by THREE more appointees!

The future looks 'good' for the whole County

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Following recommendations by the County Appointments Advisory Committee, the CC is pleased to announce that he has approved the following THREE appointments with effect from Monday 25 September 2017.




About the Appointment, MARK EDWARDS, our CC, says: "Mark joins the County Team from the Leven District and will bring his skills and talents to developing first class support for the Scouting programme that we need to deliver to our young members. This important work strand is crucial to the retention of members and in ensuring that we can deliver effectively and professionally those skills for life that are fundamental to the Scouting movement. I am confident that you will give Mark your full support as he begins the next chapter of his Scouting career".




About the Appointment, MARK EDWARDS, our CC, says: "John has been a successful County Creative Co-ordinator and in taking up this appointment will bring an even more important focus to the creative side of the Scouting programme. His creative skills, advice and experience will be invaluable as we develop more exciting opportunities for adventure for our young members. The creative skills for life that we can offer are extensive and under John’s leadership they will have a great champion, whom I know will have your full support."


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About the Appointment, MARK EDWARDS, our CC, says: "The professional skills and advice that Joe can bring to this new appointment will help us to improve the delivery of many aspects of Scouting across the County. As we embrace new and innovative means of communication to improve Scouting business, Joe will be an invaluable asset to the County Team and I know that he will have your full support".




The rest of the County WELCOMES all THREE new appointees to their respective roles


2017 County Cub Scout Quiz

North Yorkshire's quizzing event of the year!



Following PACK QUALIFYING ROUNDS and DISTRICT KNOCKOUT ROUNDS, the COUNTY FINAL of the Quiz will be held on 19th November at Thirsk Town Hall between 12 noon and 4pm

Good Luck to ALL those who enter the event!