ROVERWAY 2018 - County Unit Leader needed

Do YOU fit the bill?


This, from Alison Martin, our North Yorkshire ACC(International):

Roverway 2018 is an incredible European adventure for all 16 to 22 year olds and is hosted by Scouting Nederland, and organised by the European Scout Region of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

From 23 July to 2 August 2018, it will take place in The Netherlands and over 3,000 participants (aged 16 to 22) from over 20 countries will participate.

So, how does ROVERWAY 2018 differ from other International experiences?


The County is now recruiting its Unit Leader for this unique opportunity

If you would like to be considered for the role, then please complete the application form and return it to the County Office, either by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to 43B Market Place, THIRSK, North Yorkshire, YO7 1HA.

Applications must be received by no later than midday on Friday 14 July 2017 - for the application form click HERE

If you have any questions, then please contact me, Alison Martin, ACC (International) by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Well - are YOU up for the adventure? -  but there IS a deadline!


Gang Show in a VERY hot Garden!

Once again, a success, at Beningbrough Hall


This from John Ives our County Creative Coordinator:



Over 40 young people (along with a similar number of “back stage” folk) from Scouting and Guiding came together to perform a Gang Show in a Weekend. They met together on Saturday morning in Poppleton to rehearse the show which they then performed in the Walled Garden at the National Trust Property, Beningbrough Hall on the Sunday.


Despite the sweltering temperatures they performed the show three times during the day to appreciative audiences.


Two bands; the Selby and York Scout & Guide Band and the St Chad’s Grey’s Band also gave performances during the day.






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Well done to EVERYONE who took part!



Important - Water Activity Event changes

Note the changes to the events shown below!

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This from David Wilkinson, our County Water Co-ordinator:

As some of the Water Bookings have been slow this year we have made some changes to the upcoming events so please note the somewhat REVISED water events shown below.

July 16th - A new Paddlesport event has been added (17AW031A)- a general beginners course open to those 9 years and above (no upper limit)activities logo
July 22nd - The Sailsport beginners (17AW032)has been extended to all sections (again 9 years plus)
July 23rd - An additional beginners course (17AW035A) has been added for all sections

The Nautical skills days on the 9th and 10th September (17AW039 and 17AW040) are a good day for those Scouts and Explorers not knowing what watersport they would like to take up or for those who just enjoy all the water activities on offer or want to progress their Nautical skills badges. They are also a good introduction ready for the specific courses next year. Still plenty of places.

There are plenty of places on the Beaver and Parent day on 17th September and bookings are still open until 19th August or until full if earlier.(there was a typo in the dates for closing and some leaders thought it was closed already!)

There will be additional beginners Paddlesport course on the 23rd and 24th September and additional beginners Sailsport course on 30th September and 1st October added to the website over the next week or so.

Any questions please ask either by phone or email.

See David's contact details below:

David G Wilkinson
Water Co-ordinator
0845 496 0713
07746 113612

The time to book in is NOW!


May 2017 - North Yorkshire "200" Club Winners

TEN lucky people......


200 Club winners 5-2017In 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!



New County Appointments for June 2017 in North Yorkshire's Scouting

THREE new Appointments approved for the Scout County


new appointments 1In another positive move forward for the County, we are delighted to report that a new Assistant County Commissioner (Beaver Scouts) will take up post on Monday 12 June 2017, when ANNIE HODGSON (currently ADC Beaver Scouts & Beaver Scout Leader, Elvington Scout Group, York Ebor District) will take on this important County position. In confirming the appointment, the County Commissioner Mark Edwards has said: "I am delighted to be appointing Annie following a recommendation by the County Appointments Advisory Committee. In doing so, I will be handing over this role to an inspirational leader who will work proactively with Districts in the years ahead to help develop innovative Beaver Scout programmes and activities. I know that everyone in the County will send their very best wishes to Annie and give her their full support."

We can report that another member will soon join the County Team of Local Training Managers when, on Monday 12 June 2017, CHRISTINE CLARK will take up the appointment of LTM with responsibility for the York Ebor District. In confirming the appointment, the County Commissioner Mark Edwards has said: "In Christine, we have appointed an inspirational training manager who will support York Ebor under the leadership of its new District Commissioner and will tackle head-on the important challenge of managing and delivering adult training across the District." 

We are delighted to report that York Ebor District will very soon have a new District Commissioner and KATHRYN DUNN will take up her new post on Monday 19 June 2017. The County Commissioner, Mark Edwards, has recently made the following announcement: "Following a recommendation by the County Appointments Advisory Committee, I am pleased to announce that I have approved the appointment of Kathryn Dunn as our new District Commissioner for the York Ebor District from Monday 19 June 2017. I am confident that York Ebor District will now develop and continue to succeed under Kathryn’s leadership and I know that the District will give her their full support. Finally, on behalf of the County I would like to express my sincere thanks to John McCarthy for his excellent support in leading the District for the past 9 months, whilst also managing other busy Scouting appointments."

I'm sure the rest of the County will join with us in welcoming all three new appointees to their respective roles



Tom Goes to the MOOT briefing weekend

Ingleborough's Youth Commissioner in action

Iceland Adventure

iceland2Tom Haigh,Ingleborough Youth Commissioner and UK representative at the World Scout Moot, reports that in May he and his fellow representatives from Somerset, Cornwall, Glasgow and beyond all met at Scout HQ in Gilwell for the final briefing weekend of the UK Contingent’s Iceland Adventure.

The purpose of the weekend was to give information about travel, money, the theme of the Moot, which is ‘Change’, as well as handing over the Moot kit, complete with hoodies, neckersand even an eye mask!

Tom reports, “We will be put in international patrols of ten people. Within mine, there are two people from the UK, so, during the weekend, I met my patrol buddy, Tess, who comes from near Hexham. I have also found out that I am going with my patrol to a place called Thingvellir, which I am pretty sure is in Iceland somewhere!"

The highlight of the weekend was definitely getting the whole contingent of nearly 500 people dancing to the Moot Song, followed by ‘Can’t stop the feeling’! BRING ON ICELAND!!!”

We wish him well and look forward to hearing all about his travels later in the year.

Sounds like Tom is going to have a fabulous time!


Scout Association Awards - May 2017

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It is with great pleasure that we can now report that the Chief Scout has approved the following THREE Awards.

Mr. DAVID (MONTY) FEATHERcopmanthorpe awards

County Skills Instructor Award for Merit


County Skills Instructor - Award for Merit


Group Chair, 2nd Acomb (St Stephens) Scout Group, York Ebor District - Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service 

Sincere CONGRATULATIONS to all three in recognition of their support and commitment to Scouting within North Yorkshire.

206 take part in this year's 'TTT' Expedition

Another successful Expedition Weekend



This from Clive Hainge:

Organised by HANDS and the County Earth team this year 206 Scouts and Explorers Scouts from Harrogate & Nidderdale, Northallerton, Ripon, Easingwold and York Districts took part in this annual event. Although there is a competitive element to this expedition weekend the main objective is to enable Scouts and Explorer Scouts to complete various elements from the Scout Training Scheme ranging from the Outdoor Challenge, the various Navigator Staged Badges, and the Scout Expedition Challenge through to the Scout and Explorer scout Hill Walker Badges.

TTT1This year the various trophy winners were:
The Tohunga Expedition for the younger Scouts was won by 1st Leeming
The Teko Expedition for the older Scouts was won by the 16th Harrogate
The Tahwiri Expedition for Explorer Scouts was won jointly by Peyton ESU from HANDS and Tempest ESU from York.

Congratulations to all who took part and thanks to the 60 staff from across HANDS, Northallerton District and the County Activity Team without whom the event could not take place.

Another fantastic success for North Yorkshire - Well done ALL!