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Fri 24 March

Looking for Bellboating or Sailing?

It's not too late to book!

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

sailing  helmetsIt’s not too late to book on our beginners sailing courses on 22nd April. Any queries about bookings to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Bellboating in York on 6th May has extra places on the middle sessions and are now open to Brownies and Guides and the sessions the following day have been extended to Brownies and Guides as well as having an additional session available by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Come along and progress quickly in a controlled, safe and enjoyable environment with the North Yorkshire Water Team


New Edition of P.O.R dated March 2017 available

Shows changes in Appointments, Activities and Disclosures.

POR March 2017

Scouting’s Policy Organisation and Rules (POR) provides support and guidance to help us all run Scouting. Following reviews and consultations with members, a number of updates have been made to create the March 2017 edition.

These include:

• District and County Leader roles being added to the Appointments Process.
• Updated guidance on Snowsports.
• Clarification and update on rules regarding Personal Enquiries and Disclosure checks.

POR smallerIf you want to see the complete amendment schedule for the March 2017 issue - click HERE

Other than that, look at the Scouting HQ website at for the full March 2017 P.O.R.

The amendments are small but significant - have a look


Breaking news about 'FREE TRAINING' and 'SET UP GRANTS' for new Groups and Sections

North Yorkshire County Executive help to Groups and Districts

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Here are some some key spending and policy decisions approved at a meeting of the North Yorkshire Scouts County Executive Committee on Thursday 16 March.  From 1 April 2017 the County Executive has approved the following:

free trainingAbolition of Charges for County Training

1. No charge for 1-day (or less) County Training courses; however, a failure to attend a booked course will result in a charge.
2. No charge for County Young Leader training courses.
3. All other County Training courses, ie. 2 day courses, will continue to incur a charge, as they are now.
(As a result, almost 100% of County Training will not incur a charge and any member already booked on a course from 1 April and who has paid, will be reimbursed.  This will be arranged by the County Office after the Easter break.)

Help for Groups by way of Financial Grants etc.

1. The County will pay a £250 grant for each new section set up within an existing Group.
2. The County will pay a £1000 grant for the first Section setting up in a new off the press
3. In a Group's first year, a County Loan for up to 70% of HQ and County Subscriptions can be applied for. The details and payment terms (over 12 months or less) will be decided in due course and agreed by the GP&F committee before publication.

4. The County will fund the County Badges to new Sections and Groups for the first year.
(These spending policies will be reviewed in 12 months time - and an important note - the C.C. will determine a time limit for the restart of Groups and Sections, so that the start up financial support from the County is not undermined.)

Wow - what a 'booster' for Groups and individuals and a great incentive for adult training

Well done North Yorkshire Scouts' County Executive!


York Districts Chess Championship 2017

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts were ALL eligible


Here is a report from JOHN IVES, the local York Active Support Manager:

We recently held our YAS Chess Championship  which is a regular and pleasant annual event.

chess 2Sub-divided into appropriate age groups, the Championships is run on a game by game scoring system with a maximum of 10 minutes per game. Interspersed with the competing games are games provided for pure fun such as playing in pairs and a circular game where the participants effectively compete against themselves.

It is amazing how young people can mix enthusiasm, intelligence and fun in a pastime game that others consider too complex to even attempt.

active support  During rest or 'none playing time' a theme or side activity is provided to occupy the idle mind.

  Each entrant received a Certificate of Participation with each age group receiving a Winner's Trophy.

  The winners of the competition were;

Primary Winner (6 - 8 year olds) was Max Moody 1st Holgate (Phoenix) Cubs
Junior Winner (9 - 10 year olds) was Isaac Goodall also 1st Holgate (Phoenix) Cubs.

With many thanks to Y.A.S and all the Competition participants for their part in making it an enjoyable and worth while event.



Boroughbridge once more 'on target'

Cubs AND Scouts enjoy toxophily


This from Anne Collins of 1st Boroughbridge:

BBA2"Meeting in the same place one after the other enables the Cubs and Scouts of 1st Boroughbridge to occasionally take part in the same activity. So it was that on one of their Friday meetings in March, both sections enjoyed an evening of archery, led by Jimmy. 

Having set up the hall with well protected backboards and targets, the basic rules were explained and the Cubs were off! Potential 'Robin Hoods' could be identified and, with practice, all improved rapidly.

It was then time for the Scouts to have a go and all were able to use the specially designed bows to hit the targets on nearly every occasion. So another great evening was had by all."

Thanks Anne for the report - sounds like the evening had a real 'aim' to it!


15th Selby need an A.B.S.L

Can you help...or do you know someone who could?


This from Emma Polhill, their Group Scout Leader:

"15th Selby (Brotherton) Scout Group is looking for a new team member in the role of Assistant Beaver Scout Leader. Our group is fun and friendly, and growing so we need more adult support to continue to provide a full and exciting programme.

join usThere is no requirement to attend every week, flexible volunteering means that you can contribute to meet your other commitments. All that we ask is that you are involved in the planning process and provide support.

Meetings are on Mondays 5.30 - 6.30pm plus setting up and tidying up time before and after, during school term time.

No previous scouting experience is required and training is available.

The local community looks forward to welcoming you. If YOU can help (or know someone who might) please contact me at the address shown below

Kind regards

Emma Polhill
07773 198697
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Can YOU help?


North Yorkshire's new County Commissioner announced

Welcome to Mark Edwards as our new C.C. from May 2017

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In an open letter to all members and supporters in North Yorkshire Scouts, Ian Chappell, the Scout Association's North East Regional Commissioner says:

Dear Colleagues,

County Commissioner – North Yorkshire Scout County

Mark EdwardsI am very pleased to announce that the County Search Group unanimously recommended Mark Edwards as the new County Commissioner for North Yorkshire Scout County and that the Headquarters Appointments Advisory Committee has approved the appointment. Mark currently holds the role of Assistant County Commissioner (Beaver Scouts).

Mark began his Scouting as a Cub Scout in Bristol progressing through the sections to become a Venture Scout. He was a Cub Scout Leader in Exmouth before beginning his teaching career. Mark undertook Voluntary Service Overseas in Papua New Guinea after starting his career, teaching in a school on a remote Pacific island. Mark has been in education for thirty-two years and Head Teacher of two schools during the last fourteen years.

Mark is married with three grown up children and lives in Harrogate. He said, “I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to serve as your County Commissioner and promise to work hard to build on the successes of the past and lead you into the future”.

Mark will take up his role as County Commissioner from 1 May 2017.

I know that we will all support Mark as he takes on his new role at an exciting time for the Movement as we look beyond 2018.

Best wishes,

Ian Chappell.
N.E. Regional Commissioner

We ALL welcome Mark to his new role and will fully support him in it.


Philippa earns a DOE Gold Award

What an achievement!

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Well done, Philippa - from all of us in North Yorkshire