New Appointments for September 2017 in North Yorkshire's Scouting

THREE new Appointments approved for the Scout County

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Following recommendations by the County Appointments Advisory Committee, the County Commissioner is pleased to announce that he has approved the following appointments with effect from Friday 1st September 2017.





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MARK EDWARDS, our CC, says: "In approving these three new appointments I am confident that the three Districts can develop positively and grow with confidence. I would be grateful if you would give them ALL your full support as they each begin their new Scouting challenge."

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



New opportunities in County Watersports

Paddlesport and Sailsport extra opportunities!

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This from David Wilkinson, our County Water Activity Coordinator:

New opportunities for Paddlesport
23rd and 24th September - Additional Beginners days added with booking up to 2nd September (Course numbers 17AW044A and 17AW047A)
23rd September – Improvers training (17AW044) now open to Cubs - Bookings close 26th August

...and Sailsport
30th September - Improvers day (17AW048) now extended to Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network and Adults
30th September and 1st October - Additional Beginners days added with bookings up to 10th September (Course numbers 17AW048A and 17AW051A)

helpful tipsThese "Beginners Days" and "Improvers Days" can lead to a life-long passion for Paddlesports or Sailsports or be just a casual outing just to have fun with friends. If you are a beginner or looking for help getting started or improving, then these days are designed just for YOU.

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

Interested? Then what are you waiting for?


Ingleborough District Camp

Voted a huge success by participants

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  This, from the editorial team of the Ingleboro' Info:

Go4it crates"I had a brilliant time!” “It was really good!” “Bell Boating was best!” That’s how the youngsters summed up the Ingleborough District’s summer Go4it Camp at Great Tower on Windermere. The contingent, consisting of 65 Scouts, Explorers, Leaders and supporters, all arrived on the Friday evening anticipating an action-packed weekend; they weren’t disappointed!

Go4it badgeAfter exploring the lodges and being welcomed at the Opening Ceremony by the District Commissioner, Anne Cox, everyone entered into the spirit of the camp by joining in a trust exercise which involved navigating round a woodland rope trail wearing a blindfold with a buddy as a guide. Having had a taste of the exciting things to come, the participants rapidly retreated inside to escape the midges and to enjoy a drink of hot chocolate before settling in their dorms or, in the case of the Explorers and their leaders, their tents, for the night.

On Saturday morning, under the guidance of skilled instructors, mixed teams of Ingleton and Settle youngsters began an adventurous series of challenging activities comprising Bell Boating, Leap of Faith, Team Building, and either Archery for Scouts or Crate Stacking for Explorers, all of which required courage and team work for them to succeed.

Go4it arialSaturday afternoon’s sunshine provided ideal conditions for learning about the use of maps and pacing, before following a variety of orienteering trails across the 250 acres of beautiful woodland, boggy ground and rocky crags of the Great Tower site.

Once back, the team’s next challenge was to cook their own dinner on an altar fire. Using the recipe and bag of ingredients provided proved to be a novel experience for some!

Go4it fireFinally, a rousing campfire led by Tom Haigh, District Youth Commissioner (and now Deputy County Youth Commissioner), and Dan Nelson, Settle Scout Leader, was not only entertaining but also provided a very upbeat end to the day.

On Sunday morning, two more bases were tackled, a buffet lunch was served by the hardworking caterers and the flag was lowered for the final time after what had been a highly successful and enjoyable camp. Throughout the weekend the youngsters had lived up to the challenge of the camp name, Go4it, making the adults proud of all their many achievements.

Everyone who took part, be it the leaders who had devoted a huge amount of time at the planning stage, or the Scouts and Explorers who threw themselves whole-heartedly into the entire residential experience, deserves praise. Seeing Scouts overcome their fears, watching Explorers develop leadership skills, as well as adults interacting effectively and enthusiastically with both young and old, superbly reflects the joys of Scouting!

Thanks for this report - certainly sounds like fun was had by ALL!
Anyone got any other District stories to share?



July 2017 - North Yorkshire's "200 Club" Winners

TEN lucky people......


200 club July 17In 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!



'Alcohol and Scouting' Update

The Scout Association's 'good practice' advice has been updated

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This sound advice has been updated to better reflect POR rule 2.4d which has NOT changed. This states that "Adults must not consume alcohol when they are directly responsible for young people on a Scouting activity and must not permit young people (aged under 18 years) to consume alcohol on Scouting activities."

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Following its successful introduction by 'Scouts Scotland', a pocket sized GREEN CARD has been produced for the rest of the United Kingdom and a card was included in every copy of the Autumn Edition of "Scouting" Magazine.

This card sets out our policy on alcohol for all adults involved in Scouting.

You can order your free copy from Scout Shops at  or you can view and download it (HERE)

If you are a Leader and haven't yet seen a copy, then you SHOULD!!



What Executive Members need to know about being a TRUSTEE!

This is for ALL Groups and Districts in the County!!

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Here is a message from our County Secretary, David Forster, who says:

"As the season of District AGMs draws to a close, with most having now taken place, and new Executive Committees soon to meet, the County advice for all District and Group Executive Members has been updated and is now published on the County website. It can be viewed via the link below and particular items to note in Issue 3 of the Executive Member Induction Pack:

charity1. There are links to the updated versions of The Charity Commission guidance: The Essential Trustee and Conflicts of Interest – A Guide for Charity Trustees. Both these publications should be passed to all Executive Committee members.

2. It is now mandatory that all new Executive Committee members undertake Module 1 training for Executive Members within 5 months of their appointment. This can be undertaken on-line and the Induction Pack contains a link to The Scout Association website from where the training can be undertaken.

3. The induction pack now also contains a link to invaluable advice on insurance from Unity: Insurance - An Insomniac’s Guide.

I hope this HELPS."

The Link to this on the Website is HERE

Definitely worth a look!!




County Cub Camp 2018 Update

Key notes for Leaders - July 2017

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For Staff Registrations click HERE