York Annual Scout & Guide Leaders' Carol Service another success

Over 100 people crowd into the Church


york active supportThis from JOHN IVES, who amongst other roles, is the local YAS Manager:

The annual service was held in Holy Trinity Church Goodramgate, York, a fine mediaeval church now under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. The church still retains its box pews and as it is without electricity and heating the church contributes to a very atmospheric candlelit service. This traditional service organised by York Active Support has become a popular event for Scout and Guide Leaders from the two Scout Districts of York Ebor and York Minster and the Guide County of North Yorkshire South. This years’ service was attended by approximately 100 Leaders and Guides from 38th York Guides who sang a festive song.



From all in North Yorkshire Scouts:


"Well done to all in York who organised this wonderful Christmas event!"

New - Interim County Development Plan Launched

'Unlocking our Potential'

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Mark Edwards, our County Commissioner, has recently advised all District Commissioners of the Interim County Development Plan for the next 6 months.  Along with the County Team, they have also been advised of important changes to County meetings for 2018.

The County Leadership Team met a few weekends ago and developed a plan that will lead us up to the County Conference on Saturday 23 June 2018.  (Look out for more news about the County Conference next month!) 
The new Interim Development Plan can be seen HERE


scouts north yorkshireThe County will cut down on the number of County meetings each year and so help busy leaders with their planning and focus on their District Scouting activities.  Therefore, the County Commissioner will hold on-line Conference Calls with District Commissioners in January and September 2018, and the County will hold two face-to-face meetings annually which will be designated County Development Days.  They will involve the County Team, County Local Training Managers & Administrators, District Commissioners and Assistant District Commissioners.  Lunch will be provided and the venues will be identified at a later date.  District leaders will receive more detailed information prior to each County Development Day.

The times and dates for the 2018 County Development Days are:

1030am to 2.30pm Sunday 13 May 2018

1030am to 2.30pm Sunday 14 October 2018


The County will certainly be moving 'forward' in 2018!



Samuel & Oliver help after a road accident

Both are called 'Inspirational Ambassadors' for Scouting in the County of North Yorkshire

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At the recent Ripon & District Annual Christmas Carol Service, an Explorer Scout [Samuel Spencer] and a Scout [Oliver Mays] were each presented with a County Commissioner's Certificate of Appreciation for the help that they provided when coming across a 'Hit & Run' road accident involving an elderly gentleman.

Mike Collins, the Group Scout Leader of 1st Boroughbridge Group says; "Both lads were sent to deliver a letter (to our house, actually though we were out planting bulbs with the Scouts!) and as they cycled home they came across a road accident on the Boroughbridge to Dishforth Road  at Milby. An elderly gentleman from Kirby Hill, who they knew through the Church and village communities, was out walking his dog and had been knocked over by a passing car which had not stopped. Rob (the victim) was very dazed -  the driver of a passing car which also pulled up said he was unconscious on the verge but soon came round. We happened to be passing and seeing the boys and the bikes by a parked up car thought they were the victims! Between them and the other passers by, Samuel and Oliver had the traffic controlled on the very busy lane until the police arrived and an ambulance called. They were able to talk to Rob and look after his dog before the ambulance arrived and whilst the Paramedics dealt with their patient. They were stood around for a long time in the cold, but did also think to let their parents know where they were and would be late home! Rob (the victim) is now at home and badly bruised down one side where he was hit by the car's wing mirror, shaken, but otherwise OK.

The County Commissioner, Mark Edwards, having heard about this stirling work, decided to Award them each with a "County Commissioner's Certificate of Appreciation".

Writing personally to each of them he said "Dear Samuel & Oliver - I was delighted to hear of your inspirational community service last weekend when you both came to the help of a road traffic casualty on the Boroughbridge to Dishforth Road. It is such acts of kindness and community spirit that are at the very heart of Scouting and you both proved not only to be outstanding local citizens but inspirational ambassadors for the Scouting movement. You proved without doubt that the skills for life which Scouting provides are invaluable not only to individuals but to the community at large. Your Scout Group, Explorer Unit and Scout District should be immensely proud of your actions. I have therefore awarded you BOTH my personal certificate of appreciation. My sincere thanks once again for being an outstanding Scout & an outstanding Explorer Scout who have upheld our Scouting values and in doing so came to the aid of a local citizen; you both should be justifiably proud."

I'm sure that EVERYONE in the County will echo those sentiments - well done Samuel and Oliver!



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

TEN lucky people......


200club Nov2017In 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!


NY County Team addition

The future looks 'good' for the whole County

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Following recommendations by the County Appointments Advisory Committee, the C.C. is pleased to announce that he has approved the following appointments with immediate effect.



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About the Appointment, MARK EDWARDS, our CC, says: "Simon brings considerable Scouting and training experience to this new role and working in support of the Deputy County Commissioner (People Training), he will help us take forward a review of how training is delivered and administered across the County, as well as coordinating the delivery of County training courses. He will also assume responsibility for our County Local Training Managers (LTMs), as well as taking on the role of LTM for Northallerton District. I am sure that you will give Simon your full support as he begins the next stage of his Scouting career."


I'm sure we will ALL support Simon in his new role.



More Scout Association Awards - Early December 2017

North Yorkshire achieves even MORE!!

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

Cub Scout Leader, 1st Riccall Scout Group (Selby) - Deputy County Commissioner (People Growth) - UK Unit 32 Leader (World Scout Jamboree 2019) 

Group Scout Leader & Skills Instructor, Heslington Scout Group (York Ebor) - District Nights Away Adviser (York Ebor) 

Assistant Cub Scout Leader, 6th Selby [Brayton] Scout Group (Selby)  

Group Scout Leader, Elvington Scout Group (York Ebor)

also - TWO awards within the County:

Parent Supporter, 1st Great Smeaton Scout Troop (Northallerton District)

1st Great Smeaton Scout Group, as a whole (Northallerton District)

Congrats superproud welldone

Sincere CONGRATULATIONS to ALL the people involved in recognition of their support and commitment to Scouting within North Yorkshire



Youth Commissioner Tom represents The Scout Association at the Cenotaph in London

North Yorkshire representative at the National Parade

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Tom Haigh, was missing from his local Ingleborough District Remembrance Day Parade this year. As a Queen’s Scout recipient and Youth Commissioner, he had been invited to represent The Scout Association in the London Cenotaph March Past following the National Service of Remembrance in Whitehall.

rem 1Tom writes, “I was selected as part of 30 Queen Scouts to march in the National Parade in London. As I’m sure you noticed, that Sunday was freezing, not helped by it blowing a gale down Whitehall. We had gathered in Trafalgar Square before 9am to get through security and into position for the march, and so, by the time of the two-minute silence, we were frozen! Thankfully, because space is at a premium and there were
literally thousands of veterans marching, we were huddled together quite close, so it could have been worse!

Whilst we waited for 11am, we were talking to veterans who had served all over the world in different conflicts. They told incredible stories of their pasts and some had even been Scouts back in the day! As the hour approached, we all fell silent along with the rest of the nation.

The cannon was fired, and the two minutes silence began, to be ended by another cannon and the Last Post. A hymn was sung followed by the National Anthem and then the parade began. As we marched down Whitehall, we were surrounded by thousands of soldiers and onlookers who were clapping as we made our way to Horse Guards. It was an incredible experience walking down the road that day with everybody watching us. We then took the salute from Prince Edward in Horse Guards before we were stopped, and the National Anthem played. Later we discovered we even made it on TV as friends rang saying they had seen us, adding to the already fantastic experience!”

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Thanks for telling us about this wonderful occasion, Tom. We are so proud that you were able to represent Ingleton Group, Ingleborough District and North Yorkshire County at such a prestigious event.


Latest Scouting Ambassador

Major Tim Peake appointed

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European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut, Major Tim Peake has been appointed as The Scout Association’s newest Scout Ambassador.

tim peakeBest known for spending 186 days on the International Space Station (ISS), he is also a former Cub Scout and an advocate of the power of Scouting to help young people develop skills for life.

Born and schooled in Chichester, West Sussex in 1972, he went on to Sandhurst in 1990. Tim beat over 9,000 other applicants for one of the six places on the European Space Agency's new astronaut training programme. He was launched to the ISS in December 2015 and participated in the first spacewalk outside the ISS by a British astronaut in January 2016. In April 2016, he ran the 2016 London Marathon from the ISS treadmill.

‘Scouting started me on an incredible journey. As a Cub Scout I never dreamed that some day I would be looking at our beautiful planet from space. I went from spending nights under the stars to spending nights among the stars.’ said Tim.

He added: ‘Scouting set me on the right path at a young age because I loved the outdoors and I loved adventure. It gave me the opportunity to discover new interests, explore new boundaries and build the confidence to achieve new goals. Scouting was the first step on a journey that led to me becoming an astronaut. With the right people, the right attitude and the right skills, anything is possible.’

Tim is joining Chief Scout Bear Grylls and his team of Ambassadors; Ellie Simmonds, Helen Glover, Anita Rani, Steve Backshall, Megan Hine, Chris Evans, Ed Stafford and Julia Bradbury to help promote Scouting nationally.

North Yorkshire welcomes this great news!