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Thu 27 April

Do YOU need a 'Water Based Scout Activity Permit'?

If so...then this is for you!

This from David G Wilkinson, Manager of the Activity Permit Scheme (MAPS) for the Scout County:-

The North East Region are having an Activity Permit Assessment Day at Green Withens for water based permits on Saturday 13th May. Members of North Yorkshire Scout County are very welcome to attend. West Yorkshire County Scouts Watersports Centre is at Green Withens Reservoir, Ripponden, Sowerby Bridge.  - To find the Centre, leave the M62 at Junction 22 and follow the signs for Halifax after about 400 metres you will see a track to the Centre on the left.


Ass day water

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County Meetings - Sunday 7th May 2017

Thirsk & Sowerby Town Hall is the Venue

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This from our County Secretary, David:-

meeting reminder LJust a gentle reminder that the next round of County meetings for District Commissioners, Assistant District Commissioners, District Explorer Scout Commissioners and District Scouters will be held at 10.30am on Sunday 7th May at Thirsk & Sowerby Town Hall.  meeting reminder RLowThe day will begin with a short address to everyone from our incoming County Commissioner, Mark Edwards, before section meetings commence.  Agendas for the meetings will be circulated by County Office prior to 7th May.

Important meetings - Don't forget!!



THREE more D.O.E. Gold Awards for April 2017

What an achievement for the County!

DOE Apl17

clapping Lclapping RWell done to all three of you, from all in North Yorkshire





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

Twelve lucky people......and drawn this month by our CC Designate, Mark Edwards


200 club Mar 17 winnersIn 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!



Gang Show in a Weekend?

The County Creative Team challenges YOU!!

GSIAW Poster 2017

John Ives, our County Creative Coordinator says, "If you are a budding 'thespian' or can help in some way, we want to see you there."

Find the 'Consent Form' and the 'Sign-on Form' by clicking on these red links - or see the POSTER above to email - and don't forget the cut off date which is the 1st of June 2017.



1st Castleberg Pack Holiday

Pack helps the National Trust plant trees at Malham

Ing Info Easter

This report by kind permission of the Ingleboro' Info Monthly Newsletter:

settleSettle’s Pack Holiday in March proved to be a roaring success. Not only did the Cubs have an exciting weekend, but, by working with the National Trust staff at Malham on the Saturday morning, they also helped the environment by planting scores of sapling trees. In the afternoon, their reward for all their hard work was the fun of den building.

Following dinner at the bunkhouse, the Cubs enthusiastically took part in a star quiz, a new Cub was invested and they all joined in an indoor campfire. The walk to Janet’s Foss on the Sunday morning proved to be exceedingly muddy but playing ‘poo sticks’ and splashing through puddles just added to the excitement!

Well done 1st Castleberg Pack for your 'Community' work, whilst also having FUN!


North Yorkshire's Census results 2017

Once again, numbers 'generally' on the rise

theres always room for another

This from DAVID FORSTER, our County Secretary, who says: "The following extract gives an update on the County after this year’s 2017 Census, a summary of which has been circulated to Districts." 

Overall, total youth membership (including Scout Network) had increased from 6303 to 6392 (a rise of 0.9%).over a decade of growth

Of note, male youth membership had declined slightly by -0.5% whilst female membership had increased by 7.8%.

Adult members and supporters had increased from 1264 to 1360 (a rise of 7.6%).

As at 31 Jan 2017, the County recorded the following:

105 Beaver Scout Colonies (+1)
119 Cub Scout Packs (no change)
98 Scout Troops (-1)
48 Explorer Scout Units (+11)
12 Local Scout Networks (-1)
13 District Active Support Units (+4)
100 Scout Groups (-1)
13 Districts (no change)

The County Secretary wants to express his thanks to ALL District Appointment Secretaries, District Secretaries and District Treasurers for their stirling work in completing this year’s Census.

Well done to all involved in this years Census recording


Ripon & District Backwood Cooking Competition for Scouts

Topcliffe Take The Trophy

Here is a report from Dave Baker of 1st Topcliffe Scouts:

RDBWOn a Sunday in late March, Scouts from across Ripon & District entered and competed against each other in the Annual Backwoods Cooking competition held at 'The Loop' Nature Reserve near Ripon. The event was kindly organised by Colin Slator and his wife for the benefit of the Scouts who attended.

12 teams from a range of Scout Groups in the District took part in the event, with each team given the same provisions to prepare and cook. These included rabbit, pigeon, sausages, bananas and chocolate.

Teams of Scouts were tasked with preparing and lighting their own fires, skinning rabbits, and preparing and cooking their other rations within a two and a half hour time limit.

The Scouts were judged by Colin on the following areas: Fire preparation skills, preparation of the rabbit and pigeon, inclusiveness, teamwork and how tidy they left their areas afterwards.

Following the conclusion of the event, Colin thanked everyone who attended and carried out a brief presentation.

Congratulations to 1st Topcliffe Scouts 'Team 2' who won this year's District Backwoods Cooking Competition with a total score of 88 points. 1st Topcliffe Scouts were presented with the District Fellowship (now called DAS) trophy for 2017.

Well done to Topcliffe 'Team 2' - Mark Swales, Grace Clayton, Ollie Price, Chloe Sloan-Mason & Jamie Williamson on a brilliant effort.

We note some 'up and coming' Camp Cooks!