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April 2018 - North Yorkshire's "200 Club" Winners

TEN lucky people......


200 club April18In 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!



The 2018 WINDSOR Saint George's Day Parade & Service

A 'blow by blow' account from D.D.C.Sue Haddrill who was present, at Windsor, this year as an Award HolderAW6


“Awesome!” That’s how one of the 300 Queen's Scouts who attended this year’s National Scout Parade described her unforgettable experience.

This annual event has been held since 1934 on the Sunday nearest to St. George's Day. On this day, The Scout Association also pays tribute to adult volunteers who have earned Good Service Awards through their dedication and inspirational leadership, as well as Gallantry and Meritorious Conduct Award recipients who, through their actions, have shown true Scouting spirit.

AW3This year Windsor Castle looked stunning, bathed in glorious sunshine. Uniformed Scouts and medal-bedecked members swarmed the streets outnumbering tourists and making the town buzz with excitement. The day began with a traditional Matins service in St George’s Chapel where the sound of the choir and magnificent organ reverberated around the old stonework and colourful stained glass windows. Proud parents, excited award recipients and their guests then assembled in the wonderful surroundings of the Castle's Quadrangle where two talented Scout bands, plus the magnificent musicians of the Household Cavalry, resplendent in their red and black uniforms and plumed helmets, entertained everyone in the scorching heat, prior to the ceremony.

There, Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, and CEO, Matt Hyde, were joined by all the National Commissioners, including Tim Kidd, together with Scout Ambassadors, Julia Bradbury and Dwayne Fields, to host the celebrations. After drill practice and a message from Barack Obama, the ceremony began when the Queen’s Scouts marched to the castle and assembled on the lawn. Princess Beatrice of York and the Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, then reviewed the parade.

AW2Looking very chic in an A-line dress and angular perched fascinator, the Princess toured the rows, stopping frequently to shake hands and chat with the members on parade. The Queen’s Scouts then marched to St George’s Chapel for a reflective service with an address by Ahmad Alhendawi, General Secretary of the World Scout Organisation, which was relayed to the guests standing outside. A poignant moment followed when the renewal of Promises was led by the Chief Scout. Reciting such meaningful words, in a spectacular setting, amongst hundreds of dedicated and like-minded volunteers, proved to be both emotional and inspiring!AW4

To conclude, having assembled in the Horseshoe Cloister, Bear Grylls addressed the Queen’s Scouts, challenging them to remember the values that brought them to the ceremony: the dogged determination to keep going when it gets tough, the friendships, teamwork and caring for others and the Scouting value of selflessness; all old fashioned principles which are still very relevant today. Finally, Bear encouraged the young people to go out into the world to do amazing things and be proud to be a Queen’s Scout.


Sue Haddrill said, “The whole day was an incredible experience from start to finish. Being awarded the Silver Wolf and attending the parade at Windsor is the pinnacle of my Scouting career, something I will remember for the rest of my life. D.C. Anne Cox added, “I was proud to be Sue’s guest on her special day and found watching so many Queen’s Scouts very inspiring.”


York's Saint George's Day - 2018


This from John Ives:


"The 2018 event was attended by approximately 2000 young people and leaders from the two Scout Districts of York Ebor and York Minster and the Guide County of North Yorkshire South.

Y8flags 001For the first time for a number of years the Minster at YORK was full to overflowing with all the chairs used, people standing and members of the public unable to enter.

Y8FlagsThe service was led by the young people assisted by Rev Francis Loftus and the lesson read by Rachael Maskell MP for York Central (a former Venture Scout and Beaver Leader).

The salute was taken by the York Civic Party, the Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council the Scout County Chairman the District Commissioners and Guide representatives.

The procession from and to the Eye of York was led by five bands including St Chad's Greys Scout Band, the Selby and York Scout and Guide Band, the Yorkshire Volunteer band, and bands from the ATC and Church Lads/Girls Brigade."


Thanks, John, for this report - YORK (as ever) 'showing the flag' for Scouting (and Guiding)


"And your point is"?

North Yorkshire's Public Speaking Competition 2018 for Scouts


The Creative Activities Team is running a Public Speaking Competition. The aim is twofold, to develop Scouts’ public speaking skills and to raise awareness of the some of the principles of Scouting.

ps3This new and exciting competition is open to teams of two Scouts aged (10½ – 14years) or Explorers Scouts (14 – 18) It will showcase the public speaking skills of individuals by speaking before an audience of parents, judges and members of the scouting movement whilst developing ideas of what scouting is all about. It gives participants an opportunity to develop confidence, team work and the ability to persuade and entertain an audience.

There is an entry fee of £10 per team with a maximum of two teams of two scouts per Scout Group or Explorer Unit. Each team will be asked to speak for a maximum of eight minutes on one of the following topics:

What characteristics make an ideal Scout/Explorer Scout?
• What human quality do we need more of and why?
• How we look is unimportant. It’s who we are on the inside that counts

ps1There will be TWO competitions, dividing the County in two. The competition for Ingleborough, Leven, Northallerton, Richmondshire, Ripon, South Craven, and Scarborough will be held in Thirsk Town Hall on Sunday 15 July 2018 whilst the competition for Easingwold, Harrogate, Ryedale, Selby, York Ebor, and York Minster will be held on Saturday 24th November 2018 at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York

Each competition will be judged a Panel of three (both Scouting and non-Scouting) with the winning team receiving a specially designed and unique trophy, all participants will be presented with a certificate recognising their participation in the event.

If you would like more information or wish to enter please indicate your interest by contacting;
John A Ives, Assistant County Commissioner, Creative.
Email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., M: 07885 824229

Well now, it's up to you! Why not talk about it at your Troop meeting, and get a team (or two!) together?


York Scout and Guide Gang Show now recruiting!

This from John Ives, who amongst other roles, is Chairman of the York Scout and Guide Gang Show.

YGS 2018

The York Scout & Guide Gang Show is a variety show filled with songs, dances and sketches which is staged once every two years at Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York. The cast is made up of Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network and Leaders from the York Scout Districts of Minster and Ebor, as well as Brownies, Guides, Rangers, Senior Section and Leaders from the Girlguiding County of North Yorkshire South.

The next full show at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York is on 27 November to 1 December 2018. The cast will sign-on on Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 June 2018.

If YOU qualify - are you joining the Gang??


GDPR - What's that??

The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018.


This from Mark Edwards, our County Commissioner: 

"The GDPR toolkit for local Scouting is now available online.

GDPR 1As a reminder, Scout Groups, Districts, Counties/ Areas/ Regions and Countries are separate charities and The Scout Association, as a national charity, is not accountable for the respective alignment of the GDPR of each individual charity. Responsibility to be aligned with the GDPR rests with the respective Executive Committee, and its our intention to sign-post appropriate resources to support local Scouting in fulfilling this important responsibility.

The national team have issued this suite of resources to help you with GDPR regulations.Including 'how to' videos and support materials prepared by Black Penny Consultancy to help local Scouting, and specifically local Executive Committees, to guide each Group, District and County/ Area/ Region to work towards alignment to the GDPR.

The GDPR toolkit is a self-service guide and leads Executive Committees through the data privacy life cycle in steps. In February we shared a document entitled 'What is the GDPR?' which is the first stage of step 1.

For sight of what the Scout Association has provided already, click HERE"

Remember that 'The Scout Association' or 'The Scout County' are NOT responsible for your Group or your District implementing the Regulation - it's up to YOU!!


Ex-Boroughbridge Leader helps to get Army to Sponsor the Scout Mechanic Activity Badge

The Scout Mechanic Activity Badge is now partnered by the Army (REME - Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers)

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Mike Collins, GSL of 1st Boroughbridge Group, tells us that he has had the following communication from Trevor Holding who was a Leader with the Boroughbridge Group for a while during the time he was posted to Dishforth and, since moving on, he has helped to get the new Scout Mechanic Badge sponsored by REME.

Army 5Trevor writes to Mike: "I am writing to you today because I wanted to give you a small update on what Dylan (son) and myself have been doing since we left Boroughbridge Scout Group. I know it was around 8 months ago but we would never have started if it wasn't for you.

Dylan moved on to Cubs and settled in almost immediately. After enjoying being an Occasional Helper at Boroughbridge Beavers I decided that I would join as a Leader and I am now ACSL in Lyneham Cub Scouts. I would like to thank yourself and the rest of the Boroughbridge Scout Group for introducing both Dylan and myself into Scouting,

Shortly after moving to Lyneham I approached REME Regimental HQ and put forward the proposal that the REME sponsor the Scout Mechanic Activity Badge and the Army have taken it forward and, in this quarter's Scouting Magazine (in the GOING WILD section), it is being advertised (pages 10 & 11).

I hope that the Boroughbridge Scout Group will take up the challenge of completing the badge and that you can turn to your Scouts and say that 'one of the guys that pushed for the sponsorship was one of my leaders and I introduced him to Scouting'."

Mike expects that Trevor will be heavily involved with an event for the Mechanic Badge which is being run by the Scout Association and the Army for 300 Scouts on Saturday 28th April 2018 (To celebrate the launch the partnership, the Army are hosting a Scouts Takeover Day at MoD Lyneham on the 28th April 2018 to earn their Scout Mechanics Badge. Scouts will learn from professional REME engineers and will perform the badge practical tasks on a variety of Army equipment, including tanks and helicopters!)