North Yorkshire Scouts pay their respects to their late President

Memorial Service for the late Barry Dodd CBE

minsterAt York Minster on Friday 20 July, the County Commissioner, Mark Edwards, along with Eric Fell MBE (County Vice-President), John McGrath (former County Chair) and David Forster (County Secretary) will be representing North Yorkshire Scouts at The Service of Thanksgiving for our former County President and Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire, the late Barry Dodd CBE. 

Members and the general public will understand that the County Office will only be open for a limited number of hours on 20 July, but the office will reopen as normal on Monday 23 July.

As always, our thoughts are with our late President's family


Celebrating Success - Scarborough & District

Congratulations to 49th Scarborough (Eastfield) Group

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car 3Congratulations to 49th Scarborough (Eastfield) Scout Group who last weekend took part in the National Scout Car Championships in Manchester, with Scout Groups from up and down the UK taking part.

Once again this year, 49th Scarborough (Eastfield) Scout Group, repeated their success at the championship with Niamh O'Callaghan as the fastest Cub Scout and Liam Doody as the fastest Scout - well done!

If you want to see the youtube clip of them talking about their success - click HERE

Well done to 49th Scarborough for bringing success once again to North Yorkshire!


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

TEN lucky people......


200 winners June18In 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!



TWO more County Commissioner's Commendations Awarded in North Yorkshire

COLIN and LARRY both get C.C. Commendations

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This is what the County Commissioner said on giving out these Commendations:

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Colin Plaxton - York Minster District - Assistant District Commissioner and Active Support Member

Dear Colin

I am delighted to award you my personal commendation in recognition of the outstanding support, dedication and commitment that you have given to the York Scouts & Guides St George’s Day Parade and Service over the past 16 years. The considerable commitment that you willingly undertake as the Parade Marshal for such a large event is testament to your enduring loyalty to Scouting. I know that such an event demands a great deal of planning, patience and skill to ensure that a memorable parade is delivered year-on-year and your inspirational leadership as the Parade Marshal, alongside your dedicated team, is crucial to the success and safety of the event. Indeed, your meticulous attention to detail, wealth of Scouting experience and people skills of the highest quality are such that the event organising team, as well as the North Yorkshire Scouting County, owe you a tremendous debt of gratitude.
In extending you my sincere thanks and appreciation, I also pass on those from fellow Scouters from across North Yorkshire who have witnessed the excellent York Scouts & Guides St George’s Day Parade & Service. This commendation is richly deserved and you should be justifiably proud of what you have achieved and delivered for the young people of York and beyond.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Edwards

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Larry (Lawrence) Gray - York Minster District - County Adviser (Bands) and Active Support Member

Dear Larry

It is with great pleasure that I award you my personal commendation for your outstanding support, dedication and commitment over the past 45 years to the York Scouts & Guides St George’s Day Parade. Your inspirational leadership as the City Bands Adviser and also County Band Adviser, taking the lead in coordinating the bands for this annual event is crucial to its success. Your passion and enthusiasm not only for the St George’s Day Parade but Scout bands more widely, have inspired generations of young people and adults. Indeed, the current Scouting focus on giving young people skills for life is something that you have been undertaking for many years and for which you should be justifiably proud.
The band preparations for the annual St George’s Day Parade are considerable and every year without fail your professionalism and meticulous attention to detail comes to the fore. The bands are an integral and essential part of the parade; their contribution and success, however, very much a result of your leadership and dedication. This is especially evident at the culmination of the parade and the performance of the magnificent ‘Swing March’ which demands practice and many rehearsals, all of which take place under your leadership and expert eye.
As you pass on this annual commitment after 45 years of outstanding service, you not only have my sincere thanks and appreciation, but those of fellow Scouters from across North Yorkshire and beyond. I am delighted to award you this commendation.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Edwards

Many, many congratulations to both - from ALL your Scouting Colleagues


Explorer Weekend at SCAMPSTON (near Malton) in September

Why not be one of the first to book?


xplorer 2Explorer Leaders - Don't delay and help the Camp Team to plan. 

Just click HERE to make the booking for your Unit - remember 31st July strict  'deadline'!


Gone Home - Derrick I'Anson

Will be sadly missed in Selby District and in the County

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This, from Julie Farley, D.C. of Selby District:

"It is with a very heavy heart that I have been asked to pass on the news that Derrick I'Anson passed away suddenly over the weekend. Derek has been a long serving ASL at 6th Selby (Brayton) Scout Group and also a valued member of the District Campsite Committee. I don't know any more details at the moment about his funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are going out to Linda and the Family."

We are ALL thinking of his family at this sad time



Ripon & District DAS Annual Barbecue held in Mediterranean conditions

Fun & laughter for all those who are normally working at Scout events!

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Ripon & District Active Support Unit
can often be seen at scouting events throughout the District (and County) helping, supporting, leading, encouraging, guiding and generally 'providing active support' - but active support 2sometimes they have their own activities to rest, relax, and recharge their batteries.

Non more so at the annual Ripon & District DAS Family Barbeque, this year held at the home of Steve and Liz at Asenby. The sun was out, the barbeques lit and lively chatter could be heard in all parts of the gardens for a good four hours!

Mike, Anne, Brian, Heather, Steve, Liz, Eric, Shirley, David, Elaine, John, Roz, Ian, Wendy, Aimée, Alex and Andrew ALL enjoyed an afternoon relaxing (and eating!) Games of lawn crouquette, connect four etc. were provided, but the sun was so hot that 'shelter' was the main refuge for the afternoon.

All in all, EVERYONE enjoyed the event and thanks were give to Steve & Liz for their hospitality.

The whole Active Support Unit (including those not able to attend) are ready now for another year of 'Support' to Scouting locally!


Can YOU take photographs?

Open to ALL North Yorkshire Members

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Another from JOHN IVES, our ACC Creative Arts:

2018 photo 2The County Creative Activities Team is running another photographic competition for all members of Scouting within North Yorkshire and now that the Summer holidays are nearly here NOW is the time to give it some thought!!

The theme of the competition is incredibly broad and is "Reflections”. This can be interpreted in many ways; physical reflections in water, glass etc. or memories and recollections.

2018 photo 4Entries will be judged in 5 sections: Beavers, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorers, and 18+ (Network and Leaders).

Each person may enter one photograph which must have been taken by the entrant to the competition. Submissions must be in digital jpg format, with the original camera Exif data attached.

2018 photo 3All photographs must be submitted with the name of the photographer, date of birth, Scout Group and District details. The images will be judged in the age range that the photographer was when the photograph was taken.

2018 photo 5The competition will be open for submission between 15th August 2018 and 16th October 2018. Any entries outside these dates will not be judged. Photographs must be submitted to the following email address only: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The decisions of the judges will be final. All judging will be anonymous. Any photographs submitted to the competition may be used by the County Scout Council for any purpose of Scouting. All other rights are retained by the photographer.

If any Group would like to borrow digital cameras to run a photography evening etc. they are available from the Creative Team.

Further information or for any queries please contact; John A Ives - Assistant County Commissioner, Creative Arts for North Yorkshire Scouts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Start thinking about what YOUR entry is going to be - dates for submission are between 15th August and 16th October