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Water Team Events update March 2018

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Bellboating at York and Boroughbridge on 12th and 13th May - there are still places to book on these events - however - please remember the closing dates for bookings are 21st and 22nd April.

Windsurfing – Places for this are being added and will be available to book from 23rd March and will take place at Ellerton Park this year on the following dates:
29th April - N.B. Closing date for this one will be 15th April
2nd June
21st July
29th September

bellboatEvening Bellboat sessions at Boroughbridge – The arrangements for these sessions are changing this year and will be booked through the County Website with all enquiries going to Peter Crook (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) who is co-ordinating them.

These will be available from Tuesday 5th June through to Thursday 12th July on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you require bookings on a Friday night or at a weekend please contact Peter Crook.

You will need to choose an evening (6.30 to 8.30), book one or two Bellboats (£25 per boat per evening) via the website and then it is upto you how you plan the evening.

If you have a helm(s) that have the relevant permits there will be no extra cost but if you require a helm we can provide them and the cost will be £10 per helm (one helm per boat is the minimum requirement) and these will need to be booked separately on the website, for the appropriate date.

activity team logoThese dates will be on this website and open for bookings from Friday 23rd March and all bookings will close one month before the date of the event to allow us to organise helm as necessary. When booking the Bellboats please indicate in the info box whether you are providing helms and if so, their names, in order that we avoid anyone booking helms without boats!

Please note these will show as individual bookings although you are booking for your Group

Water Bookings – Please note that any queries regarding Water activity bookings should be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (NOT to the 'general' County Office email or any other email address) to enable us to resolve any issues. Sending to the County Office may result in delay due to the volumes received and office priorities.

Make a note, all you sailors. Don't miss out on these good opportunities!


York Annual Chess Competition - 2018 Winners

Now in its SEVENTH year

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This report from John Ives, York Active Support Manager:

The Annual Chess Competition was held in York recently for members for the Scout Movement in York Ebor District, York Minster District and Selby District - and the Guide County of North Yorkshire South.

chess Y2The overall winners were;

• JUNIOR EIGHTS - Edward Roberts - Copmanthorpe Merlin Cub Pack
• JUNIOR NINES - Max Moody - 1st Holgate Phoenix Cub Pack
• SENIORS - Isaac Goodall - 1st Holgate Severus Scout Troop

The competition was organised and run by Alan Dawes on behalf of York Active Support. It is sub divided into appropriate age groups and run on a 'game by game' scoring system.

chess 3Alan says "It is amazing how such young people can mix enthusiasm, intelligence and fun in a pastime game that others consider to complex to even attempt."

There were 24 entries this year and was the seventh year that the event has been run for young people locally.


WELL DONE to ALL who entered - and VERY WELL DONE to the Winners!


1st Boroughbridge members win lots of "Community Awards"

"Showing" the Flag in the local Community

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The Mayor of Boroughbridge, Peter Philips, used the the annual Civic Service to announce the winners of the Boroughbridge and District Community Awards, a scheme to acknowledge the work undertaken by volunteers in the area. Of the SIX categories for nominations, Scouting members were directly represented in FOUR.

BBA 3The Young Volunteer Award was presented to Explorer Scout Toni DiClemente, a Young Leader with 1st Boroughbridge Group who is now also an Explorer Scout in White Horse Unit and a member of the Jamboree contingent for 2019.
As well as putting her time and effort into her own Scouting, she is a willing helper at every Boroughbridge event, always cheerfully passing on the skills she has gained and is also expert in helping disabled children at school and in Scouting. Two other Boroughbridge Scouts were also nominated, Samuel Spencer and Oliver Mays, for their work as Young Leaders and also putting their Scouting skills to good use in the community.

Volunteer Community Worker was awarded to John Helliwell, well known in local and North Yorkshire Scouting. The citation for his award included his Scouting work as well as the time he puts into his local church, schools and as one of the main organisers of the local Community Library, amongst other ventures.

Mike Collins, awarded an MBE two years ago for his community work in Boroughbridge, was awarded the Community Achievement Award in recognition of his work over many years with so many local organisations, including his local Parish Council, Easter Walking Festival (which won the Community Event Award) running Coronation Hall and, of course being GSL and SL of 1st Boroughbridge Scouts.

John and Mike are also trustees of BACLA, Boroughbridge Area Community Library Association, which won the Volunteer Group Award, both putting in their time and expertise to help keep the valuable resource available to local people. 1st Boroughbridge Scout Group was also nominated in this category.

What a wonderful reflection of Scouting in the Boroughbridge area, the only category in which they were not represented in some form was for Community Spirited Shop or Business, and that would be quite difficult to achieve!


Well done to 1st Boroughbridge Scout Group - a fantastic example of "Community Spirit in Action"


Beaver Scout Scrapheap Challenge Final Results

Disrupted by snow.... but a success nevertheless!!

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This report by courtesy of Iris De Wet:

SH2SH1The mini 'Beast from the East' (weather) probably caused some teams of Beavers not to turn up for the County Scrap Heap Challenge on Sunday, but in spite of the snowy weather, teams from Harrogate and Nidderdale, Northallerton, Ripon and District and York Ebor, turned up and took part in the 'Battle of the Bands'.

Presented with a box full of bits and pieces the twenty-four Beavers were challenged to make musical instruments, form a band and then accompany everyone singing the world premier of a new song, to the tune of Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.


Annie, the ACC(BS) is not only a brilliant Scientist but is an accomplished musician too and she showed the Beavers an impressive array of musical instruments, including a didgeridoo. Yes, she did play it!
Judges, Mark Edwards the County Commissioner and John Ives the Creative Assistant County Commissioner had a difficult job judging the event and after a very closely fought ‘battle’ the winners were York Ebor, closely followed by Ripon, Northallerton and HANDS."



WELL DONE to all who braved the weather!




NOTE WELL - County Office on reduced hours!

Even the County Secretary is allowed SOME holiday!!

Easter holiday hours

reduced hoursPlease note that from Monday 18th March to Monday 2nd April the County Office is open  but is on reduced hours due to annual leave and will only deal with 'general' Scouting enquiries.

We are open again for normal business at 9am on Tuesday 3rd April 2018

In an emergency please contact the Scout HQ Duty Media Office or the Duty Safeguarding Officer using the out of hours service on 07977 539630.

David and Iris both wish all members in North Yorkshire, young or old, a "Very Happy Easter"


District Commissioner vacancy soon in Ripon & District

Are YOU the person for the Role?....or do you know someone else who is?

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The County Commissioner is looking, soon, to appoint a new District Commissioner for Ripon & District.

Ripon District Badge 2The District has 589 youth members spread over 9 Scout Groups and 2 Explorer Units.

The closing date for applications and nominations is Monday 30th April 2018

There is a Recruitment Package and Nomination Form which can be found by clicking HERE

Positions vacantIt is hoped that a person will be found and approved both by a Panel from the County Appointment Advisory Committee (AAC) AND by the County Commissioner (CC), and be ready to 'take-over' the leading of the District at their District AGM on Wednesday 23rd May 2018




Whitby Scouts start a '100 Club' to help with their Fundraising

Group celebrate 50+ years and continues to GROW

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This from Janine Pemberton, their G.S.L.:

Esk 1"As we all know, the Scouts are the UK's biggest mixed youth organisation and they continue to grow every year. Despite that, fundraising can sometimes be a difficult task for local Groups and whilst the Eskmouth Group in Whitby aren't currently having trouble financially, they are looking to prepare for the future with a 100 club.

Typically a 100 club is a group of people who come together to raise funds for a good cause usually by running a private society lottery. People who join our club have purchased a numbered ticket which goes into a regular draw. When the draw is made a percentage of the profit is given as the prize, and the remainder goes to the good cause – in this case, the Scout Group's Funds."

It costs £3 per month to enter and the prizes are a £1,000 Winter Draw, a £500 Summer Draw, and a monthly prize of £20

For more details and an application form, email j9pemberton@gmail or call Janine on 07880 498283.


District Commissioner vacancy in the Ryedale District of North Yorkshire

Are YOU the person for the role?... or do you know someone who is?



Positions vacantscouts need youThe County Commissioner is looking to appoint a new District Commissioner and a new Deputy DC for RYEDALE District.

The District has 408 youth members spread over 7 Scout Groups at Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside, Malton, Norton, Thornton Dale, Pickering and Rillington, as well as 3 Explorer Scout Units.

The closing date for applications and nominations is Monday 30th April 2018

There is a Recruitment Package and Nomination Form which can be found by clicking HERE