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Saturday 12th January saw twenty two members of the local District Active Support Unit, including spouses and partners, enjoying fellowship and conviviality at the Black Bull Hotel, Boroughbridge, at what has now become their "Annual Post Christmas Dinner"

It gives the District Active Support Unit (DAS) an opportunity to meet, mix and chatter in an environment other than a District Activity where "supporting the Leaders and our young members" is the key objective.

Ripon & District Scout Active Support Unit (DAS) aims to organise social activities for its members, plus all Leaders, and administrators of the District, keen supporters and all their families, as well as providing support services for District events. This Annual Dinner has now become a 'tradition' in the District and long may it continue!

If anyone wants to know any more about DAS (or become involved) please contact ANNE  on 01423 322458 or email to mike_anne_collins@hotmail.com - No Scouting experience is necessary, just a 'willingness' to help others in a flexible way, from once or twice a year to eight or nine times a year -  and no compulsion to wear a uniform or take a promise! (DBS checks ARE however compulsory as the 'core' of Scouting is an involvement with our young people).

The three Boroughbridge Jamboree Explorers (Toni, Matt and Tia) on a recent Saturday in January, ran a coffee morning at Marton-cum-Grafton (with a little support from others) and they managed to raise over £252.

During what became a very well attended and quite hectic New Year event, they provided bacon sandwiches and homemade cakes as well as a nearly new stall, tombola and raffle.

They are actively raising funds to help themselves on a trip of a lifetime to the 24th World Scout Jamboree in North America later on in 2019

The 24th World Scout Jamboree will be held on a site in West Virginia, USA, called 'The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve'. Although the gathering will be in the USA, it will be jointly hosted by the 3 national Scout organisations of the USA, Canada and Mexico. 

The dates of the Jamboree are 22 July to 2 August 2019 and the theme of the Jamboree will be: Unlock A New World.  The programme at the Jamboree will capture the 4 core values of 'The Summit Bechtel Reserve': adventure, service, sustainability and leadership.

Young people have an important voice in Scouting but..... are they getting a chance to use it in your section?

Following the success of #YouShape over the two years, the Scout Association has designated February 2019 as another 'YOUTH SHAPED MONTH', when we can all focus on empowering young people to decide, design and implement their own programme. Have you made any plans for this yet? There’s lots of ideas on the Scout Association and OSM websites.

Young people working in partnership with adults in Scouting, has always been something we have been proud of in this District. 'Youth Shaped Scouting' not only improves the way we Scout, but also the young people involved. Learning to speak up, be heard and work towards improving something you are passionate about is an incredible learning experience for the youngest Beaver right the way through to our eldest Network member. The more young people are involved in shaping their Scouting experiences the more they will get out of it, and the more likely they are to stay, do well and achieve their top awards.

Involving young people in decision making is essential for our governance structures to stay informed and responsive to the fast-paced changes facing young people in the 21st Century. By encouraging a mixture of experiences and ages on our Executive Committees and District Team, we are more likely to encourage healthy debate and make better decisions which are relevant to the lives of young people in today’s society.

The Boy Scouts, as it was called in the beginning, was started by Lord Robert Baden-Powell in 1908 after a succesful 'test camp' on Brownsea Island in 1907.

Some 5 years later, Scouting tentatively started in the wider North-Western District of Yorkshire West Riding in 1912. Captain Boyd Carpenter, was the, then, District Commissioner and covered the huge Parliamentary area of Skipton, Keighley, Otley and Ripon. Later it became District No 4 Yorkshire West Riding. 

In 1919 it was decided that a Ripon Local Association should be officially formed in 'Yorkshire North Riding' and was called 'District No 5 - Ripon, Masham and District'. Captain Coates J.P, of Holmfield House, Ripon, was the, then, District Commissioner.

The local Associated was formed on 21st August 1919 by an Inaugural Meeting at which the Bye-Laws were adopted and submitted to Scout Headquarters in London. These facts have been checked out by Peter Ford, a Heritage Research Officer with the Scout Association in our UK Scout HQ at Gilwell Park.

This officially means that 2019 is the 100th Year of Scouting in the present District which is now called 'Ripon & District'. So, for 100 years, Ripon & District has created a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for thousands of the local young people, both boys and, more latterly, girls. Through a century of "Making a Difference" we can now celebrate the incredible impact of what a 100 years of living the Scout Law has done for our local and wider communities.

As Scouts we are constantly guided by our values, which are:
Integrity - We act with integrity; we are honest, trustworthy and loyal.
Respect - We have self-respect and respect for others.
Care - We support others and take care of the world in which we live.
Belief - We explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes.
Co-operation - We make a positive difference; we co-operate with others and make friends.

This is what we do - let's keep doing it, and let's keep on celebrating it!

St Andrew's Church at Aldborough near Boroughbridge, was recently packed to standing with Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Network Scouts together with Leaders & Supporters from all over the District as the Annual District Carol Service for 2018, hosted by the 1st Boroughbridge Scout Group, burst into singing. The Service was overseen by Bishop Clive Handford, and everyone was welcomed and blessed by him.

The Christmas Story was, of course, the theme for the Carol Service and this was ably narrated throughout by Spike (Steven Spencer,1st Boroughbridge Beaver Scout Leader) in his own characteristic style. He was ably assisted during the telling of the Story by Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts and Young Leaders from the Group, some of whom were dressed as people (and animals) who featured on that Christmas Night, and some others who did readings or prayers.

The Service began with the Carol 'Little Donkey' and continued with lots of communal singing of many more traditional Carols, readings and prayers. Young people, from Beavers to Network, were all involved with the readings and prayers and there was even a solo  of 'Silent Night' sung by Adele Cullimore from the 1st Boroughbridge Scouts. A Patrol of Scouts from 1st Boroughbridge introduced the Carol 'The First Noel' by playing their handbells to the assembled District.

A collection was taken during 'Whilst Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night' for the local Charity, the JENNYRUTH WORKSHOPS, which raised £237.

After the Service there were hot and cold drinks, mincepies and biscuits for all at the nearby Alborough Institute by courtesy of the Boroughbridge Scout Group.

The District Commissioner, Aimée Dubiel, has asked me to say a big "Thank-you" to all those who took part.  Her message says: "Please may I thank all those who attended last night’s fantastic carol service organised by 1st Boroughbridge. It was really good to see all sections of Boroughbridge Group come together to give us an entertaining service that got everyone in the mood ready for Christmas. I especially enjoyed the animal sound effects. Next year’s event will be hosted by Hillside Scout Group who I hope are ready as they have a high standard to meet!"

Adults in Scouting are from all walks of life. Yet the one thing they share is the enjoyment of helping young people reach their potential. You may not be aware of the following facts:

  • None of our Leaders are paid – they are all volunteers.
  • The majority of our Leaders have full time jobs and a family.
  • 44% of our Leaders are female.
  • Leaders get involved because they want to have fun and make new friends themselves.
  • Leaders don’t have to be ‘superheroes’ who know everything. They are given training on the job and learn new skills as they go along.
  • The one thing that unites our Leaders is the energy and enthusiasm they have for giving young people the adventure of Scouting
  • Whilst all our volunteers are passionate about what they do, many help out on a flexible basis due to other commitments. Some may help out once a week or fortnight whereas others help once a term or at summer camp.
  • 27% of volunteers help out in Scouting as they are a parent of a current Member. 
  • Many were not Scouts when they were young but have learnt new skills and made new friends through Scouting.
  • Not all volunteers have to wear uniform.
  • Many of our adult volunteers say they are more confident in their everyday lives as a result of their involvement with Scouting.
  • Not all adults who volunteer for Scouting work with young people. There are a variety of other jobs that need to be done such as gardening and general DIY, organising events, doing the accounts and writing press releases. This means that Adult Leaders who do work directly with young people do not have to spend all their time doing paperwork.
  • All our Leaders are covered by a comprehensive insurance policy while taking part in Scouting.
  • New Leaders in Scouting go through a criminal records check to ensure they are fit to work with young people.

North Yorkshire Scouts Litter-Pick & Recruitment Week 2019

On Sunday 2 June 2019, the County plans a litter-pick across the entire Scouting County of North Yorkshire to mark the beginning of Volunteers' Week. It's hoped that Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, adult helpers, supporters and leaders from every section in every Scouting District of the County will collect litter on this day showing Scouts cleaning up North Yorkshire and our community spirit at its very best. A uniformed badge will be given to all young members who take part, for which there will be a competition to design an appropriate badge. The impact we could have across the County is considerable and so all Districts and Groups are requested to engage fully with this exciting initiative and to avoid all local Scouting activities on Sunday 2 June 2019.

Following the litter-pick and throughout the following week, which is National Volunteers' Week, the County will embark on a dedicated recruitment campaign for young members and leaders. Once again, it's hoped that all Districts and Groups will take part in this campaign at the same time to maximise impact and to achieve some amazing results.

No excuses and plenty of time to plan these events into your programmes, so put these dates in your diary NOW!

Find out all you need to know about Scouting
in North Yorkshire on the County Website

Did You Know?

Ripon and District Scouts operate NINE scout groups around the district:
  • ONE in Bishop Monkton
  • ONE in Boroughbridge
  • ONE in Masham
  • ONE in Knayton
  • ONE in Sowerby
  • ONE in Thirsk
  • ONE in Topcliffe
  • TWO in Ripon City itself
  • PLUS TWO District Explorer Units
  • PLUS a District Active Support Unit

THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION offers adventure and activity to almost 400,000 young people across the UK.

THE MOVEMENT is the largest co-educational youth organisation in the world, with over 28 million Members in 216 countries and territories.

Scouting has opportunities for almost ALL age ranges

Ripon and District Scouts 2019