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This from ANNE COLLINS our DAS Manager, who says:
"It was great to have 13 of our members and guests meeting up yesterday evening for a meal at The Blue Bell in KIrby Hill. As such events always are, it was chance for a good chat and a catch up on what everyone has been doing in recent times, our last gathering having been the summer barbecue in July.
It was also an opportunity to at last present Steve Hall with his 40 Years Service Award, a reflection of many years of conscientious work in Scouting, often behind the scenes making sure everything runs smoothly for everyone else.
Maintaining our reputation for Active Service, Toni was able to help out at the recent County Leaders meeting in Thirsk, which was much appreciated by the organisers and as Scouting returns to some form of 'normality', other requests will soon be coming through.
Always looking to a busy person to offer help, another of our DAS members, Aimée, has kindly offered her services as a Fencing Instructor (as in swords and rapiers, not garden barriers ....) for the benefit of ANY youngsters in the District. Boroughbridge Scouts enjoyed their session of 'fencing' this week and it is certainly an expertly run introduction to the sport and a great experience."
Some 21 adult training courses from the County Training Team, now extending to January 2022, are available to all leaders.
Face-to-face courses across North Yorkshire, and some online, include:
Working with Adults
Supporting Young People
Camp Organisational Skills
Running Safe Activities
International Scouting...... and
Three 'Training in a Basket' sessions
Full details including how to register on the North Yorkshire Scouts EventBrite page. Just click HERE
DASQUEST (an annual event organised by the local District Active Support Unit) has now been completed by lots of the Beaver Scouts in the District. They were challenged to go with their Leaders on a short hike answering questions about the Countryside on their way round.
The trail started at Studley Roger Village Hall and ran round Studley Park to the Church, down to the Lake, and then followed the Valley of the Seven Bridges before going over the hill following Plumpton Lane back to Studley Roger Village Hall.
Boroughbridge, Masham, 4th Ripon and Topcliffe Beavers all took part at a date and time that suited themselves, and our DAS Manager, Anne Collins, says there were some very favourable comments, including one leader who said they would like to run it themselves another time as a sleepover at Studley Roger Village Hall, praise indeed!
57 Beavers and 19 adults took part, so 76 badges have been given out.
Considering the difficulties some Groups have had in getting any meetings going again that's a good response and gave something out of the ordinary weekly meetings for leaders to think about and start looking forward to other activities.
With everything now being officially back to Green, so hopefully Scouting will be moving on and Zooming, whilst an interesting skill to have acquired, will be taking a backseat!
2021 ADULT LEADER TRAINING IN RIPON & DISTRICT -
All sessions done by ZOOM and start at 1900 hours
April 12 - Mod 7: Scouting for All April 26 - Mod 8: Leadership Skills May 10 - Mod 9: Working with Adults May 25 - Mod 11: Administration June 14 - Mod 12B: Programme Planning (NB - 12A is available by e-learning) June 28 - Mod 13: Growing the Section July 15 - Mod 14: Young People Today July 26 - Mod 15: Challenging Behaviour Sept 6 - Mod 16: Intro to Residentials Sept 20 - Mod 17: Running Safe Activities Oct 4 - Mod 18: Practical Skills
Oct 18 - Mod 19: International
If you would like to register for any of the courses, email JOHN HELLIWELL, Ripon & District Training Manager on;
Those of you with "Eagle Eyes" will have noticed TWO changes in this year's District Calendar!
The District Scout Hike (organised by 6th Ripon) was to have been on Saturday 6th February but has now been changed to Saturday 25th September
The District Indoor Scout Challenge (organised by 1st Boroughbridge) was to have been on Friday 8th October but has now been changed to Friday 19th November
There MAY be other changes due to the current Pandemic so keep your eyes on this website!!
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