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The County's Creative Activities Team is running another photographic competition of ALL members of Scouting within North Yorkshire.

The theme of the competition is incredibly broad and is “On the Wild Side”. This can be interpreted in many ways; wildlife, wild weather or wild scenery, wild adventure..
Entries 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, entries taken on camera phones will be accepted.

All 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.

The competition is open for submission between 15th August 2019 and 16th October 2019. Any entries outside these dates will not be judged. Photographs must be submitted to the following email address only: creative@nys.org.uk

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 Activities
North Yorkshire Scouts
creative@nys .org.uk

Important information to help leaders deliver the Pack Round for this year’s quiz, along with advice from the Assistant County Commissioner (Cub Scouts), Christine Turner, has recently been emailed to all Group Scout Leaders across the County, with a request to pass this on to their Cub Section Leaders.  

All the information that leaders need for the Pack Round has been made readily available and the District Round will be circulated to Assistant District Commissioners (Cub Scouts) / District Cub Scout Leaders in the first week of September.

This year’s County Cub Quiz Final will take place at Hillside Scout Group HQ, Knayton, Thirsk, YO7 4AT, on the afternoon of Sunday 24 November, with 2 cub packs from each District qualifying for the final.

The 4th Ripon (Methodists) Scout Group, meeting at Harrogate Road Methodist Church, have a NEW Group Scout Leader in the form of ANNIE GRAY 

It is now her job be to ensure that the Scout Group thrives and has the best systems in place to support adult volunteers and its young members, and to further develop the Group in any way she can.

Annie has been in Scouting (as a Leader) since 2010 with the 4th Ripon Group, firstly as an Occasional Helper and then in 2012 as the Beaver Scout Leader with their Beaver Scout Colony. 

Annie is also currently a 'District Active Support Unit Member' and a 'County Training Adviser' and everyone in the District welcomes her, and wishes her well in her new role as Group Scout Leader to this very active Scout Group.

Once again, the home of Steve and Liz Hall in Asenby became the venue for the latest venture for 27 (largest number ever acheived) of the members, partners and friends of the Ripon & District Scout Active Support Unit.

It was the Unit's Annual Barbeque, one of the rare occasions that the Unit get together when they are not working on behalf of others.

When the food was cooked and eaten, the conversation ranged from 'Tennis' (being Wimbledon Week) to 'past scouting events'  to stories from 'past camps and trips'.

The only 'negative' thing about the afternoon was the amount of pudding everyone HAD to consume (the calories, they found out later, were NOT 'negative'!!)

Liz and Steve were thanked for hosting another super afternoon in their beautiful garden, and the Unit were treated, towards the end of the afternoon, with a blue sky and outbreaks of sun.

Just to hear the chatter and laughter proved it was, once again, a most enjoyable and convivial social event which would undoubtedly help to 'bind' the unit even closer together.

I'm sure the Ripon & District DAS Unit have now re-charged their batteries and are, once again, raring to help at the next District (or maybe County) event!

Well done to the Unit - long may you help and support Scouting in the District and in the County!

What to do in the event of an incident.

The Scout Association has updated the 'Purple Card' to make it easier for leaders to know who to contact for support. If you want a copy or two (which are FREE from Scout Shops) then click HERE

There is also a good factsheet (FS320012) called 'Safety – Practical Tips'. This guidance is to help clarify some of the administrative needs surrounding your provision of 'Safer Scouting.' For a copy click HERE

Additional resources and information can be found at www.scouts.org.uk/safety.

'Safety in Scouting' should ALWAYS be in the fore-front of your mind!!


A recent Three-night run of BUGSY MALONE at Coronation Hall, Boroughbridge, starring ABI HODGES, an Explorer Scout from White Horse Unit, as Bugsy Malone and FINN SOWRAY, a Boroughbridge Scout, as Dandy Dan!

This two-hour production enabled them to show off their acting abilities and American accents. Bugsy was on the stage for most of the show and was outstanding. The character was in a gangland feud with Dandy Dan and they played off each other becoming partners in crime at the end after many actors disappeared under a spray of sticky string from their splurge guns. Finn has gained his Entertainer Badge and Abi her Performing Arts Badge.

ABI & FINN - they tell me you were both BRILLIANT!! Well Done.

Have you found the "Find your Group here" words on the front page of this website? You can click it to go to the map. You can also access the Map via the District Information Tab.

This Map shows where ALL NINE of our Scout Groups and BOTH of our Explorer Scout Units meet.

Click on one of the blue Icons and find the address of the meeting place and on which days they meet.

It also gives a 'contact' number for members and non-members to be able to find out more about the Groups!

PLEASE NOTE THIS NEW DATE - The Ripon & District AGM will be held at Thrsk Town Hall on WEDNESDAY 25th SEPTEMBER 2019 at 7pm.

Please let everyone know so that we can have a GOOD TURN OUT and find out what the future holds for the District at that time.

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