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Readiness level: YELLOW

This means: Section meetings can take place outdoors and indoors. Limited small group residential activities may take place.

Maximum group size:

Activities involving young people: no limit on group size but remain as only one section meeting independently of others. Indoor activities will be limited by the size of the location given social distancing remains.

Scout Network programmed activities (non social): 30 people maximum.

Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present: Adults may meet in small groups for the purposes of providing the charity’s purpose. Full details in getting adults involved again guidance.

Residential activities: Nights away activities may take place with a maximum of 6 people within the group (including young people, volunteers and carers). COVID measures such as social distancing and good hygiene remain in place (even overnight), groups must remain independent of others and lateral flow testing must take place immediately prior to departure and every 48-72hrs throughout the trip and on return.

Note: Where small sections may struggle to be viable to operate independently they may join with another section at this time.

Note: The number of adults present should be limited to those who are required to be present to support the activity. It’s important to remember that we’re still in the middle of the pandemic and we all have the duty to make sure we’re following the letter and spirit of the guidance. 

Note: Activities (including those away from your usual meeting place) should be planned to minimise risk by limiting travel at all times. Check the guidance on planning activities in terrain zero. Trips should only take place where the outcomes can not be achieved locally and must be in a COVID safe manner.

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The Silver Wolf 

(the unrestricted gift of The Chief Scout and for service of a most exceptional nature)

   IAN BARDON (Group Scout Leader, 6th Ripon, Ripon & District & County Vice President)

   STEVE G HALL (R&D DAS Member & County Events Support Team)

   IAN HICK (R&D DAS Member & County Appointments Advisory Committee)

The Award for Merit 

(for outstanding service of at least 12 years, exceptionally 10)

   STUART ARTHUR (Assistant Scout Leader, 1st Boroughbridge, Ripon & District)  

   KEITH MAWER (Beaver Leader, 1st Boroughbridge, Ripon & District)

   CATH McMORLAND (District Badge Secretary, Ripon & District)           

   MARTIN RENTON (Scout Leader, 1st Sowerby, Ripon & District)

   STEVEN SPENCER (Beaver Leader, 1st Boroughbridge, Ripon & District)

The Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service 

(for at least 5 years of good service that stands out)

   CRISTINA ARTHUR (Group Treasurer, 1st Boroughbridge, Ripon & District)

   LAURA GIBSON (Cub Leader, 1st Masham, Ripon & District)    

   JANET MAWER (Assistant Beaver Leader, 1st Boroughbridge, Ripon & District)



The annual general meeting for the District was held for the second year running by ZOOM during the current Pandemic.

24 people attended (virtually) including the County Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Mark Edwards.

Jon Goom was nominated as District Chairman for the Year by the District Commissioner John Lockwood.

Sarah Slade was nominated as District Treasurer whilst the post of District Secretary remains vacant.

Cath McMorland was nominated as District Badge Secretary and Clare Mercer as District Independent Examiner.

Elected members of the District Executive were: Dave Baker, Ian Bardon, Trish Beadle, Mike Collins, Anne Collins and Dawn Drummond.

Nominated members (nominated by the DC in consultation with the District Chair) were: Roz Bardon, Tessa Danby, David Day and Adam Dickson.

Jon Goom was also elected as the District's representative to the North Yorkshire County Scout Council for the year 2021-22.

The AGM closed with remarks from the District Chairman, the District Commissioner, and the County Commissioner who told us that Scouting in general in the County was starting to 'bounce back' after a very difficult time and that Ripon and District was a "Leading Light" in the County in this process.

The next AGM was set for May 11th 2022.


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!!

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 THREE 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 2021