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Message from Sam Morris, the Chief Commissioner for England, who says:

We’re pleased to let you know that the UK government has confirmed youth sector provision in England will move back to ‘Green’ from Thursday 27 January.


We’ve updated the readiness level table along with relevant guidance updates. Please remember to check the readiness table and guidance for other locations if travelling outside of England with Scouts.


This change means that all Scouting activities can resume so long as they are safe to do so and following the remaining guidance, please remember that all activities should still be managed in a COVID responsible manner.


Thank you as ever for your support and adapting to the changes in restrictions over the last few months to continue to offer amazing experiences for young people.

From: ANNE COLLINS our "District Active Support" Manager who says:

"It was great to see 16 of our members and friends from the District Exec sharing an evening of food and chatter at last night's DAS Annual Dinner held at The Bay Horse at Rainton on 15th January 2022. The chef did us proud with a super meal and the evening was an opportunity for friends old and new to catch up on recent activities.

The evening was also a suitable occasion for the presentation of Awards nominated by the County for three of our DAS members who have also held roles at Group, District and County level over the course of long Scouting careers. Fortunately, our District Vice-President, Brian, was on hand to make the presentations

Liz (Hall) received the bar to Silver Acorn for further distinguished service and is currently not only Chair of our District Appointments Committee and a member of County Appointments, but also a County Training Adviser and member of the County Core activities Team. 

Like Liz, Steve (Hall) also started out with appointments in Harrogate and Nidderdale District, moved to Asenby and became active in the Vale of Mowbray District which merged with Ripon a few years ago. He currently holds County appointments being on the County Executive and massively contributing, often behind the scenes, to the County Events Team; after working away in his workshop or sorting the County Activity store, he is frequently off travelling to other areas to support their scouting events too. Steve was awarded The Silver Wolf, "the unrestricted gift of The Chief Scout for service of the most exceptional nature in adult roles".

This very prestigious award of The Silver Wolf was also granted to Ian (Hick) who has been working in Boroughbridge, Ripon District and in the County over many years. Currently he a member of the County Appointments Committee and works tirelessly, as he has over many years, with the County Activities Team. He was formerly both County Secretary and Treasurer as well as Ripon DC and Treasurer. 

We are, indeed, very fortunate that quietly beavering away in our DAS unit we have so many people who have given so much to Scouting over so many years (actually, the roll call is quite amazing if the number of awards and years of service of our Unit members were to be listed!) - and they still find time to rally to the call when Ripon & District needs support in running activities for the benefit and enjoyment of our youngsters. And an amazing number of members are also turning out each week to run and support regular meetings across all age sections, as well as those who hold District and County roles.

The first call for DAS help this year is tentatively on the table for Sunday 24th April, when it is hoped there will be a special District St Georges Day Event at Fountains Abbey. Planning is underway and if all works out, DAS members are asked to be stewards on the day, marshalling the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers as they descend on Studley Park and then the Abbey, walking in from various directions. There will be car parking to organise too so plenty for us to do!  Many of our members will of course be with their own units but we will hopefully have our flag on parade with the others if that is part of the occasion. It will indeed be wonderful to see all the District back together again at one of scouting's most traditional events.

Next week Cub Leaders will be receiving details of this year's DASQUEST which Eric and Shirley have set once again on our behalf and is a Treasure Hunt around Thirsk. The week after, numbers will be due for the annual Scout Census and unless anyone resigns before then we should have a roll call of 38 members to register this year.
So onward and upward into 2022 with what will hopefully be a more 'normal' year of Scouting!"

As Scouts, we’re always looking for a reason to get together and celebrate reasons to be cheerful. The good news is that there’s a very big one just arrived. 

I’m sure you’ll know by now that 2022 is the Platinum Jubilee of our Patron, HM The Queen. She’s been a friend and supporter Scouts for as long as I, and indeed most of us, can remember. Visiting events, jamborees and being there for big moments like Cubs100 and the launch of Squirrels, she’s inspired young people and encouraged volunteers throughout that time.

This year, as our Patron celebrates the 70th year of her reign, this is our moment to celebrate, recognise her outstanding contribution, and above all say thank you. I’m struggling to think of anyone who’s shown the same sort of service and dedication as the Queen over such an extraordinarily long time.

The Scout Association has started a new provision for four and five year olds called Squirrels, to help young people gain skills for life at a time when it matters most and where it's most needed
 Benefits of joining Squirrels
 Squirrels is a completely new provision for 4–5 year olds. There are plenty of reasons to get stuck in, as Squirrels gives young people the chance to:
 Make friends
 Have fun outdoors
Learn new things
Earn Badges through fun activities

For more information click HERE

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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 2022