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The Scout Association is starting 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

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!

From Monday 6th September, the readiness state for Scouting in England changes to Green.

This means residential activities are no longer limited to 6 people and international travel from England is now permitted.

For full details on this latest important update, click HERE.

JOTA-JOTI is the world’s largest digital Scout event taking place online and over the air. The educational event brings together more than 2 million Scouts every year in October for a weekend of Scouting and friendship. Young people can learn about communications technology and connect with fellow Scouts from over 171 countries.

JOTA-JOTI stands for Jamboree-on-the-Air/Jamboree-on-the-Internet and is the world’s largest digital Scout event taking place on the Internet and over the airwaves. Held every year in October, the event connects millions of young people around the world for a full weekend of online activities that promote friendship and global citizenship. JOTA-JOTI enables young people and volunteers to participate in fun and engaging group activities over the Internet and amateur radio focused on developing 21st century skills through Scouting. 

This year's event is from 15th TO 17th OCTOBER 2021 and you can register for it from early September 2021 - keep your eyes on the County website at 


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