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Since the recent Government Lockdown announcement in early January 2021 the England "Readiness level" has been changed to RED. 

This means: No 'face to face' Scouts activities may take place until further notice.


A cautious note of optimism from our UK Chief Commissioner, Tim Kidd, who says:

"I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent much of the last nine months on Zoom. And when I’m speaking to our brilliant leadership teams and young people, there’s a phrase I’ve been using: ‘Don’t mourn for the past; let’s look to the future with optimism.’

But there’s one thing I know for sure. We have to bounce back. We have to greet the future with determination and resolve and continue our mission to bring skills for life to more young people. If we don’t do that, we’ll simply be giving up – and that’s not the Scout way.

There’s a really powerful idea that I like, which is that we can invent our own future. It’s about accepting there have been setbacks and saying that we will work within the new parameters. It’s about adapting to new conditions, while remembering what we set out to do in the first place: to make life better for our young people.

"As we enter the new year (and not forgetting a welcome break over Christmas) let’s rediscover that spirit of optimism and togetherness. Let’s keep supporting each other, keep an open mind and remind ourselves why Scouts still matters. We offer skills for life and hope for the future.

Thanks for everything you do." 

Following recommendations by the North Yorkshire County Appointments Advisory Committee, the County Commissioner, Mark Edwards, is pleased to announce a new County Appointment

In January 2021, JON RICHARDS, currently County Media Manager and an Assistant District Commissioner in Ryedale District, will take over from Alison Martin as our Assistant County Commissioner (International). 
Boroughbridge Scouts have leapt into the world of Zoom. We have taken part in Parliament Week and Remembrance commemoration, linked with Brownsea Island.
This week we ventured into making Cheese Scones. 23 Scouts, each in their own kitchen, had to make their scones to a recipe which we had sent out. They only had 30 mins on Zoom to combine the ingredients, stamp them out and put them in the oven. Anne provided the instructions and the demonstration and the Scouts with their already measured out ingredients had to follow.

We received lots of positive comments like “It was a pleasure to watch everyone working together and seeing my son grow in confidence when baking.”  “A huge Thank You. She really enjoyed it and we are all now enjoying the end product -very tasty!”



The Scout Association secured access to Zoom Pro for EVERY Scout Group, EVERY Scout District and EVERY Scout County earlier this year.  

Licences are now EXTENDED 6 more months to May 2021. If you have your licence already, there's no need to do anything.
If you haven't got a licence yet, then you can sign up HERE.

HQ are putting on MANY information sessions for ALL Members in Scouting. 

The upcoming events can be found at the events page at HQ Events (use link - and usually a calendar invite is included initially with a 'Join Meeting' link published on the event information page a few days before.

Recordings of the webinars are now stored on the Vimeo platform and can be viewed here ( ) Vimeo-Scout Webinars.  Other videos exist under the HQ News pages 'Watch' and then a title (latest titles at top of page).

Other specific event recordings can be found amongst other training sessions where registration needs to be carried before you are sent a link to view it.

Thanks go to to Jon Goom, our District Chairman, for this information.

    At a recent County Executive Committee Meeting, it was agreed to reduce the County Membership Fee for 2021 from £13.30 to £10.00 to be funded from County reserves. This will be the County membership fee payable for all young members.  You will have already received advice from The Scout Association that the 2021 UK membership fee will rise substantially to £36 and the reduction in the County fee will help offset this increase. 

The annual fee of £46 (£36 + £10) will therefore be the fee payable for all young members; there will be no rebate arrangements (to ease administration for the County and the District).

The District Treasurer will be invoiced as soon as membership numbers are confirmed following the January 2021 census and the deadline for payment of the 2021 membership subscriptions to the County will be no later than Friday 9 April 2021.

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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

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