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Getting Back Together Safely - Move to Yellow Readiness

The National Youth Agency (NYA) has confirmed that the youth sector, including Scouts, will be moving to the Yellow Readiness Level on MONDAY 17th  MAY, as England moves to Stage 3 on the Government’s Roadmap out of lockdown.

There is very little change in the general guidance from Amber but the main difference is that residentials will now be able to take place, but only in groups of up to 6 people (this is a combined total of six with young people and leaders).  It is expected that this will only be practical for older sections to be able to complete key components of awards, such as DofE. 

Please note that these groups of 6 cannot mix with other groups of 6, including for travel, sharing food preparation areas or accommodation.

The Scout Association is now working on changes to the Getting Back Together Safely pages, but you can read the initial guidance on residentials HERE


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.

Here is Good News for everyone. The District is beginning to bounce back. I am receiving many enquiries from the County, from Parents and from prospective members wanting to know if there are any places left in our Colonies. Packs, Troops and Units.

The Annual Census, taken earlier this year, showed us DOWN in numbers some 32% in the District's young members. This was expected to happen during the year and a half's Pandemic and the consequential 'Lock-Downs' that have followed.

As I said, we are now well on our way to a "bounce back". Can I THANK everyone of our Leaders and Supporters for continuing to put in the effort during this difficult time.

We CAN now see "Sunlight at the End of the Tunnel"  and all I can ask is that you continue to do what you are doing, whilst keeping in mind that we are still only at AMBER level and have not yet reached the complete safety of GREEN level in our Scouting

The County Commissioner has already told us that, as we plan for welcoming back new and existing youth members, we should also think about recruiting new volunteers to our teams to help with face to face and blended delivery of our Scouting programme. 

So, keep SMILING and keep SAFE!!


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

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