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The Scout Mechanic Activity Badge is now partnered by the Army (REME - Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers)

Mike Collins. GSL of 1st Boroughbridge Group, tells us that he has had the following communication from Trevor Holding who was a Leader with the Boroughbridge Group for a while during the time he was posted to Dishforth and, since moving on, he has helped to get the new Scout Mechanic Badge sponsored by REME: 

Trevor writes to Mike: "I am writing to you today because I wanted to give you a small update on what Dylan (son) and myself have been doing since we left Boroughbridge Scout Group.  I know it was around 8 months ago but we would never have started if it wasn't for you.

Dylan moved on to Cubs and settled in almost immediately. After enjoying being an Occasional Helper at Boroughbridge Beavers I decided that I would join as a Leader and I am now ACSL in Lyneham Cub Scouts. I would like to thank yourself and the rest of the Boroughbridge Scout Group for introducing both Dylan and myself into Scouting,

Shortly after moving to Lyneham I approached REME Regimental HQ and put forward the proposal that the REME sponsor the Scout Mechanics Activity Badge and the Army have taken it forward and, in this quarter's Scouting  Magazine (in the GOING WILD section), it is being advertised (pages 10 & 11).

I hope that the Boroughbridge Scout Group will take up the challenge of completing the badge and  that you can turn to your Scouts and say that 'one of the guys that pushed for the sponsorship was one of my leaders and I introduced him to Scouting'." 

Mike expects that Trevor will be heavily involved with an event for the Mechanics Badge which is being run by the Scout Association and the Army for 300 Scouts on Saturday 28th April 2018. (To celebrate the launch the partnership, the Army are hosting a Scouts Takeover Day at MoD Lyneham on the 28th April 2018 to earn their Scout Mechanics Badge. Scouts will learn from professional REME engineers and will perform the badge practical tasks on a variety of Army equipment, including tanks and helicopters!)

Battle of the Bands at the County Beaver Scrapheap Challenge.

Teams from Harrogate, Ripon, York and Northallerton took part in the recent 2018 County Beaver Scrapheap Challenge Final held at Thirsk.

Sadly the weather (heavy snow) probably caused some teams to drop out.

The Beavers were challenged to make musical instruments out of junk, and then had to play them whilst everyone sang the world premier of a new song!

The Team from York, managed by Simon, won the competition and Ripon & District's Team came in second. Our District Team was made up from 2 x Hillside Beavers, 2 x 4th Ripon Beavers and 1 Beaver from 1st Thirsk.

Our congratulations to ALL the finalists in getting to the FINAL and to our District Team in coming SECOND in the County Final. Well done!

The Mayor of Boroughbridge, Peter Philips, used the the annual Civic Service to announce the winners of the Boroughbridge and District Community Awards, a scheme to acknowledge the work undertaken by volunteers in the area.

Of the six categories for nominations, Scouting members were directly represented in four.

The Young Volunteer Award was presented to Toni DiClemente, a Young Leader with Boroughbridge Group who is now also an Explorer Scout in White Horse Unit and a member of the Jamboree contingent for 2019. As well as putting her time and effort into her own Scouting, she is a willing helper at every Boroughbridge event, always cheerfully passing on the skills she has gained and is also expert in helping disabled children at school and in Scouting. Two other Boroughbridge Scouts were also nominated, Samuel Spencer and Oliver Mays, for their work as Young Leaders and also putting their Scouting skills to good use in the community.

Volunteer Community Worker was awarded to John Helliwell, well known in local and North Yorkshire Scouting. The citation for his award included his Scouting work as well as the time he puts into his local church, schools and as one of the main organisers of the local Community Library, amongst other ventures.

Mike Collins, awarded an MBE two years ago for his community work in Boroughbridge, was awarded the Community Achievement Award in recognition of his work over many years with so many local organisations, including his local Parish Council, Easter Walking Festival (which won the Community Event Award) running Coronation Hall and, of course being GSL and SL of 1st Boroughbridge Scouts.

John and Mike are also trustees of BACLA, Boroughbridge Area Community Library Association, which won the Volunteer Group Award, both putting in their time and expertise to help keep the valuable resource available to local people. 1st Boroughbridge Scout Group was also nominated in this category.

What a wonderful reflection of Scouting in the Boroughbridge area, the only category in which they were not represented in some form was for Community Spirited Shop or Business - and that would be quite difficult to achieve!

ALYS ALLARDYCE, who has been our District Commissioner since 2011, is standing down at the District AGM in May 2018 after SEVEN years in post in a District that has GROWN from 5 Scout Groups and 1 Explorer Unit in 2011 to its present number of 9 Scout Groups and 2 Explorer units in 2018.

In 2011 the total District membership was 439. Now in 2018 the total District membership has nearly doubled to a massive 754 and the whole District, I’m sure will join me in thanking Alys for her work in helping to achieve this growth.

So now the County Commissioner is looking to appoint a new District Commissioner for Ripon & District.

Are YOU the person for the Role?....or do you know someone else who is?

If you wish to nominate someone, or apply yourself, details of the job and how to apply can be found HERE

The closing date for applications and nominations is Monday 30th April 2018


This from Iris and the Cub Team at Hillside:

A total of 52 people and assorted dogs took part in the District Cub Hike at Thirlby on 10th March.  24 Cubs braved extremely muddy conditions which one described as epic.  We do hope he meant it and wasn't just trying to be kind. 

Taking in Lake Gormire and Herriot Country the walk was just over 6 km in length and enabled the Cubs to map read and use a compass as well as achieving a Hikes Away Award.

A pair of small orange gloves were left if anyone would like to claim them.

Photos of the Cubs on the Hike can be viewed HERE or direct via the HILLSIDE SCOUT GROUP facebook page at  - https://en-gb.facebook.com/HillsideScoutGroup/posts




John Helliwell says that the following Courses/Modules will be available locally in 2018:

14 April  1000-1230 First Response Refresher
29 April  1000-1300 Modules 16 & 17
19  May   0930-1300 Modules 7, 8, & 9 
  9 June   0930-1300 Modules 13, 14 & 15
16 June  1000-1300 Modules 11 & 12B
  8 July   1000-1600 First Response (6 Hours)
15 Sep   1000-1300 Modules 16 & 17
  6 Oct    1000-1300 Modules 5, 6, & 19
13 Oct    1000-1300 First Response Refresher
  3 Nov   1000-1230 Modules 7, 8, & 9
10/11 Nov (2 days) Activity First Aid (16 Hours)
17 Nov    0930-1300 Modules 13, 14, & 15
1 Dec      1000-1230 Pre-Nights Away Assessment

NOTE WELL - and speak to JOHN for more info and detail

1. The above courses are open to all adults in Scouting in the County
2. Bookings can only be made through John Helliwell, johnhelliwell604@gmail.com, 01432 320731
3. In addition to the courses above, ad hoc arrangements will be made for validation of “Getting Started” (modules 1 2 & 3) and support of new members of Ripon District Scouts through the “provisional” stage (first 5 months)
4. Additional training, if required, may be added to the above schedule from time to time, including training for prospective Nights Away Advisers
5. Courses will only run if there is sufficient demand (5 participants)
6. Most courses will be held in Boroughbridge, either at Coronation Hall or in the Jubilee Room at the Library
7. Successful completion of courses will be posted on COMPASS by JH for members of Ripon District. Otherwise course completion will be notified to LTMs/DCs in other Districts, as appropriate


The Scout Association's 2018 St George's Day Awards have been announced and, in total, 15 adults in North Yorkshire Scouts have been honoured.

From our District, IRIS DE WET has been awarded the BAR TO THE SILVER ACORN.

Iris is the Group Scout Leader of Hillside Scout Group, a County Administrator, a County Training Adviser, and a Group Executive Member of the Hillside Scout Group.

I'm sure EVERYONE in the District will join us in wishing Iris a hearty 'Congratulations' for the immense effort that she puts into ALL her Scouting roles - Well done Iris!!

Our very own John Helliwell is offering to run two 'First Response' 2 hour "Refresher" courses as follows:

April 14 & May 19, both at 10 am, in Boroughbridge

The course is available to any member of The Scout Association who has already completed in the past the standard 6 hour FR course (that's The Scout Association rule)

Each course is limited to 10 places and is open to any volunteer in the County

Please book by contacting John on -  johnhelliwell604@gmail.com

John Helliwell, County Trainer and local DAS member writes:

TEN members of Ripon & District Active Support Unit and an 18 year-old Section Assistant from 6th Ripon completed a 2 hour "Refresher" First Response course recently in the comfort of Coronation Hall, Boroughbridge.

Many thanks to Anne and Mike Collins for arranging the training and providing the refreshments.



The County Creative Activities Team is running another photographic competition of all members of Scouting within North Yorkshire.

The theme of the competition is incredibly broad and is "Reflections”. This can be interpreted in many ways; physical reflections in water, glass etc. or memories and recollections.

Entries will be judged in 5 sections: Beavers, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorers, and 18+ (Network and Leaders).

Each person may enter one photograph which must have been taken by the entrant to the competition. Submissions must be in digital jpg format, with the original camera Exif data attached.

All photographs must be submitted with the name of the photographer, date of birth, Scout Group and District details. The images will be judged in the age range that the photographer was when the photograph was taken.

The competition will be open for submission between 15th August 2018 and 16th October 2018. Any entries outside these dates will not be judged. Photographs must be submitted to the following email address only: creative@nys.org.uk

The decisions of the judges will be final. All judging will be anonymous. Any photographs submitted to the competition may be used by the County Scout Council for any purpose of Scouting. All other rights are retained by the photographer.

If any Group would like to borrow digital cameras to run a photography evening etc. they are available from the North Yorkshire Creative Team.

Further information or for any queries please contact; John A Ives - Assistant County Commissioner, Creative Arts for North Yorkshire Scouts at creative@nys.org.uk

Preliminary figures shows the District's YOUTH SECTION'S MEMBERSHIP for 2018 to be:

Beaver Scouts 193 - up 2 from 2017 figures
Cub Scouts 186 - up 9 from 2017 figures
Scouts 163 - up 15 from 2017 figures
Explorers 44 - up 7 from 2017 figures
Network 3 - up 2 from 2017 figures

Grand TOTAL of youth membership - UP 35 to 589

Add to that, 165 Leaders/Adults - and the District has 754 members - 38 more than in 2017

Well done to the whole District!!

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 TWO 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 2018