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Finlay McNair is a 6th Ripon Scout that has been selected to join the Jamboree and is a member of the combined North Yorkshire & Durham Contingent – Unit 33

To fundraise towards the fees needed, a Valentine Ceilidh has been organised on Saturday 17th Feb at Ripon Grammar School 7.30pm to 11pm with cash bar & raffle. Music is provided by the ROOSTERS. 

Cost £10 to include supper – tickets available from Fin McNair 01765 620374 or email finlaymacnair@hotmail.co.uk. (Also available from the Wakeman House Café, Ripon).

In total,  7 young people have been selected from Ripon & District to attend the World Jamboree in 2019, so you will no doubt hear about other activities over the next year or so!

Please help to support the young people going on this 'trip of a lifetime' in 1919

Here is a message from Iris De Wet, the GSL of Hillside Scout Group:

Please will you support the Hillside Scout's Pop Up Cafe?

"It's 10am until 4pm next Saturday, January 27th at Borrowby Village Hall with the usual high standard of food and service from the Scouts.

As well as delicious food from the Scouts, Eilis will have her stall with all sorts of interesting things to win and buy to help her raise funds for her Jamboree adventure.

The Scouts are raising funds to buy a defibrillator for the Scout HQ and HRAP site.  What a community minded venture?

Please bring your friends and spread the word in your community.  They've a target to raise over £1000.00.  Let's see if we can all help them do it."

Some of our District '1919 Jamboree' Contingent from the White Horse Explorer Unit recently got together and created a quiz sheet of 50 different Christmas Carols only giving the first letters of each of the words in the Carol's name or first line.

Hundreds of sheets were sold (for £1 each) to help towards the individual's Jamboree fees.

One of the young people going to the Jamboree, Toni DiClemente, says: "In total I have sold 116 Christmas Quizzes, I am not too sure how many Quizzes the others have sold but I'm sure we have raised a lot of money between us. Thanks to everyone who bought a quiz sheet and entered"

Toni says that the winners were:
1st Place - Chocolate Hamper - Sam Feaster
2nd Place - £20 High Street Shopping Voucher - Freya Helme (8 Years Old)
3rd Place - £15 Garden Voucher - Kath Rayner
4th Place - A Bottle Of Prosecco - Graham Feaster



On Saturday 13th January 2018, the 'Blue Bell' at Arkendale, just outside Boroughbridge, was the venue for this year's Annual District Dinner which was once again ably organised by Anne Collins, the DAS (District Active Support) Manager. It was so timed to give an 'agreeable' start to the New Year for ALL. Some members see each other regularly but for many of these people who all lead very busy lives both within and outside of Scouting it is nice just to be together for a few hours.

The Dinner saw 24 DAS Members, Leaders, Executive Officers and Partners, all with a shared interest in local Scouting, joining together in a relaxing evening of good food, chatter and conviviality. All 24 adults, enjoyed an excellent meal with, as always, a great deal of talk and laughter.

Ripon & District Scout Active Support Unit (DAS) aims to organise social activities for its members, plus all Leaders, and administrators of the District, keen supporters and all their families, as well as providing support services for District events. This Annual Dinner has now become a 'tradition' in the District and long may it continue!

If anyone wants to know any more about DAS (or become involved) please contact ANNE  on 01423 322458 or email to mike_anne_collins@hotmail.com

This from Dave Baker who is a Leader at 1st Topcliffe Group:

"My name is Dave Baker and I am one of 4 Adult Leaders from Unit 33 of North Yorkshire / Durham Scouts selected to represent my country, my County and Scouts from the UK at the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia in 2019.

Unit 33 is made up of 36 young people (Scouts and Explorers) plus their 4 Adult Leaders from the North Yorkshire and Durham Scouting Counties.

As a Leader going to the Jamboree, between now and the summer of 2019, I need to fundraise £1,800 to enable me to go to the 24th World Scout Jamboree to support, lead and oversee the 36 Scouts of Unit 33 on this cultural and educational trip of a lifetime.

This is without doubt a unique and once in a lifetime adventure for Scouters from the UK, both youing people and adults. So I need your help please. A huge element of the whole Jamboree expereince is to fundraise your way to the Jamboree. And we all need to fundraise by doing a number of events and activities over the next 18 months or so.

My first fundraiser is to take part in a sponsored Unit 33 abseil off the Teesside Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough. I would like to raise £400 towards my final total by getting sponsors to do this amazing abseil. The event takes place on the 24th February 2018.

I am passionate about Scouting and my allegiance has always been to 1st Topcliffe Scout Group. In recent times my volunteering in North Yorkshire has grown as I am a member of North Yorkshire Scouts County Executive Committee for over two years now and I am also part of the Committee for my group. I have also achieved the Queen’s Scout Award and hold a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Believe it or not, the 24th World Scout Jamboree will be my first ever camp abroad as a Scout, partly due to limited opportunities when I was younger. It has always been a dream of mine to one day take part in a Scout camp abroad and lead a group of youngsters overseas so to finally earn the opportunity is amazing!

Going to the Jamboree is certainly aiming high so I intend to make the most of it all and that includes the planning and fundraising elements - as well as getting to visit the USA again!

I applied to be part of the North Yorkshire Leader Contingent in the role of Assistant Unit Leader and I have also taken on board the responsibility of Communications Champion for the Unit.

Honestly, I cannot wait to experience my debut World Scout Jamboree in 2019. It will be an honour and a privilege to represent North Yorkshire and the UK in West Virginia.

The best part of Scouting for me is giving young people opportunities to experience life changing adventures, which in turn creates memories, fun times and friendships that I hope will last a long time after the Jamboree.

You can donate to my JustGiving page which is now setup, just click on the link HERE or copy and paste the link below into your browser -


Alternatively, you can email me with how much you would like to donate. Many thanks!

Dave Baker
Asst. Unit Leader

Unit 33 - North Yorkshire / Durham
24th World Scout Jamboree 2019

Mobile Tel: 07983 033 833

The 1st Thirsk Scout Group is a growing Group with its own Headquarters - but - they do need a Group Chairperson as the current 'Chair' is standing down in the New Year. The task is NOT too onerous and does NOT need regular attendances at weekly meetings

If ANYONE knows of any adult who might be willing to help PLEASE contact the Group Scout Leader as soon as possible (details below). Please also contact Terry if more information is required.

No experience is necessary and, for the right individual, training can be given. Just contact the G.S.L. Terry Hodgson with any NAMES and CONTACT NUMBERS

by email to: sueter@btinternet.com
or by telephone to: 07889 573782

St Oswald's Church at Sowerby, near Thirsk, was recently packed to standing with Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, and Explorer Scouts together with Leaders & Supporters from all over the District as the Annual District Carol Service, hosted by the 1st Sowerby Group, burst into song.

The Service was ably run by the GSL of the Group, Jon Goom, assisted by his team of Leaders and the younger members of the Scout Group.

Before the Service began some award certificates were presented. The D.C. presented Simon Oakley (6th Ripon ASL) with his Wood Beads for completing all his initial training and to John Goom (1st Sowerby GSL) a 25 years long Service.

Oliver Mays (a Scout with 1st Boroughbridge) and Samuel Spencer (an Explorer Scout with the White Horse Explorer Unit) were each presented  with a County Commissioner’s Certificate of Appreciation for all the ‘good Samaritan’ work they did recently by helping an elderly pedestrian who had been knocked down by a ‘hit and run' driver

The Service then began with the Carol 'Away in a Manger' and continued with lots of communal singing of many more traditional Carols, readings and prayers. Beavers, Cubs and Scouts were all involved with the readings and prayers and there was even a solo sung by Adele Cullimore from the 1st Boroughbridge Scouts.

After the Service there were hot drinks and mince pies for all in the 1st Sowerby Scout Hut next to the Parochial Hall and the collection taken on the evening is to be split between the Rotary Club Shelter Box Charity and St. Oswald's Church.

The District Commissioner, Alys Allardyce, has asked me to say a big "Thank-you" to all those who took part and especially to the 1st Sowerby Group for being such good hosts. She said that she is proud of the District and what it has achieved over the past 12 months. She also wishes each and every member, and leader, a very "Peaceful Christmas" and a "Happy New Year"

The Carol Service sheet had a 'Carol' Quiz on it - answers to this can be found on a separate Notice Board article on this website called CAROL QUIZ ANSWERS

The 1st Boroughbridge Scouts were found recently out planting bulbs ready for next Spring in their local area.

They put in 200 daffodils and 1000 bluebells (English of course) so that the area around the River Ure and the Canal at Boroughbridge will look extra special next year.

English Heritage has recently launched a campaign to help save the native and historic varieties of daffodils and bluebells, both of which are at risk from aggressive hybrids and non-traditional varieties and 1st Boroughbridge Scouts are trying to help, whilst ALSO doing their bit for their local community!


The SEVEN members selected from the District are:
Tiana Hodges                      White Horse ESU
Jonathan Bennington         Black Stallion ESU
Matthew Taylor                   White Horse ESU
James Dobbs                        Black Stallion ESU
Finlay MacNair                     6th Ripon Group
Eilis Fitzgerald                      White Horse ESU
Antonia DiClemente            White Horse ESU
The 24th World Scout Jamboree will held in West Virginia, USA, and will be an adventure beyond anything anyone can imagine. It is to be hosted jointly between Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada and the Scout Association of Mexico and takes place between 22nd July and 2nd August 2019 at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia, USA.
The VISION of the UK Contingent Management Team is to deliver a unique international adventure shaped by young people, where contingent members will develop personally and have a positive longer term impact on Scouting and beyond.

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