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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.

Some 69 Scouts and Explorer Scouts from all over the County of North Yorkshire attended the 'Contingent Selection Camp' at Snowball Plantation last Friday evening and Saturday. As a result, 54 have now been selected the represent the County at the 24th WSJ: 36 with Unit 32 (North Yorkshire) and 18 with Unit 33 (North Yorkshire/Durham).


The timetable of events/actions is now as follows:

Thursday 16 November 2017
Letters will be posted by first class mail and addressed to all applicants who attended the selection camp, advising if they have been selected to represent the North Yorkshire Scouting County at the World Scout Jamboree 2019. They will not be advised which Unit they have been allocated to; they will receive correspondence from their respective unit leaders in the coming weeks at the same time as Scouts/Explorer Scouts from Co Durham.

Friday 17 November 2017
DCs will be advised, by email, of those Scouts/Explorer Scouts from their District who have been selected and those who will be on the reserve list.

Wednesday 22 November 2017 
By no later than this date, those who have been offered a place will be asked to confirm, via their parent/guardian, that they wish to accept it.

Thursday 30 November 2017 
By no later than this date, payment of the first instalment of £200 is required. Given the very tight payment schedule from The Scout Association, the County will pay 50% (£200) of the first instalment fee, which will be recovered from participants in the months ahead. Payment options will be explained in the applicant’s letter and for this instalment only, payment will be made directly to the County. As advised by the County Treasurer, future Jamboree payments will be made via Districts.

Date;     8th Dec 2017 (as per the district diary)
Time;     6.30 pm
Where;   St Oswalds Church, Sowerby, Thirsk, YO7 1JG
There is limited parking at the Church, but there is also parking adjacent to parochial hall.
Mince pies, biscuits and drinks will be served in the Sowerby Scout HQ afterwards.
Let's get the WHOLE District TOGETHER for this, which is, maybe, our last major Scouting event of 2017!

As with most First Aid courses and qualifications, First Response is renewable every three years and it is with great pleasure that we can report that the following adult members of the District completed the course recently:

Peter Cheesbrough        
Laurence Bishop        
George Osborne
Mel Aubin        
Karen Hudson        
Michaela Kitching 

Chris Heyworth    
Dave Baker

Our District Commissioner, Alys Allardyce, heartily congratulates all those who have given up their time to complete this very  'necessary' course.

The qualification is renewed by attending either a full six hour First Response course or a two hour First Response refresher course. The refresher course needs to include:

CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
care of unconscious casualty
control of bleeding
causes and treatment of clinical shock
any changes to First Aid practices that have occurred during the last three years

All adults who have a current First Response certificate that is due for renewal are entitled to take the refresher course rather than retaking the full six hour course, although all adults are encouraged to complete the full course if they are able.

However, it is important to note that adults may only take the refresher course twice before retaking the full course.


This annual event for Scouts in the District was recently hosted by 1st Boroughbridge Group at the Coronation Hall, Milby, Boroughbridge,

A massive 18 Patrols (Teams), each of between 4 and 6 Scouts, from Ripon, Boroughbridge, Sowerby, Topcliffe, Masham and Thirsk came together for just over 2 hours of FUN and FRIENDSHIP whilst tackling 12 challenging tasks each out of the 18 bases provided for them to do.

The 18 Bases included: Marshmallow and Pasta Pioneering, Knotting, Mastermind, Jamboree locations, Union Jack jigsaw, 'Get out of that', Map symbol memory, First Aid scenario, Mountain height recognition, Scouting snakes and ladders, Estimating  weight, Kim's game, Skittles, Meccano Pioneering and Chief Scouts recognition

After the tasks were completed, the scores were added together and there were only 6 points between the FIRST PLACE and the THIRD PLACE

The top three Patrols (Teams) were deemed to be, in reverse order 3rd 'Team O' (from 6th Ripon) with 81 points -  2nd 'Team I' (from 6th Ripon) with 83 points - and 1st (the WINNERS) were 'Team E' (from 1st Masham) with 87 points.

1st Masham therefore took home the 'Jim Bradford' Trophy' to proudly hold for 12 months until next year's competition. 

Well done to ALL who participated -  and thanks to ALL those who made it happen. 

Sunday, 8th October saw the largest entry list for the North Yorkshire Scouts’ Annual Camp Cooking Competition so far. 28 teams from North Yorkshire Scout Groups registered and although there were inevitably some cancellations it still ended up with around 70 youngsters taking part in the 2017 County Cooking Competition at Easingwold Outdoor Centre (Dawney Bridge).

As in previous years each team of three were required to produce a meal for four (main meal and either starter or dessert) that they might serve at a Scout Camp. This was using a maximum of 2 rings or burners, no grills or any other aids that they might not have when camping - and all in two hours.

With the help of the long-standing cooking experience of one of their number, the three judges, Mark Edwards, Keith Cartwright and Felicity Hackett, all members of the County Scouting HQ Staff, managed to agree on the winners. Even then it was only by applying culinary and presentational standards that would more usually have been seen in a ‘Master Chef’ competition - and still it wasn’t without a certain amount of argument!

However, the job was done and the final result was: 
1st. - 1st Topcliffe Scout Group team: “Topcafe” with Pan Fried Salmon and parsley sauce with new potatoes, mange touts and baby carrots with Tiramisu for desert.
2nd  - Hillside Scout Group, team: “Hillside Girls” with Pan fried Chicken with a Creamy Paprika Sauce and a Toffee Crumble and Home Made Custard for desert.
3rd  -  1st Great Ayton Scout Group (Leven District), team: “Resolution”. They produced a Risotto and Bruschetta main course with Chocolate fudge brownie for desert.

Congratulations to Ripon and District: Not only did our 1st Topcliffe Group achieve a FIRST for the second year running but our Hillside Group also managed to get SECOND place!

Joe Hart who is the Explorer Scout Leader for the Black Stallion Explorer Unit in the District has been appointed as the NEW Assistant County Commissioner (Digital). Joe is the first person to hold this post in the County of North Yorkshire and we all wish him well in it.

This is what our County Commissioner, Mark Edwards, says about this appointment:"The professional skills and advice that Joe can bring to this new appointment will help us to improve the delivery of many aspects of Scouting across the County. As we embrace new and innovative means of communication to improve Scouting business, Joe will be an invaluable asset to the County Team and I know that he will have your full support". 

1st THIRSK SCOUT GROUP still needs more volunteer Adults or Young Leaders.

There are plenty of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts but it is more ADULTS that are needed in ALL sections, but especially in the Cub Section at this time.

Cubs meet on Tuesdays at the Picks Lane Scout HQ from 6.30pm until 8pm.

ANY help from anyone would be good - If you can't spare regular time, there are always jobs to be done as occasional 'help' in Administration, Hall Maintenance etc.

To discuss how YOU could help just contact the Group Scout Leader, TERRY HODGSON, on 07889 573782 or email to sueter1@btinternet.com



County Cub Camp 2018---Pateley Bridge---25-28 May 2018
Is Your Cub Pack Ready for TAKE OFF?  Ready for Adventure? Ready to Have Fun?

When? Friday 25th to Monday 28th May 2018
Where? Bewerley Park, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5BD
Cost? Cub Scouts £35. Leaders, Adults, Young Leaders & Extras £10
Included? Camp fees, activities, entertainment, Camp 2018 badge & souvenir necker

Bookings NOW OPEN - £50 deposit required per cub pack, see registration form for details.
Full payment required by no later than Friday 16 March 2018

To register your Cub Pack, please complete the registration form via the following link:

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 2017