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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

Recently, at Hillside's Group Headquarters at Knayton, over 30 Beaver Scouts came together from five of the District's Colonies to see who might go forward to the County Final of the Competition at Thirsk Town Hall on Sunday 18th March 2018.

Beavers were asked to work with a huge pile of scrap plastic, cardboard, polystyrene, metal etc. to build as many Monsters, Aliens, Robots, Spacemen, Dinosaurs and Scarecrows as they could in the allotted HOUR.

The four judges (Alys, Brian, Shirley and Eric) had a huge task to complete, looking not only at how people worked together, but they also looked at the design, originality, and the robustness of the models made.

The Beavers were ably assisted by adult/leaders from Colonies other than their own to help with the sellotape, scissors, glue guns etc. but NOT to give advice on design, originality etc.

All the models made were of a HIGH STANDARD and had a lot of thought and ingenuity behind their production.

At the end of the event and after a 'Grand Parade' of ALL models, four models were chosen as 'The Best' and these were produced mainly by JJ from 1st Thirsk, Alex and Reuben from 4th Ripon, Angus and George from Hillside and Jamie from 6th Ripon.

These 6 people will go forward to the County Final to represent the District with "reserves" of Sebastian (6th Ripon), Aaron (6th Ripon), and Ollie (1st Thirsk).

Thanks went to the 'hosts' of the event, Hillside Scout Group, and especially their GSL, Iris, for all the hard work and preparation she put in before the event.

For more about the event (including photographs) look on HILLSIDE SCOUT GROUP's own Facebook pages on the Internet at https://en-gb.facebook.com/HillsideScoutGroup/


Supporting young people going to the 24th World Scout Jamboree in the USA in 2019 there is to be a FILM NIGHT showing the JUNGLE BOOK 2016.

This is to be held at the HILLSIDE SCOUT HALL at KNAYTON on SATURDAY 17th MARCH 2018 starting at 6.30pm

The ticket inludes a meal, drink and free film show. There will be entertainment and a bar.

Tickets are £10 per adult and £8 per child available from Hillside Scouts, Cubs, or Beaver Leaders

Alternatively to buy tickets email: eilisjamboree@gmail.com

ALL the money raised will go towards helping the young people going to the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

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.



Spring is in the air and so are nights away questions and assessment, and, as you know, Ripon and District are ALWAYS looking for adults to help the District.

So, with this in mind, do YOU want to be a NIGHTS AWAY ADVISER (NAA) in your District? 

John Helliwell, our County Nights Away Adviser, is aiming to run a course in 2018. 

If you are interested email to:


.....but do it NOW as courses don't run if there are insufficient numbers!!

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 36 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!!

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

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