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Scouting is one of the greatest movements the world has ever known. Scouts have walked on the moon, rowed across oceans, scaled the highest mountains. They have been Prime Ministers and Oscar winners, authors and inventors, World Cup heroes and scientists.

Scouting is for everyone, and there are all kinds of famous people who were once Scouts, some of whom might surprise you. Scouts have been presidents, prime ministers, entrepreneurs and pop stars. They have climbed Everest, stood at the South Pole and walked on the moon. Scouts are also teachers, social workers – the people who make society work. They are all united by common values of integrity, respect, trust, cooperation, and their promise to help other people.

Here are just a few examples.

Sir David Attenborough, naturalist
Neil Armstrong, astronaut
Buzz Aldrin, astonaut
David Beckham, footballer
Tony Blair, former prime minister
Russell Brand, comedian
Sir Richard Branson, entrepreneur
Jarvis Cocker, musician
Billy Connolly, comedian
Bill Clinton, former US president
Bill Gates, business magnate
Bear Grylls, survival expert (& Chief Scout)
Richard Hammond, tv presenter
(Note...Richard was once a member of Ripon & District!)
Lucie Jones, singer and actress
John F Kennedy, former US president
John Lennon, singer & songwiter
James Martin, chef
Sir Andrew Murray, tennis player
Sir Paul McCartney, musician
Barack Obama, former US president
Joe Pasquale, comedian
Jeremy Paxman, journalist
Keith Richards, musician
Steven Spielberg, film director
David Walliams, comedian
John Wayne, actor

Open to all current and future Group, District and County Executive Committee members. Times 10.30-15.00 approx, venue in York (To Be Confirmed).

Invaluable training and advice on the role and responsibilities of executive committee members, including how members should support Scouting in their role as Trustees, in line with The Charity Commission, Scout Association and County regulations. No cost and lunch provided.

If you wish to attend, please complete the short booking form you can access HERE by no later than 12 February.

NEW Members and OLD will benefit from this refresher - Why not book yourself in NOW? No cost AND lunch provided!
THIRTY ONE members of the Local District Active Support Unit, their partners, friends and some of the Leaders in the District met together at the Ship Inn at Aldborough for their Annual Dinner which usually helps to start each New Year

The evening, ably arranged by Anne Collins, our DAS Manager, always has the quality of being friendly and making people feel happy and welcome. Just to hear the chatter and laughter proved it was, once again, a most enjoyable and convivial social event which would undoubtedly help to 'bind' the unit even closer together.

I'm sure the Ripon & District DAS Unit have now re-charged their batteries and are, once again, raring to help at the next few District (or maybe County) events!

Well done to the Unit - long may you help and support Scouting in the District and in the County!
Keeping young people moving through the sections is key to running a successful Scout Group. As leaders, it’s important that we encourage and support young people to continue their journey in Scouts.

Each section offers new challenges and activities, along with badges and awards to earn. Our programme’s designed to be progressive through the sections, with young people developing their skills as they move on.

Planning ahead can make sure that young people move at the right time for them, and flexibility in the age ranges offers the opportunity for young people to move up with a small group of "friends". It may sometimes be appropriate to make moving from the Beaver, Cub, or Scout sections more flexible for young people with additional needs.

It’s important to establish and maintain links between the sections (in both directions) to give young people the support they need when moving on. For example, the transition between Scouts and Explorers may be more challenging, due to Explorers existing at District level, so it’s really important that Explorer Scouts are visible in the District and visit local Scout Groups.

So try to make the sectional move with "friends". It is hard enough to have our young people change sections, but even harder if you feel ALONE!

Our Founder, Lord Baden Powell once said: THERE IS NO TEACHING TO COMPARE WITH EXAMPLE.

So, in all your Scouting, remember - Actions always speak louder than words... and your attitude is contagious.

Baden-Powell also said, "show me a poorly Uniformed Troop, and I'll show your a poorly Uniformed Leader."  Remember that the way you present and conduct yourself will be reflected by your Scouts (or Beavers, or Cubs or Explorers!)

Let's ALL make 2020 the year that we "lead by example"

Getting ready for Census

It's coming up to the start of a new year, which can only mean one thing – it's Census time

Soon HQ willl share with you any changes that will be made, but for now, here are the key dates to put in your diary so you can get prepared:

Mid-January – Passwords to access the Census site will be sent out 
Tuesday 21 January – Census site opens 
Friday 31 January – The Actual Census date

The County Commissioner will need all District submissions by Monday 17th February.and this means that the Group submission will need to be ready by Monday 10th February at the latest  - Thank you for your cooperation.

NOTE: Saturday 29 February – Census site closes and all data must have been submitted.

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 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 2020