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The Scout Association has announced next year's membership fee for all members under 18, with a SMALL increase of £1 to £35.50.

Ripon & District AND North Yorkshire County will decide of their District Levy and County Levy for the next year in September 2022.

Find out more HERE, including how the UKHQ Membership fee supports Scouting.

It is STILL very much "value for money"

This from ANNE COLLINS our local DAS Manager who says:  

If the saying “the sun shines on the righteous” is to be believed, members of the DAS Unit must indeed be a special group as the sun shone to make a perfect day in May for visiting High Batts Nature Reserve, just outside Ripon. Many of the members of Ripon & District Active Support Unit have been busy in recent months working in their various roles as leaders or in District and County positions, so a social opportunity as the DAS Unit was most welcome.  

Having been postponed from the programme of 2020, we were delighted to finally meet up at High Batts where Colin Slator was ready to take us on a tour of the site. With 15 adults (and Sam our toddler ‘associate member’), everyone was eager to make the most of such a beautiful day. The skills, experience and talents of our members are wide and diverse and Colin’s reputation as one of the area’s most eminent wildlife conservationists and ornithologists is unrivalled. Having been involved with High Batts since its beginnings in 1973, no-one knows the site better and he could explain not only how the site has become such a haven of plant and animal life, but also plans for the future. With carpets of bluebells, wild garlic and other plants attracting beetles and butterflies, management of poplar, willow and other trees explained and birds spotted without even using the numerous hides, the morning’s tour had everyone engaged as well as enjoying the exercise. Being a DAS activity, an opportunity for refreshments and a good chat is essential and so adjourning to The Olive Tree coffee shop completed the day.

Thanks are very much due to the Slators for sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm and we look forward to our next social activity, the annual barbecue, in the summer.


Here is a report from SARAH RANDS our ADC(BS) who says: 

On Saturday 19 March 2022, 83 Beavers and 11 Squirrels (plus some fantastic leaders and parents) visited Flamingoland Zoo and had a brilliant day out.  The weather was kind to us, and everyone enjoyed taking part in a Touch and Learn workshop, a guided tour; and lots of free time to thoroughly explore the Zoo. 

There were hippos, baboons, red pandas, tigers, cheetahs and of course the flamingos to name a few! Every member I met and spoke to during the day were happy and excited; and had lots to tell me that they had seen and learnt. 

All the Squirrels and Beavers went home tired, happy and with a goody bag from the Zoo, with a commemorative badge to follow as soon as they arrive!  It was an amazing day, and as ADC Beavers it was heart warming to see our members interacting freely with one another; and generally having a great time together.  

I’m Max, and today I am taking on the County Commissioner baton from Mark Edwards. Over the past 5 years, Mark has transformed Scouting here in North Yorkshire, launching Squirrels, growing the County and District teams, bolstering the County's event and activity offering - not to mention steering the County through a global pandemic! I know you will all join me in saying a huge thank you to Mark, who will now be continuing his Scouting adventure running a Squirrel Drey!

Looking to the future, I intend to build on this incredible work, and support the County to bounce back from the pandemic. I know Scouting is still licking its wounds in some areas, but our 2022 census results show that we are getting back on track. We all know that young people have had a particularly tough time over the last two years, and we also know that now, perhaps more than ever before, our role in delivering Scouting and providing skills for life is key for supporting the development of young people.

So, what will the County team do to help you? In short, we’re here to help you to deliver Scouting locally, by making your Scouting life easier as a volunteer!

·  We want to make sure that young people have equal access to nights away opportunities, top awards, and adventurous activities by increasing the number of assessors and permit holders across the Districts.

·  We want to ensure that the support the County provides is accessible to all volunteers by reviewing how we communicate in the digital world. So we’ll be taking a look at our social media, email bulletins and our website, to make sure everyone gets clear and concise information which will help them do their role.

·  HQ also has some big changes planned for 2023, including changes to the appointments advisory committee, replacing Compass, and overhauling the volunteer training and assessment process. HQ are also looking at our programme offering to 14-25 year olds, a national youth membership system powered by OSM, and a review of our uniform.

So, there’s plenty to get involved in, and I look forward to working alongside all of you in the years ahead! If you ever want to reach out to me, you can always drop me an email via max.butler@nys.org.uk

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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 THREE District Explorer Units
  • PLUS a District Active Support Unit

FIND YOUR GROUP HERE!!

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 2022