It's back to the age of chivalry for the Beavers

GROUP Scout Leader David Day has sent news of 6th Ripon Scout Group's recent annual general meeting held at Allhallowgate Chapel.

The meeting was well attended by parents who heard that numbers in the group have reached record levels. The Skell and Ure Beaver Colonies, who meet on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, are full and have waiting lists. The Cub pack is also full and so will not be taking any more direct entrants. Scout numbers are also rising and a decision has been made to limit new members to transfers from the Cubs. Cubs and Scouts both meet on Friday evenings.

At the AGM, Diana Illingworth and Marie Pillar were re-elected chairman and treasurer respectively. Gillian Bassitt, after serving 12 years as secretary, stood down and her role has been filled by Amanda Macey. District Commissioner Ian Bardon presented Gillian with a Scouting centenary print and a rose tree for her garden in appreciation of her work over the years.

The group has celebrated the success of the Beaver and Cub football teams in the recent district competition. The Beaver team was drawn from both the Skell and the Ure Colonies and consisted of William Burgess, James Groves, Zac Hartley, Matthew Houseman, James Livesey, Joshua Macey, William Penny and Sam Pillar. The Cub team, managed by Harry Johnston, consisted of Liam Baxter, Alex Christy, George Duffield, Nick Edwards, Harry Illingworth, Max Johnston, Richard Langdale and Joseph Lenton.

After the annual general meeting there was a short presentation to Cub parents focusing on the district camp. Thirty Cubs from 6th Ripon were expected to be there, camping in five large ridge tents. The Cubs helped to decide on the menus for the weekend and were looking forward to an exciting time in the wilds of Sherwood Forest, also known as Clotherholme Farm.

David has sent encouraging news about appointments of Young Leaders within the group. David Taylor will be working with the Cub section and Kieran Newman will be with Ure Beavers. Richard Midgley is going to help with the Scout troop and Lilian Duffield continues in that role at Cubs. Kieran and Richard will represent 6th Ripon at the World Jamboree later this year in Essex.

6th Ripon Scouts have tackled the climbing wall at Claro Barracks. They found the wall to be impressive, with some easier routes and some not so easy and they are keen to pay another visit. Both Beaver colonies have taken part in a series of programmes on Heraldry. Each of the eight lodges designed and decorated a plain T-shirt to represent their ideas of how a knight from that lodge would look and some of the things that they would find around them in the Middle Ages. The young people also designed their own coats of arms, which they then put on to shields.

David reminds us that 6th Ripon Scout Group has an online fundraising web shop. He urges us to shop online at www.buy.at/6thRipon and so raise money for the group, at no extra cost to the individual using the web shop. The group receives a commission on each purchase that supporters make.

I close this week’s column by passing on an important reminder from the District Commissioner to all young people in Scouting and their parents/guardians. The young people should have received an invitation to the Sunrise Ceremony on August 1 at Fountains Abbey. Any individuals who have not received one should contact their section leaders. These MUST be returned to section leaders by June 15.

l If you are interested in finding out more about Scouting in Ripon and District, visit our website at www.ripondistrictscouts.co.uk or telephone 01765 605570.