The “New” Site

It’s not really all that new to us now, but there are new children and parents in the group who have never been to the “New” Site, so here are some useful directions.

  1. Head to Melsonby.
  2. Turn north out of the village past the post box and phone box.
  3. As you head down the hill you will pass a turn on your left; don’t go down that one
  4. The next left – which is an entrance to a field – is the correct turn.
  5. Drive all the way down the track edge of the field.

There is room to turn in the field at the end. Please do not stop or turn around as soon as you turn off the road. This creates traffic on a pretty quick section of road between Melsonby and Aldbrough.

Here’s a Google Maps pin:

Here’s a grid reference because we are scouts: NZ 197093

No postcode because it’s a field!

Here’s a map I drew.

If you get really stuck, the phone signal is pretty good in the field, so give us a call.

Camping Field Location

So, you want to find your way to the field and woods just outside Melsonby that we have access to? Well, you’re in the right place.

It’s really not that hard to find, but we’ve drawn a map to help you.

If you head into Melsonby from Barton/A1 you will come to the crossroads where you need to turn right towards Aldbrough.

After you leave the village you will pass a road on your left which is definitely not the one you want.

The second track, which could be mistaken for a field entrance, is where you turn in. The best landmark to look out for is the ginormous pile of poo just inside the gate. Don’t say we don’t take you to see all the best tourist attractions.

Do not drop your children at the side of the road. Once you are through the gate do not stop. Continue down the track to the car park at the end of the lane. There will be room there for you to turn and get back out down the track.

Here is the map which shows where we are.

We are going to be using this location a lot more as the summer term progresses, so I will leave this map here for reference, but I’m sure you’ll have it sorted after the first trip.

Remembrance 2018

Sunday 11thNovember. 10.15am

As you know, 2018 marks the centenary of the end of WW1. Remembrance Sunday falls on Armistice Day itself, 11thNovember.

Barton Scout Group will be taking a central role in the village commemoration so please put this date in your diary now and keep the day clear.

Meet at Barton Village Hall at 10.15am in smart uniform (Uniform top, necker (washed and ironed), school trousers/skirt, school shoes and a poppy).

We will parade to the church where we will form a guard of honour for the congregation arriving for the service. We will then take our places in the church for the service after which we will lead the congregation back to the War Memorial at the hall for 2 minutes silence.

We will then join the community in the hall where we will present a slide show of our trip to Ypres followed by a curry lunch cooked and served by the Scouts and Explorers.

There will be no charge for lunch but we welcome donations in lieu which will be given to The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

This is a very important event for our Scout Group so please do your very best to be there. All members of the Group and their parents are encouraged to join us.

Family Camp 2018

This year’s Family Camp will take place at Thornton Watlass Hall, Thornton Watlass, Bedale. HG4 4AS

Date: Friday 14th to Sunday 16th September. The camp will open officially on Friday14th September at 8pm but everyone is invited to arrive any time on Friday to pitch tents and get settled in. The camp will close on Sunday 16th September at 2pm. Your camp fee includes all catering starting with breakfast on Saturday morning.

Who is it for: All members of our Scout Group and their families including siblings.

Beavers and Cubs will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Scouts and Explorers do not need to be accompanied but of course, their families are very welcome to come along!

Sleeping arrangements: Families will provide their own sleeping accommodation. We have some spare tents so if you need to borrow one please let us know at time of booking.

Caravans and motorhomes are welcome but please note this is a green field site so there is no hard standing…………or electric hook up!

Scouts and Explorers can choose to sleep with their family or with the other young people. Please let us know at the time of booking.

How much? £35 per adult, £30 per child. This includes all food and activities. If you would like to spread the cost please speak to your section leader.

Facilities: We have hired chemical toilets. Showers are not available on this site.

Catering: all food is included in the price and catering is central. You will get a cooked breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and a hot evening meal as well as mid-morning and afternoon snacks and hot chocolate and biscuits at bedtime. Please note that the catering will start with breakfast on Saturday. You will need to make provision for evening meal, snacks etc. on Friday night. There are plenty of outlets in Bedale which is 5 mins away.

Please make sure you let us know of any dietary requirements on your booking form. We can produce a gluten free, vegetarian, low fat, sugar free spag bol in the middle of a field but we need warning!!

If you would like to attend please complete the booking form you received through your section and return it to your section leader with your payment no later than 5th July 2018 if you have not attended a Family Camp before and don’t have a Scout DBS. If you didn’t get a form via your section drop us an email at and we will send one straight back to you.

If you have a Scout DBS we can accept bookings until 1st September. You can return the form to me by email and pay by BACS – contact us for details.

Sorry but late bookings cannot be accepted.

Please note that all adults attending overnight must undergo a Scout Association DBS check even if you have been checked by another organisation. If you have attended a Family Camp in the past 5 years you will be covered. There is no charge for this check.

St George Parade Sunday 22nd April – 2.15pm Richmond

The Patron Saint of Scouting is St. George. Scouts remind themselves of their Promise and Scout Law, renew our promises and make a special point of all coming together on St Georges Day.

We hope that all Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers will be able to parade with other Scout Groups in the district for a short service at St Marys Church, Richmond. There’ll be no dragons, so don’t worry.

Meet: The Town Hall, Market Place, Richmond at 2.15 ready to parade at 2.30pm. 

Please wear smart uniform: School trousers/skirt, school shoes, top and necker.

For info: The route will cross the market place to the Castle, down the hill to the car park by the ice cream parlour and from there along the Batts and up to the church. 

Pick up at the Batts at 4 pm.

Parents welcome to join the service if you so wish.