Scouts Winter Camp 2020

We’ve booked Thornthwaite again for winter camp. We like a change as much as the next scouts, but last year’s camp was such a hit that we thought we would go back to Thornthwaite for another round this year.

The important details are:

Location: Thornthwaite Activity Centre

From: 6pm, Friday 6th March 2020

To: 12:30, Sunday 8th March

We’ll talk to the scouts after Christmas about exactly what activities they would like to do, so there should be a bit of something for everyone.

The form is online here, and a paper copy will be going out on Thursday. Closing date is not until February 13th, but don’t leave your booking to the last minute. It makes us very nervous.


Scouts! Read All About It!

This is an appeal! If you are checking the site in advance of scouts tonight to find out what the programme is you will have noticed that it is titled Newspaper Games. To play these games we need your old newspapers. Yes, all of them!

Please send them along and we will see they they are recycled at the end of the night in whatever state they are in.

Scouts Programme – Autumn 2019

Here is the programme for this term. Sorry it’s taken a while, but the scouts were pretty creative with their programme requests this time around and it’s taken a bit of planning to fit everything in.

Please read it and make sure you’ll be in the right place with the right kit, particularly this week (26th Sept.) when we will be at the hall and NOT at the field. We will still be outside though, so dress for the outdoors.


Scout Expedtion 2019 – MAKE YOUR CHOICE!

We have been leading up to this for almost a year so the weekend will be in your diary in permanent pen by now.

The expedition will take place Saturday 20th July – Sunday 21st July

This is an essential challenge to complete if you are looking to complete your Chief Scout’s Gold award.

There is still an element of planning to be done by the scouts so costs and timings are not final yet but we hope there is enough information here to make a decision on whether you want to take part this year.

We talked to all the scouts at the start of term to get ideas of what they would like to do and they came up with 3 viable options:

  • Cycle the Swale: 12 miles of mainly off-road cycling from Reeth to Keld and then back the other way the next day. We will probably meet around lunchtime on the Saturday and return by lunchtime on the Sunday. Essential kit: A bike with gears, suitable for off-road riding. The bike must fit, be familiar to the scout riding it and be in good condition. We are happy to meet with anyone in advance of the expedition to look over bikes; A helmet; A (VERY!) small rucksack to carry drink, waterproof, snacks etc. Estimated price, £10-15
    • Expedition to Redmire: 8-10 miles (route TBC by scouts) walk from Swaledale to Wensleydale, overnight camping in Redmire and then a walk back the next day. Anticipate starting at 9am on Saturday and finishing at 4pm on Sunday. No special gear above and beyond that which we would expect a scout to have on any other hike. It is strongly recommended not to turn up with brand new, untested kit for the expedition, especially boots. Estimated price, £10-15
    • Train expedition to York: Meet at Darlington station and take a train to York, complete a challenge set by the leaders to explore the city then meet in the afternoon to take a bus to our campsite. In the morning we will pack up and head off in the opposite direction. No special kit at all needed for this one. Estimated price, £25-30

    All the expedition options have some things in common:

    • Scouts do not need to carry all their overnight gear. This will be collected at the start and the scouts will be reunited with it at the overnight camping location.
    • The group will provide all tents and camping equipment and this will be on site when scouts arrive.
    • Scouts will be responsible for pitching their own tents and preparing their own food.
    • The expedition party will need to agree in advance what their menu choices are for Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast and Sunday packed lunch. Food will be on site when scouts arrive.
    • The scouts will have adult supervision at all times. This is not a Duke of Edinburgh expedition, however it should prove to be excellent preparation for anyone who wants to do that in the future.
    • For most of these options we will only be able to provide adult supervision if we have parental help. This will be a big factor in whether we are able to run the expedition.
    • Those who express an intention to join the expedition will meet during scout time to plan the various parts of the expedition.

    In order to book campsites and plan all the leader-specific bits of the expedition we need scouts to commit to the expedition if they want to take part. Obviously we are unable to run three expeditions at the same time, so there will need to be an amount of compromise if we choose an option you don’t particularly fancy.

    With this in mind can you please complete the very quick online survey so that we can begin our various planning activities in good time. Please tick all the possible expeditions you would be happy to take part in. This will help us to choose the most popular option. If you don’t vote for an option but the majority do, and this ends up being the chosen expedition, you can change your mind at a later date and take part.

    Final permission slips will be issued once we have settled on an option.

    If you are a parent who is willing to help out for a weekend, be it walking, cycling, driving kit or some other useful service, please get in touch by text or email so we can make sure this is a viable weekend.

    So here it is…your online survey:

    Please get in touch my email or text if you have any questions.


    Help! We need you!

    Don’t worry. We’re not going to ask you to take over as leaders and put a uniform on (unless you want to). It’s much simpler than that.

    We need about 5 minutes of your time.

    As you probably know by now, we have very kindly been given access to a field and some woodland just outside of Melsonby. We hope to use this a lot more in the near future, both on regular meeting nights and for camps. The site is good enough for us to start camping there pretty immediately but there are a couple of things we need to make it comfortable for us. Namely, a water supply onto site and a semi-permanent toilet block.

    These things don’t come for free, but don’t panic, we’re not going to raise subs or demand you make any more donations. Instead we have applied for a grant to cover this.

    Calor (the gas people) have a Rural Community Fund which will provide grants to communities and we have applied for one. We have been accepted into the first phase, but this is where you come in.

    We need votes!

    There are many other communities applying for funding – more than the fund will cover – so Calor put it to the public vote. This is where you come in.

    If you could spare the 5 minutes it takes to visit the Calor Community Fund Website and register to vote, you will be given ten votes to use as you wish. Obviously the best thing you could do for us it use all 10 votes for Barton.

    Voting closes on June 17th, so please don’t hang around. Remember, this is 10 votes per individual, not per family, so make sure that everyone, including Grandma, Uncle John and Spot the Dog get their say and get us our funding.

    What are you still doing here? VOTE!

    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.