21 January 2018

Information for Members

Welcome to the Adventure!

Scouting in Dringhouses began in 1929 with a troop for boys and it closed during the Second World War as many of the Scout Masters were called up to serve in the armed forces. The current Group opened in the 1960s and has grown ever since. Our meeting place is adjacent to Saint Edward the Confessor Church and we rely upon and are very grateful for their goodwill and support.
We welcome girls and boys of all backgrounds, ethnicity, faiths or no faith and abilities.  The Group is run as part of The Scouts and is divided into sections for different age groups.  Sections meet weekly during the school term.

Our Beaver Scout Colonies are open to boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 8.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays 6:15pm – 7:15pm

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Our Cub Scout Packs are open to boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 10½.

Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays 6:00pm – 7:30pm

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Our Scout Troops are open to boys and girls between the ages of 10½ and 14.

Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays 7:30pm – 9:15pm

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Yorvik & Nordic Explorer Scout Units are open to everyone between the ages of 14 and 18.

Monday (Nordic): 7:40pm – 9:30pm

Wednesday (yorvik) 7:40pm – 9:30pm

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The Young Leader Scheme gives 14-18yr old members in Scouting to volunteer and assist our adult leaders in the running of our sections.

Many of our Young Leaders are Volunteering with us as part of their Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award.

All our adult leaders are volunteers who give their spare time to provide Scouting experiences for our young people.  When someone decides to become a leader they are interviewed by the District Appointments Committee, undergo a DBS check and then they are allocated a role by the Scout Association.  They work in accordance with the guidance laid down by the Scout Association and follow a training programme which helps develop the skills they need.  The Group is led by a Group Scout Leader.  Our Leaders are the most valuable asset we have!

Not all of our adult volunteers are section leaders. We have an Active Support Unit that allows adults to volunteer their time and skills in more flexible way. 

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Executive Committee

The Group Scout Leader, Section Leaders and non-uniformed volunteers, including parent representatives from each section form an Executive Committee which manages the Group and are accountable for its satisfactory running.  They undertake fundraising, management of buildings, transport and equipment.  Meetings are held each term and there is an AGM at which all members and parents are encouraged to attend, during the summer term.  We are always looking for volunteers to become Parent reps for their child’s section.



From time to time we undertake fundraising activities and we rely upon help from members and their families at these events.  Any help or suggestions for additional sources of funding are always welcome.


St George’s Day Parade:  This is held in the City usually on a Sunday near to St George’s Day (April 23rd) unless this clashes with Easter.  

Family Service:  The Group takes part in the family services at St Edwards on the first Sunday of each month and all members are invited to attend in full uniform.  Family and friends are most welcome to attend.

Scouting Activities:  All Sections participate in a variety of scouting and community activities, working within programmes developed by the Scout Association.  Meetings usually take place at our HQ but can involve outside activities, on the Knavesmire and elsewhere.  From time to time meetings are held at the city activity centre Snowball Plantation near Stockton on the Forest and you may be asked to arrange the members transport to the centre.  Directions will be given by section leaders.

Camps:  Camping is an important part of the Scouting programme.   Each year there is a Group Camp, to which all Members are invited. Beavers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, who will have to have current DBS clearance prior to departure.  Please contact the Data Manager to arrange nearer the time.

There is a charge to attend camps which will be notified in advance with the permission form which will need to be filled in and returned.  Help is available for those who may have difficulty meeting the cost of camps.  (See under Subscriptions).

It should be noted that no member is allowed to participate in external activities including camps unless subscriptions have been fully paid and the correct permission forms have been returned.

Data Protection (GDPR)

All the information provided is kept in electronic form by the Data Manager and Treasurer and only distributed by them to Leaders and Executive Members as they specifically need.  For activity permission forms it is vital that we have current contact information so that should we need to get hold of you we can.   You will be granted access to the information using the Online Scout Manager parent log in facility and upon leaving the group the data is deleted.

On occasions, photographs, videos and audio of Scouts taking part in activities may be submitted to the local newspapers, the Group, District or County newsletters, websites, social media or put on display.  All are vetted by a member of the Executive Committee, either the Chairman or GSL.  We would like your permission for your child to be included in these.  This will take the form of opt out.  If you do not wish your child to be included you will need to inform your section leader or GSL.


Scouting is a uniformed activity and all Members wear uniform at meetings unless otherwise advised.  Section Leaders will advise parents about uniform requirements and these can be purchased from Emblazon on Micklegate or on-line at Scout Shops 

You can also buy group polo shirts and hoodies from our online store with Tesco

Your first necker and all badges are provided by the Group.  Replacement neckers need to be purchased and are available via the section leaders at £5 each.  It is strongly advised that uniform is not purchased until the new member has attended a few meetings and settled in to the group.