Scouting in Yorkshire and the Humber

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Scouting in Yorkshire and the Humber is largely represented by the Scout Association of the United Kingdom and some Groups of traditional Scouting including the Baden-Powell Scouts' Association.

The Scout Association in Yorkshire and the Humber is part of the Scout Association North East Region, as is the Scout Association in Scouting in North East England. The Scout Association North East Region is the only one that covers two official regions of England.[1]

There are also four student Scouting associations at various universities in the region, three of which are affiliated with the Student Scout and Guide Organisation (SSAGO). These are Students of Hull Association of Guides and Scouts at the University of Hull; Leeds University Union Scouts And Guides covering the University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University and Leeds College of Music; Sheffield Students in Guides and Scouts covering the University of Sheffield; and Hallam Students Union Guides & Scouts covering Sheffield Hallam University.[2] The Scouts And Girl Guides of York society at the University of York, is not affiliated with SSAGO.[3]

History of Scouting in Yorkshire and the Humber[edit]

The Scout Association Counties[edit]

The Scout Association in Yorkshire and the Humber is administered through five Scout Counties, Central Yorkshire Scout County, Humberside Scout County, North Yorkshire Scout County, South Yorkshire Scout County and West Yorkshire Scout County.

Central Yorkshire Scout County[edit]

Central Yorkshire, provides scouting opportunities for young people and adults in the metropolitan boroughs of Leeds and Wakefield and the surrounding area.[4]

The County is currently divided into eight Scout Districts:

County Expeditions[edit]

The County organises international expeditions, enabling a number of Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members to undertake adventurous activities in other countries. There was a County Expedition to Kenya in 2008, which aimed to include mountaineering on Mount Kenya, trekking by camel back, a safari through a game reserve and a community project.

Humberside Scout County[edit]

Scouting in Humberside covers the former non-metropolitan county of Humberside. The headquarters of Humberside Scouts is at Raywell Park Activity Centre.[8]

There are 8 Districts within the Humberside County:

The Districts within Humberside were changed as part of the restructuring in 2011/2012. During this time Boothferry and Haltemprice were merged into Blacktoft Beacon. As of 30 May 2012 the three Hull Districts, East Hull, North Hull and West Hull, merged to make one District named City Of Hull.

North Yorkshire Scout County[edit]

North Yorkshire Scout County covers the county of North Yorkshire.[10]

North Yorkshire Scouts celebrated the Centenary of Scouting in 2007 by joining the Bilton Conservation Group to plant 2000 trees donated by the Woodland Trust.[11]

The County is currently divided into 15 Scout Districts:

There are Scout Network units in Easingwold, Harrogate and Nidderdale (LYNX), Leven, Northallerton, Richmondshire, Ripon, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby, South Craven, Vale of Mowbray, Whitby and York.[12][13]

South Yorkshire Scout County[edit]

Scouting in South Yorkshire includes Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster.[14]

The County is divided into 7 Scout Districts:[15]-

  • Sheffield Hallam[16]
  • Sheffield Sheaf[17]
  • Sheffield Norfolk[18]
  • Sheffield Don[19]
  • Barnsley (Barnsley,Pennine,Central and Fitzwilliam merged into Barnsley District)[20]
  • Rotherham[21]
  • Doncaster Danum[22]

Sheffield Hallam is the largest District in the County with over 30 Scout Groups. Sheffield Hallam was formed when Sheffield Porter and Sheffield Rivelin merged in 2007.

The Doncaster Danum District has a Scout Band.

The Scout and Guide Shop (previously SGS Outdoors) is a combined Scout and Guide Shop in Sheffield with a full e-commerce website.[23] There is also a Scout Shop in Doncaster with online access.[24] A third Scout Shop opened in 2014 at Hesley Wood Scout Activity Centre, stocking Uniforms, badges and publications, but does not currently have online access.

West Yorkshire Scout County[edit]

West Yorkshire covers the metropolitan districts of Bradford, Kirklees, and Calderdale. The Scout county of West Yorkshire does not cover the whole of the West Yorkshire metropolitan county. Because the West Yorkshire area is densely populated the boroughs of Leeds and Wakefield have their own Scout County called Central Yorkshire.[25]

The Scout county's office is located within the Jubilee Centre at the Bradley Wood Campsite on the outskirts of Brighouse.[26]

West Yorkshire Scouts celebrated a successful centenary year of 2007.[27]

West Yorkshire is subdivided into 14 Scout Districts:

  • Aire Valley[28]
  • Bradford North[29]
  • Bradford South[30]
  • Brighouse[31]
  • Halifax
  • Heavy Woollen
  • Holme Valley
  • Huddersfield North[32]
  • Huddersfield South East
  • Huddersfield South West[33]
  • Keighley[34]
  • Pennine Calder[35]
  • Spen Valley[36]
  • Wharfedale

West Yorkshire has two Scout Bands - Revolution Show Corps (based in Queensbury) and Spen Valley Scout and Guide Band (based in Cleckheaton)

The County has a number of campsites and activity centres [37]

The current County Commissioner, Mark Stageman, was appointed in January 2010.


Central Yorkshire[edit]

The Aldwark Water Activity Centre is owned and maintained by Central Yorkshire Scout Association County. The centre is located on the River Ure, 8 miles upstream from the city of York.[38]

The centre has one large camping field, as well as a converted mill which consists of a number of dormitories. The centre has kayaks and boats for sailing, and runs training courses to gain qualifications in these activities.

The Bramhope Scout Campsite is situated just outside the village of Bramhope, approximately 8 miles north-north-west of Leeds. The site covers thirteen and a half acres of woodland and fields, offering various camping pitches for any sized camp up to a District camp.[39]

As well as the camping pitches, there are a number of buildings on the site offering accommodation and indoor training facilities. The site offers archery, air rifles, pedal karting, climbing, abseiling, and pioneering, amongst other activities. There are also facilities located near to the site which enable sailing, kayaking and swimming.

The Wike Scout Campsite is operated by North Leeds District Scouts.

South Yorkshire[edit]

Hesley Wood Scout Activity Centre in Chapeltown, Sheffield.[40]. It is also used for Wood Badge and other Adult Leader Training.

Silverwood Campsite in Great Falls, Silkstone, Barnsley.[41]

Squirrel Wood Campsite in Burghwallis, Doncaster.

Hundall Campsite in Sheffield Ridgeway.

West Yorkshire[edit]

Bradley Wood is the West Yorkshire Scout Association County Campsite, near Brighouse on the border of Kirklees and Calderdale.[26] There are several others run by Scout Districts or Groups.[42]

Blackhills Scout Campsite is run by the Districts of Bradford North and Bradford South.[43]

Blakedean Scout Hostel, near Hebden Bridge is owned by Pennine Calder District Scouts, and was originally converted from a Chapel Sunday School. Since then it has been extensively renovated to provide centrally heated accommodation for youth groups. The building sleeps up to 24 young people in bunk bed accommodation and is surrounded by moorland countryside criss-crossed by paths and streams.[44]

Gang Shows[edit]

  • Harrogate Gang Show.[45]
  • Keighley Scout Gangshow, restarted in 2008.[46]
  • Meanwood Gang Show[citation needed]
  • Northallerton Gang Show, started in 2005.[47]
  • 1st Riccall Scout Group Gang Show - started in 2009.[citation needed]
  • Todmorden Gang Show, started in 1958 by Philip Suthers.[48]
  • West Yorkshire Gang Show.[49]
  • York Gang Show, started in 1987.[50]
  • Grimsby Gang Show[citation needed]

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