Posts by: Callum D

Ilkley Half Marathon Support

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The Scouts once again helped at Ilkley Half Marathon but running one of their water stations to keep the runner well hydrated. Luckily not as baking hot as last year but it was still dry. A fun day was had by everyone!

Scouts Hag Dyke June 2023

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An absolutely fantastic weekend up at Hag Dyke! Weather was hot but a good breeze on the summit made it good for walking.

Arrived up late on Friday for a supper and bed.

Saturday was a great walk up to the summit over into the edge of Nidderdale and back round. The Scouts managed to use all their navigation skills throughout the day to both stay on track and use bearings, pacings, and triangulation to locate four WW2 plane crashes on the side of Great Whernside. On return to the hostel there was some napping after a long day, some games, and a BBQ in the evening.

Sunday was some games in the morning, and the patrol leaders tracked down some geocaches the cubs lost a few weeks earlier. Finally everyone mucked in and cleaned the hostel top to bottom ready for the next lucky guests up there before heading down the hill for icecream and home.

Overall a cracking weekend, everyone enjoyed it, and we really got the opportunity to reinforce and practice some tricky navigation.

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2022 – Quick Review of our Scouting

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In 2022 we managed to offer over 461 hours of scouting to our members, including weekly meetings, training, weekend camps, visits to our hostel Hag Dyke, and a massive and very hot trip to Holland with our partner group De Mohicanen from The Hague.

Here is a small graphic of our year to help visualise how all those meetings, training, and trips add up!

New Scouts joined our troop this year

New Leaders and Young Leaders

Nights Away

Badges earned and given out

Hours of Scouting offered to our members

Hag Dyke Open Weekend

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Anyone with an interest in or previous connection with Hag Dyke will be very welcome.

The day’s main focus will be a special service of commemoration plus memories and future thoughts at 3pm at our Chapel, The Highest in England.  

We will also have a Souvenir booklet, displays of historic pictures & zine displays. 

A special badge has been designed for the Anniversary and will be on sale on the day.

Wardens will be on hand to show visitors around and to explain the facilities to previous and new visitors. 

Tea, Coffee & Cakes will be supplied but please bring your own packed lunch etc. Donations are encouraged for Hag Dyke’s Future Work.

We have arranged car parking in the field on the right hand side immediately after the bridge as you enter Kettlewell. If you would like to make a voluntary donation of £3.00 for car parking this will be shared between Hag Dyke and Kettlewell Parish Church.

Please can all visitors register there including those intending to drive up in their own vehicles.

There will be uniformed members there to assist visitors with maps and instructions.

If you have requested transport you should also meet here at the agreed time.

There will be the option for Wardens, Past wardens, Working party, Leaders & Reunion Group ONLY to stay over but there obviously are limited spaces so do make your interest known asap please.  

A new young trainee Wardens scheme will also be explained briefly which is especially aimed at 18 to 30 year olds. Therefore, Explorers and Young Leaders are specially encouraged to attend.     

We are appealing for details of your most enjoyable, first experiences of Hag Dyke and any other memories you have. These will be displayed plus there will be the opportunity to read some of these out at the Service. We suggest twenty to fifty words. We  would also like pictures of your own visits to Hag Dyke to produce a rolling picture show on the day.  


RSVP to and we encourage you to look at our Website for all information

A visit to Mountain Rescue

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Scouts managed to get the opportunity to visit Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association tonight. Learning about hill safety, how UWFRA keep people safe and help people in the countryside, and even to practice some rescue skills including ropework, learning what the landrovers carry, and how to assemble and carry someone on the stretcher!

All the scouts thoroughly enjoyed it, and hopefully now have a better idea what fell rescue is all about and how best to call for help if ever that is needed.

Massive thanks to UWFRA for hosting us, and for everything they do for those out and about on the hills! And a huge thanks to Tom, Beth, Sam, and Adrian for running this fantastic evening.

Scouts help at the Ilkley Half Marathon

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Ilkley’s Half marathon, organised by the round table was a very hot event for all!

1st Ben Rhydding Scout Troop helped out by runnning one of the water stops along the route to keep all the runners (and helpers!) hydrated and motivated throughout the tough event

Guides at Hag Dyke

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Guides recently had a weekend away at Hag Dyke. The weather was perfect and we were able to spend a lot of time outdoors, walking up Great Whernside, playing games and practicing navigation skills. One of the highlights of the weekend was a talent show on Saturday evening.

Scout Hike across the Moors

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Had a fantastic evening hiking right across Ilkley Moor. The weather held out right until the end and all the scouts kept a good pace.

5km completed, navigation skills practiced, and all scouts in good spirits at the end; a cracking walk for a great evening!

Hag Dyke Working Party

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Fantastic weather allowed a productive working party at Hag Dyke to get a lot done.

Painting, filling, cleaning, joinery, and some electrical work all complete, and preparation completed for the next bits of work. Just some of the tasks needed to get the hostel ready for our Hag Dyke open day in August! A good weekend was had by all.