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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


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Age Range

Cub Scouts are aged between eight years and ten and a half years old. New members transfer from our Beaver Colony or can enter Cubs direct from our external waiting List

Regular Meetings

We have two Cub packs within our Ben Rhydding Group:

The Chubb Pack meets every Wednesday evening between 6:30pm and 8:00pm and the Findlay Pack meets every Thursday evening between 6:30pm and 8:00pm.


Once a Cub Scout is invested, they will take part in a Balanced Programme which consists of seven challenge awards including, Our World Challenge, Our Skills Challenge, Our Outdoors Challenge, Our Adventure Challenge, Teamwork Challenge, Personal Challenge and Team Leader Challenge.

Exciting Activities

Cub Scouts get a chance to try a wide range of different activities as well as going on trips, days out, and on camps. The main aim of this Section is to encourage self-confidence, community involvement and exploring the outdoors.


Cub Scouts also have the opportunity of earning 38 activity badges which includes badges in Fire Safety, Disability Awareness, Personal Safety and many more! There are also 15 staged activity badges which are awarded depending on the level of skill a Cub Scout has earned.


The Chief Scout’s Silver Award is the highest award in the Cub section and is awarded once all the challenge awards and a selection of activity badges have been achieved.

Volunteering with us

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Volunteering. It’s #GoodForYou.

Volunteering’s not just about giving back – it goes both ways. It improves your wellbeing, gives you skills for the future, and helps you make new friends (and memories).

All our activities are run by volunteers, who might join us because they want to: 

  • Try something new
  • Make friends 
  • Spend time with their children – or gain experience with young people
  • Do something good for their community and themselves
  • Keep their bodies and brains active and happy – whether that’s by scaling mountains, sharing skills or serving tea 

All end up making a huge difference to young people’s lives – gifting them with skills for life, and learning a whole lot about themselves along the way.

Volunteering with young people

Team player? Love supporting young people? Great at planning? 

Most of our volunteers work directly with young people aged 6-18 through our Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer groups, known as sections – helping young people gain skills for life through activities and adventures.

Working in teams, they might:

  • Welcome young people and families to sessions and events
  • Make sure everyone’s safe, supported, included and having fun 
  • Help to plan and lead activities
  • Get involved with days out, camps and expeditions 
  • Share and learn skills – from coding to cake decorating to canoeing 
  • Celebrate young people’s achievements big and small 

No previous experience with young people? No problem. Whether you’d like to help out week-after-week or whenever-you-can, we provide training, learning opportunities and cups of tea – every step of the way.

Making it all happen

Want to make a big impact behind the scenes? Your time and skills can make a difference in so many ways. 

Not all volunteers work directly with young people. Many help out in other ways.

Working in teams, they might: 

  • Get the best out of volunteers, using their people and leadership skills
  • Spread the word about Scouts to attract new members
  • Help with admin, fundraising, finances, operations or governance 
  • Keep everything running smoothly on the ground – from serving tea and coffee, helping to tidy up after meetings or sessions, driving or keeping meeting places in tip top condition

Not sure how you’d like to help yet, or how much time you have to give? No worries. We can chat you through a whole host of options – including flexible and occasional volunteering. 

Get in touch

    Consider telling us about what you think you might want to help with, any experience you have, or anything else that would help us find a role you would enjoy

    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.

    Scouts win at the torch race again!

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    After the last two torch races in Otley got canceled due to covid, we once again returned to our annual district race. Ilkley Explorers retained the trophy for the explorer race, and 1st BR Scouts retained our trophy for thhe scout race. Fantastic result for the group and cracking effort from everyone there. A really tough race and everyone gave their all for a fantastic result! We even got into the Ilkley Gazette

    Troop Training Camp

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    Fantastic Friday evening and Saturday morning spent practising a few of the basics we’re going to need for our upcoming camps. Great work from everyone getting all the jobs done in the short time we had.

    Hag Dyke’s 75th Anniversary Open Weekend

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    Hag Dyke was formally opened in September 1947. We will be celebrating the 75th anniversary on the weekend of September 23rd – 25th 2022 with an open weekend for all comers.

    Please save the date and watch this space for further information.