A Brief History of Scouting in Settle

Craven was one of the pioneers of Scouting as Ernest Metcalfe formed a "Wolves" patrol early in 1908, just a year after Sir Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scout Movement in 1907.  The Wolves were eventually absorbed into the 1st Skipton Troop under the leadership of Mr Breedon, with Mr Metcalfe being appointed as Assistant Scoutmaster in 1909.  
Scouting in Settle started in 1910 but the organisation was different then.  A Scout troop may have been formed in that year but it was not formally registered as part of the Skipton in Craven Local Association in the West Riding of Yorkshire until 21st November 1923.  More recent HQ records show that 1st Castleberg Scout Group, as it is now with several sections, was registered on 04 February 1936. 
The group's HQ was on land now occupied by the Ribblesdale Rugby Club until 1963 when we moved to the Drill Hall.  The building had ceased to be used by the Territorial Army sometime before this.  The Scouts claimed ownership of the building by Adverse Possession in 2003.

Information for Parents

Welcome to Settle Scouts! As Scouts, we believe in preparing young people with skills for life. We encourage our young people to do more, learn more and be more. As Scouts we are guided by the values of Integrity, Respect, Care, Belief and Cooperation. 
Most importantly, we help young people enjoy new adventures, experience the outdoors, interact with others, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential in a fun and safe environment. 

How is Settle Scout Group Organised?  

Settle Scout Group is one of two in Ingleborough District which are run entirely by unpaid volunteers. 1st Castleberg (Settle) Scout Group has the following management structure:

  • An Executive Committee of charity trustees that meet approximately six times a year consisting of a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Parent Reps, Quartermaster and other elected members. 
  • Three Sections namely a Beaver Colony, a Cub Pack and a Scout Troop, which each have their own leadership team consisting of a uniformed Section Leader and Assistant Section Leaders, as well as non-uniformed Section Assistants who support the leaders on a flexible basis. Sometimes Young Leaders, aged 14-18, also help. 

At the age of 14 Scouts can join the South Ingleborough Explorer Scout Unit, which is run by District Leaders on Fridays. At 18 they can become a leader and/or become a member of the Ingleborough Network Unit which operates a flexibly programme for young adults up to the age of 25. 

Where do we meet?

Mostly at the Drill Hall on Castlebergh Lane in Settle. Sometimes special visits, activities or events are arranged, in which case parents are responsible for transport to and from the venue. Leaders will not normally transport members, so please do not ask them to do so. 

When do we meet?

Beavers       Thursday            5.30 – 6.30 pm

Cubs           Tuesday             6.00 - 7.30 pm

Scouts         Wednesday        6.30 – 8.30 pm

What are the Subscriptions?

Fees, which are paid half-termly, are used to buy resources for meetings, as well pay for some activities. Over half of the fee is passed to The Scout Association, North Yorkshire Scout County and Ingleborough District Scout Councils to cover admin, support, development, insurance costs, etc. Camps, etc., incur an additional cost but some funding is available, if required, as we believe that no child should miss out on financial grounds.

What are the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts asked to do?

  • Attend weekly meetings and events wearing their uniform correctly.
  • Have fun, listen to instructions, try their best and take part in the activities organized for them. There are various activity badges members can also complete in their own time – see www.scouts.org.uk

Beavers : Aged 6 to 8 years

Cubs : Aged 8 to 10 1/2 years

Scouts : Aged 10 1/2 to 14 years

Young people are invested into their Section after a short trial period.

What are the parents asked to do?

Support their children and the activities organised by the Group and District e.g. baking cakes for a sale, ensuring fees are paid and consent forms are returned on time, volunteering for event support, signing parental rotas, etc. 


What extra help could parents give?

You could volunteer to help with:

  • Fundraising
  • Completing grant applications
  • Joining in with camps & additional activities
  • Joining one of our Sectional Teams
  • Become a parent rep who attends occasional 
  • meetings and acts as the voice of the parents help maintain the Drill Hall, camping equipment, resources, etc. 
  • Sharing your skills e.g. help with event catering, badge testing, etc.

The Drill Hall

The Group is fortunate to own the Drill Hall but they are solely responsible for its upkeep. As such, it requires constant cleaning and maintenance. It is therefore important that it has parental and community support. The Hall is let out on a session basis, morning, afternoon or evening, to help cover the costs of the upkeep. If you would like the terms and conditions for hire, please contact Cherry Flitcroft on 015242 51702.  

Protecting Young People

Parents helping overnight or if they have unsupervised access to young people have to complete a disclosure check with the DBS. This simple online process, part of The Scout Association’s Safeguarding Policy, is designed to keep children safe and reassure parents that youngsters are not being put at risk. Parents and guardians are asked to give written permission for members to take part in activities and events. Please note that the Group keeps GDPR compliant records relating to its young people. 


This is best purchased online at https://shop.scouts.org.uk/uniforms as all profits are donated back to Scouting. The Group provides the scarf, basic woggle and badges. 

Further information

If you have any questions or concerns, or medical/personal information that you think those responsible for your youngster need to know, please contact your Section Leader or visit http://ingleboroughscouts.org.uk.

Please help us make
Settle Drill Hall
accessible to everyone

Our project includes:

  • A new entrance with internal stairs;

  • A lift for people with mobility issues;

  • Additional insulation and secondary glazing to keep the hall cosy;

  • Improved ventilation;

  • Low-carbon technology.

Donations of £25+ will be included in our
Roll of Thanks

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