To start the New Year with a burst of creativity, The Scout County Creative Activities Team is launching a limerick competition on the theme of “This is Yorkshire”. The competition is open to everyone involved in Scouting and Guiding in the County of North Yorkshire (from Squirrels and Rainbows through to adults). We will put all the best entries on our website and there will be prizes for the top entries in each section.

A limerick is a five-line poem with a bouncy rhythm, it can be serious, but is usually funny or just silly! Limericks have certain rules:

• The first two lines each contain 8 or 9 syllables and rhyme with each other.
• The 3rd and 4th lines each contain 5 or 6 syllables and rhyme with each other.
• The last line has 8 or 9 syllables and rhymes with the first two lines.

To give you an idea as to what we mean, here is an example of a limerick

In a well-tended garden there grows
A beautiful white Yorkshire rose.
It’s not just good luck,
But the well-rotted muck
That brings out the blossom tha’ knows.

The competition will be open for submission by 28 February 2022, any entry received beyond that date will not be judged. Entries must be submitted to the following email address only: creative@nys.org.uk

All entries must be submitted with the name of the author, section (Beaver, Brownie etc), Scout or Guide group, District plus Guide County details, an email or postal contact and confirmation that the limerick is all the entrant’s own work. The entries will be judged in the appropriate section, all judging will be anonymous and the decisions of the judges will be final.