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Week Ending 15.11.14

Success at Scottish Awards 2014

At the Scottish Annual Conference held in Perth last weekend Greenock and District Scouts were delighted to be presented with an award recognising the increase in the number of Queen’s Scout Awards presented in the year.

This national recognition reflects positively on all the young people concerned and recognises the hard work they have put in over a prolonged period of time by them and the group and district leaders who have encouraged and supported them on their journey to these awards.

The completion of these Queen’s Awards is the culmination of years of planning and work the District wishes to record its thanks to Tommy Boag and Mark Sinnamon and all the group and unit leaders of the recipients for the significant parts they have played in guiding young people through these awards.

We look forward to more young people in the District gaining their Queen’s Scout Awards in the near future.

Picture: Some of this year’s QSA recipients with West Regional Commissioner Stephen Allan and local leaders.

Remembrance Sunday

Representatives from Greenock and District were proud to take part in Remembrance ceremonies across the area.

85th Cubs make a splash overnight with the sharks

85th Cubs had a whale of at time at the Sea Life Centre this weekend – as they enjoyed an underwater sleepover.

The cubs had a guided tour of the centre before setting up their beds in the underwater tunnel.

After they had a bit of supper, they settled down in the cinema to watch a film and then spent the night “sleeping with the fishes”!

In the morning they had breakfast and then before heading home had four new Cubs take their Promise accompanied by Cammy the turtle. What an experience!

Historic football for the 70th Beavers

This week the 70th Beavers re-enacted the Christmas Day football match of 1914 and also made a poppy promise wreath where each Beaver attached a poppy made the message “I promise to do my best to make this world a better and more peaceful place”.

A night hike for the 70th

Eighteen Scouts, two Leaders, two Young Leaders and tow dogs from the 70th group enjoyed a night’s hike over Overton, Old Largs Road and Scroggy Bank round Loch Thom.

It was a clear moonlight night and everyone had fun squelching through the marshes and overlooking the lights of Inverclyde.

Bangers for Kilmacolm Scouts

 Kilmacolm Scouts sizzled sausages and melted marshmallows in our new camp site, cooked on old washing machines!

A local farmer has donated a piece of local land very generously for the group to use. This is a site used many years ago by local cadets and Boys Brigade. The Group is looking forwards to using the site more next year.

 District Beaver Good Turn

The District Beaver Good turn is to collect used stamps for the Save the Children fund between now and the end of the year. All stamps would be appreciated and should be given to any Beaver or leader

Cub Leaders Meeting

There will be a Cub leaders meeting on Tuesday 2nd December at 8pm in District HQ. Please try to have your pack represented


With the show starting on Tuesday 18th at the Beacon Arts Centre excitement is building amongst the cast.

Final rehearsals take place on Sunday at the theatre as follows:

Sunday 16th – Technical Rehearsal

  • Cubs to arrive at Beacon 1.00 pm – finish 2.30 pm
  • Scouts to arrive at Beacon 2.00 pm – finish 8.30 pm (packed tea required)

Note: All cast to bring all costume items ironed up as per list provided to Sunday technical rehearsal

Many thanks to everyone who has cut out poppies for the Gang show. If you still have some these should be handed to any cast member or given in at Lyle Kirk Union St building on Wednesday or to the Beacon on Sunday afternoon.

Tickets are still available by contacting the Ticket Hotline on 07702 182108 or from cast members or the Beacon Arts Centre.