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Week Ending 01.11.14

Young Leaders’ training weekend success

 Congratulations to all 24 Young Leaders who have completed nine of the core Young Leader Scheme modules. The course taught our Young Leaders the concept of programme planning based around our core scouting principles and methods. Modules were delivered by experienced trainers and leaders. Thanks to them all.

The young leaders spent two days of intensive learning at Everton Scout Training Camp and at night wound down thanks to our resident quizmaster/DJ.

Young Leaders earn Belt Buckles

Congratulations to Nathan and Scott who have joined the few explorers in this district who have earned the accolade of the Young Leader’s Belt Buckle. The two Young Leaders devote themselves weekly at the 70th Scout Troop. They have completed all 11 modules and the 4 validating mission badges. Well done boys.

57th make poppies

 The 57th Beavers designed and made their own poppies in preparation for Remembrance Day and talked through the meaning of poppies and what they symbolise. They learned about the many wars and sacrifices made, and that it wasn’t just people who are remembered, but dogs, horses and pigeons too.

32nd Group Fundraiser

 The 32nd Group will be collecting ‘ragbag’ from 6 till 7pm each evening next week, 3to 7November at their hall in Mearns Street (on the corner with Armadale Place) where bin bags of garments can be dropped off. All items of clothing, shoes, bags, belts old curtains, coats etc will be accepted. (No duvets or pillows please.) The group also have a container outside the hall, which is there permanently for you to deposit ragbags anytime during the year. Keep up to date with the campaign by following @32ndscouts.

Alton Towers Trip

 Recently 42 Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders from 1st Gourock, and the 73rd and 97th Groups made the overnight trek to Alton Towers. A very misty and foggy morning turned into a beautiful sunny afternoon which let everyone enjoy the frights and thrills of the park. Highlight of the day was the rollercoaster, Th13rteen, which took everyone by surprise, especially the Cubs! A big thank you to Ross for once again organising the trip, plus keeping all entertained with his outfits!

 Summits on the Air presentation

 The Radio Club will be presenting an information session about the exciting outdoors activity Summits on the Air (SOTA). Members of the District are welcome to come along to The Radio Shack at District HQ on Friday 7 November at 7pm to learn about a different aspect of amateur radio and how to combine it safely with hiking and hillwalking. The presentation will be made by Bob Lynch.  Enquiries about the Radio Club should be made to moc.oohaynull@gst0mm

Training sessions

 Modules 1-3 will be delivered in District Headquarters, Finnart St Greenock on the following dates:

Sunday 30 November 2014, 18:00 – 22:00

Monday 12 & Wednesday 14 January 2015, 18:00 – 22:00

Sunday 1 March 2015 18:00 – 22:00

Drop in sessions for training advisors to come along for validations will be held on the following dates:

Sunday 2 November 2014 at 70th Scout Hall Finnart St Greenock. 18:00 – 20:00

Monday 24 November 2014 at 70th Scout Hall Finnart St Greenock. 19:00 – 21:00

Sunday 30th November at District Headquarters Finnart St Greenock.  16:00 – 18:00

For more information or to discuss training needs contact James Arkley at ku.oc.oohaynull@yelkra.semaj or 07903-761885. James is also keen to update his records about who the training advisors are for each group and who needs Modules 1-3.

Winter ball

 This year it is being held on 7 November at the Regent Club and is open to all those aged 18+ in Scouting.

The evening will kick start at 7.30pm with a truly awesome meal from the Regent Club, before DJ Calum Rennie takes over to provide top quality “bangin’ tunes” to dance the night away to. For bookings visit:

1st Gourock’s annual quiz

 It’s time for 1st Gourock to have their annual quiz again. This is a popular event, so for a chance to win the coveted quiz trophy and put your knowledge to the test please get in contact fast. It’s on Saturday 15 November in the Scout Hall (Drumshantie Rd) at 7.30pm. To reserve seats, please contact Ann Knox on

Gang Show news


Sunday 2 November

Lyle Kirk – Union Street Halls

Register at 1.45pm prompt – finishing at 5.00pm.

Individual photos will be taken while rehearsals are happening so please bring uniform top.


Sunday 2 November

Lyle Kirk – Union Street Halls

Register at 1.00pm prompt – finishing at 2.15pm

Individual photos will be taken at end of rehearsal so please bring uniform top.


Can all the Cubs and Beavers come to the 70th Scout hall, Finnart Street on Sunday 2nd November after rehearsal to be fitted for their costumes.


Tickets are available from Duncan Luke via the ticket hotline 07702 182108 or direct from the Beacon Arts Centre.


As part of the preparations for the Gang show we would like each member of the District from the youngest beaver to the oldest supporter to cut out and colour at least six red poppies for one of the items.

A template is available so the poppies are the same size and will be sent to GSLs as well as being available through Scout notes. Finished poppies should be given to a member of the cast as soon as possible or handed in to rehearsals on a Sunday between 2 and 5pm in Lyle Kirk.

Remembrance Sunday – 9th November 2014

 All leaders, Network members and Explorer Scouts not participating in Remembrance services local to their Groups or Units are invited to join the District in paying its respects at the Cenotaph in Greenock Wellpark. Please meet in Shaw Place Greenock at 1220 in full uniform. The District will be led by the Leapmoor Scout Pipe Band.

District Stated Annual Meeting

 The District Stated Annual Meeting takes place on Monday 10th November 2014 in 70th HQ at 7.30pm. Please encourage leaders in your Group or Unit to attend – uniform please.