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Week Ending 25.10.14

Silver Chief Scout Awards for 1st Gourock

Four Cubs from 1st Gourock achieved their Silver Chief Scout Awards recently, and moved on up to Scouts. It was a huge “well done” to Michael, Matthew, Maisy and Jonathan with best wishes for their futures.

Three Cubs also made their Promise, and everyone received their Road Safety Activity Badge, after watching the premieres of the Road Safety videos which had been produced over the previous weeks.

Busy time at the 70th Beavers

It was a busy time with an investiture one week and the “Grandpas” jumping the river to join Cubs the next.

They entered the Gourock Horticultural Show recently and had quite a few prizewinning entries with Lottie Wilmot winning the Willliam Hall trophy for best exhibit for Youth organisations.

Katie’s Jamboree ceilidh success

The jamboree fundraising ceilidh organised by Katie Macfarlane from the 59th Greenock & District on 11th October turned out to be a very successful and enjoyable night with more than £650 raised.

She organised the ceilidh to raise funds to attend the World Scout Jamboree 2015 in Japan as a volunteer as part of the National Support Team. She said a huge thank you to all who attended and donated. Also a big thank you to the excellent ceilidh band Flung Aboot who played a mixture of chart and traditional song and managed to get everyone on their feet on the dance floor.

It was great to see special guests in attendance to celebrate 100 years of scouting in the 59th Scout Troup. The Jeremy Willson Charitable Trust also made a very generous donation to Katie’s fundraising efforts and this is greatly appreciated.

Jamboree fundraising badges

Celtic Connections, the local unit attending the World Scout Jamboree in Japan next summer, have launched their fundraising badges which are now available to buy from unit members. Special permission has been granted to wear the badge on uniforms and are priced at £2.00 each. Money raised from badge sales will go towards unit costs for activities, travel and training weekends.

Jamboree On The Air

 Greenock & District Amateur Radio Club took part in the 57th World Scout Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) last weekend using the special call sign GB0GDS and Bob Lynch said: “It was our best JOTA to date.”

Beavers from Gourock took part in the event and had a great time learning all about the radio station, sending a greetings message and learning Morse code.

They really enjoyed talking to Cubs from Worcester and sharing stories about their scouting experiences. They were able to complete their Explore & Communicator activity badges.

Amateur radio operators from the district radio club made contact with more than 40 Scout stations from all over UK and Europe and contacted more than 200 stations from around the world with the furthest contacted station being from Timor-Leste in Southeast Asia.

However, despite a very successful weekend, there was sadness when Club members heard of the death of the JOTA Founder Les Mitchell. All JOTA stations worldwide held a minute’s radio silence in his memory.

Gang Show

Following last week’s rehearsal at the Beacon Arts Centre and the end of the school holidays a full turnout of all cast is essential in the run up to the show.


Sunday 16th October

Lyle Kirk – Union Street Halls

Register at 1.45pm prompt – finishing at 5.00pm.


Sunday 26th October

Lyle Kirk – Union Street Halls

Register at 1.00pm prompt – finishing at 2.15pm

Cast photo will be taken at end of rehearsal so please bring uniform top.


Tickets are selling well so don’t miss out – order by email via moc.liamtohnull@wohsgnagkconeerg or by contacting 07702 182108 or download an order form from


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 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.

 Beaver Leader Meeting
 There will be a Beaver leader meeting on Tuesday 28th October at 8pm in Gourock HQ Drumshantie Road. Please try to have your colony represented.
 Stated Annual Meeting

The Stated Annual Meeting of Greenock and District Scout Council will be held on Monday 10th November 2014 in 70th HQ, 159 Finnart Street, Greenock at 7.30pm. The District Executive meets at 7.00pm prior to the SAM.