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Week ending 03.10.15

Sunshine for September Zodiac Camp

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3.10 zodiac 3After the summer break, 59 Scouts from the 10th, 33rd, 45th, 73rd, 85th and Finnart Explorer Scout Unit attended the September Zodiac Camp.

They started off by building A-frames and then racing them along the campsite. They went on to build their own catapults, but before they could fire they had to work as a team and get their ammunition.

3.10 - Zodiac 23.10 zodiac 4Campfire and wide games were in store for the evening before the Scouts all went back to their tents. Sunday saw them saving the treasure over the chasm before striking camp and heading home. Everyone ticked off another night of their Zodiac Award.

The next Zodiac Camp is 24th to 25th October.

85th Survive Mud and Paint

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Scouts from the 85th Inverkip and Wemyss Bay followed up their Zodiac camp by joining their Explorers for a day paintballing.

The group spent the day at Delta Force, in Houston, hiding in trees and crawling through mud to try to win the rounds which included the castle, the buses, the pyramid, speedball, and zombies and humans.

Well done to Megan who won the Marshall’s Choice Top Gun Award, and thanks to all the staff at Delta Force who laid on a great day out.

 85th Rub Shoulders with the Stars

Wemyss Bay and some Inverkip Scouts had a great time visiting the BBC studios at Pacific Quay last week. The group were given a tour of the site including this visit to the newsroom.

Jamie also helped Bryan Burnett during his live radio show by pressing the play button for a Johnny Cash number. Thanks to the BBC staff for hosting such a fantastic experience.

33rd Scouts Go Kayaking

3.10 33rd kayak 13.10 33rd kayak 2The 33rd Scouts recently went kayaking. They practised their paddling, steering and explored the reservoir. In the end, some even tried to capsize themselves. All have completed their Paddlesports Stage 1 badge and achieved Level 1 of the BCU Paddle Power Passport.

33rd on Lochgoilhead Adventures

3.10 33rd lochgoilheadThe 33rd went to Lochgoilhead for their summer camp – it was the first summer camp in almost 10 years for the Scouts. They enjoyed themselves trying all the activities on offer and completing their Sailing, Paddlesports and Adventure Challenge badges.

On their day off they ventured to Cruachan Power Station beside Loch Awe. There they learned what a standby pumped-storage hydro-electric power station does and that it can go from standby by to full power in two minutes.

After that, they headed to Inverary Jail, where they found out what it was like being on trial and what the prisoners did throughout their day.

85th Blast into Space Camp

85th Cubs had a ‘blast’ at their Space Camp this weekend at Everton. They were launching rockets, building their own spacecrafts and making planets.

Four groups were pitched against each other as they earned their team rocket tickets before a campfire with the Scouts.

Thanks to everyone involved who made our camp a great success and also to the Zodiac Scouts who included us in some of their activities too.

 10th Cubs Go Mexican

3.10 - 10th cubs mexican10th Cubs had a fun-filled Mexican night. They came dressed in Mexican attire – sombreros and capes, plus authentic-looking moustaches. The Cubs learned all about Mexican food and made salsa. At the end of the night, the best salsa was picked and the Cubs armed themselves with tortilla chips and tucked in. They will finish the theme next week with Mexican games.

32nd Cubs Work On Their Selfies

3.10 - 32nd cubs photoCubs Scouts from the 32nd pack have started work on their Photography badges. They are learning how to take portraits and create stop-motion films – plus the occasional selfie. Thanks to Martin for supplying all of the equipment

32nd Scouts Learn Archery and Climbing

New Scouts from the 32nd troop spent Monday trying Climbing and Archery at an indoor centre in Paisley. A total of 13 boys and girls enjoyed this fun introduction to Scouting.

32nd Troop’s Partnership Recognised at Holyrood

3.10 32nd cubs helpingA motion is to be tabled soon in the Scottish Parliament by MSP Stuart McMillan congratulating the 32nd Troop on their partnership with Alzheimer Scotland, action on Dementia as part of the Scouting UK Million Hands initiative. After last week’s memory walk, the group will now move on, cementing their relationship with the local branch of the charity based at Nicol Street, Greenock.

70th Beavers Cultivate Green Fingers

3.10 70th beavers 170th Greenock and District Beavers all entered the Gourock Horticultural Show recently. Congratulations to Abigail for getting 2nd and Rory for achieving 3rd for transforming a cat food box into an animal. Well done to Lee for getting 1st for the photo of his garden and to Finlay for getting a 2nd.

70th Cubs On The Radio

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70th Cubs completed a 2nd session with the District Radio Club last week and had a great night. The Cubs tried out two new games that the radio club hope to have at the forthcoming JOTA event on 17th and 18th October. The Cubs voted the new games a great success. More than 30 Cubs took part in the activity over two weeks and only have one section left to complete at home.

Jamboree On The Air

The Radio Team will be hosting the annual Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) at Scout HQ, Finnart Street, on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October. From 10 am till 5 pm on Saturday and from 10 until 1 pm on Sunday. The event is open to all age groups and is free. Why not come along and join in this International event? Contact by email at to register an interest. For more information about JOTA check out our website –

Explorer Camp At Lochearnhead

Explorer Camp is booked at Lochearnhead Scout Station on 9th to 11th October. All units are welcome. The cost of the camp will be £25 which includes accommodation, food and activities. You have to arrange your own transport. Contact Campbell if you are interested.

Calling Gang Show Veterans

Were you involved in Scout Gang shows during the 1950s or 1960s? Dr Stu is writing a history of shows in the UK and would love to hear from you. Text or call 07598762132 or email