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Week Ending 21.06.14

District Beavers enjoy fun-packed day

On Saturday, more than 130 Beavers and 60 Leaders and parents gathered at Everton Scout Camp for a special activity day.

Having walked up from Inverkip village, the Beavers arrived ready for flag break and a welcome from ADC Liz Roders.

Activities included archery, water slide, Jacob’s Ladder, bouncy castle, face painting, giant jigsaw, sumo suits, hockey, forest trial and an assortment of races. The Radio Club was present to give Beavers the opportunity to talk on the air and to try Morse code.

Saturday finished with a sing song around the campfire circle. Many Beavers went home fully wound up after a tiring but exciting day. But for some, the best was still to come. They were staying on to camp overnight.

Tea, prepared by Liz Pinkerton and Maureen Bain, consisted of sausage & mash followed by Swiss roll and custard.

Then it was time to get crafty and covered in paint, making beautiful Father’s Day pictures.

As the day drew to a close, it was time for midge repellent and a real campfire with a sing song and roasted marshmallows.

Afterwards, it was up to the lodge for hot chocolate, sausage rolls and cake before getting ready for a good night’s sleep. Apart from the odd midnight snack, all the Beavers slept soundly.

On Sunday morning, another shot of the slippy slide was followed by a short Scout’s Own taken by 45th leader Jennifer Buchan.

Finally at noon, it was time for flag-down and off home, tired but what an experience. All made new friends and, above all, had fun and friendship. Many Scout Leaders and parents are to be thanked for the participation over the weekend. Without it, it would not have happened.

Explorer Belt expedition to Bavaria

Next week, 21 Explorers and Networkers from a mix of Groups and Units across the District are putting years of development and progressive training into practice and are embarking on an experience of a lifetime by undertaking an Explorer Belt expedition to Bavaria, Germany. More specifically, the Allgäu region, with its Alpine trails and unique culture it is ideal for an Explorer Belt expedition.

The four teams have been working and training hard during the last year and a half to be ready. There has also been a large fundraising effort to make it all possible and to buy various pieces of equipment.

The Group has many people, organisations and trusts to thank for kind donations, this will be done formally when we return. Our fundraising drive finished last weekend with a fantastic Wherries evening which was a perfect end and a great team effort.

The Explorer Belt is the challenge of a lifetime. It is a chance to take part in a ten-day expedition that brings a real understanding of a different country, its people and way of life. Young people will travel through that country, completing projects, working as a small team and meeting local people. It has been described as ‘the antidote to the package holiday’.

The group will travel together to Munich and then head south to our base at Sonthofen where we will be given hospitality by a German Scout Group. The four teams will leave the next day for their expeditions and return to base on the 8th July. On the 9th and 10th the Group is planning some activities and sightseeing in Munich before heading home.

The expedition length is around 100 miles. Teams also have to make time for their major project and ten smaller projects.

Once home the teams will prepare and give a presentation of their expedition to an invited, audience and an assessment team. This will take place a few weeks after the expedition

All going well the 21 participants will have earned their Explorer Belts. Best wishes to all have a fantastic time.

85th Beavers on a nature trail

The 85th Inverkip Beavers hiked around the nature trail at Cornalees last Wednesday, a week after they took part in a keep fit class.

All Beavers have now gained a well-earned fitness activity badge. Well done all.

Young Leaders to the Aid

Young Leaders from across the district completed the First Response course enabling them to tick of module K as part of their training scheme.

Young Leaders are scouts of explorer age who assist in our younger sections. The Young Leaders are working on their missions to gain the prestigious Young Leader belt buckle.

Groups requiring more information regarding Young Leaders and YL training should contact Mark Sinnamon on moc.liamtohnull@230kram

32nd Cubs and Scouts at camp

 The Weekend sunshine brought out 40 young people from the 32nd group. Three sixes of Cubs and four patrols of Scouts camped out for two nights at Auchengillen Camp, Stirlingshire.

The Cubs took part in activities included mountain boarding, abseiling, climbing and pioneering. A variety of badge work, particularly the outdoor challenge took a step closer.

Scouts took part in many activities included the climbing wall and para drop, rifle shooting, backwoods cooking (including making pizzas without an oven). Well done to all concerned.

The scouts all worked towards various badges and challenges. None of these activities would be possible without the dedication of a large team of talented and committed adult leaders. A massive pat on the back to all involved.

Fun in the Sun at Gourock Garden Party

1st Gourock Scouts were out in force this Sunday at the annual garden party in the walled gardens at Gourock Park.

Their stall had a distinctive Star Wars theme this year. It proved popular folk gathered to try their hand at blowing up the Death Star on the Roll-the-Penny, or guess the weight of the Millennium Falcon cake.

To top all this off, the Scout-Powered Fruit Machine attracted a great crowd! Many thanks go to the fantastic executive team who pulled all this together with their usual flair and good humour.

Blair Atholl Jamborette

This Summer Greenock & District has 18 Explorers and 12 leaders attending the Blair Atholl Jamborette from 21st July to 1st August.

The Blair Atholl Jamborette is Scottish Scouting’s premier international event. It brings together more than 1,000 Explorer Scouts and Leaders from all over the world for a 10-day camp in a picturesque corner of highland Perthshire.

Every two years since 1946 the tranquil grounds of Blair Castle have been transformed by participants from all over the world coming together to camp and share in fun, friendship, and a massive range of adventurous activities and challenges.

For the 2012 camp around 1250 Scouts and adults took part. Scottish Scouts representing every District and Region in the country were paired with counterparts from as far afield as Japan, Russia and Canada. Also taking part were youngsters from far-flung countries including South Africa, Hong Kong and the USA.

After the camp, the Blair Atholl experience continues as our Explorers will offer home hospitality to overseas friends made at the camp. While they are here, the District will run a BBQ and activity day at Everton, on Sunday 3rd August, District Scouters should feel free to pop along and make our guests welcome.

If you wish to be part of the experience why not visit us there? The camp Visitors Day and International Country Fare is on Saturday 26th July and is a great day out. More information can be found at

Ice outing for 1st Gourock Cubs

1st Gourock Cubs celebrated their final pack meeting of the term with their annual pilgrimage to The Bluebird Cafe for some well deserved ice creams.

Afterwards, the night was rounded off with badge presentations, where the Cubs were presented with the badges they had earned since Easter, including the Outdoor Challenge, Community Challenge and World Faiths Activity.