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Week Ending 06.08.16

70th wins camping competition for chance at national title

Everton campsite was the host to the national camping competition zonal qualifiers over the weekend.
camping competitioncamping competition 3Seven troops representing districts from across the south of Scotland were put to test at scouting skills and camp craft with a mirrored program for districts to the north held at Douglaswood in Dundee.

On Saturday, the sun shone as patrols demonstrated a high level of skill and competency across a range of camping activities. Then the troops battled through the heavy rain on Sunday in high spirits to strike camp.

The patrol from the 70th troop representing Greenock & District walked away as worthy winners and will now compete for the national accolade at Scout HQ at Fordell Firs in September.

Scottish Headquarters passed their thanks to the local district scout leaders, supported by Greenock guiders, Everton camp staff and judges pulled in from across West region for running a very successful event.

33rd on island adventure

 Scouts from 33rd Greenock and District ran an overnight expedition to Inchconnachan Island in Loch Lomond. They navigated their own way to kayaked or canoed over to the island set up hammocks and fended for themselves overnight. Beautiful weather made for a fantastic camp which was thoroughly enjoyed by scouts and leaders alike. The scouts earned a well-deserved expedition challenge badge.

33rd Beavers earn top award

 Four members of 33rd Beavers recently earned their Chief Scout Bronze Award which they received from the ADC for Beavers. Well done to Jamie, Lewis, Zoe and Ben.

Sunshine and showers for 70th and 85th challenge

The District Expedition Challenge took place last weekend with Scouts from the 70th and 85th troops participating.

The groups walked from Arrochar to Butterbridge, camping on the summit of The Cobbler on Saturday night after a day of warm sunshine and heavy packs. Some slept under the stars to watch the sun go down behind the neighbouring hills.

However, they didn’t manage to see the sunrise as the cloud and rain came in overnight. The groups had to trudge through drizzle and rain on Sunday to the top of Beinn Ime before making their way down to Butterbridge. Well done to everyone who took part for a very well-deserved Expedition Challenge badge.

47th Beavers and Cubs climb the walls

The Beavers and Cubs from the 47th Greenock and District had an end-of-term trip to Ravenscraig Sports Centre. They all had a great time on the climbing wall and then loads of fun running around the soft play area. Before the happy Beavers and Cubs went home they were given their badges they had earned this term. Two Beavers ready to move up to Cubs were awarded their Bronze Beaver award.

85th clean up at the beach

85th litter pick85th litter pick WBhe 85th’s Wemyss Bay and Inverkip Scout sections both got to work last week and worked to clear litter from local beaches as a part of their World Challenge badges. The Wemyss Bay section went down to Wemyss Bay beach where they picked up more than 2,000 pieces of litter.

The Inverkip section did their work at Ardgowan Beach where they filled 28 bin bags. Both sections were spurred on by the encouragement of passers-by. Huge thanks to everyone who took part.

85th Beavers’ fire station fun

85th firestation85th firestation 2 85th Beavers visited the Greenock Firestation to learn about fire safety and the equipment that the fire brigade uses in emergencies.

The group had a great night during which they got to see the aerial platform in action and had a shot of using the fire hoses.

At the end, Beavers had great fun (unplanned) running and dancing under the water while the firefighters sprayed the hoses in the air.

80th Cubs take to the water

80th cubs boats 
The 80th Cubs had a fantastic night of sailing when they spent the evening at Gourock yacht club with a number of their cadets and instructors. The Cubs set sail on the Clyde in piper boats.

They learnt the basics of how they work and also got the opportunity to sail the boats themselves. Big thank you to Lesley Smith and her colleagues at the yacht club for all their support and welcoming us along on a sunny and dry evening.

45th Scouts enjoy Barrwood camp

Scouts from the 45th travelled to Barrwood, near Stirling, for their final camp before the end of term.

The group tried caving, built rafts, did orienteering, exploring and camp craft. They cooked omelettes for breakfast in plastic bags. The sun shone as they tried the ‘Total Wipeout’ obstacles.

Everyone enjoyed the experience, including several for whom this was their first Scout camp.

During the camp, Andrew McColl completed his team leader challenge and with it his Chief Scouts Gold Award.

45th Beavers, Cubs and Scouts have talent

Every member of the 45th Greenock and District Group proved that they have talent during a fun-packed show last week.

Parents and Quarrier’s Village residents were entertained  by songs, jokes, musical numbers, gymnastics and some highly amusing synchronised swimming. By the end of the evening, there was no denying they all had a talent to perform.

Later DC Peter Bennet presented Chief Scout Silver awards to Harry Provan, Cameron McKenzie and Lewis Broadbent.

A representative from the Canine Partners charity was there – with one of their highly trained dogs – to accept a cheque for money raised during a recent sponsored cycle.

Gang Show Audition Time

 Audition and registration for the world famous Greenock and District Scout Gang Show takes place on Sunday, 26 June in the Lyle Kirk, Union Street Building (Large Hall) Scouts.

Scouts 1.30 pm, Explorers 2.45 pm, Leaders / Adults (register only) 3.30 pm.

Auditions will consist of singing, voice check for sketches, and dance. This is great fun, don’t miss out.

Rehearsals start 21st August for the show which takes place 13th – 19th November in the Beacon Arts Centre.

An additional Audition evening, only for those who cannot make Sunday, will be held on Tuesday 28th June at 7pm in the same building.

Phone Producer on 638742 to confirm your attendance. Please ensure you bring fully completed Audition and Permission & Gift Aid Forms with you to your audition.

If you have difficulty printing these, please contact your group leaders or leave a message on the Gang Show Facebook Group: Further information on casting for the Cub/Beaver item will be provided later. Rehearsals will begin September.

Visit by French Explorer Unit
Everton has been hosting a visit by 14 Explorer Scouts and their four leaders from the Pionniers-Caravelles d’Annemasse Unit from the Rhone-Alpes Region of France. The visit is part of a twinning arrangement which will see local Explorer Scouts organising an Explorer Belt expedition in 2017 based around the French Scouts’ home region.
The Unit has been extremely busy already working on some very innovative and impressive pioneering projects involving tents in the forest and well-constructed kitchen and cooking areas on site. Good support from some local Explorer Units has been appreciated and all parties spent time together on local community projects at Ardgowan Fishery and Ardgowan Estates.
The party has experienced all variations of the Scottish summer weather even claiming to be enjoying the heavy rain last week (as it kept the midges away). A very soggy Olympic Games and a Ready Steady Cook event were held allowing friendly rivalries to be settled.
Last weekend the Group did some sightseeing around the local and Glasgow area and enjoyed home hospitality with local families. Visits to Gourock Pool were planned and during this week hikes around the west coast are scheduled. Depending on weather a visit to Millport is planned together with some surprise events and a grand farewell Wherries Night.
Thanks to all families who acted as hospitality hosts and to all local leaders who have helped with the organisation, transport and general welcoming and support of the visit.

Achievements at 70th Scouts
Scouts from the 70th troop gathered to celebrate and recognise achievement for the end of term AGM, moving on and awards ceremony. Five new scouts were invested into the troop.
The zonal camping competition patrol was congratulated and presented well-done certificates, two scouts efforts on the Expedition Challenge were recognised, a special award recognising attitude and development were presented along with Five Scottish Zodiac Silver awards to top campers, and an amazing Seven Chief Scout Gold Awards!

Westburn Explorers Summer Camp 2016 Czech Republic
Westburn Explorers spent 12 days at Camp Sokol Troja on the outskirts of Prague and enjoyed a whole range of different adventurous activities which included white water rafting, high ropes courses, toboggan run, cycling ,visits to castles , mind mazes , paintballing, water zorbing, paddle boarding , beach volleyball and seeing the historical sights of Prague.
All had a great time.

GSLs Meeting
Groups are reminded that there will be a meeting of GSLs in 70th HQ, Finnart Street, Greenock this Sunday (21st) at 2.00pm. Please try to ensure that each Group is represented.

District AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Greenock and District Scout Council will be held on Monday 29th August 2016 at 7.30pm in 70th Scout HQ, 159 Finnart Street, Greenock. Any items for inclusion in the Agenda should be advised to the District Secretary Maureen Bain ahead of the Meeting.

The District Commissioner thanks all leaders and families for their support this session and hopes that all those not going off on a Scouting activity over the summer have a well-earned rest.

To all Groups and Units attending Scout camps or expeditions at home or abroad have a great time!