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Week Ending 25.06.16

70th wins camping competition for chance at national title

camping competition 2camping competitionEverton campsite was the host to the national camping competition zonal qualifiers over the weekend.

Seven 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

33rd expedition 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

33rd awards 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

47thThe 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 WBThe 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 firestation 285th firestation 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

45th camp45th camp 2Scouts 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.

 GSL Meeting

 All Group Scout Leaders are reminded that the start-up meeting for the session will be held in District HQ on Sunday 21st August 2016 at 2.00pm. All Groups should try to have a representative in attendance.


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!