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Week Ending 31.05.14

 Greenock & District Annual Parade

The District Commissioner wishes to thank all Groups and Units who attended the Annual Parade on Sunday.

The parade went ahead between the heavy showers and we wish to thank the 2nd Port Glasgow Boys Brigade Band and the Leapmoor Scout Pipe Band for leading us.

The service had a theme of working together and the Commonwealth Games, and we are grateful to Rev Karen Harbison and the office bearers of Westburn Church for their friendship and assistance in facilitating the service.

An offering was collected on the day to be shared between the Shelter Box Appeal and Ardgowan Hospice.

 Father Jim Byers – Gone Home

Greenock and District Scouts were saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Father Jim Byers at the weekend.

Father Byers was a special friend to the District having had an association with us over many years. He was a regular contributor to our Founders’ Day Services and Cub Christmas Toy parades and a frequent visitor to Everton campsite.

Some of the true Scouting values formed a major part of Father Byers’ life – in particular his love of the outdoors and in his passion for hillwalking and mountaineering, tales of which he was always eager to share with us.

Within the West Region Scout Council, he was the Roman Catholic representative and in past years served on their Appointments Sub-Committee. We give thanks for the guidance he gave us and the friendships he shared with us.

 High Honours At The 57th

The 57th awarded three Cubs the highest award a Cub can receive, all three have come through the movement from Beavers and have earned the Chief Scout Silver award. It was presented to them by the District Commissioner Peter Bennett.

Lee Houston, Beth Scott and Patrick Arkley have worked hard to achieve the award by gaining all the challenge badges.

All three have enjoyed their time in Cubs and look forward to moving up to the Scout section. They will be the first Scouts the 57th have and look forward to the years ahead and working with other Scouts from across the district.

Patrick received his Chief Scout Bronze award as a Beaver Scout and more determined than ever to work toward his Chief Scout Gold award as a Scout. He was the first Beaver to join the 57th when they started four years ago.

 Knot Fun For The 85th

85th Cubs were getting to grips with their knots this week. But first they made sure they could tie their shoe laces. Then they progressed on to the reef knot and even tried a clove hitch. Lucky we had Greg, an Explorer doing his DoE, on hand to keep us all right, ably assisted by Stewart our Scout helper.

 Communicator Badges at 59th Beavers

59th Beavers have recently been working on the new beaver communicator activity badge which has just recently been introduced to the beaver programme.

They are believed to be the first in the district to complete this badge and learned to send and receive messages using practice morse code keys.

On Thursday night the Beavers were presented with the communicator activity badge, the explore activity badge and many more badges which they worked on at the recent 59th Group weekend at Everton. Many thanks to all at the radio club for making this so interesting and such a lot of fun for them.

 32nd and 80th Groups Dig in for Community Week

Taking place from June 2 to 8, Scout Community Week not only gives Scout groups the opportunity to tackle real issues within the community and raise funds for local Scouting, but it’s a chance to promote and champion all the inspiring things scouts do. Young people from both 32nd  and 80th groups will ‘Do 1 thing’, along with other thousands of scouts around the UK by teaming up with DIY superstore B&Q.

Both Groups have identified community projects and have benefited from the resources and support offered by the newly opened store in Port Glasgow.

The 32nd group will work with their partner Wellington Allotments for a third consecutive year, clearing areas of overgrown paths, planting and general handy work within the allotment.

The 80th Group is well underway with their ambitious plans of transforming the lower green of Rankin Park bowling green into a community garden/woodland.

Pictured is store garden assistant Josh, with from left to right 32nd Northface Explorer scout Matthew Burns, his brother Paul of the 32nd troop , Beaver scout Freya Robertson and her brother Zack, both of the 80th Group.