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Week Ending 3.05.14

 Greenock and District Scouts by Royal Command

 A record number of young people from Greenock and District Scouts took part in the Queen Scouts parade at Windsor Castle this weekend.

 They included Sara McCaig (70th Greenock), pictured with flag second from the left, who was chosen to be part of the Colour Party. She was joined by 10 members of the 32nd Group and Michael Sinclaire from the 10th Group who all had the opportunity to speak to President of the Scout Association HRH the Duke of Kent and Chief Scout Bear Grylls.

 The young people from the 32nd were Sarah McAllister, Linzi McCallum, Jordan Graham, Jonathan McKelvie, Lauren Anderson, Megan McGuinness, Graeme Duncan, Jason Parker, Kyle Monaghan and Liam Nelis.

 The young people also attended a service of celebration at the historical St George’s chapel, Windsor.

 After an emotional event, new Queen Scout Linzi McCallum said: “The whole experience of being a Queen Scout and attending Windsor was fantastic and inspiring. It was great to be in the Queen’s front garden with all of the other Queen scouts from the UK. Bear was on first-class form as usual.”

 Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “All these young people have lived the adventure of a lifetime to achieve their Queen’s Scout Awards, and I admire that spirit so much. They are huge inspirations to the other 550,000 Scouts in the UK and I am so pleased that Scouting has honoured them today. They are amazing.”

 The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest honour in Scouting and is awarded for outstanding personal achievement. This honour is achieved by young people aged between 16 and 25 who have completed a range of challenges, which includes service to their community, completing an expedition in wild country, undertaking a five-day residential project in an unfamiliar environment and learning a new skill or developing an existing talent.

 The Windsor Castle event has been held regularly since 1934 on the Sunday nearest to St George’s Day. St George is the Patron Saint of Scouting.


Since the Queen Scout Award was instigated, more than 100,000 of these awards have been presented to young men and women for outstanding personal achievements and service to their local communities. They have learnt new skills and taken part in many of the 200 different adventurous activities on offer by Scouting across the UK.

 Message from the Chief Commissioner

 I have just returned from this year’s Annual Parade of Queen’s Scouts at Windsor Castle. I was delighted to see such a large number of Scottish Queen’s Scouts leading the parade. It was the largest number attending from Scotland in many, many years. They can all hold their heads high having represented Scottish Scouting so well.

 I could not fail to be aware of how many of this year’s Queen’s Scouts came from Greenock & District. Tommy Boag, your District Scout Network Commissioner, Mark Sinnamon, your District Explorer Scout Commissioner and all the leaders in the District, Groups and Sections who had any part in supporting these young adults achieve our highest youth award, should be rightly pleased with their achievement and how they conducted themselves at Windsor.

 Sara McCaig deserves a special mention for having played such a key role in being a member of the Colour Party – well done Sara.

 Best wishes,

 Graham Haddock

Chief Commissioner of Scotland

 58th Undaunted By Weather At Camp

 The 59th Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders had a great time last weekend at Everton. Although the rain and wind on Friday almost washed and blew the Cubs and Scouts away it didn’t dampen their spirits and on Saturday when the Beavers arrived they took part in archery, Jacobs ladder, blind trail, finding out about edible bugs, kite making, and many, many more outdoor activities.

 The Beavers also enjoyed the radio club and are working towards their explorer badge. They enjoyed the Morse code section of the day – probably because they were allowed to make all sorts of weird noises and not get told to stop. Speaking on the radio was a treat too.

 Later on Saturday night everyone including a number of parents had a super time singing at the top of their voices round the camp fire.

 Many thanks to all the leaders from the district and parents that came along to run bases and activities so that the young people could have a tremendous time.

 West Highland Way Success

 5th Greenock Explorers and 73rd Scouts completed the 96 miles of the West Highland Way and endured some horrible weather.

 Five Explorers who were doing this as a practice hike for the Explorer Belt 2014 in Germany finished in five days.

 The rest of the group – Scouts and Explorers – took six days to get to Fort William. This was a huge effort.

 Along the way they met up two soldiers, Corporal Stephen Reilly and Lance Corporal Alan Hamilton, walking the West Highland Way for Poppy Scotland. The Scouts and Explorers helped them with transport and gave advice about camp sites, in return they shared a supply of army ration packs.

 85th Cubs On A Lochgoilhead Adventure

 85th Cub Scouts were leading the adventure at Lochgoilhead this weekend, trying their hand at canoeing, archery, abseiling and bush craft. They also did Jacob’s ladder and climbing and got to steer the boat when we took a trip round the loch. The group deservedly earned their Outdoor Challenge Badge. 

 1st Gourock Sponsored Walk

 On a gloriously sunny day, more than 80 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Leaders, family and friends of 1st Gourock attended the annual sponsored walk up to Everton. A special mention should be made of the 10 Scouts and one Cub who made it all the way from Drumshantie Road, and only had to contend with a little sun burn en route. As always, a huge thank you to the Executive members who provided the well-earned soup and sandwiches at the end of a long walk.

 10th Group Take Part In Stations

 On the last Thursday of Lent 10th Beaver, Cubs, Scouts, Young Leaders and Leaders took part in the Stations of the Cross. They worked alongside St. Ninian’s parish priest Mgr Gallacher to come up with a version of the stations suitable for all sections.

 The young people from all sections took an active role on the night by being a reader, carrying the candles and the cross and being in the congregation. Everyone that attended was a credit to the group and completed their Faith Partnership Award. Thanks to Mgr Gallacher and the community of St. Ninian’s for allowing us the opportunity to lead the Stations and for all your help preparing for and on the night.  

 Darroch Explorers Smell Sweet

 Darroch Explorers had an evening of aromatherapy thanks to Beth from Perfect Indulgence Therapies. Explorers were encouraged to take part in a variety of holistic, well being and beauty practices.

The Unit and Leaders then got to create their own personal oil blend for either skin, for bath use or as an inhaler that can be used in the sauna. All very impressive and most have now been tried and tested. Many thanks to Beth.

 Annual Parade

 GSLs should now have received the instructions for the Annual Parade which will be held on Sunday 25th May. Any Group who has not yet received the instructions should contact moc.loanull@kconeergstuocs

 Get Outdoors

 Troops are reminded that applications for places for the weekend of outdoor activities should be submitted by Wednesday 7th May at the latest to moc.loanull@kconeergstuocs

 Everton Maintenance

 If anyone can help over the next few months to help with the maintenance of Everton even just a couple of hours or a full weekend they are urged to contact Paul on moc.liamgnull@etispmactuocsnotreve