Week ending 11.06.16
Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service 2016 for 32nd Greenock & District Scout Group and Northface Explorer Scout Unit in Greenock
32nd Greenock & District Scouts and Northface Scout Unit has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, equivalent to the MBE. No other Scout Group in Scotland has received this honour.
This highly prestigious award has been made in recognition of the group’s work in helping young people with personal development through events and activities for more than 100 years.
The 32nd Scout Group was founded in 1915 in Mearns Street, Greenock and has had unbroken service for 101 years which is unique.
In that time, thousands of young people have passed through the group and each year it has a record number of Queen Scout Award recipients. The group also prides itself on its work with young people of all abilities.
Last year the group, based in both St Patrick’s and Whinhill Primary schools, Broomhill, Greenock, celebrated its centenary with a full year of events and celebrations including a civic reception at Greenock town hall and a service of celebration a few days before Christmas.
Later senior representatives from the group will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace where they will meet met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities.
The group will officially be presented with the Award in the form of a citation personally signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal later in the year at a special event held hosted by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Mr Guy Clark.
Mr Clark said: “They have done very well. I think that the volunteers and the Scouts themselves have stood out strongly for the Scout Movement and have done extremely well over many years.
“David McCallum and his team really to deserve the Queen’s award for voluntary service. They have given their time unstintingly to the scouts, and the scouts in return have achieved a huge amount of success themselves and are role models for Greenock. I am now looking forward to presenting the group with their award.”
David McCallum, Group Scout Leader of the 32nd said:
“This award recognises the contribution of the leaders, young leaders, parents, executive and others working in the group in partnership with our local communities to provide a wide range of opportunities for our 200 plus young people to develop while enjoying the everyday adventure of scouting.
“I am so proud of the journey we have come which is all down to a first class team of dedicated adult volunteers.”
Aaron Bissett, 18, Assistant Scout Leader said:
”I have just found out about this terrific award, which recognises all of the hard work put in by the Leaders.
“Myself and my two brothers have been in the Group since Beaver Scouts and we have been fully supported along the journey.
“Myself and older brother Liam are Queen’s Scouts, and our younger brother Ryan is working towards the top award. I am so proud to be part of this brilliant group.”
Graham Haddock, Chief Commissioner for Scotland said:
“I am delighted that the superb work of the 32nd Group and the North Face ESU over more than a century has been recognised by this prestigious award.
“It is a testament to the dedication and hard work of so many willing volunteers over so many years. They join a small select band of previous Scottish Scouting award recipients demonstrating just how important Scouting’s contribution to local community life can be across the country.”
32nd Cubs celebrate 100th birthday
Cubs from the 32nd pack spent a day at a Glasgow park last week enjoying sunshine as well as taking part in several activities including rock climbing and having fun. It was all part of their Cubs 100th birthday celebrations.
45th Cubs join the birthday fun
70th enjoy Auchengillan weekend
Two days of water activities earned them credits towards their Water Activity Staged badges.
For many of them, it was their first time under canvas. Aside from raft building, canoeing and kayaking, Cubs were able to try out gyro cars, Water Walkerz, grass sledging, archer and the giant climbing wall.
All cubs participated with great enthusiasm. Thanks to Andy Yarr for assisting with driving to and from camp.
Georgina McNulty (first-time camper) wrote:
“The sun shone all weekend – maybe not normal camping weather! When you’re camping you get to feel what it’s like to sleep outside, under the stars. You also get to share a tent with your friends.
“Auchengillan has amazing activities that are really fun. Our pack did lots of water activities including raft building, canoeing and kayaking, which gave us such an appetite for our meals. I had a fantastic time and can’t wait to go to the next camp.”
The One That Got Away
Scouts and Explorers from last year’s Everest Challenge held a reunion last weekend to finally climb ‘the one that got away’.
They’d originally planned to walk Ben Nevis last November but had to find a replacement hill when winter arrived early and left Ben Nevis in wild snow conditions.
So four groups drove to Fort William and completed the hill last Saturday. Their hard work in the scorching heat was rewarded with stunning views in all directions. Thanks to everyone who took part in the event and we hope future Everest Challenges can be as enjoyable as the Scouts and Explorers made this one.
85th Scouts were climbing high
The groups have completed their Climbers badge over the last two months getting their instruction and indoor experience at Paisley Scouts’ Bield climbing centre before finishing at the Quads.
The Troop would like to thank Ally and Lewis from Abbey Scouts, and the Bield centre, as well as the leaders from Ardgowan Explorer Unit for giving up their time to lead them through the course.
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: http://www.facebook.com/groups/129440110414899/ Further information on casting for the Cub/Beaver item will be provided later. Rehearsals will begin September.