Week Ending 26.10.13
97th Beavers meets the Crazy Chef
Monsieur Éclair and his trusted team of helpers from the Leaders and Scouts of the 97th busily prepared the various bases to allow the young gourmets to sample foods from around the world.
There was smoked sausage from Germany, pepperoni from Italy, cheese from France and Greece (feta), soda bread from Ireland and the very popular chocolate from Belgium which the Beavers tried with mixed responses.
The Beavers got into the spirit of the night by making and colouring their own chef’s hats to wear at all times whilst in the kitchen.
They then got a chance to make and decorate empire biscuits on the “Deutch Keksfabrik” (German biscuit making) base where there were plenty of goodies, sweeties, rainbow drops and sprinkles to encourage their imagination.
There was also a Healthy Platter Game in which the Beavers were reminded which foods and in what proportions are healthy and finally a Coloration Francaise en Images (French picture colouring) base fired their imagination when they were encouraged to produce colourful and decorative pictures of cartoon fruits, foods and chefs.
Once again a big thank you to the Leaders, Scouts and helpers who were on hand to make the Crazy Chef Night another successful fun event.
Jamboree on the Air with Greenock and District Scouts and Guides Amateur Radio Club
Greenock and District Scouts and Guides Amateur Radio Club operated an Amateur Radio Station in Scout HQ over the weekend of 19 and 20 October for the annual Jamboree on the Air (JOTA). It is an event designed to encourage Scouts throughout the world to engage with each other and exchange greetings messages over the air waves.
One of the more pleasing aspects of this year’s JOTA was the large number of Scout stations on the air and this provided ample opportunity for the young people not only to pass greetings messages but to have meaningful discussions about their scouting activities
Over the weekend several district groups joined in numerous radio-related activities on the way to completing all or part of the Beaver Explore Award or the Cub and Scout Communicator Activity Badges. The most fun activity for all groups seemed to be learning Morse code and sending coded messages. The young people put their new-found knowledge to good use in a treasure hunt around the Scout HQ with all clues being written in Morse code.
The station was also visited by Paul Laverty, Assistant District Commissioner for Activities, and Graham Haddock, Chief Commissioner of Scouts for Scotland.
During the weekend the station contacted a grand total of 110 stations including more than 40 other Jamboree stations, mainly UK based. Contact was also made with stations in 15 other countries throughout the world.
The highlight for the radio team, particularly when operating from the town of James Watt’s birth, was a contact with another special event station operating from a Victorian Pumping Station using one of the original James Watt Steam engines.
The ‘How Big is Your World?’ competition was won by Phillip from 10th Beavers who was the nearest and managed to come within 12,000km of the final total of 38,924km over the weekend.
The radio team would like to thank the many leaders who took time to organise their group’s visit to the radio station, without them the event would not have been so successful. We look forward to welcoming you again next year.
32nd Group’s new minibus
Scouts from the 32nd Greenock & District Scout group are looking justifiably proud of themselves in this photograph as they took delivery of their new 17-seater minibus. The bus which was funded by the Weir Charitable Trust has been on the road for a few weeks now and is proving to be a real asset to the group. On hand to wish some of the Scouts well earlier this week was Lorraine Tait, administrator of the Trust, who congratulated the group and wished them well for the future.
She said: “Meeting the Scouts was a real pleasure and I am delighted to see that the new minibus is being put to good use. The Trust is all about supporting small local organisations that make a real difference in their community and the 32nd Greenock & District Scout Group is doing just that.”
32nd Go On A Climbing And Archery Adventure
Three patrols of scouts from the 32nd troop had a terrific evening of indoor climbing, bouldering and archery sessions earlier this week at the Bield scout centre in Paisley. New skills were learned by all 18 scouts, who are keen to make a return visit. Many thanks to the volunteer instructors and coordinators Jim and Stephen
District Beaver Activity Day
Last Saturday 150 Beavers and just as many Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Young Leaders, Leaders and Parents hiked to Everton to spend the day hunting Beavers in the forest, walking the blind trail, orienteering, climbing Jacob’s Ladder, shooting arrows at a target, eating Haribos, playing swimming pool hockey and jumping high on the trampoline.
After lunch they all took part in Sports Day races, where they ran, skipped, hula-hooped, hopped, jumped and relayed in an attempt to win the Jean King Trophy.
All Beavers enthusiastically took part in the races, trying their hardest to win the trophy.
The triumphant winners were announced as the 45th Beavers, with runners up as the 73rd, and the 32nd, as they finished the day singing songs by the campfire.
A special thanks goes to Jennifer Buchan, Paul Laverty and the Everton Activities Team, Gordon McCready and the 1st Gourock, David Storey for turning up specially to sing songs at the campfire, Liz Pinkerton for providing teas and coffees all day, and not forgetting all the Groups that took part.
By all accounts the Beavers had a wonderful day and are already looking forward to the next one.
Explorer Belt 2013
Parents, friends and leaders of members of “Team Supreme” were treated to a comprehensive review of their Explorer Belt trip to Estonia this summer recently. The team included Finnart Unit Explorer Scout Ronnie Bryce, one Explorer Scout from Bearsden and 2 Explorer Scouts from Prestwick. The team presented the results of the projects they had undertaken in an informative and entertaining way. At the end of the evening the assessors complimented them on the way they had planned and managed their expedition and presented them with their certificates.
Blair Atholl 2014 and World Scout Jamboree Applications
Application Packs for both events have now been issued and groups and units are encouraged to put forward as many applicants as they feel appropriate. Please ensure that applications are made on time as late applications will not be able to be accepted. Blair Atholl Jamborette 2014 takes place from 21 July to 1 August. Deadline for application forms is Wednesday 6 November. The selection and training weekend is 23to 24 November. Anyone wishing a copy of the information please request it from moc.loanull@kconeergstuocs