Week Ending 23.11.13
Chief Scout’s Award Presentations
Four Beaver Scouts also from the 70th jumped the river into Cub Scouts with Louis Finke and Sylvain Bezian being presented with their Chief Scout’s Bronze Awards.
I’m A Cub… Get Me Out Of Here
Another great camp for the 85th Cubs with the memorable words on their lips: “I’m a Cub… Get me out of here!” A few Cubs were suitably grossed out by making ‘poo’ (a science lesson on digestion) and eating bugs. They all had great fun building dens, doing twilight treasure hunts and joining the Scouts at the camp fire.
The Cubs were competing to earn stars for their teams by using their map reading skills to find prizes hidden around Everton. Bonus points were given out for finding stars on the low ropes, working together and having the chance to try some bug cuisine a la Everton in the form of crickets and worms.
They went home absolutely filthy having had a ball earning their Outdoor Challenge badge and Scientist Activity badges.
Japan Jamboree Joy
The scouts and explorers of Greenock and District kept traditions alive by ensuring a high number of applicants to the Lapwing Lodge regional selection to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. All scouts; successful and not, were a credit to the district, their groups and themselves.
Congratulations to the following nine who will represent Greenock & District in Japan, 2015:
Catriona Arkley (Ardgowan ESU)
Ciaran McGuiness (Ardgowan ESU)
Declan Bolster (Darroch ESU)
Ellie Wilkie (32nd Troop)
George Smith (Darroch ESU)
Jack Davidson (70th Troop)
Jack O’Rourke (Finnart ESU)
Manos Kiriakakis (70th Troop)
Paula Gray (Terra Nova ESU)
Quiz Night Success
1st Gourock’s Scout Hall was the place to be last weekend if you wanted to test your knowledge with not just one, but two quiz nights.
Firstly, almost 100 parents and friends of 1st Gourock packed into the hall on Saturday night for the 6th version of the popular quiz. Fourteen teams fought through the nine different rounds and, at the end of the night, the winner was the aptly named team, We’re Only Here For The Trophy.
A fantastic total of more than £850 was raised on the night and a huge thank you to everyone who came along and made it the best quiz yet!
Then a day later the hall hosted its second quiz when it was the turn of the District Explorers (and Leaders) to pit their wits against each other. Teams came along from Ardgowan Unit, the 5th and Westburn Unit, Leaders and Scouts from 73rd and 97th, 70th and Finnart Unit as well as Gourock’s own Darroch Explorers to raise funds for next year’s Explorer Belt trip to Germany.
The night was a huge success, and everyone had a great time. In the end, home advantage played a part, as Mark’s Army (Darroch Explorers) walked off with first prize.
Annual Remembrance Hike
This weekend saw the annual remembrance hike take place. In wet and very windy conditions, with wind speeds of up to 65mph, Networkers from Bishopton and Paisley battled up 768 metres of the slopes of Meall nan Tarmachan within the Ben Lawers National Park. On reaching the summit a wreath of poppies was laid and a minutes silence held in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.
Blair Atholl 2014 Staff
The time has come again for anyone who is interested to sign up for Scotland’s Premier International event – the Blair Atholl Jamborette – as staff. For more information visit the network website www.gdsn.org.uk.
Reaching for the Stars
Scouts from the 85thkicked off their Astronomer’s Badge with a tour of Coats Observatory in Paisley. The telescopes picked out hundreds of stars on what, to the naked eye, looked like a starless night. They were able to see a double star up close and even found Andromeda – the nearest galaxy to our own. The biggest gasps of the night came when the Scouts saw the astonishing view of the moon from the large telescope in the main tower.
Novice Campers Get Out There
Three patrols of novice campers from the 85th spent last weekend learning their camping skills at Everton. They practised tent pitching in the damp as well as cooking on stoves and open fires. They worked towards their Outdoor Challenge with many expected to complete it in the next week or two.
District Stated Annual Meeting
Here’s a reminder that the District Stated Annual Meeting takes place on Monday, 25 November 2013 at 7.30pm in 70th HQ, Finnart Street, Greenock.
The District Executive should meet at 7.00pm. Following the business there will be a presentation about this summer’s trip to the BSA Jamboree in the US, some awards will be presented and tea and coffee will be served.