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Week Ending 19.09.15

Celebration at 32nd Summer camp on Guernsey

19.09 32nd G19.09 32nd G2Twenty-two young people spent 14 nights under canvas on the Channel Island of Guernsey this summer. The group, which included Scouts, a patrol of Explorers, Network members and one lone Beaver Scout, took part in more than 50 activities during their stay on the Island – this being the 30th year of camping on Guernsey by the group. Several members completed their Chief Scout’s award and various activity badges which were presented by UK Chief Commissioner Wayne Bulpitt. Wayne visited the group at their camp barbeque and spent more than three hours speaking to the young people and adults. Beaver Scout Leigh was awarded her time on the water and 15 nights away badge by Wayne.

59th Cub Scouts Earn First Aid Badges

19.09 59thThe 59th Cub Scouts, having completed the Emergency Aid Stage 1 badge last year, have completed their Emergency Aid Stages 2 and 3 with the assistance of our Scout Troop.



Northface Explorer Scouts attend London event

19.09 NF Gilwell19.09 - 32ndAt the tail end of the summer, a minibus full of Explorer Scouts from the 32nd Northface Unit attended Gilwell 24’, a national event at the home of Scouting, where more than 500 activities were on offer for a non-stop 24-hour period. Some of the events were unusual, such as mini tank driving. The team then spent two days in and around the Capital doing some sightseeing. Whilst this event was taking place another group from the Unit in conjunction with some Network members from the 32nd and 80th Groups undertook a five-day expedition, some on foot and some on water in the Trossachs national park. Another group also completed their 5 five-day residential experience at a national campsite in pursuit of their Queen Scout award.

Radio Club Starts Back

19.09. RadioThe District Radio club started back for the new session with the first of two visits from 70th Cubs. 17 young people visited the Radio Shack at HQ to work through their Communicator badge. They were able to pass a message using amateur radio and learned Morse Code and the phonetic alphabet. Other groups worked on various codes and semaphore and tried out the new HQ Morse Code wide game and had fun trying to find all the pictures.

District Commissioner Peter Bennett also dropped in for the evening and took the opportunity to try out some amateur radio for himself.

Quarriers’ Kindness To Refugees

Members from all sections of the 45th donated large amounts of clothing and other items that were shipped to all areas where refugees could benefit from them. When they were dropped off, the donation from Quarriers was the biggest the distribution depot had received yet.

Alpine Adventures for 5th and 73rd

19.09 AlpineExplorers and Scouts enjoyed 10 days in the Swiss Alps for this year’s summer camp in early July. 36 Explorers, Scouts and Leaders were based in the small village of Adelboden 4500 feet above sea level. The group enjoyed activities such as diving of a bridge, swimming, walking in the Alps, visiting Kandersteg Scout Centre, walking over the shaky bridge, and climbing the Chaligang – a mountain path up the side of a waterfall.


80th Cubs at Lyle Hill

19.09 80th19 Cubs and Leaders from the 80th met at the Lyle Hill to complete elements of their Adventure Challenge, their Teamwork Challenge and practised putting up tents, lighting fires and cooking on a wood fire for completing their Outdoor Challenge award at camp

Jamboree On The Air

The District Radio Club will again be taking part in Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) using special event call sign GB0GDS. JOTA-JOTI is the largest Scouting event in the world. In 2014, more than 1.3 million Scouts participated across 157 countries. This year the Jamboree takes place on 16th, 17th and 18th October. Greenock & District’s JOTA special event will be taking place at District HQ on Saturday 17th October from 10 am to 4.30pm and Sunday 18th October from 9.30am till noon/1pm. Sections leaders are urged to get in touch with the Radio Club should they wish to bring their young people along to experience this annual worldwide Scouting event (spaces will be limited during the day). Young people should be accompanied by their leader and will have the chance to find out about the scouting world of amateur radio as demonstrated by Greenock District Radio Operators

Regional Safeguarding Training Update for GSLs/Commissioners

Regional Trainers Carole Allan & Elizabeth Crapnell will deliver this training update to GSLs/Commissioners Date: Sunday 25th October 15 Time: 9am – noon Cost: £5 per person Venue: 70th HQ Finnart Street, Greenock All bookings to: First come first served, if the course becomes oversubscribed we will create another date.

All Leader Meeting

All leaders are reminded that there will be a meeting this Sunday (20th) in Westburn Church Hall, Nelson Street, Greenock from 7.00pm to 8.30pm. All Groups and Units are asked to try to ensure that each section is represented at this meeting. No uniform required.