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Week ending 26.06.15

Greenock and District Well Represented at Scottish Awards

Members of Greenock and District Scouts played a key part in the Scottish Awards Ceremony, held in Paisley Town Hall this week.

20.06.15 districtThe ceremony was opened by Leapmoor Pipe Band, followed by a reprise of some of the best bits of the Greenock Gang Show, led by Kenny Wilson.

The colour party comprised Sara McCaig, Marie Claire Davidson and Jonny Webb.

Network member Jason Parker read the Reflection, in the Shadow of the Founder.

Chief Commissioner for Scotland Graham Haddock presented a trio of awards to Greenock and District members, Kenny Wilson (Silver Wolf), Kenny Paton (Bar to Silver Acorn) and Tommy Boag (Silver Acorn).

Reflection, read by Caitlin Monaghan, was a parody of Kipling’s If.

A slew of Queen’s Scout Awards and Explorer Belt Awards were presented by Honorary President Chris Tiso to various youth members of Greenock and District. Winners included 5th Group members Jack Pollock, Colin Lapsley, Donald Lapsley and Stuart Moodie.

Huge congratulations to everyone there, the District is very proud.

Lapwing Lodge 24-Hour Adventure for 32nd Troop

20,06.15 32nd 1Last weekend 48 scouts from the 32nd troop camped at Lapwing Lodge, Paisley. The Scouts were invited to join in North Ayrshire’s district camp and took part in many adventurous activities including a zip wire, dry ski slope and a terrific camp fire.

Several members of the troop have now camped each month (and some twice per month) since last winter, well on their way to competing the Zodiac Award. Well, done to the nine cubs who completed their link. The troop would like to thank North Ayrshire & Arran District Scouts for their kind invite and hospitality.

32nd Group in five-year Community Partnership

20.06.15 32nd - 2Almost 100 members of the 32nd Group have been working each night of this week for the 5th consecutive year at the Wellington Street Allotments. The young people have been weeding, planting and preparing area of ground for future allotment development with the assistance of their newly acquired gardening tools.

Many thanks once again to Mrs Alison Duncan and the allotment team for being the group’s community partner over these years, the 32nd look forward to many years ahead and to strengthen our partnership. Several of the young people have now completed their community challenge

85th Reach for the Sky

20.06.15 - 85thScouts from the 85th visited Strathaven Airfield last weekend to camp on the site there and complete their Air Activities badge. The group were welcomed by the pilots and staff there who took them on a tour of the airfield and their hangars. They learned the principles of flying an aircraft and the safety checks involved. The highlight of the weekend for the Scouts was a flight in a microlight plane, where some even had the chance to take control of the joystick during a flight around the local area.

Thanks to Colin and all the pilots and staff at Strathaven Airfield for taking time out of their normal lessons and taster sessions to welcome the Scouts to their airfield and laying on such a special weekend.

85th Inverkip and Wemyss Bay Beavers Have A Hoot

85th Inverkip and Wemyss Bay Beavers had a visit from some of the new owls who will be working with the new falconry centre at Finlaystone. They brought along five owls from 29 days old chick to adult. All the beavers learned about owls in the wild and had a chance to pet and hold the owls.

District Commissioner

Applications are still being welcomed for the position of Greenock and District District Commissioner.

Nominations can be for yourself or someone else and all suggestions will be considered. There’s no requirement for the DC to be someone with decades of service or that they be a certain age. Every applicant and nominee will have the opportunity to attend an interview.

There is no template for the post, however, above all the District Commissioner should enthuse, inspire and excite all youth and adult members around them.

Those interested should contact Alex Lynch at