Week Ending 16.11.03
Thanks to all leaders, Network members and Explorer Scouts who participated in Remembrance services at the weekend. Special thanks to the Leapmoor Scout Pipe Band who led the parade from Shaw Place to the Greenock Memorial at Wellpark.
Darroch Explorer Award Success
Congratulations to the four Explorers who achieved Bronze Duke of Edinburgh/Platinum Chief Scout Awards and the seven Explorers who achieved Silver Duke of Edinburgh/Diamond Chief Scout award. All awards were presented at Inverclyde’s Duke of Edinburgh Awards evening at Greenock Town Hall. The successful Explorers have now moved on to their next award. A big thank you to the Inverclyde Council Duke of Edinburgh team and its volunteers for all help and assistance along the way.
Expedition Excellence with the 32nd
What an adventure scouts from the 32nd troop have had. More than 20 scouts undertook the Expedition Challenge and another five finished their hillwalkers’ activity badge. Scouts met at the Summit Centre (Mearns Street) to learn hill skills and plan routes through the Stirling and Trossachs region. Scouts managed to complete the expedition with a purpose which was to learn about the famous outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. They managed to keep their feet dry and heads warm to successfully complete the challenge to Lochearnhead Scout Station. The hillwalkers got their first taste of winter and claimed a few hills in the region including the snowy peak peak of Ben Ledi. Scouts were presented with their awards by Dr Patrick on Thursday night.
Kilmacolm Scouts went head first
The Scouts were using their heads to make heads over the past two weeks. They created papier mache heads that looked like their leaders. So realistic were some of the heads, it was hard to tell which were the leaders and which the leaders’ heads. The fun activity was part of their Artists and Creative Challenge Badges.
Network Winter Ball
The first Network winter ball was an overwhelming success with more than 70 guests from all round the UK coming to Greenock with their finest suits, dresses and kilts under their arms.
Everyone had a fantastic night with delicious food from Ian’s Kitchen, who are based in the Regent Club, and some amazing entertainment from Callum Rennie on both the microphone and the decks.
Thanks to the 70th Scout Group for use of their hall both before and after the event and to the West Station Cafe for supplying a much needed breakfast in the morning.
This year’s Remembrance Day hike will be held on 16 November on Meall Nan Tarmachan in the Lawers Range, this is open to all over 18s within scouting. Further details are available on Greenock and District Networks new website www.gdsn.org.uk. Three years ago, the Network decided to hold a small Memorial Service at the top of Ben Lomond as a different approach to the standard services that are held around the UK. This continued on last year with the service being held at the cairn of Ben Vorlich.
Congratulations to Joshua Ruddy
Well done to Joshua Ruddy of the 32nd Scout Troop who has become the latest in a proud tradition of Chief’s Scout Award holders from the troop. His parents, leaders and peers are immensely proud of the young lad who achieved his final challenge award at Lochearnhead Scout Station.
Big Day for the Radio Club
Greenock and District Scouts and Guides Amateur Radio Club will host special event radio station to celebrate the centenary of the Radio Society of Great Britain. The special event station has been activated across the UK throughout the year by various radio clubs to celebrate the centenary of the society. Club Chairman Bob Lynch said: “We are all looking forward to the event and hope to make many contacts across the world.”
District Explorer Belt Quiz Night Reminder
The quiz takes place on Sunday, 17 November at 6.30pm at 1st Gourock Scout Hall, to support next year’s Explorer Belt Expedition to Bavaria. Come along and join in the fun, meet friends old and new, plus test your knowledge. People can turn up on the night but to reserve a table get in touch with Mark Gallacher on moc.tenretnitbnull@224rehcallagkram.