Week Ending 1.02.14
11 achieve Scouting’s highest honour
The 11 young people received their awards from the Lord Lieutenant for Renfrewshire, Guy Clark, at the Summit Centre in Mearns Street, Greenock this week.
The proud group comprised Jordan Graham, Michaela Magee, Megan McGuinness, Jason Parker, Lauren Anderson, Linzi McCallum, Sarah McAlister, Kyle Monaghan, Liam Nelis, Graeme Duncan and Jonathan McKelvie.
The Lord Lieutenant commended the young people on their dedication and hard work in completing the award and thanked the leaders and parents for their encouragement to the young people over the years.
He spoke to each recipient individually and chatted about aspects of the award and their Scouting experiences.
The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest youth award achievable in the Scouting movement in the Commonwealth under the patronage of the Queen.
The requirements of the award focus on personal development and involve achieving challenges from several areas such as community involvement, adventurous activities, personal growth and leadership development.
The group who received their awards this week had undertaken various challenges from taking to the high seas on a sail training vessel to learning hip-hop and street dance.
In 1909, King Edward VII approved Robert Baden-Powell’s request that boys who passed special tests for efficiency be ranked as King’s Scouts. A badge with a crown signified the wearer was King’s Scout.
After the establishment of the Senior Scout section in 1946, only Senior Scouts (or Boy Scouts over 15) could become King’s Scouts. After the succession of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952, the award was renamed Queen’s Scout in 1953. Nowadays the award can be gained by girls and boys.
Scout of the rising sun
32ndScout Ellie Wilkie was delighted this week when her fellow scouts from the troop presented her with a gift of £200 towards her fund-raising efforts to attend the 23rdWorld Scout Jamboree in Japan in 2015.
She needs to raise £3500 and the Scouts donated the tuck shop money they saved since before Christmas. The world scout Jamboree is a gathering of scouts which occurs every 4 years. At least one member of the 32ndTroop has attended every world Jamboree since 1986.
Searching the airwaves
A team of club members took them through their training including how to send and receive Morse code before they were let loose on the air.
They made contact with a local Radio operator and used HF to listen to transmissions ranging from England to Canada and all over Europe and Russia. They also saw how a computer can be wired up to a radio set to give a whole other way of communicating with radio.
The Scouts would like to thank all the club members who turned out to make sure they had a good time. Details of the club can be found at http://mm0tsg.wordpress.com/.