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Week Ending 07.03.15

District Commissioner moving on
03.07 PeterPeter Bennett has decided to step down from his role as District Commissioner, as of 28 February, after 18 months in office leading Greenock and District Scouts.
Peter who was awarded the Association’s Silver Acorn for “outstanding services to Scouting” last year has decided to resign for personal reasons.
Peter is well known for his service to the 70th Group and the Greenock Scout Gang Show, which successfully filled Greenock’s Beacon Centre in November.
Stephen T. Allan, West Regional Commissioner, said: “I would like to personally thank Peter for his time as District Commissioner and all the hard work he has put in during his period of office.
“I will be meeting with the Group Scout Leaders and District Executive to discuss the way forward for the District and will update you as soon as I know what we are planning to do. In the meantime the Regional support contact will be Iain Kent who can be contacted at”

Wild and windy Zodiac Camp
03.07 Zodiac 103.07 Zodiac 370 Scouts and Explorers from 10th, 33rd, 45th, 59th, 70th, 73rd, 85th, Finnart ESU and James Arthur ESU battled against the gale force winds to complete the second Zodiac Camp at Everton last weekend.
The programme was around the Survival Skills badge where they learned how to use different knifes, axes and saws, cooked over fire without using pots or utensils, learned how to build a shelter to stay overnight and are half way through their Emergency Aid Stage 3 badge.
03.07 - Zodiac 2Despite the wind and rain, the Scouts and Explorers enjoyed themselves and even got a quick break from the bases to enjoy a few laps around Everton on quad bikes. Thanks to Bishopton Scout Leaders for supplying and running these during the afternoon.
The next Zodiac Camp is 18th-19th April were we will plan on completing the Survival Skills Badge.

Queen’s Scout Awards
Queen’s Scout Awards were presented to Nathan Beck, Scott Renfrew and Christopher Weir recently by the District Commissioner with family, friends and former leaders of the young people in attendance. Scott and Nathan are currently Assistant Scout Leaders with the 70th Scout Group and Christopher is an Assistant Explorer Scout Leader with the Finnart Explorer Unit.
Scott and Nathan have progressed through the 70th Group from Beaver Scouts and Christopher was a member of the 10th Group also from Beaver Scouts.
Congratulations to all three on gaining this award – the highest award in the progressive training scheme.
Pic showing Nathan, Scott and Christopher with some of the leaders.

10th Beavers become official
Five new members became official beavers last week as they made their promise after coming along to weekly meetings for a number of weeks. Meanwhile the whole colony gained their air activities and communicators badge that they had worked on before Christmas. Well done to all the Beavers.

Waggy tale for 85th Inverkip Beavers
The 85th Inverkip Beavers had a very special visit from local Inverkip man Eric and his guide dog Nina. During the meeting the Beavers experienced what it was like to have sight impairment at four stations and then had a question and answer session with Eric and Nina. They are working towards the new Disability Activity Badge. Nina is now an honorary Beaver and hopes to make her promise soon.

Darroch Explorers: Ready Steady Cook
Darroch Explorers’ culinary skills were put to the test in a Ready Steady Cook battle on Wednesday night. Three teams were given a limited budget to create a two-course meal of their choosing.
We apologise to the shoppers and confused staff at Sainsbury’s when the Explorers breezed through while trying to stay under budget. Back at the hall, let’s just say it was “interesting” watching the teams at work at their stations, lots of laughs were had.
In the end the leaders were impressed with what was made in the short time. The main courses produced were Chinese chicken stir fry, cheese and ham omelette and home-made spicy chicken nuggets. The very tasty stir fry was in first place. The desserts were smores, large rice crispy cake and chocolate strawberries and cream with the large rice crispy cake narrowly the victor. Well done to all, good fun night

Darroch Explorers at Kilfinan house
Darroch Explorers spent a fantastic weekend at Kilfinan House near Tighnabruaich. After arriving on Friday evening after a long drive in the dark, the Explorers settled in to their accommodation. Later they had some R&R time enjoying the sauna and hot tub and a few games of pool. The evening was rounded off with supper and Explorers chatting into the night.
The next day after a full breakfast the Unit headed out for some games in the garden. They then headed off to explore the local area with some photography challenges along the way. Their walk took them down to the beach. It was then back to the house for a late lunch while the rugby was on the TV, some Explorers even used the leisure facilities again. Before dinner, Explorers made cupcakes for that night’s supper and designed their own mugs.
Ardgowan Explorers arrived and joined up with Darroch explorers for dinner on Saturday evening and to spend the rest of the weekend. Again, it didn’t take them long to settle in and make use of the surroundings.
On Sunday before leaving, the Unit assisted with some work in the grounds and also had a session of archery. Both Units used the opportunity to invest new members to the Units, making their investiture more memorable than most.
All Explorers and Leaders had a fantastic time and would like to thank the Robb family for the use of Kilfinan House, it was a pleasure to be there once again. For anyone considering a family getaway or gathering please consider this:

32nd Northface Explorers go bouncing mad
31 members of the Northface ESU travelled through to Air Space Trampoline Park in East Kilbride on Wednesday. Air Space has more than 100 interconnected trampolines, basically a huge spring-loaded urban playground. The Explorers had a great and very energetic time enjoying an hour of bouncing and fun playing dodgeball, walking the wall, jumping onto a huge airbag, playing basketball, beat the goalie all on trampolines.

59th Beavers’ Faith badge
03.07 59thBeavers from the 59th completed part of their Faith badge by going along to the Westburn Church and meeting the Rev Karen Harbison who kindly gave them a tour of the Church. They learnt about the history of the Church and how it has changed names over the years. It was also a great opportunity to meet someone who serves in the community for those who have still to complete their Friendship Challenge badge.

85th Scouts and Explorers Hospice Fundraising
Scouts and Explorers from the 85th did some volunteering last week in support of Ardgowan Hospice. The group helped other volunteers pack bags at Tesco in Port Glasgow to raise money for the Hospice.
Some of the Scouts earned hours towards the community challenge badge, many others helped just because it’s such a worthy cause. Thanks to the staff at Tesco Port Glasgow for being so welcoming to everyone and for hosting the event.

New heights in Everest Challenge
The Everest Challenge continued this month with a walk near Luss. Scouts and Explorers from various Troops and Units will climb the equivalent height of Mount Everest on Scottish mountains this year. They spent this day climbing Beinn Dhub and have now accumulated a total height which is just short of the 4,406ft needed for their first Ben Nevis milestone. The Group is looking forward to building on their total height when they go out again on their next walk in March.

70th Beavers don their bonnets
70th Beaver Scouts entered Easter Bonnets to the Gourock Flower Show and the hat made by the Red Lodge won first prize with the other three being Highly Commended. Well done to all the Beaver Scouts for taking part – the Red Lodge are pictured with the winning hat.
Beaver Leader meeting
There will be a Beaver leader meeting on Tuesday 10th March in District HQ at 8pm – main business Beaver Day. All leaders have received info concerning proposals for the day.