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Week Ending 28.06.14

Greenock & District Scouts help bring Queen’s Baton to Glasgow

Excitement is building about this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Already the Queen’s Baton is making its way around Scotland ready for the opening ceremony on July 23rd.

Several members of Greenock & District Scouts are honoured to be carrying the baton along the journey through the area on Monday, 14 July.

One of them is Thomas Moodie, 16, of the 5th. Westburn Explorers, who has cerebral palsy and is a member of the Scotland disabled football team. Thomas is currently taking his silver D of E award and is a pupil at Port Glasgow High School. He has been in the 5th Scouts for the past four years along with twin brother Stuart.

Sara McCaig, assistant Beaver leader at the 70th, will take a turn with the baton as it travels along Greenock Esplanade at around 6.19pm. Later this year Sara will be attending the Blair Atholl International Scout Jamborette as part of the Macdonald Subcamp Team. In recent years she has attended Bla Sommer Jamborette in Denmark, as well as the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden. Next year she will be making her way to Japan as part of the UK International Support Team. Outside of scouting she has a BA in sports development and was recently nominated by the Active Schools department of Inverclyde Council where she volunteers coaching sports in schools.

Fellow baton bearer Mark Gallagher, 1st Gourock & Darroch Explorer Leader, is heading off this Summer to run an Explorer Belt Expedition to Bavaria, Germany for 21 local Explorers and Networkers. Mark, who is a project co-ordinator with Openreach, will also be attending the Blair Atholl International Patrol Jamborette as part of the Subcamp staff team.

Liam Nelis, leader at the 32nd, will also be taking part. As well as Scouting, Liam, who is an HNC Electrical Engineering student at West Collage, organises games for young people through curriculum for excellence. He said: “I’m really looking forward to being a part of it, being a part of Scotland’s history”

Kenny Wilson, Gang Show producer and Honorary GSL at the 33rd, will have the honour of carrying the baton first when it arrives in Inverclyde. He’s taking it from McInroy’s Point towards Gourock at 9.14am. Kenny is probably best known as part of the (in)famous local folk duo the Wherries and has been Gang Show producer for 14 years. He is an ex District Commissioner and was Scout Leader and Group Scout Leader of the 33rd Group for many years.

Please turn out to support the Queen’s Baton Relay in general and our Scouting members in particular. The day’s events are rounded off with a celebration in Battery Park.


Scottish Awards 2014

Greenock and District was well represented at the Scottish Awards ceremony at Livingston on Saturday where Chief Commissioner for Scotland, Graham Haddock, presented Silver Acorns to District Commissioner Peter Bennett and Group Scout Leader of the 32nd Group, Carol McCallum in recognition of specially distinguished service.

Both UK Chief Commissioner Wayne Bulpitt and Graham Haddock spent time with the local award recipients congratulating them and posing for photographs. This was a real highlight of the day and helped cap an exciting Scout year for all concerned with Wayne encouraging the team to keep going in Scouting and make the most of their lives.

Ross McCaig received both his Queen’s Scout Award and Explorer Belt. Pippa Lovelock, Michaela MaGee, Graeme Duncan, Linzi McCallum, Jonathan McKelvie, Kyle Monaghan, Jason Parker, Liam Nelis, and Katie MacFarlane gained their Queen’s Scout Awards. Ronnie Bryce and Sara McCaig were presented with their Explorer Belts.

Local Scout and Chief Commissioner of Scotland, Graham Haddock, was also presented with one of the highest honours in Scouting, the Silver Wolf, in recognition of services of the most exceptional nature over many years.

Back Row: Peter Bennett, Pippa Lovelock, Michaela MaGee, Graeme Duncan, Wayne Bulpitt UK Chief Commissioner, Linzi McCallum, Graham Haddock Chief Commissioner of Scotland , Carol McCallum, Jonathan McKelvie, Ross McCaig

Front Row: Sara McCaig, Kyle Monaghan, Jason Parker, Liam Nelis, Katie MacFarlane, Ronnie Bryce

Zonal Scout Camping Competition

Greenock and District was well represented at the Zonal Camping Competition held at the weekend at Lapwing Lodge by a young patrol from the 70th Group. Despite a last-minute change to the team, the patrol were placed a creditable third and await news as to whether they will qualify for the national final in September.

70th Beaver Scout’s Awards

At the recent Stated Annual Meeting of the 70th, five Beaver Scouts jumped the river into Cub Scouts after being presented with their Bronze Chief Scout’s Awards. One of the new recruits to the section was invested.

32nd Network launch event

To mark the launch of the 32nd Network, seven members of the 32nd Network spent an afternoon go-karting at Scotkart, Cambuslang. After a close-fought race, the event was ended off with a well deserved munch at TGI’s. Watch out Lewis Hamilton!

Kilmacolm Scouts raise funds for toilet twinning

Kilmacolm Scouts, as part of their Global Challenge, organised and ran a rapid-fire games night for sponsorship. The PLs and APLs organised games for the gameplay to last only two minutes.

They aimed for 12 games in 60 minutes and managed a fantastic 17. These ranged from Wall Ball and The Whip through to crab football. The young people raised an amazing £414 for the Toilet Twinning charity. This exceeds the target of £240 to enable our Scout hall to be twinned with one in the developing world.

85th finish with a splash

The 85th Inverkip & Wemyss Bay finished their year with a summer splash when they held their annual barbecue at Lunderston Bay last week. They held traditional races that included egg and spoon, sack race, three legged races, and a grand tug-o-war, as well as more modern games like bonkers and even a World Cup play-off. Thanks, of course, go to the caterers who laid on such tasty burgers (thanks to McCaskie’s) and hot dogs to finish the night off.

85th Scouts and Explorers at Laser Matrix

Scouts and Explorers from the 85th spent their last regular night of the season pitting themselves against each other at Laser Matrix in Gourock. The sections still have a busy time ahead of them in the off-season, helping Ardgowan Hospice with a bag pack and working with the Green Gym volunteers organised by Inverkip and Wemyss Bay Community Council. They then set off on this year’s Summer Camp in France in July. They are looking forward to a visit to Parc Asterix while they’re there as well as a visit to Paris to join in the famous Bastille Day celebrations.

And finally…

The District Commissioner thanks all leaders and families for their support this session and hopes that all those not going off on a Scouting activity over the summer have a well-earned rest. To all Groups and Units attending Scout camps or expeditions at home or abroad have a great time!