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Week Ending 12.12.15

 Zodiac campers defy Storm Desmond

12.12 campers of the yearScouts have completed this year’s Zodiac Camps at Everton, surviving most weather conditions including this weekend’s onslaught from Storm Desmond.

Zodiac Camps have seen Scouts camping out almost every month through the calendar to earn the award. The camps have brought Scouts from across the district together to form new friendships and experience new activities and learn new skills.

During this final camp, the Scouts practiced their first aid skills on fake wounds, CPR and stretcher building. They had a relaxed evening with quizzes and games but also gave feedback for what they liked and didn’t like about this year and also what they wanted to see next year.

Deputy District Commissioner Campbell Cairns was on hand to present the Camper of the Year Awards on Sunday. He said that the series of camps this year had been a huge success for Greenock & District Scouts and thanked Camp Skipper Paul Laverty for pulling these together and thanked the team of leaders that have supported and run programs over the camps.

Camp Skipper Paul thanked all the Scouts, Explorers, and leaders who have supported the camps over the year and hopefully next year can be bigger and better.

Camper of the Year winners were Nathan Oliver (33rd), Rowan Seel (45th), Lucy McFarland (70th), Ryan Devlin (73rd) and Jack-Thomas McGraw (85th).

32nd Northface Explorers visit ScotKart

12.12 32nd North FaceLast week was a busy time for the Northface Explorer Scout Unit with 25 of them visiting Scotkart Indoor Karting at Clydebank. A terrific night was had by all even those who had the odd bump or two.

Two night later 12 members visited the Birkmyre Unit at their HQ in Kilmacolm, to make plans for an Expedition abroad next summer. Many thanks to the Kilmacolm Team for hosting this event.


Ardgowan Explorers achieve Platinum Awards

12.12 Ardgowan ExplorersExplorers from Ardgowan Explorer Unit were presented with their Platinum Awards last week. District Commissioner, Peter Bennett presented the awards to Jack, Greg, Andrew, Robbie, Matthew, Sarah and Stewart (Sarah and Stewart not pictured). Collectively the Explorers have been working towards their Young Leader Award by helping out with other sections in the 85th and 10th. They have also been taking part in activities such as archery and guitar sessions. Well done all.

Leaders and Explorers take to the hills

Last weekend Ardgowan Explorers Cameron, Aidan and Matthew and 85th leader Jordan achieved their T1 hillwalking permit in the Ochill Hills area near Stirling. They put their Everest Challenge experience to good practice and successfully braved the windy and rainy conditions to complete their assessments. Also, leaders, Liam (District), Lewis (Darroch), Lloyd (Ardgowan), Callum (Ardgowan), Mark (Ardgowan) and Ewan (85th) successfully completed their climbing and abseiling assessments.

Congratulations to all.

Kilmacolm Cubs’ night hike

12.12 Kilmacolm night hike35 cubs hiked in the dark tonight around Glen Moss guided only by torchlight and some photographs showing the route. Fortunately, all returned safely to the hall for some well-earned hot chocolate. Special thanks to the parent helpers.