District Awards:- Celebrating Success
This year’s event took place at Inverclyde Academy on Saturday 26th September – the event was split into afternoon and evening sessions.
For the day, the foyer and upper floor of the school was decorated with banners and stands promoting local Scouting, Over the day, 400 parents, families and guests, 200 young people and 100 adult leaders took part.
In the afternoon, 98 Beaver & 49 Cub Chief Scout Award presentations took place. It began with an introduction by District Commissioner David McCallum welcoming parents, family and friends to an afternoon of celebration in recognition of the hard work done by Beavers and Cubs in achieving their Awards. All parents have the right to be proud of what their children have achieved. A slide show gave a taste of what activities had been carried out in the past year
Assistant District Commissioner Bernard McGuinness introduced the presentation of awards to the Beaver Scouts inviting Councillor Ciano Rebecchi to make the actual presentations.
The Greenock and District Malawi Coordinator Alison Clark then gave a presentation on the national Scottish Scouts Malawi Project and in particular what we hope to achieve in Greenock.
ADC Cubs Joyce Calder similarly introduced the Cub presentations again with Ciano Rebecchi making the Presentations.
A group from the Leapmoor Pipe Band gave a skilled performance which concluded with two of the pipers playing the Hoki Koki with the audience joining in. The Hoki Koki will never sound quite the same again.
The afternoon concluded with District Chairman Ronnie McEwan giving the Vote of Thanks.
As people left the auditorium, there was the opportunity to mingle over tea and coffee with the opportunity to have photographs taken.
In the evening, there were a number of invited guests including the Lord Lieutenant Mr Guy Clark and his wife Brighid.
The event began with by District Commissioner David McCallum introducing the guests and welcoming parents, family and friends to an evening of celebration in recognition of the hard work done by Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Network and Adult Leaders in achieving their Awards. All parents have the right to be proud of what their children have achieved. A slide show gave a taste of what activities had been carried out in the past year.
Assistant District Commissioner David Storey introduced the Regional Commissioner Graeme Kinnear who presented the 15 Zodiac Awards.
The Greenock and District Malawi Coordinator Alison Clark then gave a presentation on the national Scottish Scouts Malawi Project and in particular what we hope to achieve in Greenock which was sufficient money to buy a Maize Mill in Malawi. This would enable a Malawi Scout Group to raise funds in their own country.
Acting District Commissioner Explorers Mark Sinnamon introduced the Diamond and Platinum Chief Scout Awards inviting the Regional Commissioner to make the 9 Diamond and 4 Platinum Awards. After the Presentations, Explorer Martin Keane gave a short presentation on what he had been required to achieve in attaining his Award.
Assistant District Commissioner Shirley Cairney introduced Adult Leaders who had gained their Wood Beads. The presentations being carried out by both Shirley and David McCallum.
The next Presentation was that of 34 Chief Scout Gold Awards again introduced by ADC(S) David Storey and presented by the District Commissioner
ADC (Activities) Anil Chundoo introduced the Leapmoor Pipe Band who gave a rousing performance again concluding with the Hoki Koki.
At the recent National Explorer Scout Competition, a patrol from the 85th Greenock and District took first place. They were welcomed by Explorer Commissioner Mark Sinnamon who introduced the Lord Lieutenant asking him to make the presentation of the Trophy.
The District Commissioner and Regional Commissioner then made presentations to Adult Leader who had been awarded the Award of Merit – Joyce Calder, Duncan Luke, Robert Lynch, David Storey and Andrew Yarr.
An Appointment Card was presented to Cub Scout Leader Audrey Espie.
Service Awards were made to Nicola Reid (10 yrs), James Canning (20 yrs) and Ian Canning (50 yrs)
Recently, some Explorer Scouts were given the opportunity by the Ocean Youth Trust to take part in race from the Clyde to Belfast. Explorer James Davidson gave a presentation of what had been involved and the pleasure that he had shared. Certificates of Achievement were presented by Mark Sinnamon to those who took part in the event.
As the evening drew to a close the highlight was the presentation of 5 Queens Awards to Martin Hier, Christopher McDermott, Brendan Mearns, Mark Sinnamon and Jonathon Webb. This is the highest Award that can be achieved in Scouting. The recipients were introduced by Network Commissioner Tommy Boag who invited the Lord Lieutenant to make the presentations,
The Lord Lieutenant as the Queen’s representative, passed on the Queen’s congratulations saying that in their future careers what they had achieved would be acknowledged. Having been presented with his Award, Chris McDermott gave an overview of his experiences in meeting the required objectives.
As parents and friends left the auditorium, they were given the opportunity to donate to the Mawali Project. Over the day a total of £277.06 was collected. a sincere thanks to all who gave so generously. This brings the total raised to date to £563.06
Photographs of the day can be viewed by clicking on to the photograph below.