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Celebrating Success 2011

At Inverclyde Academy and on Saturday 04 March 2011, the annual presentation of District Awards was held, celebrating the success of Scouting in Greenock.

DSC_5346.JPGDue to the large number of Beavers awards, the afternoon session was devoted to  to the Beavers. Invited guests included the Provost of Inverlyde Micheal McCormick and his wife Kathleen
A welcome was given by District Commissioner David McCallum after which A.D.C’s Beavers Jennifer Buchan & Liz Roders introduced a total of 161 beavers who were presented with their Bronze Award by the Provost and his wife Kathleen. Also a number of presentations of Certificates and Wood Beads were made to various Leaders. In the way of musical entertainment, the Leapmoor Pipe Band played a selection of tunes including 2 pipers giving a rousing rendering of the ‘Hokey Kokey’
During the afternoon the backstage theme for the Beavers was to mark 25 years of Beaver Scouting and Happy Birthday Beavers. Over 200 cup cakes, buttercream icing, chocolate and marshmallows were available for the beavers to decorate their own birthday cakes.

The 45th Beavers formed a choir to sing a selection of songs to the parents. This included ‘Happy Birthday Dear Beavers’.

Following speeches and some excellent videos on the big screen, District Chairman Ronnie McEwan brought the afternoon to a close by proposing a vote of thanks to all involved.
Click on the photograph above to view a further selection of from the afternoon
In the evening, it was the turn for the Cubs, Scouts and Explorers to be presented with their awards.

Invited guests included the Deputy Lord Lieutenant – Dr Peter Semple and the Head Teacher of Inverclyde Academy – Mrs Catherine Sorenson

DSC_5717.JPGA.D.C’s for Cubs-  Jane Wylie and James Arkley introduced the Cub Silver Award presentations. A total of 82 Cubs have gained their Silver Award this year. 44 were present to receive their awards from Scottish Cub Commissioner – Ruth Bennett assisted by Graeme Kinnear. – Regional Commissioner.

A.D.C. Scouts – Anil Chundoo introduced the Scout Gold Awards These were presented by D. C. David McCallum.

Recently the 5th Scouts became Scottish Champions for the third time, winning the Pentland Challenge and the Lunar Challenge. Mr Ian Banner – Hon. District President paid tribute to them and awarded the Shields and Certificates.

A.D.C. Explorers – Mark Sinnamon introduced the Explorers Awards. Regional Commissioner Graeme Kinnear was called back into action to present these Awards.

Young Leader Trainer – Amanda Docherty introduced awards to young leaders who had completed their training. The buckles were presented by Mrs Sorenson.

At this point Mrs Sorenson took the opportunity to comment on  children in her school, remarking that, on many occasions, the confidence and attitude of boys and girls who she know to be Scouts or Explorers was a pleasure to see.

A.D.C Activities – Liam O’Hagan  introduced the next round of awards which were presented by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Dr Peter Semple
A.D.C Network – Tommy Boag introduced the D of E Awards, again presented by Dr Semple.

This year, Douglas McIntyre is the only recipient of the Queen Scout Award. Douglas gave a history of his time in the 5th Group – as a Beaver then a Cub and finally the Scouts moving on to the Explorers. He recognised that his progress through his badge work and achievements was largely due to the drive of his Scout Leader – Campbell Cairns.

Douglas will attend the official Scottish Queen Scout presentation and also the Queen Scout Parade at Windsor. Tonight, he was presented with his Certificate by the Queen’s Representative – the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Dr Peter Semple.

As the evening drew to an end, Deputy District Commissioner – Peter Bennett presented Wood Beads to a number of Leaders and District Commissioner – David McCallum presented several Service Awards

David McCallum then paid tribute to Joyce Calder who, after many years of hard work, has recently retired as ADC Cubs. A.D.C. Jane Wylie presented Joyce with a bouquet of Flowers.

Once again, there was a musical interlude provided by the Leapmoor Pipe Band with an enthusiastic Leader joining in to perform the Hokey Kokey

The evening finally concluded with our Honorary President Ian Banner proposing a vote of thanks to all who had contributed to a very enjoyable and worthwhile day.
Click on the photograph above to view a further selection from the evening 

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