Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 17th December 2019
The Regional office will close at 12noon on Tuesday 24th December and re-open at 9am on Friday 3rd January 2020.
The Glasgow Scout Shop will close at 5.30pm on Friday 20th December to allow for our annual pre-Christmas stock take and will reopen at 11am on Friday 3rd January 2020.
All orders placed up until 2pm on Friday 20th December will be dispatched that day. Any orders placed after 2pm may not be dispatched until after the shop reopens on January 3rd. Please note that we cannot guarantee orders being delivered in time for Christmas outwith the guidelines issues by the Post Office.
Auchengillan Outdoor Centre will close at 5pm on Monday 23rd December and reopen at 9am on Monday 6th January 2020.
We'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 19th October 2019
The last session of canoeing and kayaking at Pinkston for 2019 took place on October 1st after another busy year and here,Scout Active Support Manager, Don reflects on their activities.
Our last Groups were from 2nd Larkhall and 144th Glasgow having fun paddling on what was a very cold night. The Groups both accepted this late date having had to postpone their sessions due to unforeseen circumstances with the watersports centre at Pinkston earlier this year.
So what makes 2 full sessions of Scouts come paddling on a dark October night you may ask?
Or even more what makes the Scout Active Support volunteers give up their time away from there own family and Groups?
Quite simply its a fun time with a different approach to build your learning of paddlesports on the water. No matter what your age and ability we have something to offer at Pinkston. Our core teaching surrounds kayaks and individual paddling. We also do canoeing on occasion and this often suits our younger members who would struggle to paddle as an individual so they learn that it is often better to paddle as a team.
Don asked Lindsey the leader from 2nd Larkhall to write about her first experience coming as a group in the summer.
'2nd Larkhall Scout Group took up the opportunity to try the watersports activity at Pinkston in May. For some of the Group it was their first ever session of this kind. The instructors were great, first spending time out of the water getting familiar with the equipment and giving everyone a chance to ask questions. We weren’t kept waiting to get on the water and soon got to put things into practice.
The instructors got us through the basics, everyone quickly gaining confidence on the water and they soon had us performing basic manoeuvres in our kayaks. As the session progressed, we were encouraged to have fun and played some games.
Even though our group was a mixture of Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders, we were all able to take part and no one was made to feel left out.
The final task involved ‘rafting up’ which proved tricky for some and tested our confidence but no one was made to do anything they didn’t want to. Perhaps it helped, when I demonstrated how to fall in!'
Thanks to all for making it another memorable season at Pinkston and we look forward to another one next year.
If you are interested in bringing your group next year or are interested in the work of our Active Support Unit to gain further paddle skills please get in touch
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 20th September 2019
We’re looking for volunteers to stand for election to the Regional Executive Committee and become a Trustee of the Charity.
What’s the Regional Executive Committee, do I have anything to offer and what might I get out of it?
All good questions!
So, the formal bit… The Regional Executive Committee is responsible for managing the affairs of the Region, for supporting the Regional Commissioner in meeting the responsibilities of his appointment and for providing support for Scout Districts, Groups, Explorer Scout Units and Scout Network Units across the Region.
But what does that mean in practice?
The committee meets four times a year and is responsible for overseeing the running of The Glasgow Scout Shop, Auchengillan Outdoor Centre and the regional office. In addition, it sets a development plan or strategy to look at how we might support local Scouting.
The committee discusses potential new developments for Auchengillan Outdoor Centre and ideas for events and activities, gets updates on accounts and budgets for all operations and manages risk (anything bad) that we might be exposed to.
We also look at challenges that are occurring within Scouting and how we can support more young people, regardless of their background to be given the opportunity to join Scouting.
Lots of people don’t realise it but members of the Executive Committee are to some extent overseeing a business with a turnover of more than £1million per year.
But I’ve never been on a board or a committee before?
That doesn’t matter, we can train and support you to grow in to the role. You’ll get an induction training evening with the Chair and Secretary and then we’ll discuss what other skills you feel would be useful to you.
Additionally, some people opt to join committees because of skills that they already have in management, governance, communications, HR or risk management.
It’s good to have a mixture of experienced and new members.
So, interested? We have 2 vacancies this year for a 3 year commitment.
For an informal chat about the role, you can contact Gary in the regional office.
For more information about the nomination process, click here .
To complete a nomination form or self nomination, which should be returned to Gary Bainbridge in the Regional Office by 15 October 2018, click here .