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  • Coronavirus - Clyde Scouts update

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 23rd March 2020

    Following the recent advice from the Prime Minister, the Scouts have suspended all face-to-face Scout meetings, activities and events for the time being.

    Sadly, this means changes to our day to day operations for Clyde Scouts.

    Auchengillan Outdoor Centre is now closed to customers and our staff team are going to be focusing on improving the Centre for your return and supporting our communities where we can.

    We have decided to temporarily close The Glasgow Scout Shop to the public, with immediate effect for the time being. You can continue to place orders online at glasgowscoutshop.com and these will be dispatched without postage charges being applied.

    The Regional Office is currently closed in line with Government advice about social distancing. Members of staff are working from home and enquiries by email will be dealt with. You can email hello@clydescouts.org.uk or leave a message on 0141 248 6022 and your message will be returned.

    We'd like to thank everyone for their continued support.

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  • Could you be the next District Commissioner for Clydesdale District?

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 17th January 2020

    After nearly 9 years in post, Charles Bow who is District Commissioner for Clydesdale District is stepping down on 2 February 2020 and we'd like to thank Charles for all that he has done to lead Scouting in Clydesdale during this time in post?

    Could you succeed Charles as District Commissioner and provide inspirational leadership and support to volunteers across the District?

    The successful candidate will be able to embrace the 6 key areas of leadership and management in Scouting:

    • Providing direction
    • Working with people
    • Achieving results
    • Enabling change
    • Using resources
    • Managing your personal time and skills

    As District Commissioner you will be responsible for leading the Scout District, ensuring that we provide good quality Scouting for young people. You will help take us forward as a growing organisation relevant to young people and adults alike. You will be capable of providing strategic direction and working with people of all ages.

    It's a key part of our support structure and a lot of hard work but the reward of seeing young people enjoy the adventure of Scouting is something that can't be beaten.

    Click here to download a copy of the role description/person specification and nomination form.

    Nominations and self nominations should be submitted to Gary in the regional office by Friday 28 February 2020.

    For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Marion Rankin or Gary Bainbridge.

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  • Consultation on membership of the Regional Scout Council

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 15th January 2020

    At our Annual General Meeting in November 2019, proposals to expand membership of the Regional Scout Council were discussed and amendments were proposed from the floor.

    It was agreed that the Regional Executive Committee would discuss the matter further before bringing proposals back to the Regional Scout Council.

    In order to help inform that discussion, you are invited to answer a short questionnaire about your views on adult and young person membership of the Regional Scout Council here.

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  • Thank you from Dorothy Weston

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 19th December 2019

    Dorothy and daughters Alison, Kirsteen and Carolyn would like to express their sincere thanks to all Scouting friends who attended the Service of Thanksgiving for Roy's life at Killermont Parish Church, Bearsden on Monday 11th November. It was indeed a great comfort to see so many at the service and it is with deep regret that Dorothy was unable to speak to everyone on this occasion and apologises to those concerned.

    Many thanks also for the cards and letters received which have been greatly appreciated and the tributes to Roy which will be treasured.

    The family extend their best wishes to everyone for a happy festive season and for health and happiness in 2020.

    Dorothy Weston.

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  • Christmas closures

    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!

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  • Paddling in Glasgow's City Centre

    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

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