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  • Join our Executive Committee

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 24th August 2017

    Would you like to help shape direction or make a difference to Scouting in Clyde Region?

    Weíre looking for volunteers to stand for election to the Regional Executive Committee and become a Trustee of the Charity.

    Whatís the Regional Executive Committee, do I have anything to offer and what might I get out of it?

    All good questions!

    So, the formal bitÖ 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 donít realise it but members of the Executive Committee are to some extent overseeing a business with a turnover of more than £2million per year.

    But Iíve never been on a board or a committee before?

    That doesnít matter, we can train and support you to grow in to the role. Youíll get an induction training evening with the Chair and Secretary and then weíll 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.

    Itís good to have a mixture of experienced and new members.

    So, interested? We have 4 vacancies this year, 1 of which will be a 1 year commitment , 1 of which will be a 2 year commitment and 2 of which will be a 3 year commitment.

    Whilst anyone who is eligible can opt to stand for election, weíre keen to encourage applications from adult leaders and Scout Network members aged 18 to 23 as we would like two of our trustees from that age group and it would be good to increase our female representation on the committee as well.

    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 25 September 2017, click here.

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  • Meet Jamboree Unit Leader, Anne

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 23rd August 2017

    Name: Anne

    Role: Unit Leader, Clyde Jamboree Unit & member of Scottish Scout Active Support

    How long have you been involved in Scouting? 18 years, before that I was in Guiding for 6 years.

    Favourite Scouting memory: Completing my Queen's Scout Award and taking part in the Queen's Scout parade at Windsor.

    #iScout because fun and adventure are for everyone and I want to help people experience that.

    When not Scouting, I love to travel, ski and get lost in a good book and I'm a huge Harry Potter fan.

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  • Would you like to learn more about Ghana?

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 21st August 2017

    Explorer Scout Molly from Inverness is headed for Ghana in the summer of 2019 to build a playground for a school of blind and deaf children.

    She's moving to Glasgow to study in September and has offered to run a night about Ghana, some of which will contribute to international badges and as part of her fundraising efforts, she's selling handmade elephant pins to go on neckies for £1 each. 

    Interested? Contact Molly at mollya.gill@gmail.com to arrange a visit.

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  • Meet our third Assistant Unit Leader, David

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 14th August 2017

    Name: David Love

    Scouting role: Assistant Unit Leader, Clyde Jamboree Unit & SHQ Commissioner for Scouts

    How long have you been involved in Scouting? 18 years

    Favourite Scouting memory: Sunrise morning on 1st August at the centenary jamboree 2007

    #iScout because I enjoy the fun, skills, challenge and adventure

    #funfact about me: My nickname is Smiley

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  • Meet Sam from our World Scout Jamboree Unit

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 12th August 2017

    Name: Sam Murdoch

    Role in Scouting: Assistant Scout Leader with 1st Insch Scouts & Assistant Unit Leader, Clyde Jamboree Unit.

    How long have you been involved in Scouting? Since I was a Beaver aged 6 and have never left.

    Favourite Scouting memory: Going to the World Scout Jamboree 2011 in Sweden as a participant

    #i.SCOUT because I want to give young people the fantastic experiences I had as a Scout.

    When I am not Scouting, I play rugby for my local team and a fun fact about myself is that my initials spell my name (S)am (A)lexander (M)urdoch.

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  • Introducing Laura from our Jamboree Unit Leadership Team

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 12th August 2017

    Name: Laura Yuill

    Scouting role: Assistant Beaver Scout Leader 159th Glasgow and Assistant Unit Leader, Clyde Jamboree Unit.

    How long have you been involved in Scouting? Officially 10 years starting as an Explorer in 2007 but with both my parents being involved I have grown up with Scouting.

    Favourite Scouting memory: Would have to be completing my Explorer belt in Estonia in 2013. It was tough at times and I said never again on completion. By the presentation 3 weeks later, it was when can I do something like this again? It was an amazing experience meeting local people and working alongside them along with Scouts from all over Scotland.

    #iScout because I want to give others the opportunities I've had through Scouting and more.

    When I am not Scouting, I am a Curling coach at Braehead ice rink.

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  • Accounts Assistant vacancy

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 21st July 2017

    Salary: £18,000-£20,000 FTE pro-rata

    Hours: 20 hours per week

    Location: Glasgow

    Closing date: Friday 11th August at 12noon

    Clyde Scouts is looking for a part-time, permanent Accounts Assistant to join our dedicated staff team based at Elmbank Street, Glasgow. The role will assist the Accountant with day-to-day financial processes.

    Main duties will include (though not limited to):

    • Processing purchase and sales ledger transactions
    • Supplier/bank payment runs
    • Posting of bank and other transactions to Sage
    • Banking cash/cheques
    • Petty cash management
    • Bank reconciliations
    • Assisting with month end processes

    Requirements:

    • Applicants should have an HND or equivalent in accountancy and/or experience in a similar role
    • A good knowledge of Microsoft Office
    • Ability to work well as a member of a team and independently
    • Enthusiastic and motivated
    • Ability to prioritise tasks
    • Good attention to detail
    • Ability to communicate with members of the public and volunteers involved in Scouting
    • Well organised
    • It would also be desirable if applicants had an appreciation of The Scout Associationís aims and experience of Sage.

    About Clyde Scouts

    Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society. Through the adventure of Scouting, young people get to take risks in a safe environment, and have their first taste of responsibility.

    Clyde Scouts is one of eight geographical areas that supports Scout Groups and Districts in Scotland and it is recognised as a Scottish Charity by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. Clyde Scouts is led by unpaid Committee members and volunteers who generously give of their time. The Regionís membership continues to grow with over 8,200 members, 25% more than in 2008.

    Clyde Scoutís core activities fall into 3 main categories:

    • Promotion and development of Scouting across the Region.
    • The supply of Scout uniforms, books, badges and outdoor clothing and equipment through The Glasgow Scout Shop that supports the programme undertaken by our youth members.
    • The running of an outdoor centre at Auchengillan which provides a focus for the provision of adventure based programme and development activities for young people in local Scout Groups and other organisations.

    To apply for this position, please submit your CV and a covering letter outlining how you meet the requirements of the job as listed above to gary.bainbridge@clydescouts.org.uk

    If you would like more information on this vacancy, please click here for a copy of job description and person specification or contact Gary Bainbridge (PR & Development Officer) on 0141 248 6022.

    No Agencies.

    Applicants should be available for interview on 17th August.

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  • Pegasus Explorers head for Canada

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 29th June 2017

    We all completed a practice expedition in Arran, last September, including a major project
    and three minor projects, to be completed over the course of the three days on the island. We then did mock presentations to the rest of the Explorers, to give us an idea of how we would present our final expedition results.

    Based on that experience, each of our three teams then chose their major and five minor projects for Canada. Since our exams finished, we have been researching information we will be able to use to complete our challenges when in Canada. We have been concentrating on Scottish information, so we have a better understanding and can compare British Columbia to Scotland, when we are there. Once we are in Vancouver, we will be issued with another five minor projects.

    To make our Explorer Belt expedition possible, the participants, leaders and our parents have worked hard by participating in multiple fundraisers over the last two years, including bag packs, car boot sales, quizzes, rag collections and sponsored cycles.

    In addition to raising money, our cycle from Bowling to the Falkirk Wheel and back really helped the group realise the type of distance that we will have to cover in a day, during the expedition. This has resulted in us cycling whenever we can, as part of our personal training. Some of the guys have managed to cycle almost every day, sometimes with a rucksack filled with things like bottles of water, in order to become more used to cycling with a heavy bag. Some people have also attempted to ration their water intake when cycling, in case they canít fill bottles in Canada, as regularly as they can in Scotland. Being able to do this has improved our physical fitness, which should greatly benefit us for the expedition and in general. We are all really looking forward to the challenge and canít wait to get to Canada.

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  • Gone home: Duncan MacLean

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 14th June 2017

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    Clyde Scouts was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Duncan MacLean, aged 83 years old.

    Duncan was a Scouting volunteer for almost 40 years as part of the leadership team at the 30th Glasgow, leading the team as GSL for almost a decade of that time. In addition to his role in the Group, Duncan served as part of the South Western District team for a number of years where his supportive and kind nature saw him nurturing adults across the District to develop themselves and their programmes.

    In addition to his work locally Duncan was, for many years, a key member of the team supporting Glasgow Gang Show and his weekends were often spent at Auchengillan Outdoor Centre where he was 'at home' helping to deliver activities, carry out maintenance and lend his experience to leaders in getting young people off to camp as a member of the Scout Active Support Unit.

    duncan

    When he wasn't Scouting, Duncan was involved in many other organisations in his local community including Rotary, Govan Workspace, Govan Fair and Scottish Conjurers.

    A true gentleman with a firm belief that helping others could go a long way in making this World a little better, every one of us who knew Duncan was touched by his love for people and you could always be sure that if you needed help, Duncan would be there doing whatever he could to support you.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with his family Margaret and Alasdair and it was lovely to see that Duncan was held in such high regard that there was not a space in the crematorium as we gathered to give thanks for his life last week.

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