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  • Meet Deputy Regional Commissioner, Simon

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 7th November 2017

    Name: Simon Robb

    Role: Deputy Regional Commissioner (14-25 Programme)

    How long have you been involved in Scouting? Since I was a cub, 30+ years ago.

    Favourite Scouting memory: hard to choose just one, but probably leading my Jamboree Unit, complete with pipers, into the opening ceremony of the World Scout Jamboree in Japan.

    #iScout because I want to ensure that more of the 14-25 age group has access to quality Scouting.

    When not Scouting, I'm a fan of Deacon Blue and was lucky to catch them at their end of tour gig at the famous Glasgow Barrowlands last year.

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  • Meet Deputy Regional Commissioner, Carslaw

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 7th November 2017

    Name: Carslaw Purdie (aka Blakey)

    Role: Deputy Regional Commissioner

    How long have you been involved in Scouting? Joined at 8 (no Beavers back then), so in total 53 years.

    Favourite Scouting memory: heading to San Diego with 37 Scouts and 5 leaders.

    #iScout because Scouting DOES make a difference and I wish to be part of those supporting Groups and Districts in Clyde Region to make the difference.

    When not Scouting, I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren and I like to travel the world with my job. Fab food is rib eye steak when in USA and the best holiday destination is Tenerife. I also watch Sky Sports a lot.

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  • We're hiring, join our team and help us develop how we communicate

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 27th October 2017

    Digital Communications Assistant

    1 year, fixed term contract

    15 hours per week

    Do you have a flair for writing creatively and achieving great engagement through social media?

    We’re looking for a Digital Communications Assistant to join our team and help increase our social reach for Auchengillan Outdoor Centre and The Glasgow Scout Shop.

    You’ll have an eye for great imagery, a creative mind for the use of video and be able to clearly and concisely communicate messages about our products, brand and offering online.

    Click here to read the job description and person specification.

    Applications should be submitted to Gary Bainbridge by Friday 10th November.

    Please send your CV and a letter outlining why you think you’re the person to join our team. Feeling creative, why not submit a short vlog as well or tweet using #joinclydescoutsteam to showcase your ideas.

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  • Blog: Great Western Leader's weekend

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 26th October 2017

    Our adult volunteers are at the heart of all that goes on in Scouting across Clyde Region so it was great to see that Great Western District recently held a weekend to support their development at Auchengillan.

    This is the third of such events that we have run over the past 10 years,' said Anne Law, District Commissioner 'and they have proved extremely popular with approximately 50 attendees each time.' She continued, 'we felt that there is a gap in the official volunteer training with not enough time for practical skills, so our events are skills and knowledge sharing, with bases being run by Leaders from Groups in the District as well as guests from Clyde Scouts and Scouts Scotland.'

    The weeend commenced on Saturday morning with a session about group development, led by Deputy Chief Commissioner Stuart Imrie and in between the practical sessions, participants enjoyed a variety of plenary talks from Activities Adviser, Claire Taylor, a member of Clyde Region Hills Team and the South Western District-led Gang Show.

    The majority of the Saturday and also on Sunday morning were bases of Map and Compass, Duke of Edinburgh's Award, a tour of Auchengillan, OSM, crafts, Nights Away Permits, fire lighting, backwoods cooking, food hygiene, camp gadgets, axe & saw, scout games and circuits, planning sleepovers, Cub Camp programmes, camp kitchen set up and Going Abroad.

    We had special visitors on Sunday, as our Scout team from the 183rd Glasgow who gained third place in the National Camping Competition joined us to teach camp gadgets, youth led Scouting!

    We had a chance to relax and socialise on the Saturday evening, which gave everyone a chance to get to know each other and increase the support and friendship, which will enhance our future programmes and increase sharing of ideas and joint events.

    We gave an opportunity for leaders to share their ideas with the District team about what they want for future events and support.

    It was a great weekend and I highly recommend that other districts give this a go!

    Special thanks to the Scouts Scotland Development Fund which awarded us a grant to cover the cost of the accommodation and some of the food and to our District Executive for funding the balance meaning the event could run with no charge to the leaders.

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  • Join our team at Auchengillan!

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 23rd October 2017

    Seasonal Activity Instructors - Auchengillan Outdoor Centre

    Set in 120 acres with fantastic access to trails, lochs, hills and glens, Auchengillan is a great choice for the next step in your outdoor journey. Owned by Clyde Scouts we deliver outdoor experiences from taster sessions, residentials, skills development and events to a wide range of clients.

    We are looking for seasonal multi activity instructors to join our team for the 2018 season. Successful candidates will be a team player, easy going, adaptable with a good work ethic. You will have experience in working in a busy centre environment with a range of groups and possess excellent communication and group management skills.

    Location: Central Scotland, G63 9BA, near to Glasgow, Stirling and Loch Lomond.
    Salary: £14625.00 - £17576.00 pro rata, depending on age, experience and qualifications.
    Hours: Average 40 hours per week
    Accommodation: Self catered accommodation is available on site, payable at £42pw.

    Contracts available:

    Seasonal full time: 1st February 2018 – 4th July 2018
    Seasonal full time: 1st February 2018 – 14th November 2018

    Closing Date: 04 th December 2017
    Interviews: 17 th December 2017

    Qualifications: (minimum of 2 from the list below)

    • UKCC Level 1 Paddlesport or above
    • CWA or above
    • UKCC Level 2 MTB or equivalent
    • Archery Instructor
    • NSRA Tutor
    • 16hr Outdoor First Aid

    To apply submit a CV with covering letter outlining why you would like to join our team, to info@auchengillan.com

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  • A night of celebration for 30th Lanarkshire (St John's Church) Scout Group

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 18th October 2017

    The 30th Lanarkshire (St John's Church) Scout Group recently held a night of celebration and fun involving all sections in the Group as they held their recent Annual General Meeting (AGM).

    The AGM was very well attended and the Executive Committee were pleased to accept new members offers to help with the running of the Group. Official business was swiftly concluded so that the focus of the night could turn to fun and celebration, with the Beetle Drive acting as a focus for the evening and providing an opportunity to raise over £130 for the Group.

    In between rounds five new Beaver Scouts were invested, followed by seventeen new Cub Scouts which is a record for the Group if not in the District or Region.

    Group Scout Leader Judy Trayner was delighted to perform another first for the Group, the award of the Chief Scout's Platinum Award to two members of its partnered Explorer Scout Unit.

    Judy said 'the 30th Lanarkshire Scout Group is going from strength to strength, our new Beaver colony already has over 20 Beavers as well as a waiting list and we invested SEVENTEEN Cubs tonight. I was very proud to award two Chief Scout's Platinum awards to two young people who are a fantastic asset to our Group and who are good role models for our younger members.'

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  • Join our team as Assistant Manager in The Glasgow Scout Shop

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 29th September 2017

    Role: Assistant Manager

    Salary: £17,000

    Working hours: Any 5 days from 7, 37 1/2hrs per week.

    The Glasgow Scout Shop isn’t your average retail outlet. We supply a range of Scouting and entry level outdoors products for our membership and their families to support them on their life changing experiences.

    The store is a fast-paced environment, serving customers who visit us and processing a high volume of internet orders as well as assisting customers to source products that they need for their next activity.

    We’ve grown the business substantially in recent years and are passionate about doing even more so we’re looking for someone with a hunger to make a difference to join our team.

    You’ll be ready to lead part of the operation while the Shop Manager is here and at times take the reins fully and lead the entire team. Outstanding customer service is at the heart of our operation and you’ll be an excellent communicator who can multi-task while ensuring quality and consistency is maintained at all times and with the enthusiasm to ensure that we have a happy team, even happier customers and an efficient, high-quality shop.

    To apply, please read the job description and person specification and send us a copy of your CV with a covering letter exploring why you’re the right person to join our team and how you meet the person specification.

    Closing date: Monday 16th October 2017 at 12noon.

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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?

    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 £2million 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 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, we’re 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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