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 email@example.com or leave a message on 0141 248 6022 and your message will be returned.
We'd like to thank everyone for their continued support.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 12th June 2019
Role: Sales Assistant
Location: The Glasgow Scout Shop
Salary: £8.21 per hour
Hours of work: As required
We're looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic team members to join our staff team in The Glasgow Scout Shop.
Every day we dispatch hundreds of items of books, badges and uniforms to parents of youth members and Scouting volunteers from around the UK and further afield.
You will be responsible for picking and packing online orders and providing sales assistance to customers in The Glasgow Scout Shop as well as assisting the Scout Shop Team Leader with the general running of the Shop.
You will have excellent attention to detail in picking, packing and dispatching orders, ensuring that our customers get everything that they've ordered first time and a good level of communication skills to help you interact with people from different backgrounds.
Do you have a passion for excellent customer service and a good knowledge of Scouting?
Please send your CV and a covering letter helping us to see why you're the person to join our team to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 28th June 2019.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 24th May 2019
This summer a group of 35 young people will go on a summer camp to Meggernie Scout Adventure Centre in Glen Lyon for a week of activities and adventure.
Unlike most Scouts, these young people need some support so they can fully take part in all the activities. That’s where we’re looking for enthusiastic Explorer Scouts to join us!
You’ll take part in all the activities too, but at the same time you’ll be helping one of the young people to also take part. You’ll work as part of a Patrol with five or six other Explorers and a team of experienced leaders so you don’t need to have any previous experience working with disabled people.
We’re looking for Explorers who are enthusiastic, patient and have an interest in helping others. We’ll provide some training for all the rest! More than half of our volunteers are aged 14 to 18 so you’ll be part of a team very similar to you.
This is a particularly good opportunity for anyone completing Duke of Edinburgh Gold (it will count as your Residential Experience) or for anyone with an interest in studying medicine, nursing, teaching or anything similar.
The dates are Saturday 29th June (leaving from Glasgow in the morning) back on Saturday 6th July. The fee for the week is £90 but this can be reduced if anyone has any difficulty paying. The camp will be at Meggernie near Aberfeldy with day trips to nearby cities and a full programme across the week.
Full details are available from Michael Shanks by emailing email@example.com or giving him a call on 07880777324. Even if you’re not sure if it’s for you but want to find out more please get in touch!