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Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 14th September 2018
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 £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 3 vacancies this year, 1 of which will be a 1 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 15 October 2018, click here.
For more than four years, Clyde Scouts has been offering easy access to canoeing and kayaking in Glasgow, through Pinkston Watersports based in the North of Glasgow City Centre.
The team that deliver these sessions is a volunteer Scout Active Support Unit who coordinate the sessions with the staff in the Regional Office and organise a rota of kayak and canoe instructors to deliver sessions between 6pm and 8pm and 8pm and 10pm every week.
Are you a keen kayaker or canoeist who might be prepared to join this team on a Tuesday evening? We're looking to grow the team of volunteers to help continue this excellent facility.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 20th November 2017
Member of the Regional Youth Advisory Group, Iona Brownlie relfects on their first full meeting held recently.
At the beginning of the month, Clyde Region's Youth
Advisory Group (RYAG) met at Auchengillan Outdoor centre for their first official
meeting. Within the meeting the group elected its Chair, James Gallagher
from the 28th Glasgow, Vice-Chair Zoë Jordan and Secretary Emma
McLea from 1st Lenzie. James is now the first ever Regional Youth Commissioner for Clyde Region. Congratulations to James, Zoë, and Emma on their
At its meeting, the Group discussed how to encourage the
young people of the Region to take part in more events. The Group was split up
and together they came up with activities to get the youth members of Clyde Region
more involved and this included discussion on whether a weekend or a day event would be
more successful. After the hard work the Group were then treated to a spot of
rifle shooting provided by Mark from the Auchengillan team.
The RYAG are now working towards an activity day to
encourage the youth members of Clyde to become more involved in Scouting. The RYAG
hopes to encourage Clyde to become more #youthshaped and under the watchful eye
of Regional Commissioner Marion Rankin and Assistant Regional Commissioner (Youth Involvement), Euan Waddell it is bringing the Scouts from across the Region together to ensure that they as young people are at the front of all that is
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
#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.
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
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.
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.
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
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 29th September 2017
Role: Assistant Manager
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.
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
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 can’t 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 can’t wait to get to Canada.
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.
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.
Role in Scouting: Regional Advisor (International)
How long have you been involved in Scouting? 13 years.
Favourite Scouting memory: Investing 12 Explorer Scouts in
#i.SCOUT because I look forward to promoting international
Scouting within the programme & managing the Visits Abroad process for
When not Scouting, I am a Woodland Activity Leader and a
member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and I am committed to conservation
and children learning outdoors.
PS: I would like to take this opportunity to remind event
leaders that final Visit Abroad forms must be submitted to me at least 6 weeks
prior to the event starting. Please don’t risk having your event cancelled. If
you are going abroad this summer you should contact me now.
Beaver Colonies from the 1st East Kilbride Scout group took part in a sponsored walk around Heritage Loch recently to fundraise for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity (GCHC) in support of a fellow Scout.
The Group raised over £1,200 for the charity who is close to their heart having looked after fellow Scout Jack Tennick who had open heart surgery at the Royal Hospital for Children earlier in the year.
Mark Campbell, Beaver leader for East Kilbride Scouts said, 'I am very proud of all of our Beavers, leaders, parents, committee members and local community for supporting our sponsored walk.' He continued, 'it was our small way of thanking all of the tremendous work they do at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and for the care and attention Jack received before during and after his operation.'
The walk raised £1,219.00 for the charity and the cheque was presented at 1st East Kilbride Scouts Spring Fayre.
How long have you been involved in Scouting: 8 years.
Favourite Scouting memory: So 'assisting' a cub down a watery
sledge is what you have! No Cub scouts harmed, but loads of laughter and
adventures had and is a fond memory of Cubs and Beavers having a fab Christmas
party. (I was also covered in mud coz I fell over and was so proud when the
young people wanted to make sure I wasn’t hurt and help.)
#i.SCOUT because I want to support adults to keep young
people in Scouting safe and enjoying the adventures.
When not Scouting, I enjoy walking and fishing with my dog,
periodically the cat comes too.
Scouts was delighted that 6 of our leaders and supporters from across the
Region had their contribution to Scouting recognised by the Chief Scout in the
2017 St. George’s Day Awards with the award of the Silver Acorn.
Forrest is currently Deputy District Commissioner in Clydesdale District
has been involved in Scouting for more than 28 years. Iain is held
in high regard by all who are supported by him and there is no doubt that the
successful growth of nearly 10% in membership in Clydesdale District in the
last 4 years can be attributed in part, to the support of members of the
District Team like Iain helping adults to fulfill their role.
Brendan Harris first joined
Scouting as an adult volunteer in 1992 and is currently
GSL at the 145th Glasgow. He is a firm believer in the benefits
of coaching and mentoring adult volunteers, to provide them with sufficient
confidence to become successful Section Leaders, and then delegating
responsibility for running a high quality programme. His is unassuming, but
with firm determination; considered, while very astute; charmingly assertive
Andreena Linley has been at the
heart of Cub Scouting in East Kilbride since 1995
. At her Group’s Centenary
Camp, despite being 68 years old at the time she was the backbone of the
catering team who catered for approximately 150 children and adults over 2 days
and she still found time to run activities for Beavers and cubs.
Stephen MacMillan has given almost
30 years’ service to Scouting since, after years as a youth member of the
organisation Stephen became a leader at the age of 18. He has continued in Scouting
ever since and still maintains the nickname of “Titch” given to him when he
started as a young boy. Over the years he has continued not only to make a
valuable contribution but has always strived to acquire more skills which he
gives back to Scouting.
Peter McMahon’s adult service to
Scouting spans more than 40 years at Group, District and Region level. Not
content with running a Scout Group in the challenging North East of Glasgow, Peter’s
commitment to training locally and regionally has been exemplary. He is a TA,
First Aid trainer, and a member of the Regional Training Team. Within the
Regional Training team he has willingly taken on the role of Course Director
for the residential training weekends for several years and continues to do so.
He has drawn together an enthusiastic team for these events.
Lindsay Sharp spent more than 20
years supporting the delivery of exciting, quality programmes for the Cub Scout
section of the 145th Glasgow before her appointment
to the position of AGSL within the Group which was welcomed warmly by both leaders and parents. In this role she leads
and supports the development of the Group. She has motivated an excellent team
of volunteers and has delivered quality support to leaders who are delivering
the programme to young people in every Section.
They have a total of 172 Scouting years behind them and that
doesn’t include their years as youth members.
On average that’s over 28 years each.
Using that figure and the great myth of the game of Scouting being only an hour a week!' they have each spent:
1120 hours running weekly sessions, so 1120 flag breaks or grand
56 hours having their ear drums bombarded at pantomimes/Gang Shows.
Participated in a minimum of 28 annual camps. Would anyone like to
work out how many renditions of “Campfire’s burning” that is or how many
rashers of bacon they’ve cooked. I’ll wager it’s a staggering amount.
To everyone who volunteers for Scouting, thank you!
With Easter just round the corrner and brighter longer days cheering us all up, we're sure that you're all getting excited about outdoors and adventure opportunities that will soon be upon us.
In preparation for that, now is a great time to check that you've got all your permits in place for nights away and any activities that you are doing.
All nights away and adventurous activity permits expire every 5 years but if you've been active since you're permit was issued to you, renewing it won't be a challenge.
The first step is to log in to your record on Compass, the Scout database and check that your current permit is properly recorded there and when it expires. If your permit isn't there or is wrongly recorded, please contact Gary in the regional office to see about getting this corrected. We know that some people have small plastic permit cards that have been issued over time but if this information isn't recorded on Compass, your permit isn't valid.
If your permit has or is about to expire, for Night's Away, contact your District Night's Away Adviser and they'll support you through the process.
Would you like to provide young people with their first
experience of kayaking or canoeing?
Are you a confident paddler who is enthusiastic about the
We are looking for volunteers to help out on our dedicated
Clyde Scout Tuesday nights at the purpose built Pinkston Watersports Centre. You
aren’t required at this stage to hold the relevant Scouting permits or any national
qualifications, just experience on the water and enthusiasm. If you are
interested please contact Robert Wands, the Active Support Unit Manager at
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 23rd November 2016
#Cubs100 celebrations are in full swing across Clyde Region as our excited and
enthusiastic Cub packs join our global family celebrating the milestone
the weekend the 43rd Glasgow Cubs pack threw a wild birthday party
inspired by the Jungle Book for all to attend
prep and planning was done weeks in advance with the Cubs, parents and
volunteers all helping to craft a jungle kingdom King Louie would be proud off.
They sculpted their very own jungle throne and waterfall – specially designed
using foil paper.
crafty group used old cardboard boxes and items around their hall to set the
scene and with some creative decorating and panting made it a great one!
played traditional party games including Pass the Parcel. The Cubs took part in
a Balloon Stomp which involved tying balloons around each player’s leg and
challenging the group to burst someone else’s balloon, the last Cub standing is
the winner. Pin the ‘nose’ on Baloo, went down a treat and the Cubs enjoyed
their party Piñata.
extra special Cubs 100 cake, round of Happy Birthday and of course posing for
party pictures finished off the evening and captured the fun.
As an organisation that is all about support the development of young people, Scouting is striving that by 2018, 80% of young people will be able to say they shape Scouting, feel listened to and are taken seriously, 80% of Young Leaders will have the opportunity to develop their skills and have a positive impact on Scouting and 80% of adults will help young people to shape their Scouting.
How do we plan to work towards this ambitious target for Clyde Scouts?
We are seeking nominations for the appointment of an Assistant Regional Commissioner (Youth Involvement) (ARC (YI))who will take a lead in driving forwards and implementing, in partnership with our young people, the Scouts Scotland Youth Involvement strategy.
What does this mean in practical terms?
The ARC (YI) will support the creation of a Regional Advisory Group (RAG) with between 8 and 14 young people, one of whom will be elected as the Regional Youth Commissioner.
They will then work with the RAG to design their style of meeting, set their agenda and design their organisational process empowering them to explore where they can influence the operation, direction and delivery of the Regional activities, programme and events.
As the culture of youth involvement gets embedded in the work of the Region, the ARC (YI) will then begin supporting District Commissioners to undertake a similar process.
To find out more and apply or nominate someone for this role, click here. If you'd like an informal
Completed applications/nominations should be submitted to Gary in the regional office by Monday 21st November.
Would you like to help ensure that we are appointing the
best individuals to District Commissioner, Deputy District Commissioner and
Region level Scouting volunteer roles?
We’re looking for volunteers to join the Region’s
Appointments Advisory Committee.
What does it do?
The Appointments Advisory Sub-Committee meets every second
month and the majority of its business is meeting with volunteers who have been
recommended for a new Scouting role.
The committee meets with them to explore the role that they
have been asked to undertaken, ensuring that they fully understand the detail
of what they are taking on and that they are suitably skilled and experienced,
or can be supported to develop their skills to allow them function effectively
in that role.
Being part of the committee will develop your skills in
interviewing people and plays an important part in the process of vetting
With the commitment from Scouting to becoming youth shaped
by 2018 and more diverse, we would particularly welcome interest from young adults
in the 18 – 25 age range and also female members of the committee.
Niall Archibald has been volunteering as a Skills Instructor with the 12th Glasgow since 2009. In this blog, he talks about his DofE Diamond Challenge.
Here’s a question: How would you traverse the
Cairngorms over 3 nights without recourse to a tent? South to north from Linn
of Dee? West to east from Glen Feshie? Using Corrour Bothy, Hutchison Memorial
Hut or Bob Scott Hut? As a DofE Gold Assessor this would be my DofE Diamond
Challenge, to mirror a Gold Expedition.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) supports over 300,000 young people every year
across the UK. Over 30,000 are from disadvantaged backgrounds. Youth leaders
supporting DofE participants inspire and guide them to develop skills for life
and work, making a world of difference where young people can reach their full
potential, whatever their circumstances.
has gone international. Over the last 60 years millions of young people across
the globe, from all backgrounds and circumstances, have challenged themselves through
their DofE Award. The experience, and achieving their Award, is setting them up
for life, opening doors to new jobs, cementing life-long friendships, broadening
interests and stretching horizons.
the Diamond Anniversary the DofE presented me with the chance of fulfilling the
dream of traversing the Cairngorms in a 3 nights / 4 day expedition using bothies
or whatever shelter might be available. And if friends sponsored me for the
privilege that would allow more young people the opportunity of planning their
timing for my expedition narrowed to a small window when my Army Reserve
companion would be available and I too could slip away from a busy workload.
This meant travelling to the Cairgorms after office hours. So no long walk-in
to begin with. The first night had to be within a reasonable yomp from a car
I often mused, probably explains why the El Alamein Refuge Hut is tucked away
on the NE flank of Cairn Gorm. The Soldiers of 51st Highland Division would cut
away on Friday afternoon, pitch up at the lower car park (in their day the only
car park) and then make the 500m ascent over 3½ km to the boulder field beyond
the northern spur of Cnap Coire na Spreidhe. It was then a case of identifying,
in the late evening gloom and lowering mist, the pile of stones that constitute
the Refuge Hut.
we did on a direct bearing on 350m of pacing. The roof showed signs of
renovation and the tightly bolted door opened to a clean floor fit for two.
Clearly seldom used. Meal on, quick scoff, heads down. We hadn’t calculated on
the clouds condensing on the round granite boulders of the roof to deposit
laden drips on us; otherwise our sanctuary was sound.
is no finer prospect than opening the Refuge Hut door to see the tors on Beinn
Mheadhoin (pronounce Vane); the remote Munro in the heart of the plateau. After
a sedate breakfast we aimed for morning coffee at the Ptarmigan Restaurant
(rear door entry for walkers) and lunch on Cairn Gorm itself.There then followed the long descent to Loch
Avon (pronounced A’an), and the unique thrill of sleeping under the Shelter
English teachers from down south were already encamped with their tent erected
under the Shelter Stone. We waited among midges and walked briskly to and fro
over boulders to avoid them eating us as we tried to eat our evening meal. The
occupants returned from their adventures: swimming the length of Loch Avon!
They kindly collapsed their tent and gave floor space, which we prized no less
than the many climbers who huddle here in winter.
the English teachers were not morning people, we were on our way at 8 a.m. on
the steady ascent to Loch Etchachan before picking up the whale-back ridge to
the summit of Beinn Mheadoin with its line of tors named the Barns of
Mheadhoin. It’s the descent that often catches people out so we continually
checked our route through the various crags on the NE slope as we descended to
our final overnight in the Fords of Avon Refuge.
arrived by midday and consuming a large lunch, it felt a bit phoney to take
such a prolonged rest in what is marked on the map as a Mountain Refuge Hut. So
a quick map appreciation and we estimated 4 hours to return from Bynack More by
the less trodden southern approach, via more tors, the Barns of Bynack. In fact
it took 3½ hours including time for photos and catching up with text messages
that flooded in from Aviemore, but we had left our packs to travel light.
Despite the hard wooden floor we slept
soundly. The Fords of Avon Refuge was built by Fleet Air Arm ratings under
training in June 1970 as an emergency refuge. It is on record as having
saved a number of lives, being the only shelter for many miles in an area where
people seem to excel at getting lost.
early start on our final day to scale Beinn a’ Chaorainn, and a long trek over
the peat hags and moorland of Moine Bhealaidh to Beinn Bhrec, our 5
Munro of the expedition. Now the weather was turning and driving rain arrived
as we made the long gradual descent to the shelter of the Caledonian Forest
before reaching Derry Lodge for a restful lunch with the sun’s return.
circumstances dictated a short walk-in, we extended the long peaceful trek out
from Derry Lodge to Linn of Dee, detouring to investigate the waterfall and
salmon ladder on the Lui Water but the banking and steps were under repair so
could not see much. Nevertheless the torrent passing through the gorge here and
the force on the River Dee were impressive even with water levels lower than
the surge of Spring. It was no hardship to wait for transport at this RV and
luxuriate on an expedition well executed.
course, I had carried my tent with me. DofE puts a priority on safety and
having a Plan B. But essentially it’s in planning and doing such expeditions and
setting personal challenges that young people gain a sense of purpose, self-conﬁdence, responsibility and
resilience. It’s also great fun and satisfying to appropriate a genuine sense
With continued funding through the Diamond
Fund initiative and with the valued contributions of adult leaders, the DofE
Award will continue to inspire young people from all backgrounds who are
work-ready, well-rounded and ambitious, with the skills that businesses and
One year on from Clyde Region’s Queen’s Scout
Expedition to Indonesia, 30 Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members reflect on their
adventure and experience meeting the world’s largest Scouting organisation.
In July 2015, the team travelled to the Indonesian
island Java spending 18 days acclimatising to new surroundings and taking on
Planning for the expedition took two years. Once
selected, the expedition team began training and fundraising. Some embarked on
a group challenge to collectively climb the height of Mount Everest.
Organisational skills were put to the test
during planning alongside a group of in-country experts – vital in the
On arrival the team was welcomed by the world’s
largest Scouting organisation and introduced to their new culture. Scouting
plays a key part of the national curriculum in Indonesia. The group shared
traditional Scottish music before hitting the road to start their community and
The team quickly discovered the language
barrier was solved through perseverance and positivity and the local monkey
population liked clothing as much as spare food.
Team building was put to the test at the turtle
sanctuary on Sukamade beach and again doing a jungle and volcano trek. Working
together to support and motivate each other was as important as being physically
The trip was a huge success, one member is even
returning to take part in a sustainable development course and a number of
Network Scouts are leading upcoming summer European expeditions. Preparation
has also begun for the next Queen’s Scout expedition to Sumatra in 2018.
Fraser Mcgarrigle, Regional Vice Chair and
Scout Network member from the Great Western District shares his advice on how
to get the most out of the experience, 'getting to know one and other in
advance, engaging in the planning process, cultural research and making sure
you are physically fit as well as approaching the experience with an open mind
is the key to success, he continued, 'we would not have been able to do this without
the support of our in-country experts who worked round the clock to make sure
we had an incredible and unforgettable experience.'
In 2015 the Region, in partnership with Indo Trek Ltd,
organised and delivered a Queens Scout Award expedition for 29 Explorer Scout
and Network members aged 16-24 year olds to Java, Indonesia.
success of the 2015 expedition, which resulted in 15 of the 29 participants
gaining their Queens Scout Award within 6 months of their return, plans are now
being developed for a second Queens Scout expedition, hosted by Indo Trek,
to the island of Sumatra, Indonesia for 2018.
This expedition is designed to meet the criteria of
the ‘Expedition and International’ element of the Queen's Scout Award, with all young people being given the opportunity to
complete the expedition element of the Award, this being the
most challenging part of the Award.
As with the 2015 expedition, a series of training days will
take place prior to the expedition. In addition, there will be an emphasis on physical
training to help ensure that the young people have attained a standard of
fitness to enable them to achieve all elements of the programme, which will
provide them with a most challenging but rewarding international experience.
As part of the expedition, at the Invitation of the
Indonesian National Park office and in association with the Gerakan Pramuka (
the Indonesian National Scout Movement), a team of up to 40 Explorers and Network
Members (aged 16 to 24 years old) with four leaders will travel to Indonesia to
participate in a cultural and conservation expedition based in the UNSECO World
Heritage Park of Mount Leuser National Park, Sumatra.
A total cost which will not exceed £2,900 per participant
has been calculated to cover all costs including selection and training
weekends, uniform t-shirts and badges, flights, in country costs and project
costs with 10% contingency costs. The aim will be to confirm the final cost by
After nearly 3 years in post, Sandy Rae who is District
Commissioner for Strathcalder District is stepping down on 31 August 2016.
Could you succeed Sandy 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:
Working with people
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.
More than 800 Cub Scouts from across Clyde Region, took part
in a world record attempt during the first weekend in May to mark the global
centenary of Cub Scouts.
Auchengillan Outdoor Activity Centre in Stirlingshire hosted
Clyde Scouts attempt for the most people taking part in a Grand Howl ceremony
to kick start their #Cubs100 Adventure Camp.
Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli from the Jungle Book,
the Grand Howl was created by Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell and is
performed at the start of each Cub session with the young Cubs, aged between
eight to ten years old saluting their ‘old cub’, the Cub Scout leader.
Stuart Hunter, Camp Chief who led the Grand Howl said, 'We
loved the idea of going for a world record attempt at the adventure camp and
thought this was a great way to mark such a momentous occasion for Cubs.'
'The weekend was jam packed with exciting and fun activities
and each of the seven districts attending chose a theme for the weekend. We’ve
enjoyed pirate, space and wild western styled activities to name a few.'
Coinneach Thompson, 10 from Symington who helped lead the
Grand Howl said, 'I love being a Cub Scout because we get to do fun activities
and it’s a great opportunity to make new friends before going to high school.'
'I’ve really enjoyed the Cubs 100 Adventure Camp.'
Throughout 2016, Cub Scout groups from across the world are
celebrating the milestone anniversary. Activities at Auchengillan Outdoor
Activity Centre over the weekend included climbing, archery and a host of
others including a visit from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service from
Milngavie who put on a display and shared fire safety advice.
My Explorer Belt adventure started roughly 2 years before
the actual trip. Once deciding I wanted to go on the trip, I had to find a
team, a group that you can get on with and can trust.
Then the training and planning started. Training involved
lots of walking, strangely enough! Navigation, team building, first aid and
cooking also featured in the training and as we improved our navigation skills,
we then started to look at a route.
We decided to leave from roughly 100 miles north of Harpers
Ferry, where our leaders were based, and heading back towards them. Slowly, the
route began to break down into individual days, including ensuring that we had
a good plan for Independence Day, which was about 3 or 4 days into our trip. We
also started work on deciding what our projects would be, both major and minor.
Whilst doing this, we made contact with some local Scouts, which would help us
fulfil both our major and minor projects once on the trip. Another major
consideration before the trip was thinking about the equipment that we would
use. As a group of four, we decided we would use two tents. Blair and I ordered
a very cheap, very small but crucially very lightweight tent. We knew that the
weather should be mainly dry – barring the odd thunderstorm! We also decided to
use lightweight gas stoves, and ensured that we would be able to purchase the
correct Gas in the USA, given that you cannot take Gas on a plane!
We flew out to the USA a few days before the Explorer Belt
started and used that time to grab some last minute equipment and get some
maps, which we had struggled to get in the UK.
The night before we started, we stayed in a campsite at the
top of the route, away from the main group. Suddenly, it all started to seem
very real! We spoke to a friendly couple who were able to help us with various
pointers along the route. Next morning, we were off!
With the five surprise challenges fresh in our heads, we
started walking our route. Our first problem turned out to be that the road we
planned to walk along was a major highway! Next problem, the Campsite we
planned to camp at turned out to be a Static Caravan site, and not a very
friendly one at that! We were a bit stuck. We went into the local bank and
asked if there was anywhere we could camp nearby, but they were stuck for
answers. We were told head into town and look for Old Bill. Having said that,
we had never met Old Bill! Close to the bank we stopped at a house to ask to
refill our rapidly emptying water bottles, got chatting to the elderly couple
who lived there, and soon found ourselves being put up in the local church!
Little did we know it was also women’s evening at the Church, so we were
invited to share in their buffet dinner which they had organised. It was a
great first night, if a little bewildering.
I think that first night summed up the Explorer Belt
experience; be prepared for the unexpected! The days seemed to fly by, with
projects being completed left right and centre, without us really having to go
to much effort to do so. Before leaving I was concerned that my fitness would not
be up to it. However although the walking was hard work, it turned out to be
the best fitness regime ever! I’ll always remember the sense of achievement and
pride walking with my group into Harpers Ferry on that final morning. Looking
back, I still can’t believe how good an experience those 10 days were.
Upon our return to Harper’s Ferry, we met with our mentor,
who talked us through our experience, and took notes regarding our projects,
which we would then be able to use in our presentation once we returned home.
Even then, we struggled to sum up exactly what we had just completed, the
number of people we had met and the different stories we had, including two
On return to the UK, we began to prepare our presentation. The
challenge; how do you sum up such an amazing and life changing experience to an
audience in less than 30 minutes! During the presentation so many memories came
back, and we wished we had time to tell everybody more! Looking back now,
nearly 3 years since the trip, I realise how much confidence the trip has given
me, knowing now that if I put my mind to it, anything is possible. The bond
between the four us in our team is fantastic, from folk that I didn’t know
terribly well before the trip, they are now some of my closest friends.
If you’re interested in getting support to run an Explorer
Belt expedition, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.
Chapelhall Explorer Scout
Unit hosted a meeting of the candidates from the main political parties
standing in the Airdrie & Shotts Constituency for the Scottish
Represented were the Scottish Conservatives, Labour, Green, Liberal Democrat, and Scottish National Parties.
Explorer Scouts heard opening statements from each of the candidates
before asking questions about various policies and issues.
McIlwraith, Explorer Scout Leader, thanked the candidates for taking
time out of their busy campaign schedules to meet with the Explorer
Scouts, 'the Explorers took the opportunity to question the candidates
about issues that they cared about, they listened and they learned. The
candidates were keen to influence the young voters and showed an
understanding of the concerns of this age group. Candidates and Explorer
Scouts left with lots to think about.'
Becky, an Explorer Scout,
summed up, 'The evening was very informative and helped me decide on who
I would use my vote on because before I was unsure.'
Scouts undertook this activity as part of their work towards their
Community Impact project.
The project focuses on effecting social change
and engaging with decision-makers to discuss issues.
Scouts have also chosen to support the work of Chris’s House: Centre for
Help, Response & Intervention Surrounding Suicide, the first 24
hour non-medical crisis centre in Scotland, based in Airdrie.
After almost 5 years in the role of Regional Adviser for Activities, Colin Lamont has decided to step down from that role this summer.
Do you have a passion for supporting adults and young people to get outdoors and enjoy our wide range of adventurous activities?
We're looking for either 1 or 2 volunteers to join the Regional Team who can provide adults across the Region with effective support in order to enable more young people to safely experience more activities.
The role holder will provide a focus for specialist advice and support in relation to
the activities area, to other members of the Regional Team and those in
the Region and its Districts.
You will also be responsbile for line managing the team of Activity Assessors and supporting the smooth operation of the activity permit scheme and assessment processes locally.
This role can be filled either by one person taking on the role of Regional Adviser (Activities) and Manager of the Activity permit Scheme (MAPS) or by 2 volunteers working together.
receipt of a recent independent survey to provide advice to the
Regional Executive Committee about the condition of the building at
Avondyke, it was
clear that the building was no longer safe for use. Therefore, with
great regret, in January the Executive had no choice
but to temporarily close the site for safety reasons and currently
bookings are not being accepted.
Ronnie Caldwell, Honorary vice-President of Clyde Scouts and former Area
Commissioner of Greater Glasgow Scout Council, passed away on 18 February at
the age of 94 years.
Ronnie was a Scout in the 1st
Glasgow Group and a cast member of the Glasgow Gang Show. After a distinguished
Army career during the Second World War Ronnie returned to Glasgow to work as
an accountant for Malcolm Campbell. He remained with company during his working
life, reaching the position of Finance Director.
Ronnie returned to Scouting as an
inspirational Scout Leader of the 1st
Glasgow A Troop before being
appointed as Area Commissioner in 1973 at a time of considerable change to
Scouting in the UK. Ronnie managed that change in Glasgow Scouting with flair
and good humour. With his wife, Diana, Ronnie introduced Beavers into Glasgow,
ahead of their national acceptance. He was also responsible for introducing
Young Leaders and for the Area Commissioners Emblem (ACE Award) to encourage
development in Scouting.
Following his retirement as Area
Commissioner in 1980 Ronnie became a Vice President. He returned to Scouting at
Group level as Treasurer of the 20th Glasgow (Milngavie).
Outside of work and Scouting Ronnie
enjoyed a strong family life. He and Diana were married for more than 55 years and
together with their three children (Martin, Kenneth and Moira) they enjoyed
active participation in a wide variety of sports and adventures and travelled
The importance of Scouting to Ronnie was
emphasised at his funeral and the music on exiting was ‘These Are the Times.'
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 19th February 2016
Last Friday saw the start of the third annual SubZero camp
for Scouts and Explorer scouts. 750 young people descended on the campsite for
two nights to socialize, take part in activities, and meet both old and new
With activities being run on a continuous basis throughout
the weekend, there was an option to try out a new activity and learn new skills
or alternatively kick back, relax and catch up with old and new found friends –
a popular option with many explorers.
Whether it’s killing time in the Café, cheering on
Scotland’s latest 6 Nation attempt in the games room or dropping in on the
activity sessions, there was a bit of something for everyone.
Kicking off events in true Scouting style, Friday saw a
delicious hog roast complete with a campfire in the courtyard - the perfect way
to get settled in.
Saturday was a bit chilly with most waking up to frost
covered canvas on frozen grass however temperature’s climbed quickly with a
jam-packed day of exciting activities. From pedal karts and giant inflatable
games to abseiling and paradrops on the climbing tower, we had all bases
The latest and ‘hotly’ anticipated addition to our
facilities included the heated outdoor pool (making new use of the old heating
system in the Allander Chalet – recycling at its finest!) which was open all
weekend. Shout out and a massive thanks to Angus and Scott who were our volunteer
lifeguards for the weekend.
In the evening we hosted Auchengillan’s first outdoor pool
party – with an air temperature below freezing the water was a toasty 40
degrees, a DJ and full sound & lighting systems made this a raging success
with the explorer units. Another is now planned for next summer’s Jamboree. In
the meantime you can check out the weekend’s party here:
Sunday was another frosty morning and saw the camp come to a
close mid-afternoon after another highly successful SubZero camp!
We of course need to give thanks to the staff and volunteers
at Auchengillan – Claire and Andy, the centre management team, Mark, Remi and Andrew our instructor staff, and Fraser, Jamie, Martin, Fearghas, Sharpie, Hards, (couple of
others) to name a few of the 40 volunteers who donated their weekends to
making another exceptional regional camp.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 12th February 2016
Another short update on last weekend’s goings on
and this time our focus was on supporting Explorer Scout Young Leaders.
The Allander Chalet and the Providore building at Auchengillan played host to 80 Explorer Scouts, completing the first of two weekends of Young Leader training. The course
was organised by Assistant Regional Commissioner (Explorer Scouts), John Rafferty,
so tremendous thanks for his effort and planning.
The weekend started with getting to know each other
and ice breaker games, leading into Module A on Friday night. The evening was
concluded by a presentation from Fraser McGarrigle and Amy Lynch about their
adventures in Indonesia in 2015 and to launch Indonesia 2018 – recently
approved by the Region’s Executive Committee. The 2018 project will focus again
on wildlife conservation and community enhancement, this time taking place in
Sumatra, and again in partnership with Indotrek.
Saturday’s programme worked through modules B – E,
guiding the Explorers on how to take charge as a young leader, including
training on dealing with challenging behaviour, personal decorum and age
appropriate activities. The afternoon was broken up with some on-site activities,
included climbing, abseiling, air rifle shooting and archery, run by the
Auchengillan team (Claire, Remi, Chris (Platt) and Mark).
Sunday saw out the last two modules, showing the
participants how to be inclusive and engaging with all of our members, and how
to work their pack or troop through a variety of badges and awards. We also met up with Harry
Kilgour, our Duke of Edinburghs Award Advisor
who gave some welcome some advice and information on the award, which runs in parallel with Chief
Scout's Platinum and Diamond Awards.
Whilst not everyone has fully embraced Young Leader
training, it’s always great to
see the next generation of Leaders getting stuck in. It’s a great networking
opportunity; a chance to meet groups from other districts, swap stories and
ideas, and most importantly to forge new friendships. We’re looking forward to
seeing everyone at the second training weekend, and hope that this weekend’s modules
were helpful, enlightening and entertaining.
Special thanks to our cook team for the weekend; Lisa
Finn, Gregor Murray, and Sharon Fleming, and to our module
hosts; John Rafferty, Graham Burns, and Paul
In his latest blog, our
vice-Chairman Fraser reflects on a busy and productive weekend on many fronts
at Auchengillan, but involving the whole Region.
Preparing for our biggest
ever Explorer Belt expedition in 2017, there was a parents and participants
evening on Friday night. 96 Explorers and Networkers from all 7 Districts, aged
16 to 24 will trek 100 miles unsupported over 10 days through Switzerland, with
the potential to enter neighbouring Czech Republic, Austria, and a few others.
En route back to the UK the group will stop at Europe's three most popular
theme parks and spend five days at Kandersteg World Scout Centre.
Across in The Providore, Stuart
Yuill and his team ran training for new 18 new volunteers and the Auchengillan
Young Leader Explorer Scout Unit was up for the weekend, helping with final preparations
for this year’s Sub Zero.
John Rafferty (Raff), ARC
Explorers hosted a Scottish Jamboree Leaders reunion on Saturday Evening and on
Sunday Scott Douglas, recently appointed SHQ Commissioner for Explorer Scouts
hosted a meeting of his support team.
During the day on Saturday,
56 representatives from our Districts across Clyde Region, aged 16 and upwards gathered
to discuss a strategy to help grow our Region under the guidance of Professor
Robert Macintosh, from Herriot Watt University. Robert has developed and
delivered strategy development programmes for a range of public and private
sector organisations including a number of FTSE-listed firms and he co-founded
Stride which provides on-line resources for those developing strategy in their
So, what is a strategy? More
importantly, why would we need one?
Well in this particular
context strategy defines the medium to long term priorities of an organisation
and is applicable to all types, whether it be commercial, public, or third
sector (us). The workshop gave a brief overview of the key concepts of strategy
assembly and guidance on how to operationalise these in a pragmatic and
objective manner. The intention is to ensure clarity over key measures,
processes and obstacles such that these can be effectively and concisely
communicated to the wider region, in particular our groups and districts.
the morning the group split into teams to consider three topics: Growth and
Development, Programme Support and Governance & Trading. We discussed the
challenges faced at Regional, District, Group and section levels from each of
these viewpoints and traced the issues back to a common source. We recognised a
very diverse skill set at all levels, however most issues were backtracked to a
sense of "stuck"ness. An air of being set indefinitely in a way of doing
things, and in certain cases a reluctant attitude towards the natural evolution
and progression in our activities. We wondered whether this "but we've
always done it this way" mindset (in places) stood in the way of
maximising the range and potential of our volunteers?
afternoon session was spent thinking about how to ease the progression of
leadership, constructing a set of sentences to succinctly communicate our
conclusions, and how to measure the success of the strategy:
ease the progression of leadership, it was decided that there should be a
continuous progression of volunteers through leadership roles, using more
seasoned members to mentor and guide the new appointees through their roles.
This will simultaneously achieve several goals:
give a more targeted and objective method of appointing successors, hopefully
leading to smoother transitions.
provide more opportunities for, and greater potential for personal development
for all volunteers, regardless of age and standing.
give a more effective system of retaining explorer young leaders and volunteers
new to scouting. This will help counteract falling adult volunteer numbers,
which is a significant problem in some groups.
help to keep the programme up to date and interesting for the participants.
Aspointed out to a group of explorer scouts
involved in the discussions, "us old guys, we're not the future. You guys
are." The aim bring not to get rid of longer serving volunteers, but to
build on their experience to start a process of ever refreshing leadership in
the best interests of the young people.
the day was a huge success. In terms of objective planning it was a huge step
forward, and we have now framed a strategy for the next five to ten years - to
be released in the coming weeks. But what was most reassuring was the
difference in ages and experiences present, and how well everyone worked as a
team. Academic, pensioner, or school pupil, all had their say and made a fair
contribution to the end product.
As we near the end of our first month of 2016, the team across Clyde have been busy planning developments to support local Scouting. In the first of a new series of blogs, our recently elected Vice Chair Fraser introduces himself and shares some updates from the first meeting of our Executive Committee this year.
I am Fraser McGarrigle, Assistant Cub Scout Leader with the
204th group in Great Western District and Vice Chair of Clyde Scouts. Over the
coming months and years a series of projects have been planned to enrich
scouting in Clyde Region, both on a small scale and on an international level.
Projects within the region itself have been planned with the
intention of supporting our Regional Commissioner Marion Rankin in her efforts
to encourage more camping and traditional outdoor skills over a wider spectrum
of groups. We are therefore supporting four distinct but interlinked proposals
First, work is soon to begin on the long awaited tree
conservation project. Site managers Andy and Claire have been working on a 10
year Woodland Management Programme which will remove the unsafe spruce and
large trees and secure the future of the woodland across the entire 120 acre
centre. The project will result in the restoration of diverse native British
Woodland: over 12 different tree varieties are being planted to increase
biodiversity, improve drainage throughout, and to provide a more open and
appealing landscape. Crucially, it will allow for permanent bivouacking sites
and even reclaim the lost campsites of McNamara’s Outpost and Lomond View, which
were lost to the forest some years ago.
Second, we will be introducing some new buildings with the
hope of making the outdoors more accessible to smaller or traditionally
“indoorsy” groups. Three small cabins are to be erected sleeping six people
each, and one large cabin with a raised barbeque fire in the centre, seating
round the edges, and two rear extensions to accommodate four leaders. All four
cabins have will lighting and electricity, and are designed to provide an
all-weather, ready to use introduction to overnight outdoor experiences. Proposed
to support new groups, groups with limited equipment and leaders with limited
experience under canvas, they will provide a “best of both” accommodation –
some of the charm of sleeping close to nature, but with the luxury of a roof
and electricity! Of course they will be readily available to any group that
wishes to take advantage of them.
Third, we are going to be building some camping shelters in
three of our most popular camp sites: Slums, Himalayas and Tank Wood. With incorporated
fire pits, these undercover shelters will provide a base to store equipment
whilst pitching tents and an undercover area to eat in during wet weather. They
will also provide a small sheltered area for teaching vital outdoor skills such
as orienteering, craft work or cooking on a gas stove. Or even more simply for sheltering
from rain, or for shade in sunny weather! There will be no charge for hiring
the shelters, they will be free for all groups.
Fourth, returning to Marion’s vision of a focus on
traditional scouting skills, we will be introducing new resources in
conjunction with the tree project. Sites like McNamara’s Outpost, Lomond View,
and the Kyle Cabin woods will afford opportunities for development of bivouac,
hammocks, and light weight camping sites, hence allowing some slightly more
innovate and imaginative camping, and affording opportunities for learning
lightweight camping and traditional Scouting skills.Free of charge for Clyde Scout Groups that
are camping, each patrol (or equivalent) will be issued with an altar fire, a
daily basket of fire wood, and a couple of extra baskets for a campfire. Large
pioneering timbers will also be made freely available - although groups will
need to provide their own ropes.
Did you miss out on the opportunity to be part of the international fun and friendship that is offered at Blair Atholl?
Due to a withdrawal there is still an opportunity to join the Clyde Unit for the Blair Atholl Patrol Jamborette in 2016.
Anybody interested would need to be able to attend training on:
Saturday 27th February 2016, Auchengillan Outdoor Centre
18/20th March 2016, Avondyke Training Centre
17/19th June 2016, Avondyke Training Centre
You must also be active in Scouting and where appropriate transfer to an Explorer Scout Section at the age of 14 years and be able to offer home hospitality for a period of up to 5 days following the camp.
The cost of the camp is £340 with a £100 non refundable deposit due now and the balance due by 30th March.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 17th December 2015
The Regional Commissioner, Marion Rankin, is delighted to announce the appointment of David Smith as DC for Eastwood.
brings a wealth of Scouting experience having been a leader for over 40
years. His roles have included those of District and Area Commissioner.
As Area Commissioner for Greater Glasgow he oversaw the amalgamation of Districts and then worked as part of the team smoothing the way for Greater Glasgow and Lanarkshire Areas to amalgamate in to Clyde Region.
He has been actively involved in Auchengillan Jamborees since 1999 and was a Regional and Scottish Advisers for
Faiths and Beliefs.
Commenting on the appointment, Marion said 'I am looking forward to
working with David, this time in reversed roles as it was David when
Area Commissioner who recruited me to the role of DC of the then new
Kelvin Valley District.'
Cats Protection have been in touch offering their knowledge
and time to Scouting sections completely free of charge. They aim to help
people understand about cats, their behaviour and how to look after them
If your group is interested in organising a visit and hearing
about the work Cat Protection does you can contact Caroline Burden their Community
Education officer on 07792 441965 or via their website.
was saddened to learn of the recent deaths of two former colleagues who
contributed greatly to the success of the Glasgow Gang Show over decades.
1927 – 16th October 2015
Eric was an active leader in the 9th Glasgow Scout Group for many years as part of a Scouting family, with wife Rae
and daughter Ann. He had a natural talent for the performing arts with a
splendid singing voice and a great sense of humour. He was a cast member of
Gang Show on many occasions during its glory days in the Kings Theatre. He
became Chair of ‘The 39 Club’, which was the Gang Show support group raising
funds and publicity for Glasgow Gang Show. Eric also co-formed and helped to
run a theatre group that involved Gang Show cast members in other shows and
light entertainment throughout the year. At his funeral scores of former Gang
Show cast members (complete with ‘red neckies’) turned out to pay their respects,
joining in a moving performance of ‘These are the Times’ at the conclusion of
March 1936 – 7th October 2015
Ian was an adult leader in the 29th Glasgow (Sea Scout) Troop for many years contributing to its success as the
only Royal Navy recognised Troop in Glasgow. He was also Assistant Area
Commissioner with responsibility for water activities. Ian was a smart and highly
organised person with the capacity to manage young people to realise their
potential. He joined the Gang Show team and became Head of Personnel, which
involved looking after all non-performing aspects of the cast, creating the team
spirit and ethos that are so essential to Gang Show. Ian was also active in
Rotary where his organisational skills were put to great use. His funeral was
attended by a large congregation, including colleagues from Gang Show and from
Rotary. Ian is survived by his wife Mary and daughters Pamela and Yvonne.
Thanks to Graham Beastall for these memories of Eric and Ian.
Youthlink Scotland have asked us to help them with the
#youthworkchangeslives Week of Action in November. This is a brilliant
opportunity for your young people to get involved in active citizenship,
community empowerment and political engagement. Making sure their voice is
heard by those that make the decisions.
There are meetings set up with MPs and MSPs from Friday 6th
November for a week at various times and locations. Within Clyde,we’ve got
elected members in Coatbridge, Airdrie, Cumbernauld, East Kilbride, Newton
Mearns, Springburn, Anniesland, North Glasgow, Glasgow City Centre, Kirkintilloch,
Motherwell & Rutherglen keen to meet people.
If you might be able to help with tell them why youth work
is key to improving the life chances of our young people, drop an email to Gary Bainbridge.
Zoe from the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)
has been in touch to offer some of their volunteers visiting your section
meeting to run a session about Judaism and help with the faith element of the
Scouting programme or for you to visit a Synagogue.
All of their sessions are free, age-appropriate, fun and
active, and offer the chance for learners to ask questions, experience a bit of
Jewish life and interact with Jewish people. They aim to represent all
denominations of Judaism, giving a fair and honest representation of Judaism in
Scotland today. Our aim is to give information, not to convert, and they ensure
our sessions do not imply Judaism is the only correct religion, or that we know
‘the truth’. We clearly express that Judaism is one way of interpreting faith
and God, and believe that respect and interfaith dialogue is of the utmost
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 2nd September 2015
Could you support and motivate more than 200 volunteer adults to deliver Scouting to our youth members. We're
looking for a volunteer District Commissioner to lead a support team and
coordinate the work of Eastwood District.
The successful candidate will be able
to work well in meetings and on a one to one basis, provide positive
management for local Scouting and develop relationships with volunteers
in the organisation and external agencies who can enhance our work.
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.
The Regional Team a very pleased to welcome Sarah Ward and
Jacqui Shepherd who will jointly fill the role of Assistant Regional
Commenting on the appointments, our Regional Commissioner
Marion said ‘Sarah is new to Scouting but brings a wealth of professional
experience and Jacqui is a Beaver Scout Leader with a very active Colony and
her knowledge of Scouting and her own professional skills will complement
Sarah’s. One thing the share in abundance is enthusiasm for the task and I’m
sure that sum will be even greater than the parts. I look forward to working
with them both.’
(From L to R: Sarah, Jacqui and Bill)
Asked what she was most looking forward to, Jacqui said, ‘I'm
looking forward to finding out what awesome activities Scouts across the Region
are up to and to help them grow their sections by showing young people how much fun being a Scout is and dispelling some of the stereotypical
images of scouts,’ she continued, ‘I am also hoping to encourage more sharing
and collaboration of ideas and resources between the different districts and
Sarah added that she was ‘looking forward to working with an
exciting and inspiring organisation and helping spread the word about the great
things Clyde Scouts are doing!’
We’re also delight to announce that Bill McDonagh has taken
up the role of Assistant Regional Commissioner (Development). Clyde Region has
continued its growth and development steadily over the past few years. This has
been enhanced, in areas of multiple deprivation, by the work of the Youth
United Project. Bill has very actively encouraged the development the 5th Clyde
Group, from its inception, with notable success.
We know that our Regional Commissioner Marion has got great
plans to continue to grow Scouting and reflecting on Bill’s appointment to the
team she said, ‘we want to move forward with development opportunities
throughout the Region and support existing Groups to grow as well as starting
new Groups. Bill’s experience in Scouting and professionally will, I am sure
stand us in good stead to reach out to more young people and adults.’
Bill said, 'I'm looking forward to helping more young people and adults get involved in Scouting and stop missing out on the fun that we all have.'
Here's a different idea for next term's program...
Nolan are looking for your help in their bid to help find a cure for people
with blood cancer! They
would like to come and meet Explorer Scouts and Scout Network at your meetings to
tell you more about their work and perhaps hold an event to get more lifesavers
on their register.
After more than 20 months of planning, preparation and a whole lot of fun, our young people and adult from Clyde Region are now heading for Japan where they'll join nearly 4,000 UK Scouting members and 30,000 Scouts from across the World.
Update 22/07/14- I know many of you were interested in the opportunity to
visit the Sky Academy Skills Studio Experience but found the times unsuitable.
They are now offering alternatives with sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday evenings from either 4- 6pm or 5-7pm. Evening sessions have to be booked directly via email at email@example.com
Sky Academy Skills Studios is an interactive learning
experience that takes young people behind the scenes at Sky. Clyde Scouts have
been discussing with the organisers at Sky to see what can be offered to its
groups and how a visit could fit in with the Scouting programme.
Using state-of-the-art technology including
broadcast-quality cameras; green screens and touch-screen edit tables Scouts
would be able to make a TV news report on local Scouting or subjects that fit
in with their Group’s interests. We think this provides an excellent opportunity
for Scout Sections to earn their Media relations and Marketing badge.
Your free trip to
Skills Studios caters for up to 32 Scouts and includes:
the scenes tour of Sky Studios and the complex at Sky Livingston.
A hands on
learning experience at Skills Studios where students will create their own
to work with a team of experts and cutting edge technology.
screening of your video on the day and an online link to watch and share the
video after your trip.
Visits can take place during the school holidays and after
Leaders can download all the resources needed to plan a
visit. Click here to take a detailed look at how
it works. You can book by emailing Cameron Green at Sky.
In April 2012, Clyde Regional Scout Council, in partnership
with Kelvin Valley District, Girlguiding Dunbartonshire and the Scottish Prison
Service established a prison based Scout & Guide Group at HMP Low Moss. The
work to support the starting of this new Group was carried out first, as part
of the Region’s Development Project and since March 2014, the Group has been
supported by a part-time member of staff, leading and supporting the volunteer
Unsurprisingly the project is attracting considerable attention
from both internal and external audiences. Being ‘a first’ for Scouting in the
UK, there is need for Clyde Region to be able to support the development and
sharing of good practice and to help inform others, how this might be rolled
out as a wider project across The Scout Association and Girlguiding UK.
Therefore an evaluation project will be undertaken to help inform the future
direction of Scouting in Prisons across the wider Scouting and Girlguiding
Heriot Watt University’s School of Management &
Languages have a agreed to go into
partnership with us and fund the majority of the costs of the evaluation
project, under the guise of a PhD scholarship. The evaluation will be overseen
by Professors Umit Bititci and Robert MacIntosh with the work being carried out
by students working towards a PhD in their school. It is proposed that someone
be appointed by July to ensure that the full scope of the project can get
underway during October 2015.
As well as evaluating the project at HMP Low Moss, the wider
PhD research seeks to establish a methodology for evaluating complex,
inter-organisational projects in ways which allow stakeholders, including funding
agencies, to assess the overall effectiveness and value-for-money represented
by collaborative working. Whilst the focus of the research would be performance
evaluation of complex inter-organisational projects, the integration of project
specific performance measures with “business as usual” performance measures of
the individual organisations will also be investigated to identify and develop
appropriate managerial routines and review processes to enable the
collaborating organisations to effectively collaborate.
You may be aware that Scottish Headquarters has recently
appointed a Local Development Officer in Clyde Region earlier this year and this
will lead to the formation of a number of new Sections and Scout Groups in some
of our more hard to reach communities.
They hope to exceed the targets set by the project and be
able to offer Scouting to many more young people, which is great news. They are
also hoping that there will be much learning from the projects so that they can
replicate these successes in other parts of the country.
One previous success story that they are going to implement
as part of the project is the use of Volunteer Supporters to provide added
support to the newly formed Sections. This was used successfully in a project
in Cornwall and essentially new Sections are provided with a Volunteer
Supporter for a period of 20 weeks to help the new Section become established
and the new leadership team take on full responsibility for running the
Volunteer Supporters will need to be carefully selected and
they will receive remuneration of £1,000 for their services on a self-employed
basis. As part of the YUF project in Scotland we have shaped this post to meet
our particular circumstances and we are seeking initially a pool of 5 Volunteer
Supporters in each of the two Regions and then the most appropriate and
available will be selected to support each new Section.
The Volunteer Supporters will report to the Regional
Representative on the Management Team and the District Commissioner who will be
involved in the selection of the Supported Volunteer for the new Sections in
This is a very new venture and I am convinced that the
success of the Youth United Foundation (YUF) project depends on us getting
appropriate people in this role to enable Nikki and Deirdre to continue their
front role in development in the Regions. This approach may be only appropriate
in this project or it may have a wider application in Scouting.
On Sunday 17th May, the Morrison’s Great Women’s 10k takes
place in Glasgow and Breast Cancer Care in Scotland has recruited ladies to join their
team at this event, described as the largest, friendliest and most atmospheric
women only 10k in the UK.
This event is not to be missed and now they’re
looking for some help from local Scouting to support the runners.
They’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join their
cheer squad to help to support and encourage their incredible runners and make their
cheer point the biggest and loudest out there on the day.
Could you give them up to 3 hours of your day that morning
between 9.30am and 12.30pm? Join them for an amazing and uplifting experience,
cheering on runners and feeling the atmosphere and buzz of the event, while
doing something really fantastic for charity.
On the day, you will be met by a Breast Cancer Care staff
member, a Breast Cancer Care t-shirt and materials will be provided and you’ll be
located in the South Side of Glasgow.
Overnight camping equipment and food (you will be cooking
for yourself both days).
A full change of clothes, shoes and a towel (just in case)!
Equipment you will need to deliver your game/task.
And last but not least a positive can do attitude.
This is a great opportunity to learn new skills and enhance
your CV whilst meeting new friends and share new adventures. Our team works hard and we’ll expect you to
fit in with our work hard, play hard ethos. We look forward to welcoming
successful candidates on board.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Claire at Auchengillan. Please confirm your attendance by
email by 4th April 2015.
Following some feedback from larger groups camping at
Avondyke, the committee has been looking at how they might reduce the ‘water
logging’ in some parts of the field.
Donald Cook, a member of the volunteer team who helps look
after Avondyke explains what they’ve done.
Well the story here is an environmental project to help aid
the drainage in the left-hand side of camping field at Avondyke. The project
came about because at the tail end of last season and the early part of this
season, a couple of larger groups who were camping had problems in the mid to
lower half of the left field. Having had a look about the field, it would seem
that there is an old drain near where the drinking water tap had been which had
partially collapsed and the digging out of the field drain would be very time
consuming and possibly costly.
The waterlogged soil has only been confined to this area of
the field and was generally not noticeable unless a group are constantly walking
over it and then we have some muddy Scouts. Wondering if anyone else had a solution,
i remembered a similar issue at Hawkhirst whose challenge had arisen from tree
felling at a nearby bit of the forest. So what do we do at Avondyke? Let’s
plant some trees.
Following an application to The Woodland Trust and some
advice from a friend that works for the Forestry Commission, a donation of a
working wood pack was secured.
When the trees arrived, the Blackwood Scouts agreed that
this would be a great new skill for the young people to learn. The Wednesday of
that week they arrived at Avondyke, wellies at the ready.
Excited, they opened the packs and I explained what the
other leaders were doing in the background was marking and measuring where our
trees would go so that they could grow fully and that each marker spray dot was
where a new tree should go. I then left it to James to explain how each each tree
should be planted properly. Due to the really wet soil we would do ‘rounders.’ That
consisted of creating a round of earth by digging a circle of earth and
flipping it over on top of the grass then splitting the circular sod that had
been dug to the depth of the tree root for planting packing with a little
compost then fitting the protective tube and cane stake.
The young people really got stuck in, thoroughly enjoying
getting their hands dirty taking turns both digging the rounders or planting
the tree and setting the canes and protective tubes. They worked so hard even
James was impressed saying they should be rented out for piece work as a
planting squad for him!
The finished result?
Lots of newly planted trees, another 5 species for Avondyke,
a drier camping field and possibly given time to grow another fun environment
project as they grow big for groups to identify what species there are (the
answer = Grey Willow, Wild Cherry, Rowan, Silver Birch & Field Maple).
Not sure where to start with delivering the My Faith badge to your Scouts?
Gideons International have expressed a keenness to engage with young people across Clyde Region and provide some support for our programme.
They have offered to spend some time with the Scouts and support the delivery of part of the My Faith Badge to your young people during a short presentation to them.
In addition, they have recently sought agreement from Scouting to print New Testaments with the World Scout badge on the front of them and would like to present one to any young person or adult volunteers who would like to receive it.
Clyde Region are running a patrol leader training
weekend at Lapwing Scout Centre on 20th to 22nd February 2015. The weekend will be a chance to meet with
other PLs and APLs across the region, to learn and develop some new skills plus
give Scouts the opportunity to share/bounce ideas. They will work in small groups
with learning based both indoors and outside. Each small group will have a
leader to support them through the weekend. It is anticipated that we will cover some scout
skills as well as some transferrable skills which will become more useful to
older Scouts as they take on more responsibility within their own Troops.
The weekend will be
part funded by a grant from Scouts Scotland so the cost will be confirmed as soon as possible. Places will be allocated on a first come/ first served basis.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 28th November 2014
Thinking of going abroad in 2015?
Read on to find out about what you need to do to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Pending the full roll-out of Compass, Clyde Region has reverted to using the paper based system for all Groups travelling abroad. As soon as Compass is ready to be used for submission of visits abroad paperwork, we will communicate this to everyone.
Once you've got that, you'll need to follow through the planning process which is reasonably logical. Any help or support required can be provided by William for you.
Please note that your international paperwork must be completed by the required deadline to allow your DC and then William to review it for sign off.
If you are travelling within Europe your DC must have your completed paperwork at least 4 months before you depart. This means, e.g. that if you are departing on Friday 3 April 2015 for an overseas trip at Easter, your paperwork should be with your DC on Monday 1 December 2014.
If you are travelling outwith Europe (USA, etc.) your DC must have your completed paperwork at least 7 months before you depart. This means, e.g. that if you are departing on Monday 20 July 2015 for an overseas trip next summer, your paperwork should be with your DC on Tuesday 20 January 2015.
If your paperwork is not submitted within the deadlines, you run the risk that your overseas trip may not be approved.
At the recent meeting of the District Commissioners, it was agreed that with immediate effect, all Groups from across Clyde Region would need to ensure that every adult and young person must be on the same travel insurance policy for their overseas trip and the preferred supplier for this insurance is Unity (Scout Insurance Services). It is not acceptable to have some adults and/or young people travelling abroad using their own personal/family insurance.
Am I properly complying with Scouting rules & best practice?
We have provided all District Commissioners with a checklist of things that they need to review before approving your next overseas trip. Click here to see a copy of this. Please help to make their lives easier by getting all of this in place before submitting your paperwork.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 26th November 2014
Clyde Region was sorry to learn of the sudden passing of Colin Scott earlier this week.
A stalwart of the 24th Glasgow, Colin came up through the Group as a young person and on becoming 18 years old, immediately joined the Scout section leadership team. Colin's leadership skills led him to later become District Commissioner for Bearsden & Milngavie District for a number of years where he provided support and wise counsel to adult volunteers across the District.
Latterly, Colin's professional skills as an Accountant were utilised by Scouting when he was appointed Honorary Treasurer of Scouts Scotland where he not only oversaw the stewardship of the finances of SHQ but he provided grass roots support to local Groups, Districts and Regions (Areas) in complying with the accounting requirements of Scouting and of the Scottish Charity Regulator, OSCR.
Colin returned to his roots of the 24th Glasgow just a few years ago to take on the role of Group Chairman, supporting the GSL Liz with the maintenance of their impressive Scout Hall and implementing a programme of fundraising to support one of the Region's biggest Scout Groups.
Colin's funeral service will be at Baljaffray Parish Church at 10.30am on Monday 1st December,
followed by a service at Clydebank Crematorium at 11.30am.
Colin will be greatly missed by his many friends in Scouting and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Magda and his family at this sad time.
Clyde Region was delighted to learn that last night that a group of young volunteers from the 77th Glasgow had been attended the awards ceremony for “Scotland’s Real Heroes” and that they had won the award for being Scotland's Young Real Heroes!
They represented the almost 60 young people who volunteer with our group on a weekly basis, providing one to one care for young Scouts with physical disabilities.
Commenting on this award, Regional Commissioner Stuart said, 'Scouting exists to empower young people to make a positive
contribution to society and I was delighted that this public award truly epitomizes all that is right with our young people! To all of those involved on a weekly
basis, well done – just rewards for all that you do.'
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 26th September 2014
Clyde Region was deolighted to learn that the Chief Scout has recognised the service of the following volunteers from across the Region:
Medal for Meritorious Conduct
Roberta Willis, GSL, 43rd Glasgow - in recognition of her courage and fortitude whilst dealing
with a serious health condition and having to endure many operations, her
determination for Scouting despite many adversities is a true inspiration to
Chief Scout's Commendation for Meritorious Conduct
Agnes Raybould, Appointments Committee member, Kelvin Valley District - In
recognition of her commitment to scouting despite having to cope with a chronic
health condition , her strength and devotion to duty is a true inspiration to
Award for Merit
Iris Adam, Beaver Scout Leader, 28th Glasgow
Bruce Dick, Explorer Scout Leader, Eastwood District
Richard Sneddon, District Commissioner, Kelvin Valley
Chief Scout's Commendation for Good Service
Andrew Grant, Assistant Group Scout Leader, 171st Glasgow
Gordon Jack, Assistant Explorer Scout Leader, Pegasus Explorers
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 18th September 2014
If you receive your weekly updates from UKHQ, Scouting+, you can't help but notice that Compass, our new membership system is coming soon.
What does this mean for us, here in Clyde Region?
At the moment, there is a delay in processing new appointments as the membership services system was switched off during August to allow for the transition but this will soon be caught up with.
We are expecting Compass to be launched during September/October and presuming you have got an email address in the system you will receive an invitation to register.
If you are a DC or GSL, you will need to check that all of the adults that you are responsible for are in the correct District or Group, with the correct role and where they work directly with young people, attached to the correct section.
Thereafter, you will need to begin collating all of your youth data for uploading during December of this year and we will supply you with a spreadsheet template for this.
A member of the Regional Team will be attending GSLs meeting to discuss this in more detail with you.
Following the untimely death of Alistair Hamilton in 2012, the role of Regional President has lain vacant.
At it's recent meeting, the Regional Executive Committee agreed what they would like a new Regional President to do in support of Scouting and what skills and qualities it felt that that person have.
We're looking for someone who will work the Executive Committee and regional team to raise the profile of Scouting across Clyde Region, to help secure corporate support for our work and someone who can lead a fundraising campaign to increase the funding available to continue to grow Scouting.
Do you have thoughts or ideas as to who would make a good Regional President? A prominent Lanarkshire or Glasgow business person, a local personality or a community champion who is good at harnessing the support of the wider community?
If so, please email Gary Bainbridge in the regional office by Monday 28th July with your suggestions.
Following receipt of your suggestions, the Regional Chairman and Regional Commissioner will review these and decide how best to proceed with securing a nominee for this role. Please do not approach anyone that you think would be suitable to allow for the process to be completed confidentially. The appointment of the President is ultimately made by a nomination to the Regional Scout Council.
Last Saturday, at 8am we set off in the minibus from the
scout hall. We were heading for Rowardennan, where the last walk along the West
Highland Way ended.
This walk was slightly different as we did not walk with
the Clyde Region Scouts instead it was just the eight 12th Glasgow Scouts and
four of our leaders. Mother Nature was very kind to us for a change, it was dry and
quite warm. The path was fairly flat and we started at the top of a steep hill/cliff next to the loch and worked our
way down until lunch when we were almost level with the loch. Just before lunch
we came across a stream off the mountain which went under the path. A few of us
decided to go through the hole under the path and out the other side. At lunch
we were next to another stream in which we threw large logs down, some bounced,
some snapped and some just fell.
After lunch we headed off along the last part of the walk which was
very flat along the loch. We had a few stops on beaches where we threw stones
aimlessly into the loch. In no time at all came across a huge waterfall which
we crossed by a bridge and ended up at the Inversnaid hotel, in which most of
us had a well-earned snack of some hot chips.
Thanks to Grant Bissett for sending us his report on the day
The Regional Commissioner, Stuart Imrie is delighted to be able to confirm that he has appointed
Richard Sneddon as the new District Commissioner for Kelvin Valley with effect
from 28th April 2014.
Richard has been involved in Scouting in Cumbernauld for nearly 15 years, following the introduction of the Explorer Scout section in 2000 and most recently he has held the important role of Appointments Secretary for Kelvin Valley District.
Commenting on the appointment, Stuart said, 'I am delighted that Richard has taken on this challenging role
to which he brings a wealth of experience as an Explorer Scout Leader and as
District appointments secretary. I wish him every success.'
When asked what he was looking forward to about this challening role, Richard said 'After
watching Kelvin Valley develop over the last few years, I am looking forward to
the challenge of keeping up the good work by working with the Scouts and
Leaders in the district.
We are sure you will join with us in wishing
Richard well in his new role and that adults from across the District will provide him with the
support that he will need to continue to grow and develop Scouting in Kelvin
Scouting membership in Clyde continues to
grow, with 454 new members in the past year.
number of adults volunteering to change young people’s lives grows by 14% in the past 5 years to a total of 1,325
membership grows from 494 to 719 between 2010 and 2014
membership grows from 959 to 1363 between 2010 and 2014
Nationally, Scout membership has grown by
100,000 to 550,000 in the last ten years, cementing its place as the largest
coeducational community-based youth charity in the UK. During this period female
membership has grown from 69,996 to 128,042.
Our growth continues to transform the lives
of young people by providing an inspiring programme of everyday adventure and
nationally we are committing to further increase the number of 58,000 more
young people, as well as 18,000 more adult volunteers, by 2018.
Scouting for all, the national development
plan is designed to ensure in 2018 Scouting will be enjoyed by 500,000 young
people. They will come from every background, make their voices heard and bring
positive change to their communities.
Wayne Bulpitt UK Chief Commissioner is in no
doubt where the success for the growth of the Movement lies “Scouting offers
young people and adults alike a chance of real adventure. Scouting changes
young people’s lives and the communities in which they live for the better. We have
a clear plan to make the Movement more diverse, more community-focused and more
youth-led in the next four years. Ultimately this means we want to recruit
another 18,000 adults by 2018 so that they can help offer life changing
adventures to 58,000 more young people.”
Chief Scout Bear
Grylls comments, “I am super proud to see so many young people and adults
learning new life skills, achieving personal rewards through Scouting in the
UK. I am excited to see Scout numbers continue to rise across the UK and the
big reasons for this are that more and more young people are realising that
Scouting can give them so much – whether it’s the opportunity to be involved
with some incredible adventures, learn practical life, outdoor and teamwork
skills, or helping to improve their local communities. People don't want to
miss out and Scouting brings them all together, empowers them and allows them
to make a positive impact.”
Scouting has committed to Vision 2018, a set of statements that focus our work and help us better understand the impact we are having in our communities and further afield. If you would like to know more about how Scouting plans on becoming more inclusive, bigger and more accessible, please visit http://www.scouts2018.org/
·Scouting membership in Clyde continues to
grow, with 454 new members in the past year
·Scouting remains popular across the UK with nine
years of sustained growth
·The number of adults volunteering to change
young people’s lives grows by 14% in the past 5 years to a total of 1,325
·Teenage membership grows from 494 to 719 between
2010 and 2014
·Female membership grows from 959 to 1363 between
2010 and 2014
Scouting numbers have increased in Clyde with more girls, boys and adults
seeking out everyday adventure. The
total number of young people and adults who have joined Scouting has risen 5.85%
per cent in the past year and membership figures have now reached 8218. Scouting continues to grow across the UK
where there have been nine years of sustained growth.
Scouting provides an attractive adventure based programme for young
people and adults, which changes their lives and their local communities for
The effect of Chief Scout Bear Grylls has played a huge part in
attracting more teenagers, where numbers have grown to 719.
Record numbers of girls continue to join Scouting acrossClyde.
A surge of over 118 more female Scouts have joined, an increase of 16%
per cent on last year, who have signed up to the adventure based challenges of
The increase in membership numbers locally reflects the latest Scout
census figures which have just been published. This data provides evidence of
sustained growth across the UK for the ninth consecutive year with a membership
total of over 550,000, including almost 45,000 in Scotland. This has cemented Scouting as the largest
co-educational youth Movement in the country.
The Scout Association, which seeks to transform the lives of young
people by providing an inspiring programme of everyday adventure, has confirmed
its commitment to further increase the number of young members. It is launching
a plan to recruit a further 58,000 more young people, as well as 18,000 more
adult volunteers, by 2018. Over 200
activities, including adventure glider flights, skiing, rock climbing and water
zorbing, are offered by Scouting around the UK, so it’s no surprise that more
and more young people are joining the Movement.
Chris, a Scout Leader from Milngavie, said:
“Being a Scout Leader is one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever
done. It’s something I can do on a flexible
basis when I have enough time to spare. It’s great helping young people in my local
area get the most out of life and watching them develop week in-week out. I’ve also picked up loads of transferrable
skills that I’m able to use in my job and wider life.”
Chief Scout Bear
“I am super
proud to see so many young people and adults learning new life skills,
achieving personal rewards through Scouting in Clyde. I am excited to see Scout numbers continue to
rise across the UK and the big reasons for this are that more and more young
people are realising that Scouting can give them so much – whether it’s the
opportunity to be involved with some incredible adventures, learn practical
life, outdoor and teamwork skills, or helping to improve their local
communities. People don't want to miss
out and Scouting brings them all together, empowers them and allows them to
make a positive impact.”
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines run free activities for young people and would like to extend this offer to Scouts, either at Scout Group weekly meetings or at camp.
There are three types of activities: science and technology interactive activities, practical leadership tasks, and lessons in field-craft and survival techniques.
The science and technology activities are fun interactive problems based on the Royal Navy's new Type 45 Destroyer, for example communications or logistic supply exercises. Practical leadership tasks are problems which have to be completed within a certain time, for example removing a casualty using a make-shift stretcher, picking up an explosive device using ropes and staves, or navigating through a 'minefield.' Lessons from Royal Marines in field-craft and survival are best suited to outdoor environments such as at camp. They include shelter building, camouflage techniques and various survival techniques. Usually these activities are run at local Schools and Colleges for students in order to build teamwork and leadership skills in a non-classroom environment, however would work extremely well as an organised evening for the Scout Troop, or a morning/afternoon activity at camp. Alternatively if Scout Leaders have any other ideas that they would like military assistance to run the RN/RM team is willing to help in any capacity.
Attendance by the team and all equipment is provided free of charge, and all personnel involved in any of the activities have CRB/Disclosure Scotland clearance. More information and requests for attendance should be made through the Royal Navy's local Area Careers Liaison Officer, Lt Peter Ling RN, contact details for whom can be obtained from Gary Bainbridge.
Discover the secret world on your doorstep by sleeping out
in the great outdoors, whilst fundraising for nature!
Put up a tent in your garden, build a makeshift shelter or,
if you’re brave enough, simply sleep out under the stars!
It’s your chance to sleep out in nature’s home, hear night
sounds, feel the night air on your face and marvel at the night sky.
If you’ve not got a garden, we’ll be hosting a range of
sleepouts and other night-themed events, helping you experience the night at
2014's Big Wild Sleepout is taking place over the week 16-22
Nature is in trouble.
Register a fundraising page with JustGiving and fundraise
for the country's threatened wildlife. You’ll be giving nature a home by
raising money for conservation projects across the UK.
As well as helping threatened wildlife, it’s a simple way
for you and your family to get closer to nature near you. Have you ever camped
out in your garden, listened to owls hooting or discovered a hedgehog snuffling
through your garden? Camp out with the Big Wild Sleepout and experience the
elusive night-time nature that lives near you.
What's it all for?
You’ll raise money for conservation projects that protect
birds, wildlife and the places they live. Here are just a few examples:
Otters have begun their recovery but still need your help.
Wetlands are home to 10 per cent of our nation’s wildlife
species, but 57 per cent of wetland species are still in decline. With your
support, we can make sure that marshy, muddy and silty wetland homes, both on
and off our reserves, are managed properly across entire landscapes.
The yellowhammers in our fields need you.
Sadly, 60 per cent of farmland birds, such as yellowhammers,
are declining. We’re working to change that. With your help, we can show other
farmers how to make their farms better for nature. We also need to continue to
lobby for incentives, to help farmers work in a wildlife-friendly way.
The bugs in our cities need you.
The green spaces between our homes and offices, as well as
grass verges, can offer a safe haven for wildlife. Frogs, birds and hedgehogs
need the bugs that live in them in order to survive in an urban habitat. Help
us work together with city dwellers to create a web of life across our towns
How can you get involved?
We would like to offer your scouts group the chance to get
involved with the Big Wild Sleepout. We can organise a visit from our staff
that would include a several night-time themed activities involving wildlife.
This could include camera trapping for small mammals, small mammal trapping,
moth trapping, bat walks and possibly dawn chorus walks in the early morning.
All we would ask in return is that your group participate in
a sponsored sleepout in order to fundraise for the RSPB.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of holding such
an event, then please contact Sam Langford on 0141 331 9804 or at
We were excited to hear recently that one of our Scouts, Jack Twist, was a member of the winning team in the Scottish Powerchair Football League! Jack, who was a member of the Clyde Alba Team, emerged as one of the winners after a series of matches at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.
One of our Scout Network members, Ben Miller, was also a competitor in Team Clyde and did very well, only being pipped at the last minute by Team Alba.
Powerchair football consists of two teams of four using powerchairs equipped with foot guards to attack, defend, and spin-kick a 13-inch football in an attempt to score goals.
The sport began in France in the 1970s and has since spread around Europe and the rest of the world. It is a sport recognised by the International Paralympics Committee but has yet to be represented at the Paralympics.
Each chair is set at a speed of 6km per hour, meaning no player has an advantage and must rely on skilful manoeuvring and quick reaction times to gain an edge.
We have been contacted by Yana, a scout leader from
Hamilton, New Zealand who will be visiting Glasgow this September/October and
wishes to gain some international Scouting experience. If you are interested in 'hosting' a guest leader for a few weeks please email Yana.
Also a trio of 16 year old Swiss students have been in touch
telling us about their planned visit to Scotland to improve their English
skills. Being Scouts themselves they would like to learn more about Scouting in
Scotland. If anyone would like more information about meeting up with them
please email Matthias.
The first Blair Atholl Training weekend got underway with
all 9 patrols proving they were able to set up their campsite in torrential
rain on the Friday night.
brightened up and was dry and cold for the rest of the weekend. All 54 participants worked on developing
their skills in axe & saw, fire lighting, pioneering and building camp
In their free time the camp
organised themselves into a massive game of rugby complete with cheerleaders on
the sidelines, the score is still unclear!
A rousing campfire, including sketches from the patrols finished off
Saturday night and we were allowed a longer lie on Sunday morning due to the clocks changing. A great start to the training and everyone is
looking forward to the next weekend in June and the camp itself.
Clyde Region was delighted to learn that the Chief Scout has recognised the contributions of the following adults with a St. George’s Day award in 2014:
Kathleen Campbell, Group Section Assistant, 126th Lanarkshire (5th Airdrie) It’s never polite to
mention a lady’s age but it has to be said Kathleen is now in her 81st year and
still active in Scouting. She has given a lifetime of commitment to young
people and continues to be involved in a range of activities on a weekly basis -
a true inspiration.
Bar to the Silver Acorn
Andy Wilson, Manager, Auchengillan Andy has been a member
of the Scouting movement for 40 years and is a well-known member of the
Scouting community. He has been Manager at Auchengillan for over 20 years and is
continually making improvements and introducing new activities ensuring that
the centre never gets tired or stale for its visitors.
Gillian Caldwell, GSL, 35th Glasgow Gillian has held a variety of roles in Scouting and for the last 20 years, she has been GSL at the 35th Glasgow where she works supporting a team of leaders who deliver the programme to the Group's young people every week. In 2013, she rose to the challenge of leading the team that delivered Auchengillan Jamboree and she is currently the SHQ Commissioner for Adult Training where she takes a strategic lead on the support for volunteer training across the country.
Liz Findlay, GSL, 24th Glasgow (Bearsden) For many people Liz
Finlay is the 24th Glasgow. Her incredible
drive and dedication to the group, her support for it’s leaders and her commitment
to pushing the group forward has yielded great improvement in the groups
meeting place and a hugely successful active group of over 300 young people.
Group Scout Leader, 94th Lanarkshire (9th Coatbridge) Christine has been a
member of the organisation for over 40 years now, holding a variety of roles
within her group. Her approach could best be described as quiet and unstinting -
always getting the job done and leading those around her by example. Her encouraging manner has inspired many and
there are many of her ex cubs who are now leaders.
Bill Linley, Group
Executive Chairperson, 1st East Kilbride Bill is a highly
motivated and pro-active member of the Scouting movement in Strathcalder district,
always looking ahead and striving to provide the best Scouting experience for
it’s young people. He has just had a particularly busy year co-ordinating a
variety of events to celebrate the 1st East Kilbride’s centenary year.
Ed Morrow, GSL, 1st East Kilbride Ed has dedicated more
the 40 years of his life to Scouting in East Kilbride. He now oversees one of
Strathcalder’s largest groups which has in the past few years doubled in size. He
has brought in new leaders and steered them through the appointments process
and training in order to cater the rising number of young people. He is also a
keen supporter of all district events.
Peter Ritchie, Group Chairman, 28th Glasgow (Giffnock) Peter joined the 28th
Glasgow in the 1960s and has never left. Over the years he has held a variety
of roles both in the group and in Eastwood district which he has always carried
out meticulously using his natural practicality. Now Group chairman he recently
organised a dinner for over 200 current and ex members to celebrate the groups centenary.
Rhona Robb, Cub
Scout Leader, 28th Glasgow (Giffnock) Rhona’s warm, caring
nature and lively personality is reflected in her approach to Scouting. Able to
engage well with adults and young people she leads by example and is able to inspire
interest and enthusiasm in all around her. She has been an active supporter of several
Auchengillan jamborees turning her hand to many activities.
District Explorer Scout Commissioner, Eastwood Simon is definitely an
active Scouter who likes putting the out in Scout. He is passionate about
keeping young people in Scouting and as DESC in
Eastwood he facilitates a smooth transition from troop to explorer unit and is
keen to engage explorers as young leaders.
Phyllis Taylor, Cub
Scout Leader, 80th Glasgow Phyllis is a well loved
and respected leader at the 80th Glasgow. Her enthusiasm for Scouting as part
of the community is reflected in the way she goes about her business - creating
strong links between the sections, between parents and the group and between
group and district. No mean feat but Phyllis achieves this through quiet persistence
and her warm friendly approach.
Kenneth Robertson, Explorer Scout Leader, Eastwood Kenneth has been involved in the delivery of Scouting in Giffnock for more than 20 years and has worked with Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts. Kenneth's most recent achievements include running 2 Explorer Belt expeditions to North America, leading a Unit to the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden and in 2011, he took on the role of Deputy Chief Commissioner (Programme) at SHQ which has seen him supporting the development of our youth programme.
If the amount of mud splatters is anything to go by after their first training day, the
Blair Atholl contingent had a great time on Saturday. With the biggest every contingent (9 Patrols)
they need a lot of space and they found just that at Auchengillan.
The most fun was had by Kevin as he organised the
Equalizer, and we were all well fed by Fiona and her Barbecue.
The Patrols worked well and had a lot of fun exploring the
site taking 'selfies' and negotiating a route over a toxic wasteland (the mud in
front of The Providore).
Well done to
all participants - your training starts in earnest on March 28th.
It is with great sadness that Clyde Region learnt of
the passing of Ron Alexander, who held the role of Duke of Edinburgh's Award Adviser for almost 20 years in Greater Glasgow Area and Clyde Region.
Ron's funeral will be held on Wednesday 19th March at 1pm at The Linn Crematorium and a warm welcome is extended to Ron's many Scouting friends to celebrate his life at the service and then afterwards at The Kings Park Hotel.
Not sure what happens in Games Workshop or why it might be
of interest to you?
It’s all about collecting, building, painting and playing
games with model soldiers (and tanks and dragons!).
However, they are not just any sort of store, they are an active
workshop, where people can come down and do their hobby, or try the hobby for
the first time. They can bring their own collections down to play games against
their friends or build and paint their models, all with friendly staff to help
We deal with fantasy worlds, from Space Marines fighting
space battles in the 41st millennium, through Wizards and Dragons battling in
the Warhammer World, to adventures in the lands of Tolkien’s Middle Earth.
We sell the model kits that people collect to form their
armies. These model kits require assembly and painting (though painting is
optional), and then collectors will fight battles against other collectors
using their model armies.
The hobby encourages a wide range of skills. The gaming
worlds are supported with a rich range of literature, encouraging reading, the
rules systems have simple maths at their core. The games themselves have
problem solving and tactics, the model making and painting teaches skills at
art and crafts, and finally the hobby is a very social activity as well.
But how does that fit into the Scout programme?
Up to 2 hours in store, where we will run introductions to
both the painting and the gaming aspects of the hobby.
This can be run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with times flexible from 5pm, and they'll stay open after their normal closing times for you.
Your visit can be structured to help your Troop work towards
2 specific activity badges, the Model Making badge and the Hobby badge and
further down you can see an activity plan of what they could do during your
visit based around the criteria of the 2 badges.
There would be no charge for the visit, and a full
range of hobby materials is available in store to use for these purposes.
Model Maker Activity Badge
Over the course of the 2 hour visit, you will spend 1 hour
building and painting a model.
Because this would be a model making focused visit, they would
use different, more advanced models and more advanced painting tutorials
(though easily achievable results in the time available) than a normal
introduction to the hobby.
The model will be a multi part plastic kit of a space marine
infantry soldier approximately 32mm high, comprising a minimum of 8 different
During the assembly activity, a staff member will explain the
processes, the tools and the glue being used.
The model will be spray undercoated. Again a staff member
will take the scouts through the process of doing this, explaining different
ways its done, as well as the benefits of an undercoat.
You will then get a demonstration of painting the model. Using a minimum
of 3 techniques to achieve great results. Basecoating, Washing and then
At the end of the painting session you'll get a
worksheet, so that the Scouts can demonstrate the knowledge they have gained on
the night. The scouts will also keep the model Space Marine that they
have built and painted.
They will then run a game for the scouts lasting approximately
45 mins. Showing the other side of the hobby, gaming with the models we make, which
adds a whole different dimension to model making.
Hobbies Activity Badge
A 2 hour session, where we run an introduction to the hobby.
This will explain the hobby and what the scouts are able to achieve in the
hobby. It will also give the scouts a practical hands on demonstration of the
hobby, by allowing the scouts to build there own models, as well as play a game
spend 15 minutes introducing the worlds that your hobby is set in and then spend 30 minutes running through basic assembly
and model painting (these are simpler 3 piece models, than the ones we would
use for a session designed for the model making activity badge).
You will then spend 45 minutes running through an introduction
to the gaming hobby and finish off with a question and answer session.
So by the end the session the Scouts would have had an
introduction to the hobby. They would then be able to decide if they wanted to
take part in the hobby and collect the hobby.
Flexible volunteering opportunities form a key component of Scouting's strategy for increasing our volunteers.
This can be in part, supported by the development of Scout Active Support Unit's whereby adults can be recruited into a team or pool of people who can be available to support local Scouting, without necessarily making a weekly commitment.
We're looking to recruit a Regional Adviser (Scout Active Support) which is a key role to provide practical support and assistance to District Commissioners and Group Scout Leaders in order to establish, manage and develop Scout Active Support units.
The core tasks of this role will include:
To promote the benefits associated with establishing Scout Active Support Units at Group and District level within the Region.
To provide practical support and assistance to the Regional Commissioner, District Commissioners and Group Scout Leaders to establish, manage and develop Scout Active Support Units and to ensure they remain fit for purpose.
To be the recognised point of contact at Regional level on matters relating to Scout Active Support.
After more than 8 years in post, Marion Rankin who is District
Commissioner for Kelvin Valley District has indicated her wish to step down
from that role.
Could you succeed Marion 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:
Working with people
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.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 27th September 2013
As well as our own Glasgow Scout Shop, Scouting nationally has entered into partnership with Cotswold Outdoor.
All youth members are eligible for a 15% discount both
online and in store. All adult leaders are also offered a 20% discount upon
production of their membership card.
But their assistance does not stop in the store and they are keen to offer their time and expertise to you. Store
staff members are available to give bespoke talks to groups on the importance
of having the right kit for the environment they are in and they can also travel to
your group to speak about any topic concerning their forthcoming expedition, be
it kit, preparation or expedition skills, such as preparation for the Hikes Away badge.
They have also offered to assist with local fundraising activities you may have.
How do you utilise that support? Drop an email to Daniel Hall at Cotswold Outdoor for more information.
hope that we can provide your group with some assistance in the near future and
we look forwards to hearing from you soon.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 24th September 2013
A Grand Green Idea returns with new wildlife
Former BBC Scotland meteorologist, Heather ‘the
weather’ Reid got a taste of the green life as she kicked-off a nationwide
search for the best green community idea.
With the help of a buzzy insect and a
flower or two, Heather Reid is urging local Scout Groups from the Clyde region to
enter A Grand Green Idea, for their chance to win £1,000 of funding to help
bring their green initiative to life.
A partnership between WWF Scotland and
People’s Postcode Lottery, A Grand Green Idea is challenging community groups,
schools, clubs and community councils to come up with an idea that will benefit
their local environment. In addition to the previous categories of energy,
waste, food and transport, groups will now also have the opportunity to enter
ideas related to wildlife. This could range from the planting of wild flowers
to assist bees with pollination, to adding/clearing pondweed for a local aquatic
ecosystem, or creating an insect habitat.
The competition hopes to convey that little
ideas can make a big difference within Scotland’s communities. It was this
spirit that saw Hutton Primary School, in Boreland near Lockerbie, win last
year’s inaugural competition with their fresh fruit and vegetable production
With the help of the £1,000 prize, the busy
primary pupils equipped their self-sufficient vegetable production programme to
allow for pupil’s families to grow their own produce. Local residents too
benefit from the fresh produce grown by the eco pupils, saving them from
travelling to the nearest shop, which is over seven miles away.
Commenting on the launch, Heather Reid
“It is a real pleasure to be involved once
again in such a worthwhile and exciting project. A Grand Green Idea gives
communities the perfect opportunity to get together and think about their local
surroundings and how they can make it more environmentally friendly.”
Lang Banks, director of WWF Scotland, said:
“We are thrilled to be launching year two
of A Grand Green Idea. Last year we were bowled over by the number of brilliant
entries, which showed how creative Scotland’s communities can be with their
environmental ideas. Something tells me we are going to have a difficult time
selecting a winning idea again.
“This year we are pleased to introduce our
new wildlife category and look forward to some interesting ideas. Once again,
we would like to thank players of People’s Postcode Lottery for their on-going
support for this competition. Our environment is very important and by joining
together at every level, including community, we can all help to make a big
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s
Postcode Lottery, added:
“Following the success of last year’s
challenge we are pleased to continue our support for A Grand Green Idea. The
choices we make impact on the communities we live in and we hope that this
year’s competition will inspire groups across Scotland to look at how they can
help their local environment. We wish everyone good luck with their green
All community groups, schools, clubs and
community councils with six members or more can enter the competition. Judging
the ideas will be a panel from WWF Scotland and People’s Postcode Lottery, who
will be testing entries based on their ability to benefit the wider community,
the long term benefit of the project and the ability to involve a wider
To apply for their chance to win, entrants must
state their idea in under 500 words before the closing deadline of 13 October
2013. For more information or to enter, visit www.wwfscotland.org.uk/grandgreenidea
It is with much sadness that we have to report the
death of our colleague and friend Norman Munro.
as he was always known to his friends Norrie, was a much loved and popular person who had the knack of
getting on with everyone. This is borne
out by the fact that no one ever had a bad word to say about him.
was brought up in Maryhill Glasgow joined the 39th Glasgow Scouts
taking part in all of their activities. He became one of the last scouts to
gain the coveted King’s Scout Badge and Certificate signed by the late King
George the sixth.
He went on
through the ranks and as a Rover Scout he gained every badge that was available
to him including the Rambler’s which involved him walking 100 miles through
Northern France. His great interest of
course, was camping and getting the ‘out’ out of Scouting.
He had a
great many interests and was a frequent visitor to Glasgow’s theatres and it
therefore came as no surprise when he auditioned for a place in the cast of
Glasgow Scout’s Gang Show in 1952. As a
competent singer and dancer he was immediately accepted as a member.
decided to leave the stage he then concentrated his efforts both as Head of our
Make Up Department and as Secretary to the 39 Club, a group of
older Scouts who look after the best interests of The Glasgow Gang.
professional printer Norrie took the burden of administration and producing the
official magazine, and other duties in his stride.
served in many committees and gained many awards all richly deserved.
turnout at Norrie’s funeral in July was testament not only to the extent of his
interests, but especially to the high regard and affection which was held for
him by so many people.
Norrie is very sadly missed by his family and
friends, and the Scouts and Leaders of The Glasgow Gang Show.
He has ‘Gone Home’ but his memory will always remain
Written by: Raymond StoddartWritten by: Raymond Stoddart
After 5 years in post, Graeme Dodds
who is District Commissioner for Strathcalder District has indicated his wish
to step down from that role.
Could you succeed Graeme 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:
Working with people
Managing your personal time
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.
The Regional Commissioner, Stuart Imrie, is delighted to
announce that he has appointed Stuart Hunter to the role of Assistant Regional
Commissioner (Section Support).
This is a newly designated role on the
Regional Team with a remit to coordinate and oversee the work of the ADC's,
supporting them in their work with Scout Groups. The role is more
of an administrative, convening role, providing effective communication with
Scottish Headquarters, rather than an active programme and event lead.
Commenting on the appointment, the Regional Commissioner said 'I
am delighted that Stuart has agreed to bring his enthusiasm for Scouting to
this newly established post. Whilst it will no doubt be challenging to
start a totally new role in the Region, Stuart brings his wealth of experience
gained with the 29th Glasgow to the role of ARC (Section Support).'
Stuart’s appointment took effect from 1 August 2013.
In accepting his new challenge, Stuart commented 'I'm excited to
have been appointed to this new role and look forward to assisting ADC’s
throughout Clyde support their Beaver, Cub and Scout sections.'
The 78th Lanarkshire (3rd Blantyre) Cub pack recently completed a
sleepover whilst working towards their John Muir Discovery award.
During a busy weekend the Cubs spent the
day at Redlees urban park and practised their scouting skills which included navigational skills by completing a "John Muir" geocaching
task, practised their firefighting skills and finally they practised their
canoeing skills in the quarry and finished the day with a game of laser
After an early rise it was off to Chaterhault country park to
complete a conservation task with the park ranger, Susan McNiesh. A short hike
followed and the Cubs then removed tree guards that were starting to damage the
trees they were initially there to protect. Some time in the playpark followed
and then it was time for home and a well earned sleep!
Helping to mark the end of Scotland's Dementia Awareness week, Explorer Scouts from the 36th Glasgow, ably assisted by members of Scout Network and leaders from Clyde and West Region's worked with Alzheimer Scotland to 'Stitch the Pitch' at Hampden Park on last Saturday.
Our Scout volunteers joined more than 100 other volunteers from Alzheimer Scotland, Girlguiding and kindred organisations which saw Hampden Park transformed by the laying and lifting of almost 5,000 memory quilts in glorious sunshine, completing the 'Yes We Can' challenge that grew from a joke several years ago.
Photos shows Scout volunteers pictured with Craig Brown, former Scotland manager who laid the final quilt and the Clyde volunteers in front of the quilt covered pitch.
Scouting is alive and well in East Kilbride with the 1st East Kilbride Scout Group opening a third Beaver Scout Colony as part of their centenary year celebrations and plans for a second Scout Troop are now well advanced as well.
How do you celebrate your 100th birthday? If you're a Scout Group, then you look at what most young people join your movement for and decide to hold an activity based weekend camp!
Many months in the planning and with some trepidation, last weekend the Group achieved another first when they took most of their 180 members to Auchengillan Outdoor Centre.
Two coaches took Cubs and Scouts up to Auchengillan on Friday. The 'Beaver bus' set off on Saturday morning. Beavers and younger Cubs were in dorms, Beavers for a one night 'sleepover', while Scouts and older Cubs slept under canvas. The cost of this event was heavily subsidised from 'bag-packing' efforts and a grant of £350 from South Lanarkshire Community Fund.
A wide range of activities took place over the weekend from hiking to hill walking, grass sledging to climbing. Everyone came together for a campfire on Saturday evening, where painted jars with night-lites were used at the end of the evening to great effect, after the celebratory birthday cake was cut.
The camp closed late Sunday afternoon with lots of tired young people and exhausted leaders heading home. A fantastic weekend, great weather, memories that will last a lifetime, an experience which should inspire the next generation of leaders and helpers as we seek to carry forward into our next century what the local founders of the Group started all these years ago.
Twenty four of the Group's Leaders took part, supported by parents and four leaders from the 3rd East Kilbride, one of whom Alan Reddick, (Assistant District Commissioner Cubs), led the campfire and we were delighted to be joined by Douglas, our Depute District Commissioner during the weekend. Without these adults and young leaders willingly giving their time, this event would not have been possible.
Clyde Scouts have been approached by the group behind a new not-for-profit paddlesports centre being developed in the North of Glasgow city centre. The site is based at Pinkston Basin just off J16 of the M8 motorway. The site would include bathing quality water, changing facilities and a safe & secure location for beginners to learn paddlesports including kayaking and canoeing. The site will also include an artificial whitewater course.
During the first half of 2011, Clyde Region was pleased to welcome its first new Scout Group in Plains, just outside Airdrie. Started by some enthusiastic Parent's and a former Scouting volunteer, the Group has been running Beavers for young people in the village for just over 2 years now.
Earlier this year, the group had a slight set-back when some of the leadership team decided to move on but undeterred, Linda Lafferty decided to take on the challenge of running the colony and rebuild the leadership team.
'The young people get so much fun out of coming to Beavers every week' said Linda, 'I just knew that we couldn't let the Group close and when I started speaking to others they agreed to help.'
Taking on-board Scouting's flexible volunteering suggestions, Linda has been running the Colony with help from some Explorer Scouts, a member of Scout Network and a team of eager Parents on a rota for the last 5 months and she was delighted to invest 8 new members last week, bringing the Colony up to 12 members.
The Beavers have been working hard on
their Air Activities and Promise Challenge badges and this weekend will see them join in the Plains
Future plans for the Colony includes a family camp at Avondyke.
Beavers from the 45th Glasgow held their first Beaver Sleepover last the weekend. During the sleepover, the COlony headed for their local Fire Station who kindly assisted them with the
Beaver Safety Activity Badge.
Alzheimer Scotland are attempting to complete a challenge and cover the Scottish National Football pitch at Hampden with 5000 metres of quilts made by quilters from around the world. They have asked if Scouting can assist them in helping to cover the pitch on Saturday 8th June 2013. Teams of Explorer Scouts, Scout Network members and adult volunteers would be needed to help them in laying and removing the quilts from the pitch and other practical tasks.
Assistance will be needed from 9.30am-4.30pm however this time can be split into shifts throughout the day.
This is an ideal opportunity to support a worthy Scottish charity and raise the profile of Scouting in the community. Please contact Karen Imrie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help or for further information.
The Regional Commissioner, Stuart Imrie, is pleased to be able to announce that Stuart Yuill has agreed to take on the role of District Commissioner for South Western District from 1 September 2013.
Commenting on the appointment, Stuart Imrie said, 'with a vast experience of Scouting at Group, District and Area, combined with his professional management background, Stuart brings a wealth of experience to the role of DC and I am looking forward to working with him.'
Stuart Yuill said 'I look forward to leading the team and
working to ensure Groups are well supported whilst
also identifing opportunities to grow and develop Scouting
in South Western District.'
We're sure that everyone will join with us in wishing Stuart all the best in his new appointment.
During the last couple of years, our Safeguarding Awareness Coordinator has been delivering safeguarding training across the Region for adults whose appointment review is due in the months ahead.
We're looking to develop that training further and are looking to recruit a small team of volunteers who can assist with this important work to ensure that The Scout Association’s
safeguarding policies are understood and implemented at all levels in Clyde Region, through the delivery of workshops on safeguarding and anti-bullying.
Do you have good presentation skills and enjoy helping others increase their knowledge and understanding?
This year marks the 200th anniversary of Dr David Livingstone, explorer and missionary, who was born in Blantyre Scotland and Clyde Region's very own 'Livvy Scouts' from Blantyre were lucky to be invited to help mark the occassion in a very special way, at a commemorative service on David Livingstone's birthday, 19th March, within Westminster Abbey, London. David Livingstone's body is buried within Westminster Abbey and his heart is buried in Malawi, so this was a fitting location for this service.
There were a lot of things to be organised if the trip was to be a success so the planning started in earnest. The Scouts were asked to undertake the formal role of organising and seating the guests at the service and they all wanted to make the 'London trip' a success.
It was going to be an expensive venture but they met this challenge head on! Fund-raising took place to facilitate the trip and the Scouts completed a 24hr cycle, covering 600 miles. There were many tired faces during the night but in true Scout fashion spirits were high as the goal was focused on. Many local businesses and individuals contributed to assist with costs and the Group are grateful to them for their generosity. Without them we would not have made it and it is fair to say that community spirit is alive and well in Blantyre.
The Group received their invites to this historical event in the post. Not only were they to assist with the smooth running of service but they were also invited to the civic reception within Dover House, the Scotland Office where they would be joining President Banda of Malawi, Lord Jack McConnell, Michael Moore MP and local MP Tom Greatrex, a distinguished line-up for the day.
On departure day, the Scouts said their goodbyes and excitedly boarded the train at Blantyre for the start of their journey, bound for London Euston. It was at that time that the most hair raising part of the journey occurred, namely getting 6 Scouts and 2 leaders safely aboard the underground! A quick pit-stop to freshen up and change into Scout uniform and it was off to Westminster Abbey where there were security checks to be negotiated before heading inside.
What a spectacular sight it was and there was a real air of excitement as the Scouts were briefed on their tasks for the afternoon and what was about to happen.
'They set about their tasks in an exemplary manner; polite, professional, proud and looking incredibly smart in their uniforms,' said Cub Scout Leader Chris, 'it was testament to the way the Scouts conducted themselves by the many positive comments and conversations that were received on completion of the service.'
Next stop after the service was Dover house where inside, there was a great atmosphere and another different environment for the Scouts to enjoy. Speeches were made, David Livingstone's legacy congratulated and hopes for the future were discussed. On completion of the reception the Group were afforded the honour of having their photograph taken with President Banda, before heading out for a celebratory McDonalds!
Following a well earned rest, the next morning the Group enjoyed the hospitality of Tom Greatrex MP on a guided tour of Parliament and then headed out for some sightseeing at The London Eye, The London Dungeons and a a tour of London aboard a WW2 landing craft which included a dip in the river Thames.
Commenting on the trip, Chris continued 'we had a fantastic time in London and were privileged to have represented our local community and Scouting at this historical event. Thanks again to all who assisted us with our trip, financially and otherwise - without your help it would not have been possible.'
The Cubs at 78th Lanarkshire(3rd Blantyre) have been using Redlees urban fringe park on Blantyre Farm Road for many of their outdoor activities and had become concerned about how much dog fouling there is around the quarry area.
So they decided to put their concerns into action!
Working in partnership with Community Links, the Cubs came up with an action plan to highlight the problem within the quarry itself. As part of an activity day, the Cubs designed and placed their own posters around the quarry and also used environmentally friendly paint to highlight some of the dog fouling in the area. On the day, several dog walkers commented about the dog fouling issue and congratulated the Cubs on their efforts to reduce the problem.The cubs are currently working towards their John Muir award and will use this project as part of their achievement.
In addition to this project the Cubs also cleaned out the birdboxes in preparation for the new nesting season and practiced their firelighting skills and outdoor cooking
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 15th February 2013
Cubs from the 78th Lanarkshire (3rd Blantyre) have recently completed their science badge.
The Cubs worked in Partnership with Rolls Royce East Kilbride to complete the award with Rolls Royce engineers hosting 2 weeks programmes at their facility.
With the assistance of the engineers, and some enthusiastic parents, the Cubs conducted several experiments, discussed and then compared their results. As an additional part of the experience the pack investigated the work that takes place within Rolls Royce and also completed a tour of the aero engine museum within the factory. On completion of their activities the Cubs were awarded the science badge and a certificate from Rolls Royce signed by the engineers. The pack would like to thank Rolls Royce for their assistance in facilitating the science activities and in particular Tony McCrory and Danny Thomas in their running of the award.
Clyde Region was sorry to hear that Bobby Wright who was an
Honorary vice-President passed away last week.
Bobby has been involved in Scouting for nearly all of his
life. He started out his adult service at the 34th Glasgow before starting a new Scout Group in the Gorbals and then taking on the challenging role of District Commissioner for Central South District in the former Greater Glasgow
Area. From there he moved to take on the role of Depute Area Commissioner
supporting the growth and development of Scouting before becoming Area
Chairman. Always a keen supporter of Glasgow Gang Show, Bobby worked with the
Gang Show team helping to manage their budgeting and finances during the
mid-1990’s, following their move to The Mitchell Theatre.
There is a private cremation on Friday of this week and then
a Service of Remembrance which will take place at Netherlee Parish Church,
Ormonde Avenue, Netherlee, Glasgow, G44 3SL at 1.30pm to which those that wish
to remember Bobby are warmly invited.
Bobby will be missed by many Scouting friends and our
thoughts are with his wife Jean and his family.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 19th November 2012
After more than 10 years in post, Carslaw Purdie who is District Commissioner for South East District has indicated his wish to step down from that role.
Could you succeed Carslaw 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:
Working with people
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.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 12th November 2012
Clyde Regional Scout Council has been building up a good
working relationship with the Commonwealth Games since Glasgow’s bid was launched.
During the bid process, we held a joint celebration to mark
100 years of Scouting and 100 days until Decision Day and we also had Scouts at
The Old Fruitmarket on the day that the announcement was made who gave positive
comments to local and national media about the Games coming to Glasgow.
In October 2010, a member of the cast of Glasgow Gang Show
was part of the Handover Ceremonies Cast in Delhi and it is anticipated that he
will be part of the Opening Ceremony Cast for CG2014.
In addition, for the last 3 years, regular joint meetings
have taken place with the Boy’s Brigade, Girls Brigade, Girlguiding, Scouting
and other Uniformed Youth Organisations to share good practice and discuss how
we might collectively participate in and benefit from CG2014.
Following on from this, we are now in the advanced planning stage, for some special activities to take place with all 4 organisations from now until 2014.
A common badge is being developed that can be
worked towards by all 4 organisations during session 2013/14 which would be
completed by the end of June 2014. The badge will have 4 sections reflecting
the organisations working together which will be Service, Faith & Inclusion,
Get Active and The Commonwealth. Each section will have a possible 17
activities to choose from, representing the fact that CG2014 has 17 sports. At least one of the
activities must include participation with one of the other organisations to
promote team working.
A competition is about to be launched, run in parallel by 4 organisations to find a suitable
Joint Activity Day
It has been agreed that a Joint 4 Uniformed
Organisations Activity Day will be held in March 2013. A venue is currently being looked at and more details will follow. For the Scouts, this event will be open to Beavers and Cubs.
A joint Carol service is being planned for Glasgow
Cathedral, on 8 December 2013 to celebrate the start of the Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games Camp
A joint camp, which for the Scouts will be open to Scouts and Explorer Scouts will be held at Auchengillan during the weekend 23rd/26th May 2014. There will be 200 young people from each of the Scouts, Guides, Boys Brigade and Girls Brigade at the event.
Discussions are ongoing about how the organisations might get involved in either the Games or activities that will be happening around the City during that time.
More information about all of these events will appear in the coming months on clydescouts.org.uk but please feel free to contact Gary Bainbridge in the regional office if you have any questions.
To apply for a permit, send this application form to the Region's Activities Advisor, Colin Lamont to get the ball rolling. An appropriate assessor will then be appointed to carry out a technical assessment of your skills based on the activity's Assessment Checklist, which can be found from the A to Z of activities. There are 4 sections that must be completed to gain any scout activity permit.
Technical Competence - completed by a regional/approved assessor, based on the activity's Assessment Checklist.
Knowledge of Scout Rules for that Activity - usually completed by a scout assessor (in the case of an external assessor this will be done by an appropriate commissioner).
Child Protection - completed by an appropriate commissioner, usually your District Commissioner.
Personal Suitability - completed by an appropriate commissioner, usually your District Commissioner.
Once all 4 parts are complete - (1) and (2) by the assessor and (3) and (4) by your District Commissioner - these forms are returned to the Regional Activities Advisor and your permit will be registered on membership services. At that point your permit becomes official and a laminated credit-card sized permit will be issued to your DC for them to sign and present to you. For more information, click here or get in touch.
15 Explorers form the 204th Glasgow have recently completed a 2 day Treasure Hunt in the Czech Republic capital of Prague.
The Explorers were split into 2 teams, before leaving the UK and were posted out clues that eventually led them to Edinburgh Airport, they had no idea which country they were going to until they received their boarding cards.
On arrival in Prague they stay at a local hostel. Over 2 days the teams competed by travelling all over Prague using the Metro, Trams and Buses to find landmarks, crack clues and puzzles and learn a great deal about Prague itself.
Both team leaders were in mobile contact at all times with the leaders using local sim cards, which allowed them to check on their progress.
This is a bi-annual event for the 204th with previous treasure hunts being in Frankfurt and Dublin.
Thanks to Gerry Durkin for the pictures and story.
Clyde Region was sorry to hear of the passing of our Regional President, Alistair Hamilton last week, aged 87 years.
Alistair was born in May 1925 and following his education at Hamilton Academy then Glasgow University, joined McGrigor Donald Solicitors, the firm that he stayed with until his retirement. In addition to his work at McGrigor Donald, Alistair served with distinction in many roles with the Law Society of Scotland, including serving as their President during 1977/78, for which he was awarded the CBE.
Alistair's service to Scouting was quite simply exemplary. Over a period of more than 50 years, he volunteered at Group, District, Area, Regional and Scottish level, bringing him a passion for supporting the development of young people, combined with his unique eye for good but sensible governance. His contribution to Scouting was recognised by the award of the Silver Wolf.
Since 2002, Alistair served as Area then Regional President where he used his network of business contacts to secure support for Scouting in the wider community. Annual General Meetings with Alistair in the Chair were always a memorable occassion where the business of the evening was conducted in an efficient manner with Alistair's wry sense of humour creeping in to keep the evening light hearted and of course nobody, would ever get something past him, unless it had properly put on the notice of the meeting.
Alistair's wise counsel has been sought by many people over the years who knew that he could be relied upon to keep them on track and his sense of community spirit meant that he was always happy to help those around him. He served as an Elder at Cambuslang Old Parish Church for more than 50 years and he was Legal Adviser to the local community council.
Away from Scouting and the law, Alistair's other passions included golf, sailing and of course supporting Motherwell Football Club.
Large numbers of friends from across Scotland were present to give thanks for Alistair's life which influenced so many people on Thursday 31st May. He was a great friend who will be missed by us all, in particular his family whom our thoughts are with.
Every story has a beginning and this one started when three Groups, the 1st, 9th and 14th East Kilbride amalgamated at the end of 2007. At that time, it probably did seem like a high mountain to climb for Bill Linley, Chairman of the newly formed Group.
It was obvious that the 1st's wooden hall built in 1968 was well past its best. Various options were looked at, including knocking it down and a 'new-build', selling the land, moving, and building elsewhere on the proceeds but in the end, the Group decided to stay put and see what they could do with their current hall.
A local Chartered Surveyor came 'on board' and in keeping with the Group's wish to try to keep the essential character of a 'scout hall', came up with the idea of building a shell round the existing wooden structure using modern materials. In April 2008 plans went out to tender and by November 2008 planning consent was secured with the mere task of securing finance being all that was left!
After lots of frustration and failed attempts, funds were secured with £30,000 coming from Viridor (landfill credits), £21,000 South Lanarkshire Council (Scottish Power, Whitelee Wind Farm) and £2,500 from Scottish Scout HQ as well as the Group's own local fundraising.
Work started in late October 2010 and a further grant from Awards for All allowed the Group to add new central heating and a new kitchen to its project.
The end result? £80,000 worth of improvements to their existing building and a scout hall fit for the year 2012 as the Group continues to grow, with membership hitting in excess of 130 young people.
On Saturday 30th April, friends and family of the Group gathered in East Kilbride for a fun day to celebrate their achievement.
'From grant funders and contractors to parents and leaders, thank you for helping turn a damp cold building with zero insulation, into a warm and welcoming meeting place,' said Group Chairman Billm, 'next year, the Group will celebrate its centenary in a hall fit for purpose, allowing us to keep delivering Scouting to the children of the town and to continue to do so into our next century. I would keep you here for ages if I tried to thank everyone who has contributed to what has been achieved or who simply offered advice and encouragement. It may have taken four years, but I hope you all agree it was worth it.'
And that everyone does!
Not satisfied with where they are at, Bill spoke about the next phase of the Group's plans which include replacement of the hall floor, a new fence and a car park. Assisting with this will be the Group's newly formed committee of parent's who are freeing up the leaders to deliver their weekly programme and they are now enthusiastically looking at there next fundraising venture.
For some, including myself, the journey started on the Saturday, with a tour around the sights of London with the Scottish Scouts expedition, beginning at Baden-Powell House. Highlights included a trip on the London Eye, a visit to Buckingham Palace (where the sight of 20-odd fully-kilted Scottish scouts was almost as exciting to tourists as the changing of the guard) and the chance to see the famous black door of No.10 Downing Street.
We also bumped into some international visitors, Scouts from over 20 countries in the Commonwealth who had flown over specially to be part of Sunday's parade, in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The tour was a great opportunity to get to know the other award recipients from across Scotland, and to find out what different challenges we had all faced in gaining our awards. The weather was very Scottish all day, with no let up in the rain.
Sunday was the day of the parade, and we began the day with a coach ride from our London hotel to the Mews of Windsor Castle, where the fun began. Firstly we were sorted into our sections, and our uniforms were inspected (a nice change for those of us who are used to inspecting our own Scouts), then we were treated to a short, but motivating talk from the Chief Scout himself, Bear Grylls. We then were taken outside, where the weekend's rain saw no sign of abating, and had the unique experience of a crash course in marching from Her Majesty's drill instructors, our parade leader kept our spirits high and reminded us to feel proud as we marched. We were then informed that due to the extreme case of April showers (the wettest it had been since records began, we later found out), that the so-called 'wet-weather contingency' was to be implemented, which meant we would be doing our parading in ponchos.
After lunch, it was time to meet up again for the start of the parade. While we were waiting, to raise moral, the Scottish scouts decided that a rousing chorus of 'Singing in the Rain' was in order, however startling Her Majesty's finest horses, was frowned about, so the singing was unfortunately cut short, much to our amusement. We then formed into our sections ready for the parade itself. As section R we paraded last. We marched up through the lower ward of Windsor Castle, passing a crowd of spectators, and entered the quadrangle, which was absolutely packed with press, and spectators. As we got round to the dais, the order 'eyes right' was given, and we turned to face, Bear Grylls, giving us the scout salute, Prince Philip; and, of course, The Queen, who smiled down at all of us. It was a very proud moment for all of us. We then marched to St George's Chapel for the National Scout Service, where we all renewed our promise with the Chief Scout, who also gave us another inspiring speech, emphasising our achievement and making us feel that all the effort we had put in to gain our Queen Scout Award, had been worth it.
Afterwards, with a brief respite from the rain we were able to march back down to the mews. As we were at the back entering the Quadrangle, we were at the very front, behind the band and colour party on the way back down. I think most of us felt that this was the highlight of the whole trip, we marched, in full uniform, through the streets of Windsor, with crowds on either side of us, a band in front of us, and a seemingly endless stream of Scouts behind us. Overall, I would rate the weekend as being one of the best experiences I've ever had, I made some new friends, was made to feel very important, and gained some experiences I will remember for life.
I would encourage anybody who is able to complete their Queen Scout Award, and attend the parade, I've never felt prouder to be a scout.
Thanks to Euan Morris, Scout Leader, 24th Glasgow for submitting this story and pictures.
The Scouting adventure arrived in Broomhouse recently when the newly formed 5th Clyde Scout Group had their first meeting.
'Broomhouse is thriving with new houses and families' said Group Scout Leader Bill (pictured below with Carslaw Purdie), 'so it made sense to start a Scout Group and work with the local community to offer more opportunities to our young people.'
The new Group has started with a Beaver Colony and a Scout Troop and it won't be long before their joined by a Cub Pack.
Annual census: Scout numbers in Clyde now stand at 7,451
Scottish Scouts membership now stands at 41,261
Growth driven by rise in Beaver Scouts (aged 6-8) – 161 joining in past year
380 new Scouts in the past twelve months in Clyde have helped take the number in the country to its highest this century. The news comes as details of The Scout Association’s annual census are published today.
Scouting in Scotland has grown 4% in the past twelve months, helping take total Scottish membership to 41,261. Total numbers in Clyde now stand at 7,451. This impressive surge in membership - the sixth consecutive year of expansion - has helped cement Scouting’s position as the largest co-educational youth organisation in the country.
A large part of this growth is due to the number of young people in Clyde joining, with 354 young people aged 6-25 signing up in the past year. Nationally, 1400 members aged 6 to 25 have signed up in this period.
The Scout Association believes that the reasons for this growth are twofold.
Firstly, Scouting provides an enormous range of adventures for young people, allowing them to experience the great outdoors. In the UK Members can enjoy more than 200 activities including zorbing, water skiing, abseiling and adventure glider flights.
Secondly, Scouting offers an environment for young people to achieve their full potential as individuals and responsible citizens. When joining up, all Scouts promise to do their best and help other people. These principles are reflected in the range of community work that Scout groups undertake week in-week out.
An independent report unveiled last year showed that Scouting can positively impact both individuals and local communities. For example, 41% of employers say Scouting experience positively influenced their decision to employ job applicants while 40% of voluntary groups surveyed would not be able to get the same amount of work done if Scouts had not been involved.
In keeping with the increasing popularity of Scouting, the charity also has a waiting list of 265 young people across Clyde who would like to participate, and offers flexible volunteering opportunities for adults who would like to help address this while also developing their own skills across a wide range of areas.
Regional Commissioner and lead volunteer in Clyde, Stuart Imrie said "We are thrilled to see that Clyde Region has grown for the fifth consecutive year. We are also pleased that we are growing quicker than the UK and Scottish average. We believe this is due to the focused efforts of our volunteers to grow Scouting in existing communities and to offer it in new places.
We are achieving our goal of spreading the fun, friendship, adventure and personal development opportunities that we offer in Scouting to more young people and adult volunteers.
We are proud that our organisation is producing confident, capable and well-rounded young people and adults while giving opportunities for our older members to develop and increase their own skill sets. We are particularly grateful to our many adult volunteers who make this all possible."
Chief Scout Bear Grylls said "It is so great to see Scout numbers rising in Clyde and a big reason for this is the number of teenagers joining the adventure. More and more young people are realising that Scouting offers them so much - whether it’s the opportunity to go on a big international adventure or the chance to learn and hone vital life skills. There truly is something for everyone in the world of scouting."
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 25th February 2012
45% of new adult volunteers in sectional roles are parents and camps are a great way to include them and get them involved. It gives parents a sense of the fun and adventure that scouting offers. The February issue of Scouting magazine launched a new area of Member Resources dedicated to 'Using camps to recruit parents'. If you are keen to recruit new volunteers please take a look at these pages and encourage leaders to get involved. If you already invite parents to help run a camp as an introduction to volunteering we would welcome hearing about your experiences. Your story could be the inspiration needed for a fellow scout leader to do the same.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 23rd February 2012
Seven cubs from the 78th Lanarkshire (3rd
Blantyre) recently completed the highest award for cubs, the chief scout's silver award.
The award takes around 2 years to
complete and during that time, the cubs completed various challenges including climbing and
abseiling, spent several nights away on residential experiences, built and
placed bird boxes in local woodland and learned more about the local community
and global issues that affect them today.
The successful Cubs are pictured with their
badges and certificates.
From left to right congratulations to Sean, Rory, Ewan, Bryce, Callum, Christopher & Euan.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 22nd February 2012
Kelvin Scout and Guide Club, and Kelvin Brownie and Cub Club
We are looking for volunteer leaders and helpers, to help with this exciting new project, being organised for children visiting fathers, where the fathers are prisoners in Low Moss Prison, Bishopbriggs. This is a partnership involving local Girlguiding and Scouting and the Scottish Prison Service.
We are planning to offer an hour's time of suitable programme activities, run by adult volunteer leaders, within the family visiting area, for children aged 5 upwards, on a weekly basis. These scout and Guide club sessions will be from 7pm - 8pm on Wednesday evenings, from the beginning of April. They will effectively be for all ages, but we may have be prepared to adapt and divide the sessions to engage younger and older children, so we welcome leaders who have experience in any age section, within our organisations.
We will run the project for a trial period of 6 months, and then assess and evaluate the longer term future and sustainability of this.
We are therefore looking to attract a number of adult leaders, from both Scouting and Guiding, including:
helpers and leaders who are not currently involved elsewhere
active leaders with other units
However, we do not want to create an additional burden for busy people, so we are aiming to have sufficient numbers that each individual is on a rota and only needs to be a volunteer for the prison project once or twice a month at most unless they choose otherwise.
The sessions will be held within the visitor centre of the prison, which is an impressive brand new complex. Obviously running a unit/club in this environment will be rather different to what we may have been used to, but this is a great opportunity for adult members to share their Scouting and Guiding experience and training, with these children and indeed encourage them to join, if not already member, a unit or group in their home area.
We realise that anyone interested will have lots of questions, and no doubt wish to find out more about the project, so we are planning two meetings for everyone as follows:
Tuesday 6th March from 7pm - 8.30pm. We will describe the project in outline with input from the prison staff, explaining about Low Moss and the aims and objectives and about the family and community focus of this new prison, (which will not receive its first prisoners until late March) also about security, safety and welfare etc.
Wednesday 21st March from 7pm - 8.30pm. We intend to plan the programme for the first 3- 4 months, identify themes and lead volunteers for each meeting, look at rotas etc.
Both meetings will be held at Low Moss prison so will allow volunteers to see the environment at first hand. There is ample visitor car parking at the prison, and a bus stop just outside the gate.
If you are interested in the project, please come to these meetings - this is an open invitation! If you have any queries at all, please email Marie Clare Dungavell or call 0141 248 6022 or 07835 901608.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 17th February 2012
Calling all ‘outdoor’ types, people with
time on their hands, students, retired gentlefolk(!) etc ,etc!
OK, you get the idea. We are looking for
anyone who can give us a hand dealing with the following:
Over 100 trees that have been blown over in
the storms – we need to get them cut up and moved into the wood stores.
Clearing blocked drainage ditches – many
have become silted up over the years, resulting in flooded areas in woodlands,
resulting in the above!
Cutting back rhododendrons or ‘rhody bashing’
as it is known!
Thinning out our newest plantations to
allow the bigger trees to survive and flourish.
Overhauling our pioneering timber, ropes
Painting fences round the swimming pool and
various other areas.
Cutting grass in the ‘growing’ season.
And a hundred other ‘odd jobs’ around the
None of these require a regular commitment
(although always welcome!), and offers of an odd day or two here and there
would be very gratefully received.
We are also looking for people over the age
of 18 years to get involved in our active support unit (service team), giving a
more regular commitment and getting involved in activities, site maintenance,
badgework, shop work, bigger projects and so on. We will supply training where
required, accommodation during duty periods and will even supply food at these
times! (OK, you may have to cook it yourself, but your cooking can’t be any
worse than some of our volunteers!)
If you feel you are able to contribute
towards ‘our centre’ and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, we’d love to hear
The regional commissioner, Stuart Imrie, is please to be able to announce that Wendy McGaugie has agreed to take on the role of assistant regional commissioner for scout network with effect from February 1st.
Wendy has held a variety of roles in Scouting in recent years including working with the explorer scout section, supporting the delivery of activities at Auchengillan and most recently as an assistant unit leader at the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden last summer.
Commenting on the appointment Stuart said 'I am glad that Wendy has accepted the challenge of supporting scout network in the region and I look forward to working with her to increase the profile of the section and offer more activities for our 18 - 25 year olds.'
Community groups from across Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians are being offered a share in a £100,000 cash bonanza
The Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile is arriving in the city with the chance to make your community a winner. In the run up to the big day, a £100,000 Community Cash fund raised through Sport Relief is being made available to small groups in the city who help people living tough lives.
Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available to constituted, not-for-profit groups working in a disadvantaged or deprived area in Glasgow which have an income of less than £100,000 (in the last year).
The Scottish Community Foundation is administering the programme in partnership with Comic Relief and the Glasgow Evening Times and Edinburgh Evening News.
The deadline for applications is 16th March 2012.
What is Community Cash all about?
We believe that local people know what is needed in their community and are best placed to make any changes.
Having lots of activities happening in an area brings vibrancy to a local community, which can make it a better place to live. We are also aware that many people are undertaking great work in their area but often struggle to get the support they need.
We therefore want to support community groups undertaking work that helps people of all ages feel more included in their community, builds their skills and increases their sense of achievement.
Here are just a few examples of the kinds of group we're looking for:
parent and toddler groups
dad and lads groups
youth groups or older people's groups
community festival committees.
Grants can support a wide range of costs, including running costs, project costs, or equipment.
7 Explorer Scouts from the 44th Glasgow were recently invested underwater at a local swimming pool when they tried scuba diving for the first time.
To prepare for this investiture with a difference, members of the unit first of all had to learn British sign language (BSL) as they would be unable to speak whilst underwater when they took the scout promise.
Members of the unit spent 2 evenings being tutored in BSL to give them the skills to take their promise using sign language, which opened their minds, to how important it is to be able to communicate without speaking.
Explorer scout, Kirstie, aged 14 years said, 'learning BSL has helped me to appreciate the challenges that people who are deaf have in trying to communicate with people that they meet.'
Another member of the unit, Garry, aged 14, explained that 'scuba diving was a fantastic experience, especially playing underwater frizzbee and it was nice to take my scout promise somewhere different from what I had done in beavers and cubs. He continued, 'I am really looking forward to the new activities I'm going to experience as an explorer scout.'
The Group would also like to thank the Allander Youth Activities Trust for supporting us in this very worthwhile project.
The 36th Glasgow Scout Group held their 16th annual Burn's recently with their beavers, cubs, scouts and explorer scouts coming together for a joint evening.
The group held its first Burn's Supper in answer to a question from a scout who, after coming to Scotland from France, joined our troop 16 years ago. He wanted to know what a Burn's Supper was so they decided to show him and have done it every year since.
The teddy bear that you will see in the pictures is part of a school project where pupils have to take turns to 'care' for the bear for a weekend and take him everywhere with them, so he ended up at scouts for the evening, he loved the haggis and joined in with the entertainment, alongside some members of the district team.
At the end of the evening, the district chairman, Jim McLaren presented 2 wood badges to leaders who had recently completed their training, Alan Mitchell and Mark McMahon and Peter McMahon who was presented with his Chief Scout's 30 Year Service Award. Congratulations to them all.
Thanks to Peter McMahon for the story and pictures.
The STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Ambassadors team in Glasgow might be able to assist you with delivering some of these programme ideas. If you would like to take advantage of this, please contact Aileen Hamilton in the Kelvin Building at Glasgow University.
The 'Inspiring Glasgow' event will bring together 14-25 year olds from across the City of Glasgow and the surrounding area to inspire, be inspired and make their voice heard helping to challenge negative perceptions of young people.
The event will be held on Saturday 18th February from 12pm - 4pm in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow.
During the day, you will hear from inspirational young speakers, make your voice heard to the Glasgow Youth Council on Jobs & The Economy, Justice, Education and Health and be able to put your points directly to MPs and MSPs in a debate!
The event, run by Glasgow Youth Council in partnership with Glasgow Life, funded by the Truth About Youth Grant Fund(run by Young Scot, supported by the Co-operative Foundation) aims to give young people a chance to make their voices heard, hear from other young people and meet new people.
If you have an interest in volunteering in your community, representing fellow young people, standing up for causes you believe in and/or campaigning, then this is just the event for you!
All scout groups and explorer scout units should, by now, have received information from their district secretary about the arrangements for the completion of census and payment of membership fees for 2012.
If you have not yet received anything, please contact your district secretary or district commissioner ASAP.
SailLaser Scotland who are based at Strathclyde Country Park are offering Scouts a special introductory rate for a 2 hour sailing session. The cost of a 2 hour session is £7 (normal prices for taster sessions are £14 + VAT per person).
This special offer can only be used once and is available for either 9.30am - 11.30am or 1pm - 3pm on one of the following dates:
Clyde Region was sorry to learn of the recent passing of Ian Duncan who was involved in Scouting on Glasgow's Southside for more than 40 years.
Ian Duncan was a Scout and Leader in the 81st Glasgow Sea Scouts in Shawlands in the 1960's. When they folded, he joined the 3rd Glasgow in Shawmoss Road. Here he stayed initially with their Scout Troop. He was then for many years their Venture Scout Leader.
Around the same time he became a member of the Lochgoilhead Scout Centre Support Group. It was then that he had first contact with the 29th Glasgow including frequent sharing of transport for weekends at Lochgoilhead. Ian was an RYA Powerboat and Dinghy Instructor although he preferred the large Longboats to the smaller wayfarers and certainly not Toppers.
Ian supported South Western then Burrell Districts and was the Assistant District Commissioner Venture Scouts until the position lapsed, following the creation of Explorer Scouts. His District Ski Trips were famous and introduced many to the slopes. Beginners were welcomed and well looked after. Within the 3rd he was now the Group Scout Leader taking on the role as Duncan Black had to become the Treasurer to secure Lottery funding.
About 10 years ago Ian started helping at the 29th Glasgow delivering RYA Powerboat Courses. When his 3rd Glasgow appointment ran out he became a formal Skills Instructor with the 29th. In addition to courses Ian facilitated the use of the small boats on the Union and Forth & Clyde Canals. Last year he willingly accepted the invitation to return to helping with the Scouts joining the 29th Glasgow's Thursday Troop as an Assistant Scout Leader.
The Lochgoilhead Centre was his second home. Over the years he had served several periods on the Support Group Committee including Chairman. At last year's National Scout Regatta he was awarded his 40 Year certificate for service to Scouting as a Leader.
In 2010 Ian was awarded the Silver Acorn by the Chief Scout for outstanding contribution to the Scout movement.
Outside Scouting Ian was keen on fishing and bowls. Being a member of the Wellcroft Bowling Club and past President regular participating in competitions and being a member of the Club team.
Ian's nature is perfectly summed up by the following quotation from Bob Lyall, the current Manager of the Lochgoilhead Support Group:
'When I joined the Support Group over 20 years ago Ian was one of the first of the 'old guard' to treat us 'young uns' as equals and I have fond memories of evening 'cruises' to Carrick in one of the old 'yachts' or Longboats. He also played a large part in training many current and past Support Group Members in keelboat sailing and power boating. Whenever there was an event he was always one of the first to offer help, and as long as it didn't clash with his lawn bowling he would always be there. The last time I met Ian was up at Lochgoilhead when he managed to light a fire during one of the wettest periods of weather (we were burning half of the old guide haven building). We had all the 'young staff' convinced that he had 'taught Bear Grylls all he knew about fires' but didn't have the heart to own up to that 'oily rag' that he 'found'..... Ian was one of the most modest and genuine guys I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, and he will be sorely missed.'
Ian will be missed greatly by his many friends in Scouting and our thoughts are with his family at this time. His funeral takes place at 1.30pm on Monday 30th January at the Lynn Crematorium.
Our Sporting Adventure is full of activities inspired by
the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. On 1 January 2012 the
competition began and members can now visit the website,
register a team and start competing against each other.
Looking for a new dimension on hiking? Why not think about jamboree on the trail...
Jamboree On The Trail is an annual day for the World Scout Movement to hike together. All Scouts, whatever their age and wherever they may be in the world, are invited to participate in whatever way they can.
Beaver Scouts could visit a local park, walking the trails and playing games. Cub Scouts could visit a local nature trail as part of a weekend camp. A Scout Troop might check out a hiking trail while working on badge requirements. An Explorer Unit might make a Service Project out of restoring or maintaining a hiking trail. In their own way, everyone will be hiking the same direction; towards a better future through Scouting.
Jamboree on the trail takes place on Saturday 12 May 2012. For more information visit their website.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 23rd December 2011
By the time this goes out, most of you will have finished the Christmas shopping, have all the presents wrapped, the menu planned and the food in the fridge ready for the festivities to start. Hopefully you will now have a few minutes to sit back and relax.
In a brief moment of peace before the excitement of Christmas with your families, I would like to reflect on the two gatherings we had with the Bethlehem Peace Light last week in Cathcart and Carluke.
As Scouts, parents and friends gathered to share this symbol of peace and to take a share of this light back into their own communities, I felt a real connection with our brothers and sisters in Scouting all over the world who were also taking part in similar events. We are such a small part of the world wide family of Scouting, and yet in that simple act we became a vital link in the chain of light around the world. Without us the chain is broken, so each and every one of us is important! So too you are our connection with the young people in your communities, bringing them together with the rest of the world.
Without your commitment and enthusiasm week in, week out they would not have the opportunity to be part of this great game we call Scouting.
I would like to thank you for all that you do for all our young people and for your communities. I wish you, your families and friends peace, health and happiness at this time and all the very best for 2012.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 21st November 2011
Earlier this year, the Evening Times launched Streets Ahead, an ambitious community campaign aimed at building a better Glasgow.
Since then, they have been working to create hundreds of Street Champions - people who want to make life better for everyone in their local area - and tackle the projects they want to see happen.
It could be a clean-up of a local park; a rooftop garden in a tower block; grafitti removal; hanging baskets in a high street; organising a party or event that brings people together - anything that encourages communities to work together to improve their surroundings, boost neighbour relations or simply encourage people to take part.
This is where we need the help of local Scouting across Clyde Region!
The winter weather is not far away and The Evening Times has asked us to get involved in their Campaign.
Would your Scout Group be prepared to help clear snow from some paths in your local community and keep local life moving when the weather turns bad?
If so, please add a comment to the piece below so that we can get in touch with you!
Scouts from the 8th Airdrie (Chapelhall) Group welcomed a special guest to help them prepare for their Emergency Aid badge recently.
David Nicol has worked on numerous movies including Braveheart, Rob Roy, Saving Private Ryan, and the first two Harry Potters.
David created some gruesome cuts, holes, and bruises and the Scouts had a great time being 'wounded'. The Scouts will use the experience of seeing these types of wounds and will learn how to treat them as part of their work for the Emergency Aid badge.
The weekend of September 24th/25th saw more than 150 Scouts, Explorers and Scout Networkers competing in the Annual Scottish Scout Regatta at Lochgoilhead.
Despite challenging conditions of winds that blew at up to 20mph, special congratulations are due to David Cooper and Emily Whyte from the 29th Glasgow Explorer Sea Scouts who won the Explorer Scout Crewed Sailing event and have gained progression to complete in the World Scout Sailing Regatta in America during the summer of 2012!
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Last month, 26 Scouts and 5 Leaders from across Strathcalder District headed for Bonaly Scout Centre, Edinburgh, for a Back-to-Basics camp.
Assistant Scout Leader (ASL) Andrew Swann was inspired to run the camp when he read in the newspapers about how little today's young people know regarding basics skills such as tying knots, building Survival Shelters from your surroundings and basic first aid skills.
He spoke to his scouts and asked them who could do the above and was really surprised that most of them could, but they admitted that prior to joining the scouts very few of them actually knew any of the basics skills mentioned.
During the weekend, the Scout took part in a wide range of activities, including:
Pitched their tents.
Cooked Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Learned First Aid.
Learned Map & Compass work.
Learned Axe & Saw work.
Learned Backwoods Cooking (cooking on an open fire).
Learned how to put up an old fashioned tent correctly.
Played a lot of games = Capture the Flag, Generals.
For some of the Scouts this was their first camp away from home, they really enjoyed it and the best part was the campfire on the Saturday night, the whole campsite turned up and took part in the camp fire, at least 130 people were there.
'I'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped at the weekend,' said ASL, Andrew Swann, 'particularly to Ruth who helped organise all the food and the money.'
Explorer Scouts from the 44th Glasgow in Kelvindale recently took part in the first ever B&Q You Can Do It Master class for Explorer Scouts at their Coatbridge store.
The Explorers learnt how to put up a shelf and make sure it was level along with putting up curtain poles, mirrors and the hardest task of all a floating shelf.
'Putting up a shelf was much harder than it looks,' said George, aged 16 who learnt how to use a Cordless Drill correctly. John from B&Q said 'these classes give the young people real life skills than they can then go on and further develop as they progress through life.'
The young people learnt a number of skills during the 3-hour master class including how to use a cordless drill correctly and how to put something up on different wall types. They were also given the chance to have a go at solving a simple plumbing problem and learnt how to cut and re-join pipe.
All of these skills are great skills that will be with the young people as they progress through life. 15 year old Explorer Scout Andrew said 'this was a fantastic experience, I learnt a lot and can't wait to have a go at wallpapering and painting next.'
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 30th September 2011
3 Scouts from the 3rd Carluke Scout Group decided to venture into the work of animal welfare and conservation around the globe recently as part of their work for their Chief Scout's Gold Award.
Over a period of 3 months, the Scouts collect donations from their friends and family for their local Scottish SPCA Centre in Hamilton and they then visited the Centre an spent some time helping staff and volunteers before enjoying a tour of the facilities.
The picture above shows the girls with one of the centres residents and a volunteer along with just some of their donations.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 28th September 2011
Congratulations to the 3rd Carluke Scout Group who recently received a grant
from Awards for All Scotland that they've used to purchase IT equipment for their Scout Group, including laptops, a printer, digitial camera and camcorder.
'The equipment will be used in
all our sections, said Assistant Scout Leader, Maggie, 'we felt it was important not only to share information with
the young people, but to allow them to find out how to safely use computers and the internet for themselves in a supervised
environment that supports their badge work and helps develop skills and
confidence in a fun way.'
Photos and video will also open
up new creative channels of expression for the young people and will let them document
scouting life over the year and share it through the Group's website at www.3rd-carluke-scouts.org.uk and others in the wider community.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 28th September 2011
As part of its support for Scouting, Clyde Region is responsible for running Avondyke Scout Training Centre which is situated just outside Stonehouse in South Lanarkshire.
The building at Avondyke has been used by many Scout Groups for more than 30 years where we can introduce our youth members to camping and outdoor activities.
Avondyke needs upgrading and we have applied for a grant from the RBS Community Force Grants Scheme which if successful, will secure £6,000 to make the building wind and water tight and help secure its future as an accessible campsite in a rural community.
We see the long term future of Avondyke as being key in enabling local Scout Groups across Clyde Region to get outdoors, enjoy safe, adventurous activities & give young people the chance to go camping.
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Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 27th September 2011
With the summer holidays now a distant memory, British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland is urging group leaders to get off to a healthy start by signing up to take part in Ultimate Dodgeball,Jump Rope For Heart or Artie's Olympics.
Ultimate Dodgeballand Jump Rope for Heart are open to all groups for children aged 7 - 16 years. And the great news is that BHF Scotland supplies everything you need to play, including a free kit, so it couldn't be simpler to organise. The Ultimate Dodgeball kit contains three balls, an organiser's guide, posters and sponsorship form. This will help you run a series of lessons that will promote safe activity in a fun, enjoyable environment. You can then run an Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament as a sponsored event!
Young people taking part in Ultimate
The Jump Rope For Heart kit is worth over £100, including teaching materials and skipping ropes. Once the children are confident with the skipping games, you can organise a sponsored "Jump Off''.
Artie's Olympicsis tailored for younger children aged 3-8 years old, and aims to encourage them to get active and enjoy physical exercise from an early age. This scheme is suitable for Beaver, Cubs & Scouts and any other groups that work with young children. The group receives a free kit with a range of activities that are simple for children to learn, plus a supporting teacher's pack, gold medal stickers and balloons.
All these activities can contribute to children's recommended one hour of physical activity a day. Groups taking part raise vital funds to help the nation's heart charity continue its life-saving work, and raise funds for themselves, keeping 20% of money.
Carole Nicol, BHF Scotland's local Fundraising Volunteer Manager, says: "If children can catch, throw, dodge or skip they can play Ultimate Dodgeball and take part in Jump Rope for Heart or Artie's Olympics! Heart disease is still Scotland's biggest killer, so it's vital that our children know the importance of being active to lead a healthy life. We invest time and funds, both locally and nationally, to help educate children on how they can look after their hearts. A wide range of our children's resources is available free of charge. But we can only do this thanks to donations of time and money - such as the sponsorship raised from schemes like Jump Rope For Heart, Ultimate Dodgeball and Artie's Olympics. "
For more information on how BHF Scotland can support and improve your group's health education, or to register for any of the above initiatives and receive free kit, contact Carole Nicol on 0141 954 8542 email@example.com visit bhf.org.uk
Cubs, Scouts, Leaders and Young Leaders camped on the Friday and Saturday night, in what turned out to be some very wild weather, causing damage to one tent when the centre pole tore through the canvas. Scouts must be very sound sleepers though as only two woke up, who came to inform leaders, the remainder even slept on as the leaders did an emergency repair and re-erected the tent again!
During the day on Saturday the weather was kinder and Beavers came along to join in the fun. The youngsters were split into mixed age groups, supporting each other as they worked round bases. All had the opportunity to try archery, an assault course, pioneering challenge involving retrieving water from the burn, orienteering, firelighting, science experiments, team challenges and a bouncy obstacle course. The evening was rounded off with a campfire before the Beavers went home, Cubs and Scouts then enjoyed a late night barbecue.
Sunday's Scouts Own was led by one of the Scouts, James, as part of his Chief Scout Gold Award, reflecting on the weekend and the teamwork that was involved by everyone to ensure the weekend was a success.
Rounders and football games took place before the tents were taken down and packed away.
Overnight saw over 60 people on camp, with around 90 taking part on Saturday, this included youngsters, leaders and a few parent helpers, some of whom enjoyed themselves so much that they left with PVG and adult application forms.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 16th September 2011
A patrol of 6 Scouts from the 9th Airdrie Scout Group has won the 2011 Blacks of Greenock National Scout Camping Competition. The patrol qualified for the final after success in the Calder District and zonal qualifiers.
The competition final was held over two days on the weekend of 10th/11th September at Meggernie Scout Camp in Glen Lyon, Perthshire. The boys and girls of the 9th Airdrie showed a total commitment to teamwork and persevering against dreadful weather conditions, to display Scout camping skills and knowledge at their very best.
District Commissioner Bill Craig congratulated the Group on their success in the most prestigious competition on the Scottish Scouting calendar and added that the patrol was 'a credit to their Group and to Calder District.'
Regional Commissioner Stuart Imrie said 'I am delighted that a Patrol from Clyde Region has won the competition and send them my congratulations on their success.'
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 16th September 2011
It was a murky start for Lenzie Scouts leaving Rowardennan on Saturday morning to climb Ben Lomond with 150th Glasgow and mountain leaders Niall Archibald and Tim Clarke under the auspices of Clyde Region Scouts.
The 150th from Cambuslang had camped overnight at Auchengillan whilst Euan, Ewan and Stuart from the 12th Glasgow set off early from the Lenzie Scout Hall to RV on the shores of Loch Lomond. There was much fun exploring the shoreline while waiting for the Cambuslang Scouts to pack there tents and get up to Rowardennan.
The cloud was down to 200m and the forecast was for showers and winds of 20 to 25 mph. But the weather was set to improve into the afternoon so there was a chance of some good views, at least on the descent of Ptarmigan ridge.
After a wet, windy and cloudy gathering at the summit Trig Point, the views over the islands of Loch Lomond on the way down were fantastic. Beyond the southern shore of Loch Lomond can be seen another sliver of water, the River Clyde, dissected by what could only be Dumbarton Rock.
This was a pretty stiff test for the Scouts, navigating in cloud and ascending 974 metres from Loch Lomond which is only 17 feet above sea level. The descent was very steep initially, coming down the NW spur from the summit and negotiating some tricky ground before arriving back on the bonnie banks.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 14th September 2011
A sixteen strong party of Strathaven Explorer Scouts and their leaders returned to Zambia this summer, repeating the successful visit a similar team from the Unit made in 2008, again undertaking work on behalf of the Charity, Health Help International.
It was always going to be difficult to repeat the success of the Explorers' previous memorable visit but this year's team did just that and achieved everything they had set out to do.
The Explorers were based at HHI's HQ in the town of Monze where they camped in an adjacent play park but their activities took them further afield to camp in the more challenging environments of the rural Ntambo Community and the Lochinvar Game Park. There was a reward for all the hard work they had put in, with a final two days in the relative luxury of the Fawlty Towers Camp Site in Livingstone.
The main purpose of the visit was to build a Hammer Mill House and Shop for the disabled members of the community of Ntambo. This they did over five working days, while camping nearby with a minimum of facilities. The inauguration ceremony carried out by a Government representative was a memorable event, enlivened by the singing and dancing of the Zambian women and it was a great moment when the Hammer Mill, paid for also by the Strathaven Scout s, started up and produced its first batch of meal.
Other work carried out by the Explorers for one of the schools they visited included re-glazing of broken windows in the classrooms and painting of one of the school buildings. The reality of the conditions and life of the children of a third world country was brought home to the Explorers in seeing the basic lack of facilities for the 700 pupils of this school - no running water and no electricity and limited educational materials - but despite that their great enthusiasm to be educated.
Apart from the work they carried out, the Explorers enjoyed two days camping in the Lochinvar Game park beside the Chonga Lagoon where they enjoyed seeing a Hippopotamus emerging from the water at breakfast one morning just 200 metres from where they were camped and a final two days spend at Livingstone including a visit to the Victoria Falls and a sunset cruise on the Zambezi river.
You can view some of the pictures from their Zambia trip on our Facebook page.
The Operations Sub-committee at UKHQ has agreed improved rules for hillwalking and new rules and guidance for high ropes activities (which includes crate stacking) within Scouting. Details of what has changed and the reasons behind it can be found at www.scouts.org.uk/activitiesupdates.
The new rules and guidance for high ropes activities are for implementation by 31 March 2012 to ensure those running activities have time to make any updates to their operation. Until then, members should refer to the January 2011 version of POR (PDF download here) for high ropes activities.
The updates to hillwalking are for implementation immediately as they don't place any restrictions on activities that were happening within the existing rules.
This follows lengthy reviews, consultations and pre-launch checks with the Movement. The changes have been designed to remove some of the barriers that have been identified, and provide support, where none previously existed, in running these activities to ensure their continued, safe provision for our members.
More than 30 adults, attended the meeting where a wide ranging discussion was had about how we, as a Region, might continue to operate Avondyke.
At its meeting in June, the Regional Executive Committee agreed minimum criteria (see earlier article) for the continued operation of the Centre.
I am pleased to be able to report that we are now part way to meeting these with a number of individuals and Groups having committed to assist with opening and closing and maintenance tasks. If anyone else would like to volunteer, please contact Gary Bainbridge ASAP.
At the meeting, it was agreed that there was a vital need for an Avondyke Coordinator to take a lead in coordinating the volunteers and liaising with the Regional Office and Business Committee and that anyone interested in this role should make contact with Gary Bainbridge in the Regional Office by August 31st.
The Regional Commissioner, Stuart Imrie, is pleased to be able to announce that he has appointed Bill Craig to the role of District Commissioner for Calder District with effect from 1 July 2011.
Bill has previously held a variety of appointments with the 2nd Coatbridge Scout Group and within the former Monklands District and will bring with him a wealth of experience of local Scouting.
Commenting on the appointment, Stuart Imrie said 'I am pleased that Bill has agreed to take on this important role to support Scouting in Calder District. am sure Bill's experience of Scouting and
people skills will stand him in good stead.'
The Clyde Jamboree Unit have begun the final countdown to their departure on their 22nd World Scout Jamboree Experience.
With less than 40 days until they meet at Glasgow airport for their flight to Copenhagen for the UK Contingent Pre-Event, there is still a lot of preparation and organisation still to be done.
Last weekend saw all but one of the Scottish Jamboree Units congregate at Meggernie for a final Training Weekend, including team building activities, a Burns' Supper and lots and lots of Ceilidh dancing!!! UK Contingent Leader Mike Parkes did the address to the haggis with a translator by his side ably assisting his pronunciation.1 After a feast for nearly 300 people, it was time for some ceilidh dancing, followed by a short disco and supper.
Sunday morning saw units get an introduction to subcamp life and some team building activities amongst the units. It was then time for a BBQ and to strike camp and saying goodbye to new friends, next to be seen at the UK Contingent Beach Party in Copenhagen.
It is scary to think that it is over 18 months since the Clyde Jamboree Unit was formed and in just over 2 months time, the Jamboree Experience itself will all be over. As Leaders, we can talk and talk about a World Jamboree; we can show pictures of a World Jamboree; we can share experiences gained from a World Jamboree. However, it will only be during and after the 22nd World Scout Jamboree that the young people will appreciate how wonderful and life changing an experience it is and how privileged they should feel to have been part of it. Each young person will gain something different as a result of being part of such an event, whether it be confidence, tolerance or appreciation of other cultures.
It is up to them to then pass on their experiences and encourage younger generations to aspire to attending a World Scout Jamboree. We must also not forget that these young people are the future of Scouting and by being part of the largest event in the Scouting calendar, they are more likely to carry on in the Movement and allow other young people the opportunity to experience the fun
1 “A marquee filled with over 200 young people and adults going to the Jamboree was always going to be an amazing atmosphere. Add to this traditional dress and music, and you really have something special. I have to admit that when the haggis was piped in by five pipers, it was one of those moments that made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.” Mike Parkes - UK Contingent Blog
Wild campers (ie those camping outside designated campsites) around Loch Lomond face fines of up to £500.
Approved in March 2011, new legislation which 'outlaws' wild camping between Dryman and Rowardennan comes into force on 1 June 2011. This section is part of the West Highland Way - popular with walkers from all over the world - and includes part of the Loch's shoreline.
The byelaws, which will apply only during the March - October period, have been put in place following a consultation exercise by the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority (NPA).
Action was considered necessary after many of years of 'informal' camping that in some cases was associated with anti-social behaviour such as littering, vandalism or criminal damage - this despite several campaigns promoting messages on how to camp responsibly.
Although a minority, the perpetrators of the worst excesses have continued to have a disproportionate effect on other visitors and on the overall environment. Many of the worst affected areas are close to sites of particular environmental sensitivity such as the SSSI at Sallochy Bay.
Commenting on the new arrangements, Grant Moir from the NPA said,
"Loch Lomond is a beautiful part of the National Park and one of the most famous places in Scotland to come and visit. It is important that we do everything we can to protect it whilst enhancing the visitor experience."
"We will continue to welcome day visitors into the area to enjoy the sights, such as, Ben Lomond, Conic Hill and Inchcailloch. There are also still opportunities to camp in the area at the official camp sites at Cashel and Milarrochy. There is also the new campsite at Sallochy being built by Forestry Commission Scotland for visitors to enjoy. The byelaws are giving the landscape a chance to recover and for the area to be managed for all who live or visit the area."
"Our Ranger teams will be out and about over the summer; giving advice about camping in the National Park and sharing all the things you can do and see here. They will also be out patrolling with the police to enforce the new camping byelaws as part of the Respect the Park initiative and Operation Ironworks*. Every effort is being made to make sure Loch Lomond remains a family friendly destination and we ask everyone to help protect and respect this special area."
Whilst it's regrettable that Scotland's famously liberal approach to wild camping is affected, the type of camping that has necessitated this action is surely not what was envisaged by the proponents of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
The legislation is to be reviewed within three years - let's hope the situation has improved by then.
To find walks in The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park see Walks, routes & maps in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs
*Now in its fourth year, Operation Ironworks is a cross-agency group that supplies the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Parks' patrols.
Scouts from the Blackwood Scout Group have been enjoying Scotland's recent good weather with a camp at Fordell Firs during the weekend April 29th/May 1st.
With the Scouts raring to go, Scout Leader Donald promised them that 'I must be lucky as my last 3 camps have all been dry!'
New Scout Ian had only joined the Troop 3 weeks before finishing for the East break so the weekend at Fordell Firs seemed like an ideal opportunity for him to be invested and take his Promise. Ian made it 2 firsts for Blackwood as he was the first Scout from the Group to go on Fordell's Kind Swing and the first to be invested away from the Group's normal meeting place.
He was strapped into the harness then the rest of the Troop winched him right to the top some 60 feet in the air, he made the Scout sign and said his promise before he was allowed to pull the release lever. I think the pictures tell the story really well of how he felt at just achieving membership and he can't wait until he starts on the actual challenge badges!
Finishing off the activity, our Scouts even persuaded ASL, Clare to have a go.
For those of you that didn't get the answer to our headline question, it is of course, the 150th Glasgow's Beaver Colony.
With 5 Explorers as a support team, the Beavers had a fantastic time last weekend. They explored Auchengillan, played in the woods, collected sticks, used the climbing tower, toasted marshmallows, jumped in muddy puddles and, best of all, slept in a tent for the first time!
A great experience for everyone involved and GSL Margaret MacRobert hopes that her pictures will inspire other Colonies to go camping!
Have your organised or been involved in a Scouting trip or expedition overseas?
If so, we need your help!
Please take a visit to Globe Trekker and share your experiences and knowledge with other trip organisers. Globe Trekker is only as good as the testimonials submitted by you, so let's make it into a great tool for everyone.
Over the last year anyone wanting to take part in a course at Glenmore Lodge has been eligible to receive part funding through the Scottish Development Fund at Scottish Scout HQ. This was to the value of one third of the total cost.
Glenmore lodge are now offering additional funding through the Grangers Volunteer Fund to anyone in Scouting who wishes to take part in one of their courses. The amount payable will depend on the reasons for taking part in the training and priority will be given to anyone taking part in a course for the running of the DofE scheme. Accessing Scout Permits will also be seen as an appropriate reason for funding and between 20 and 50% of the full cost of the course may be met by the Grangers fund.
This means that with the combined contribution of the Grangers Fund and the Scottish Development Fund a total of up to 80% of any course may be covered, resulting in Groups and Districts only having to pay for 20% of the cost.
The application process for the Grangers funding sits in two options. If the training is for the purpose of DofE then application forms for the Grangers Fund are sent to Alex Cumming at the DofE Edinburgh office. For all other reasons the forms are sent to Simon Fisher at Glenmore Lodge direct. Anyone applying for the Grangers Fund should not send the forms to Scottish Scout HQ.
Further details about this Grangers scheme are attached as is the application form. Remember, after you have applied for the Grangers funding and have a place on a course, also then apply to the Small Grant Scheme of the Scottish Development Fund for a further 30% discount. Forms and info can be found on the SHQ website. http://www.scouts-scotland.org.uk/default.asp?page=232
Glenmore Lodge were advising all Scout applicants to contact SHQ direct for funding options. If you wish to benefit from the Grangers Fund you now apply either through Alex Cumming at the DofE Edinburgh office or through Simon Fisher at Glenmore Lodge.
Further details can be found on the Glenmore Lodge Website, http://www.glenmorelodge.org.uk/volunteers.asp or by contacting me at SHQ by email or on the number below. Please note that currently the Glenmore Lodge Website still shows me as the contact for this fund for the Scouts. This will be updated soon to show that any Scout Volunteers apply through either Alex at the DofE or through Simon at Glenmore Lodge.
Please if you have any questions get in touch. This is a great opportunity to get our leaders involved in some excellent training at a low cost. Please also pass on this info to our volunteers so that everyone is aware of this opportunity.
In the April 2011 issue of Clyde Connections, we said that the paper system for recoding DofE would only be available until late summer. We now understand that this is incorrect and it is expected that even when eDofE is rolled out nationally the paper system will still be available.
For anyone who would like training on the eDofE system, please contact Ron Alexander.
The Regional Commissioner is pleased to be able to announce the appointment of Colin Lamont to the role of Regional Adviser (Activities) for Clyde Region.
Colin has been involved in Scouting since joining as a Beaver Scout and is now an Assistant Scout Leader at the 145th Glasgow and is a member of the Region's Development Project Management Group.
Colin has been involved in hillwalking, kayaking, climbing and skiing and commenting on his appointment said, ' I am really excited about supporting Groups to get as many young people out doing exciting (yet safe) outdoor activities as possible and will be looking at planning some activity events in the near future to encourage more of our young people and leaders to expand their range of activities.'
To contact Colin or any member of the Regional Team, click here.
Clyde Region was sorry to learn of the passing of Rae Edmonds last week.
Rae has been involved in Scouting for nearly 70 years in a variety of guises. She was originally the Cub Scout Leader at the 9th Glasgow Scout Group where she met her husband Eric and then she took on the challenge of ADC (Beaver Scouts) in North West 1 District.
Away from the Group, Rae was involved in supporting Glasgow Gang Show for many years and whilst she didn't hold a formal role in Scouting, she continued her support for the 9th Glasgow working with her husband Eric and daughter Ann who were both actively involved in the Group.
Her funeral took place on Friday 22 April 2011 where many of her Scouting friends were there to give thanks for her life. She will be greatly missed by many people and our thoughts are with Eric and Ann at this time.
The Regional Commissioner is pleased to announce that Charles Bow has been appointed as District Commissioner for Clydesdale District with effect from today.
Charles has a vast experience of working to support Scouting at District and Area level having previously held appointments as District Secretary and Area Secretary, Treasurer then Chairman.
Charles is also currently vice-Chairman of Clyde Region and Chairman of the Region's Development Project Management Group.
Commenting on the appointment, Stuart said, 'I am sure that Charles' experience of supporting Scouting at an Executive level will enable him to build a strong District Team to support the development of Scouting in Clydesdale and I am delighted that he has agreed to take on this important role.'
Scouting relies on the time and effort of volunteers across Clyde Region to ensure that our adventure based programme is enjoyed by more than 5,500 young people.
Each year, Scouting takes the opportunity to recognise the exceptional people, whose extraordinary commitment and dedication to young people, helps Scouting reach out to our local communities.
We were pleased to learn that the Chief Scout has made St. George's Day Awards to 15 adults from across Clyde Region.
The Silver Wolf - given in recognition of services to Scouting of the most exceptional nature. The Silver Wolf was introduced by Lord Baden-Powell and remains the Scout Association's highest award.
Duncan Black has been a volunteer for more than 40 years, holding a variety of roles at Group and District level. Duncan is currently Group Treasurer at the 3rd Glasgow Scout Group.
Gordon Ross has been a volunteer for more than 50 years, starting off working with the Scout Section then becoming Group Scout Leader. Gordon is currently a Unit Assistant with the 77th Glasgow Explorer Scouts and a Canoeing Assessor.
Sinclair Scott first volunteered for Scouting nearly 45 years ago and has dedicated much of his time to the 1st Douglas Scout Group where he is Scout Leader. In addition to his Group role, Sinclair is the Region's Special Needs Adviser and is also an Honorary vice-President of Clyde Region, representing the Presbytery of Lanark.
Bar to the Silver Acorn - given in recognition of further specially distinguished service. The Bar to the Silver Acorn is seldom awarded for less than 25 years' service.
Carslaw Purdie has held a variety of appointments in Scouting at Group, District and Area level since he first volunteered as an adult more than 30 years ago. Carslaw is currently District Commissioner for South East District.
The Silver Acorn - given in recognition of specially distinguished service. The Silver Acorn was first introduced in 1933 and is seldom awarded for less than 20 years' service.
Charles Bow has provided vital support to Scouting in a variety of office bearer roles at District, Area and Regional levels since he first volunteered as an adult in Scouting more than 20 years go. Charles is currently Clyde Region's vice-Chairman, Chairman of our Development Project Management Group and District Secretary for Clydesdale District.
Maralyn Carruthers has provided administrative and fundraising support to Scouting for more than 30 years. Maralyn is currently Group Secretary at the 78th Lanarkshire Scout Group.
Richard Cuthbert has been involved in Scouting as an adult volunteer for more than 30 years. Richard was responsible for supporting the amalgamation of the finances for Lanarkshire and Greater Glasgow Area's and is currently the Regional Treasurer.
Malcolm Gillies has been a Scouting volunteer for more than 30 years at Group and Area level, holding a variety of appointments working to support young people with special needs to access Scouting.
Ken Gray joined Scouting as a volunteer more than 40 years ago. For the last 15 years, he has been part of the summer camp team for the 77th Glasgow Scout Group.
Hugh Macpherson has given more than 25 years' service to Scouting providing vital support in looking after property and finance as Group Chairman and now a member of the Group Executive Committee at the 3rd Glasgow Scout Group.
William Morrison has been a volunteer with Scouting in Lanarkshire for more than 40 years. William is currently an Assistant Cub Scout Leader with the 3rd Shotts Scout Group.
Frank Parkinson has been associated with the 77th Glasgow Scout Group for 42 years as part of their summer camp team and has held a variety of other supporting roles for Scouting with the disabled.
Andrew Sharkey has held roles at Group, District, Area, Region and National levels since he first volunteered for Scouting more than 20 years ago. Andrew is currently Group Scout Leader at the rapidly growing 2nd Lanark Scout Group, Camp Chief for Blair Atholl and a member of the Region's Training Team.
Charlie Stewart first volunteered with the 77th Glasgow more than 25 years ago as Venture Scout Leader and is currently the Group Treasurer.
Gillian Stuart has worked with both Beavers and Cubs since she started as a Scouting volunteer more than 25 years ago. Gillian is currently Group Scout Leader at the 121st Glasgow Scout Group.
Commenting on the news of the Awards, our Regional Commissioner, Stuart Imrie said, 'I am delighted that the tremendous effort of so many of our volunteers has been recognised. Congratulations to them all and my humblest thanks for all that they do for Scouting.'
If you know of an adult in Scouting whose contribution should be recognised by the award of a Good Service Award, please contact your District Commissioner or Gary Bainbridge in the Regional Office.
Scouting across Clyde Region relies upon the good will of volunteers to deliver and support our programme of adventure for young people.
We are pleased that the Chief Scout has recognised the contributions of the following volunteers:
Anita Bremner is currently an Assistant Scout Leader at the 50th Glasgow and is a Training Adviser helping to support new leaders through their training. For her contribution of more than 12 years, Anita has been awarded the Award for Merit.
Anne Law is currently District Commissioner for Great Western District. Anne has been involved with Scouting in Clyde Region for nearly 20 years having previously held the roles of Assistant Cub Scout Leader, Cub Scout Leader, Local Training Manager and Deputy District Commissioner. For her contribution to Scouting, the Chief Scout has award Anne the Award for Merit.
Brian MacMillan is an Assistant Scout Leader at the 198th Glasgow and is also actively involved in supporting the leaders at the 50th Glasgow Scout Group. Brian has worked with Cubs, Scouts, Venture Scouts and Explorer Scouts over the last 12 years and for his outstanding service, the Chief Scout has awarded him the Award for Merit.
Sandra Veitch has held a variety of roles in Scouting, working with disabled young people, supporting the training of new volunteers and she is currently District Commissioner for South Western District where she leads the support for local Groups in one of our Districts. For her contribution to Scouting, over the last 17 years, the Chief Scout has awarded Sandra the Award for Merit.
The following is the text from an email that was sent to all GSLs and Group Contacts on 11 March 2011:
Dear GSLs & Group Contacts,
You will be aware from information that has been circulated from SHQ, UKHQ and Clyde Region that during the latter half of 2010, The Scout Association introduced a requirement for all adults who are subject to a 5 year appointment review, to undergo Safeguarding Awareness Training as part of the preparation for the consideration of their appointment renewal.
Below, is some important information about why this change has been introduced which I would ask you to take time to read.
Why has this change been made?
The Association reviews its safeguarding arrangements constantly and following a formal internal review and external advice from the NSPCC, it was decided that training in safeguarding should be an on-going requirement, as it is with first aid. The issues facing Scouters in keeping young people safe are changing all the time and it's essential that we provide up to date training.
Who is responsible for ensuring adults have completed the training?
The appointee's line manager, which for the majority of adults in Scouting is their Group Scout Leader or Group Contact will need to check that those they review have completed the training; as they do for First Response (and Disclosure checks). Form AR reflects this. It is therefore your responsibility to remind adults in your Group that they require to register for a Safeguarding Awareness Course.
Who is responsible for ensuring that training is available?
Clyde Region's Safeguarding Awareness Co-ordinators are provide training sessions meeting the objectives and can offer advice about the NSPCC Keeping Children Safe package.
The training will be offered in each District, once every year, between September and June. You do not necessarily have to attend the training in your District, you can attend the one on the most convenient date for you.
How should we record this safeguarding training?
Following completion of the training, the staff in the Regional Office will record it on the adults record on the membership database at scouts.org.uk
Which appointments does this rule apply to?
All those subject to an appointment review - essentially anyone who holds an appointment except for Scout Active Support and those in elected roles.
How is this training different to the safeguarding training delivered in Module 1?
Module 1 provides basic knowledge and information for Adults in Scouting regarding their role and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding young people. This training is delivered by specialist trainers who are equipped with a deeper knowledge of the subject matter. It supplements and builds on the training given in Module 1, so adults have more confidence in their safeguarding roles and responsibilities.
How long does this training take?
Participants in the NSPCC Keeping Children Safe package can complete the training at their own pace. Training workshops would normally be expected to last about 2-3 hours.
What should be checked at review?
Adults need to be able to demonstrate that they have completed safeguarding training during the period since their last review. Form AR has been amended to assist.
External courses can be used in 'exceptional circumstances' - what are these?
Our preference is a session with a Safeguarding Awareness Co-ordinator or participation in the NSPCC Keeping Children Safe package. When this is not seen as a viable option, external courses (such as those offered by local authorities) may be a suitable way to meet this training obligation, subject to the prior approval of the Head of Safeguarding.
I am a police officer / social worker / teacher. Why should I have to be trained again?
Professional training for the likes of police officers, Social Workers or teachers will not have any Scouting context. For example, a specialist police officer will have a detailed understanding of the law and investigative techniques, but will not (by virtue of their professional background) have an understanding of what the Association's stance is in respect of alcohol on activities or best practice in terms of the Yellow Card.
Why should I have to do the same training every five years?
Safeguarding training is constantly reviewed and our understanding of the issues faced by young people change over time. The content of this training will, therefore, change to reflect this. Best practice suggests that those completing online training for one appointment review may benefit from doing an alternative method for the following one - but this is likely to be affected by local priorities.
What happens if my leaders do not complete the training?
Any adult who does not complete the Safeguarding Awareness Training cannot continue to be involved in Scouting. They will have their appointment cancelled for failing to comply with the rules of The Scout Association.
If you have any queries in relation to this, please don't hesitate to contact me, your District Commissioner or one of our Safeguarding Awareness Coordinators.
In August 2010, Scout Network members Joanne Hay, Magnus Judge, Willian McFarlane and Andrew Thomson undertook their Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award Expedition.
After 3 practice expeditions, the team headed to the Cairngorm Region where they completed a physically demanding route and collected a number of water samples were taken which were to be analysed and compared against branded bottled water at a later date.
They have recently published their report from the expedition which formed part of their presentation. The report logs the experiences of each member of the team during the qualifying expedition as well as all the work that went towards preparing for it. This includes all the practice expeditions that took place; how a project and route was selected; and the outcomes from the project.
The team have kindly agreed that the report can be published online for others to see how they got on.
The Expedition season is almost here again, with not long to go until the Easter weekend, leaving little time to go for any Wild Country Area projects. To be sure all understand the requirements, Ron Alexander has made an extract from the Green Form to help you understand what is required.
Please send a copy of your Green Forms to Ron and once he gets the reference number he will copy it to SHQ. If your expedition is not in Wild Country, you should go through the normal procedure for activities, via your District Commissioner, again Ron would appreciate a copy. Groups using eDofE can get forms attached on the system and help in recording the expeditions.
Have a good expedition season!
What is the notification form for?
The form must be used to notify the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) that you are organising either an unaccompanied practice or a qualifying expedition in one of the DofE's designated wild country areas as defined in the Handbook for DofE Leaders (sixth edition pp 67-68). An unaccompanied expedition is one where remote supervision is used at any point, that is, all final practices and qualifying expeditions. Any training where remote supervision is used must also be notified.
Who needs to be notified?
The DofE Expedition Co-ordinator for the wild country area you are visiting, names and addresses are available at: www.DofE.org/go/expeditionareas
In addition a copy must be sent to your Operating Authority and their approval received.
Notifications and route details are submitted to Expedition Assessor Networks to:
Confirm that your proposals, if followed, comply with the 20 conditions of the Expedition section.
Ask for assessment by the wild country DofE Assessor Network.
Provide advice based upon local knowledge of the area to assist with the planning of the expedition.
Help the DofE to monitor, support and encourage responsible use of Britain's wild places and resolve any issues which might arise.
What information do you need to provide?
For qualifying expeditions requesting assessment through the Network you must send the following to the appropriate Expedition Co-ordinator:
At least 6 weeks before your expedition:
Two copies of the notification form per team fully completed and signed by your DofE Leader/Supervisor.
Two copies of route outlines (tracings on A4 tracing paper or a separate tracing for each day). The route outline should be taken from a 1:50,000 OS map and-include grid co-ordinates, grid references showing the start, all camp sites, the finish, the location and brief details of any exploratory work, bad weather alternate routes, escape routes and the direction of travel.
At least 2 weeks before your expedition:
Route cards with grid references, daily distances and timings, details of exploratory work, camp site locations, bad weather alternative routes and escape routes.
Notes on the aim of the expedition.
List of personal and team equipment to be carried including details of meals and supplies.
For practice expeditions or for qualifying expeditions where you have arranged your own assessment with an Acredited Assessor the following must be sent to the appropriate Expedition Co-ordinator:
At least 4 weeks before your expedition:
Two copies of the notification form per team fully completed and signed by your DofE Leader/Supervisor.
Two copies of route outlines (tracings on A4 tracing paper or a separate tracing for each day). The route outline should be taken from a 1:50,000 OS map and include grid co-ordinates, grid references showing the start, all camp sites, the finish, the location and brief details of any exploratory work, bad weather alternate routes, escape routes and the direction of travel.
At least 2 weeks before your expedition:
Route cards with grid references, daily distances and timings, details of exploratory work, camp site locations, bad weather alternative routes and escape routes.
Notes on the aim of the expedition.
List of personal and team equipment to be carried including details of meals and supplies.
You should send a stamped self-addressed envelope with your notification form.
What happens once you have submitted your form?
The Expedition Co-ordinator will review the information provided to assess its suitability as a DofE practice or qualifying expedition.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Expedition Assessment Voucher Process
Q) Why have Expedition Assessment Vouchers been introduced?
A) The Vouchers have been introduced to meet the growing cost of reimbursing the out of pocket expenses incurred by our volunteer Assessors, such as travel and car parking. The charges will also go some way to supporting the costs incurred by the Charity of administering the Expedition Assessor Networks.
A) Expedition teams who want to use an accredited Assessor from one of the DofE Assessor networks for their wild country qualifying expedition (www.dofe.org/go/expeditionareas) must purchase an 'Expedition Assessment Voucher'. The voucher comes with an ID code which confirms that the payment is registered and valid. There are vouchers for each level: Bronze, Silver and Gold. This process exists manually today; we are simply automating the process and including the Gold level. Note: Vouchers have an expiry limit of two years from the date of purchase and refunds are not available after this time limit has been exceeded.
A) Anyone can purchase vouchers from the online DofE shop (www.dofeshop.org) if they have a DofE shop account or a eDofE account. You can also order the vouchers directly from ASL Tel: 0131 553 5280 Fax: 0131 553 5776.
Q) How do I receive the 'ID code' for a purchased voucher?
A) When you purchase a voucher from the online DofE shop, you will receive an order email confirmation to your main email address (located within your DofE shop account or in your eDofE account) and a separate e-mail which contains the ID code for each voucher purchased. If you contact ASL to purchase the vouchers then they will forward the voucher codes to your declared email address.
Q) What do I do if I do not receive the voucher ID code email?
A) Please check your e-mail address is saved and ticked as the main contact in your eDofE account, and then check the email has not been sent to another one of your addresses. If you cannot find the e-mail then contact your DofE Regional/Country Office.
A) When you complete the Green Expedition Notification form and tick the box to request an accredited Assessor from the network, you provide the ID code in the relevant box which is sent to the Expedition Co-ordinator. The Expedition Co-ordinator will check the ID code is registered and valid. They will get back to you if they have questions and/or confirm that they have an Assessor ready for your expedition. DofE staff should keep a record of which expedition teams are using which Expedition Assessment Voucher ID code in a safe place.
Q) What happens if the Expedition is cancelled before it starts and I have already provided the ID code?
A) If the expedition is cancelled by yourself (for example: if the team size is below four people, or the travel arrangements to the wild country have fallen through) up to 48 hours before the start of the expedition you can apply to reuse the voucher. To do this, contact the Expedition Co-ordinator and request they release the voucher. This means you can reuse the voucher for an alternative expedition within the two year time period. Note: You must notify the Expedition Co-ordinator at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled start date.
It's now just over 7 months since our Local Development Officer Marie Clare joined us and here, she tells us about some of the positive work that she is doing to help grow Scouting in Clyde Region…
Recruiting Young People and Adults at Schools
I have been working with some Groups in South East District who have low numbers of young people in a few of their sections. By visiting local schools and talking to young people at assemblies and in classes about the Scouts they were able to find out more about their local Group and find out what happens in their section.
To get a Beaver colony up and running the leader and I visited two schools and delivered workshops that included games, crafts and a talk about the Beavers. Within a few weeks the colony is now successfully running and numbers are growing every week.
Place an advert on Volunteer Development Scotland Website
When out and about in the Region and visiting Groups one thing that comes up time and time again is the need for volunteers. Adverts for volunteers have been placed on the Do-it website and with the Job centres throughout the Region. If you are in need of some volunteers a good place to start is to place an ad with the Volunteer centres and this can be done through the Volunteer Development Scotland website. Get in touch with me and I can assist with this and the recruitment and retention of new volunteers.
I have been working with St David's Primary School in Plains and we hope to open a new Group in May, starting with a Beaver Colony. I recruited volunteers at Parent's evenings and activities that involved Parents at the school. All of the volunteers are new to Scouting so I have been working with them to help them learn how to run a Group. We have visited two Beaver colonies and are now in the process of planning the programme for when the Group starts.
If you would like some assistance in your Group or District you can download the expression of interest form from the website or contact me direct by calling 0141 248 6022 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
ARC (Explorer Scouts), John Rafferty (Raff) will shortly be visiting Explorer Scouts Units across the District to discuss with Explorer Scouts and their unit Leadership teams what he can do to support Explorer Scouts.
Please keep the weekend of October 7th/9th free as their will be a Regional Explorer Scout Camp that weekend - more details will be available when Raff visits you.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 22nd February 2011
Leaders may be are aware
the eDofE system had some updates during November and the DofE are currently working on a restyle which should hopefully help with the look, feel and
functionality of the system.
New developments include a redesign, addition of a
new expedition mapping programme, reporting functions and improvements to the
alerts and resources.
In addition to this, the Welcome packs are being revamped to
make them more user friendly (especially when being posted). They will soon be
a see-through plastic wallet containing all of the relevant information (which
is also being updated). From 1 April 2011, the cost of Welcome Packs will increase.
Don’t forget that from 1 April 2011, all qualifying expeditions
now need to be assessed by an appropriate DofE Accredited Expedition Assessor.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 16th February 2011
Deafblind Scotland work with dual sensory impaired individuals and have been given some funding by the Big Lottery in order to support Deafblind people to make awareness raising presentations to schools and other organisations.
The presentations involve a 50-60 minute talk during which time the Deafblind person will not only help to dispel stereotypes by explaining what are Deafness, Blindness and Deafblindness but will also include a practical element in which the audience are taught how to recognise and communicate with someone who is Deafblind. During this part of the session the participants will learn Deafblind manual signing.
Below are some quotes from teachers and students who have participated in previous sessions:
Miss Sturroch, Teacher, 'The sessions were, yet again, fantastic! They give our pupils a great insight to deafblindness and other disabilities. Invaluable experience for them!'
Agnes Johnston, Teacher, 'The children were very attentive and particularly benefited from the 'Hands on', use of the spectacles and from being spoken to by real people rather than watching DVD or Video presentation.'
A pupil's comment, 'Being deafblind doesn't mean that your life is over.'
A pupil's comment, 'I didn't even know there were people who were deaf and blind, I was very intrigued!'
We would love to visit your troop and allow them to better understand the world of Deafblindness and can send someone along to present whenever is convenient for the group.
For more information or to book a visit please contact the Touching Lives team at Deafblind Scotland on 0141 777 6111 or email email@example.com - they hope to hear from you soon!
Congratulations are due to Cubs from the 121st Glasgow who have completed the highest award for Cubs by achieving the Chief Scout's Silver Award
To achieve this award, young people have to complete 6 or 7 challenge badges throughout the two and a half years that they are in Cubs. A lot of hard work and dedication was put in by the boys and their leader and the activities that they had to do included; taking part in 2 overnight camps, completing a hike, visiting places of interest, organising a fundraising event, making a model, finding out about an international charity, trying two new sports, taking part in an act of worship and many more activities.
As well as achievements by their Cubs, the Warrior Explorer Scouts have been busy and Explorer Scout Douglas Oates has completed his Chief Scout's Diamond award which was presented with the award in the City Chambers.
To achieve this award Douglas had to complete twelve nights away camping, take up a new skill and a new physical activity and show progression and a lasting interest, provide service in the community for six months, plan and prepare a three day / two night expedition as well as many more activities.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 17th December 2010
Whilst the rest of the country slowly ground to a halt during the recent weather, 8 intrepid Scouts , 2 Leaders and a parent from the 1st Kilsyth Scout Group braved the snow, after a matinee performance of Glasgow Gang Show and headed to Auchengillan to camp in the snow, in pursuit of their Gold Zodiac Award!
The rolls with egg and sausage for breakfast on Sunday fuelled striking camp in the blizzard.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 17th December 2010
The Wave of Friendship programme runs for four years up to September 2012 and during this time will provide grants to 200 volunteers, with each successful applicant receiving up to £500 to cover their travel, accommodation and other costs to volunteer in London (for Scottish volunteers) or Scotland (for London-based volunteers). The grants can support individual volunteers or groups, and do not have to part of volunteer exchanges.
The scheme has been launched to promote and support volunteering in Scotland and London in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games. It's part of larger programme called People Making Waves, which aims to encourage a cultural and volunteering legacy from the Olympics.
Suitable volunteering opportunities can be practically anything providing they are fixed term (from a day, a weekend to a week or more) and demonstrate some or all of the values of the Olympics movement: Friendship, Respect, Excellence, Courage, Determination, Equality and Inspiration.
So far the scheme has funded a wide range of volunteering opportunities including stewarding on the Edinburgh Moonwalk and Race for Life in London, planting Caledonian forest in the Scottish highlands, volunteering at the British Museum and London art galleries, and supporting charities and voluntary organisations in London and Scotland.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 13th December 2010
Many Groups will be aware that in recent years, the Region has held a Service of Reception for the Peacelight from Bethlehem around this time of year.
Regrettably, for a variety of reasons, there will be no service this year.
I do still intend to collect a share of the light for Scotland and will be doing so tomorrow, Tuesday 15th December.
For those who would like to collect a share of the light to take back to your own home or Church, we will be having an informal gathering with tea/coffee and mince pies tomorrow night from 7.30pm - 9pm in the Regional Office at 21 Elmbank Street, Glasgow.
Please RSVP to Gary Bainbridge at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07789 991773 to confirm if you plan to attend.
Scouting volunteers from the 35th Glasgow, Heather Nilsen-Nygaard and Morag Young have recently had their good service to scouting recognised by the Chief Scout.
Heather Nilsen-Nygaard has given service to Scouting as a volunteer for nearly 19 years having been an ABSL, then BSL. Heather has always provided an excellent, well-planned programme within the Colony, incorporating a wide variety of activities. With the introduction of the 6-25 programme, Heather embraced the changes and her Beaver Scouts continue to be offered a high standard of activities, while having a lot of fun. The 35th Beavers also enjoy a range of outings to places of interest, pantomimes, sporting venues and campsites. Within the Group, Heather is an active participant in all events and she attends meetings and is always willing to put her point across. She supports the work of her GSL and Group Executive and she has worked with new Leaders from all sections, to assist them with programme planning - an area in which she is particulary skilled. Heather served as a 'young person' on the SHQ Beaver Team and from 1995-1998, was Scotland's representative on the National Beaver Scout Team. She also represented the Beaver Scout Section at Youth Seminars in Portugal and Luxemburg. In addition to her role in the Group, Heather is also ADC (Beaver Scouts) in Eastwood District. Under her leadership, Beaver Colonies across Eastwood District have continued to thrive and Heather has provided leaders with a great deal of support and guidance, tailored carefully to their needs. She has led the organisation of many 'Beaver Fun Days' within the District, assisted by representatives from every Colony. These are very ambitious events, catering for hundreds of children, with a wide range of activities centred around an agreed theme. They are lots of fun and are greatly enjoyed by the children, parents and siblings.
Morag Young joined the 35th Glasgow in 1990 to help in the Beaver Colony, as part of her service commitment in Guiding, and has never left. On reaching the age of 18, Morag became an adult leader and has given excellent service ever since. While holding the ABSL appointment, Morag has regularly, successfully stepped up to the role of BSL. Morag has supported many Beaver Scouts through the transition process to Cub Scouting and has worked closely with the Cub leadership team, to ensure that children are fully integrated within the Pack. She has also supported a number of Explorer Scout Young Leaders in developing leadership skills within the Colony. With the BSL, Morag provides an energetic, imaginative and varied programme for Beaver Scouts, which the children clearly enjoy. As well as contributing to the running of the Colony, Morag is a tremendous asset to the Group as a whole, being able to successfully turn her hand to running a Cub Pack, or when necessary, helping to run a Troop meeting. She takes a great interest in the running of the Group and provides great support for the work of the GSL and Group Executive. Away from the Group, Morag supports Beaver Scouting across Eastwood District and helps with the training of new leaders in the Region.
For their good service to Scouting, Heather and Morag were presented with the Award for Merit at the Group's recent AGM.
Remember the summer and those outdoor activities? For most of us, it is now but a distant memory as we settle in to winter weather and enjoying indoor activities.
Beaver Scouts Jonathan, Charlie and James from the 1st Glasgow received their Chief Scout's Bronze Award on a day 'out and about' this summer and from the pictures below, they looked as if they were certainly enjoying their activities.
For those young people who are still using the Record Book system, when you have completed Bronze or Silver, make sure your book is properly completed and signed then send it to Ron Alexander who will check them and if OK will sign them and issue a certificate and pin badge.
When you think you have completed your Gold Award, please contact Ron Alexander for advice on how to proceed.
For those young people who are on the new online eDofE ,they should be entering all their evidence, with as much detail as possible online. Signed Keeping Track pages from the booklet can be scanned and added as evidence to each section, along with photographs, etc. Once the participant feels that they have enough to complete a section they should send it to their leader on the system. If everything is correct, the Leader can then approve the section. Once all sections have been approved this then goes to our Award Manager, if all is OK he will send out Bronze or Silver certificates and pin badges. For Gold Awards, this also has to go to DofE Scotland.
Leaders should be aware that the new eDofE system is a 'labour saving device' for you as it's the Participants who enter the details and you have no books to chase after.
Scout Groups around the Region will, I am sure, have been enjoying Halloween parties during the last week. Thanks to Bill Linley from East Kilbride for his picture of Beaver Scouts from Mossneuk Colony scaring their Beaver Leader!
Many congratulations to the following nine leaders within our Region who recently completed their Queen Scout Award expeditions: Tanveer Bamrah, Drew Hendry, Magnus Judge, Billy Lui, William McFarlane, Euan Morris, James Ritchie, Andrew Thomson and Hannah Wells.
Hannah, Euan, Andrew, Magnus and Billy also passed their DoE Gold expeditions.
Having trained in sunshine throughout 2010 their final hike was rather damp and chilly as the Cairngorms had Scotland's first snowfall at the end of August!
It was a fantastic achievement and we wish them all the best in completing the rest of the awards.
Are you considering doing your Diamond Chief Scout's Award, Queen's Scout Award, Silver or Gold DoE award expedition next year?
On Wednesday evening 17th November there will be a meeting bringing together 18-25 year olds from Clyde Region who are planning to do their expeditions in the summer of 2011. The meeting will be held at 7.30pm at Clyde Regional Scout Council, 21 Elmbank Street, Glasgow.
We recognise that many leaders are keen to do their awards but find the expedition part difficult to complete. Richard Mumford, a Mountain Leader and qualified DoE Assessor will work alongside myself to train you (where necessary) and supervise the practice and qualifying expeditions. This should take no more than six evening meetings, two weekends and the four day-three night qualifying trip. We will work to your prior experience to ensure you are fully trained but with the minimum of time constraints as we know you already have busy scouting commitments!
If you cannot make it but would be interested in joining a group, please let me know before the meeting so we can include you in our plans.
If you can make the meeting or have any questions please let me know by calling me on 01555 664399 or email me at email@example.com
Could you support and motivate nearly 250 volunteer adults to deliver Scouting to our youth members. We're looking for a volunteer District Commissioner to lead a support team and coordinate the work of Clydesdale District.
The successful candidate will be able to work well in meetings and on a one to one basis, provide positive management for local Scouting and develop relationships with volunteers in the organisation and external agencies who can enhance our work.
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.
As the Commonwealth Games 2010 come to a close this week,
Eyes are turning to Glasgow who will be hosting the event in 2014. But as the
games close, The Commonwealth experience is just starting for Richard Bolt.
Richard, an Assistant Cub Scout Leader with 16th Glasgow (1st Milton of Campsie),
is away to Delhi as part of the 352 member cast to represent The Scout
Association at the handover ceremony from the Delhi games to the 2014 event in
Richard will be one of 352 members of the Glasgow 2014
handover cast in Delhi this Thursday. They have been rehearsing 9am until about
7pm every day for 3 weeks, to be prepared for the 8 minute performance (That is
about 17 hours of rehearsal per minute!)
Richard has also been involved in Glasgow Gang Show for many
years and claims that the skills he learnt there are very useful for this
Also appearing in Gang Show this year, Richard has only
missed one rehearsal due to his 2014 Commitment – He was in Delhi at the time!
He also claims that general Scouting skills have helped him
take on this mammoth task,
“Walking into a room full of strangers, I just treat it like
going to a big camp. You are all there to have fun and share a common purpose.
The experiences you get through Scouting definitely make talking big challenges
like this easier!”
Richard will be representing the Scouts of Glasgow and of
the World in front of the 60,000 people in the Stadium and the expected One
Billion TV Viewers worldwide.
“If it wasn’t for being involved with Scouting, and with
Glasgow Gang Show, I would never have had the opportunity to do anything like
this. It is a once in a lifetime adventure”
You can see the performance as part of the handover ceremony
on Thursday 14th of October 2010 at approximately 3:30pm on BBC1 and
on the BBC Website
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Clyde Region was pleased to learn that the Chief Scout has recently made awards recognising the contribution of the following volunteers:
Roy Adam has been part of the leadership team at the 77th Glasgow for nearly 10 years. Roy started out working as part of the Scout Troop leadership team, helping to deliver a weekly programme to a Troop of young men with physical disabilities. For the last couple of years, Roy has been a member of the Group's (Fellowship) Active Support Unit, providing assistance at weekend camps and summer camp. For Roy's Good Service, the Chief Scout has awarded him the Chief Scout's Commendation for Good Service.
John Cassidy has volunteer as part of the 113th Glasgow's Group Executive Committee for more than 25 years. John willingly turns his hand to whatever needs done, including fundraising, maintenance of the hall and grounds and the Group's Mock Auction and Jumble Sale. The Group recently celebrated their Centenary and John led the organisation of a year to remember for members past and present. For his outstanding service to Scouting, the Chief Scout has awarded John the Award for Merit.
Fraser Cochrane has been a Scouting volunteer for than 15 years. Originally working with the Scout section, Fraser was responsible for ensuring that his Troop enjoyed an active programme of activities and the Troop were often found to be travelling abroad to international camps, helping them to develop a better understanding of the World around them. In 2006, Fraser took over the running of the Group's Beaver Colony where he ensures that our youngest members are introduced to the Scouting adventure and are always left looking for more as they move up to Beavers and Cubs. For his outstanding service to Scouting, the Chief Scout has awarded Fraser the Award for Merit.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 30th September 2010
More than 50 leaders from across Great Western District enjoyed a weekend of fun, learning and refreshing their skills at Auchengillan recently.
The weekend provided an opportunity for leaders to improve their basic Scouting skills, share ideas with each other and meet friends old and new.
The sun shone on Auchengillan which made it even nicer!
Commenting on the weekend, District Commissioner Anne Law said 'I'm sure I am speaking for everyone when I say it was lots of fun, we all learnt something new and formed excellent links and friendships between other leaders in the District which will stand us in good stead for the future, so I'm delighted that we met our aims. On behalf of the District, I'd like to say a huge thanks to Gerry Durkin of the 204th for arranging and coordinating the bases and to Caroline and Brian Lowe (80th), Sandy Bennet & Gordon Hobden (20th), Alastair Jardine (178th), John Wordie (86th/191st), Jim Peebles (72nd), Fiona Hunter (183rd), Scott Ballantyne (9th), Robin and Moira Russell (District Team) and Scott McDonald (Auchengillan) for all that they did to help the weekend go smoothly.' Anne continued, 'a huge thanks also to Christine Quigg and Jinty for making sure that we were all well fed.'
The District hopes to repeat the event in 2 years' time.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 23rd September 2010
Clyde Region was sorry to learn of the passing of Ian Fletcher earlier this month.
Ian was born into a family with long connections with Scouting and Guiding so it was no surprise when he joined his local Cub Pack aged 8 and Scouting played a big part in his life from there on.
For many years, Ian was Cub Scout Leader at the 139th Glasgow where he ran a thriving Pack, ensuring that young people got the most out of the programme and summer camps around the UK were always the highlight of the year.
Not content with running his Pack, Ian was ADC (Cub Scouts) and actively supported other Packs around the District, visiting them to support new leaders and organising District events.
As well as volunteering in his Group and District, Ian had a long association with Glasgow Gang Show having been part of the Stage Crew team then latterly chairing the show's Business Committee, overseeing the finances and administration for Gang Show.
Despite the challenges that his health regularly set him, Ian lived life to the full and got the most out of everything that he got involved with.
Ian was called to higher service on 12 September 2010 and nearly 100 Scouting friends joined with his family to give thanks for someone who was always ready to help others and who enriched the lives of many.
He will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with his family at this time.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 17th September 2010
Child Protection or Safeguarding? There have been a few changes to the Child Protection Policy recently.
A new yellow card has been produced and this incorporates neglect into the policy statement. You should have this version by now as it was issued with the September issue of Scouting magazine.
From now on there will be a requirement for every leader/commissioner to have completed approved safeguarding (the new name for child protection) training at the time of their appointment review and there are three ways to do this.
One way is to attend the training session offered in your district or if that date does not suit you can attend the session offered in any other district in Clyde Region. The alternative is for you to complete the Keeping Children Safe package which is now on-line and consists of 3 modules (you need to complete all 3).
For details of the training being offered around the Region, please visit the Regional Diary.
Training offered by other youth organisations, churches etc could also be considered suitable. If you fall into this category please let your DC or Training Advisor know so that we can match up the objectives and the content.
The cut off point to have completed the training for those who have an appointment review due during 2010, should be December 2010, however leaders who have booked in to sessions running between January and June 2011 will have their appointments confirmed, unless of course they don't turn up on the day!
Adults applying for Activity Permits will also need to do some sort of safeguarding training as well. This should be agreed with the appropriate Commissioner.
The safety of children and young people in our care is very important so please make every effort to attend one of the sessions before your appointment review. In fact even if your appointment is not due for renew you can still come along.
Clyde Region was delighted to learn that earlier this month, the Chief Scout made awards to volunteers, recognising their good service as follows:
Elizabeth Wardrop is an Assistant Cub Scout Leader at the 183rd Glasgow. Liz has worked as part of the team delivering an exciting programme of activities to her Cub Pack for more than 10 years and is a great asset. Liz is particularly well known for her craft skills and is often found helping out at events in Great Western District as well as Auchengillan Jamborees. The Chief Scout has awarded Liz the Chief Scout's Commendation for Good Service.
Jean Grimm is the Group Treasurer at the 10th Coatbridge Scout Group. Jean has supported Scouting as a member of the Group Executive Committee then Group Treasurer for more than 30 years. During her time with the Group, Jean has been responsible for organising annual fair days, jumble sales, bingo evenings and social events to help raise funds for the Group. This is combined with the need to keep accurate financial records and ensure that the Group Executive Committee is kept briefed on their finances. The Chief Scout has award Jean The Award for Merit.
Do you know of leaders in your Group or District who regularly give good service to Scouting which has not been recognised? If so, please contact your District Commissioner or get in touch with me in the Regional Office.
Karen Imrie has given service to Scouting at Group, District, Area and Regional level over a period of nearly 20 years. In July, she was presented with the Bar to the Award for Merit amongst friends and family at the Blair Atholl Patrol Jamborette.
Her first love in Scouting has always been working with the Cub Scout section and for many years she worked hard as part of a leadership team to ensure that all of her Cubs were given the opportunity to enjoy a balanced programme and gain badges and helped to lead themed programme evenings and take the Pack to camp bi-annually.
In 2003, she took on the challenging role of Local Training Manager, working hard to persuade Group Scout Leaders and new leaders of the benefits and value of completing their wood badge.
In 2006, Karen took on the role of Blair Atholl Coordinator for Gt. Glasgow Area. Having been associated with Blair Atholl for many years Karen new only too well the benefits and enjoyment that young people would get from being part of a Blair Atholl Patrol. For many years, the Area had struggled to fill its quota and it's a credit to Karen that in recent years, the number of young people applying for selection has increased.
In 2003 and 2009, Karen joined the staff of Auchengillan International Jamboree in the role of Assistant Director of PR & Media helping with the massive amount of pre-camp administration, coordinating home hospitality for Groups and greeting international Groups as they arrived in Glasgow.
Most recently, Karen was Chairman of Eastwood District Appointments Committee, driving forward the implementation of the now current appointments process in the District and ensuring that new adults felt welcome.
We offer our congratulations to Karen on her well-deserved award.
Do you know of leaders in your Group or District who regularly give good service to Scouting which has not been recognised? If so, please contact your District Commissioner or get in touch with me in the Regional Office.
Earlier this week, we were delighted to welcome Marie Clare McLinden to the Regional Office in the newly created post of Local Development Officer.
Marie Clare will be with us for the next 3 years, supporting the development of Scouting and recruiting adult volunteers across the Region.
I'm sure that everyone will join with me in welcoming Marie Clare to this exciting new post and I asked her to tell us a bit about herself so that you can get to know her so over to Marie Clare!
'After studying at University, I worked as an Environment Officer in Glasgow East Regeneration Agency. I delivered educational activities and workshops to young people and I worked with the local community to help them develop their greenspace and this encouraged and taught people about how to care for and improve their local environment.
I am really excited to be part of the Scouts and I'm looking forward to the new challenges this will bring. I have already had experience volunteering with the Guides in Motherwell where I have enjoyed working with the young people to complete badges and challenges as well as work with the wider community. I have gained some great experiences from this, including learning to bake which, along with making jewellery which is now a hobby I love to do at home.
I can't wait to meet and start work with everyone involved across the region where I will be able to learn much more about the Scouts as well as learn some new skills along the way.'
Marie Clare can be contacted in the Regional Office and at firstname.lastname@example.org
It always gets a bit quieter in the Regional Office at this time of year and earlier this month, I took the opportunity to catch up on some time off and headed off to camp with a Group of Scout Networkers.
The 77th Glasgow Scout Network is no ordinary Unit; they provide an opportunity for physically disabled young people to experience Scouting at its best!
Our summer camp adventure began first thing on the Monday morning when we gathered with 2 minibuses at The Quay in Glasgow and 8 Networkers and 9 Leaders loaded ourselves and our gear into the minibuses to head for Badaguish, just outside Aviemore. Badaguish is a fully accessible outdoor centre with modern log cabins and was an ideal setting for summer camp.
During the course of the week we went cycling, clay pidgeon shooting and fishing, tried out the swimming pools in Inverness and at the Macdonald Resort in Aviemore and of course has some time to relax in camp.
After what seemed like no time at all, we were packing up and heading off for our next destination; Fort Augustus.
We spent our last 2 nights of summer camp at Cumberlands Campsite and on the Saturday, the Networkers walked the Great Glen Way from Altsigh to Invermoriston which for them was knackering but rewarding to complete the hike.
All too soon, Sunday morning was with us and we were striking camp ready for the journey back to Glasgow, with a pit stop at The Green Welly in Tyndrum.
The 3rd Carluke Scout Group recently enjoyed their first camp of 2010 with a back to basics theme.
The Scouts enjoyed a range of activities including fire lighting, axe and saw skills, patrol tent pitching and learning about the countryside.
The Cubs joined the Troop overnight on the Saturday night to ensure that they had their fair share of the fun as well.
Maggie Hogg, Assistant Scout Leader at the 3rd Carluke said 'great fun was had by everyone' she continued 'I'd like to say a special thanks to all of the Cubs and Scouts for joining in all of the activities and of course the person who arranged the sunshine will have our gratitude for a long time to come.'
The activities continued on Sunday with some creative pioneering, bivouacking and hammock building competitions!!
10 PLs and APLs from the 8th Airdrie joined Scouts from across Scotland for a skills training weekend at Meggernie last weekend.
Among the traditional Scouting skills were axe & saw, backwoods cooking, pioneering, use of stoves, pitching a Patrol tent, map & compass, and fire lighting. The Scouts also too part in grass sledging and ballista building.
Patrol Leader Emily said, 'I enjoyed all of the activities. This was a great weekend.'
The Scouts from Chapelhall would like to thank Bruce and his team from Scottish Fellowship for making this a great event.
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The 45th Glasgow (Kirkintilloch) Scout Troop invested their new leaders in a very different location recently.
During a camp at Loch Venachar, near Callander, they invested new Scouts and Leaders out on the Loch.
The intrepid scouts and brave leaders had to stand to alert in their kayaks making the scout sign whilst the rest of the troop stood on the shore cheering them on, and waited for the inevitable splash.
In the end, all returned safe and dry to land. New scout Mathew Welsh who was one of those invested said, 'It was great; camp was amazing and fun, but the best bit for me was getting to take my promise in the canoe.'
The Group are always looking for new, interesting and challenging ways for their scouts and cubs to take their promise, they (and we) would be delighted to hear any amazing ideas or stories from other Groups.
Scouting is strong in Groups and Districts across Clyde Region thanks to the hours of work that are put in by volunteers, week in, week out during the course of the year.
The Chief Scout makes particular recognition of the contribution of volunteers with the St. George's Day Awards every year and we were delighted 11 of our leaders and supporters have had awards made to them on St. George's Day 2010.
The Silver Wolf
Iain McNeil, Skills Instructor, 29th Glasgow
Iain Park, Assistant Explorer Scout Leader, Strathcalder District
Sandy Walls, Group Scout Leader, 29th Glasgow, Training Adviser & Nights Away Adviser, South Western District & Regional Assessor, Clyde Region
The Silver Acorn
Ian Duncan, Skills Instructor, 29th Glasgow
Anna Gemmell, Group Treasurer, 186th Glasgow
Pat Gibson Group Scout Active Support Member, 28th Glasgow
Allan Gibson, District Treasurer, Eastwood District
Graeme Hamilton, Group Scout Leader, 113th Glasgow, UK Adviser (Cub Scouts)
Robert Irvine, District Appointments Secretary, Kelvin Valley District
Carol Keith, Cub Scout Leader, 40th Glasgow
Jimmy Patterson, District Commissioner, Eastwood District
A fun new event is set to take place in Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park on Sunday 23rd May. The WildHearts WeeWalk aims to educate under 12s about healthy eating and active lifestyles, by participating in an action packed one or three mile walk around Kelvingrove. Along the way participating young people will follow a map to collect healthy snacks from cute characters such as monkeys, pirates and cowboys! Each young person receives a healthy eating chart to use in the run up to the WeeWalk and a 'Healthy Goodies' rucksack to collect their treats at the event and then re-use when out shopping with their parents/guardians. Upon completion of the event every 'WeeWalker' receives a souvenir medal. Everyone is also encouraged to raise a small about of sponsorship for WildHearts, a charity that provides micro-loans and business training to people in the developing world, enabling them to work their own way out of poverty, support their families and send their children to school. Every participant receives an info pack brining this to life and explaining how by taking part in the WeeWalk they have helped other young people around the world. Young people that reach the optional fundraising target of £25 also receive a certificate, stickers and a badge.
WildHearts piloted the very first WeeWalk in Aberdeen last spring and worked closely on the event with Aberdeenshire Scouts. They are now spreading the word in Glasgow to see if any local Cubs or Beavers would like to take part, as a group or with their own families. Last year quite a few Aberdeen Beavers used the WeeWalk as a way of earning their Health & Fitness Badge (you might have seen this featured in the Scottish Scouts Newsletter). If you would like any further information, posters or flyers, please contact Carys Petrie on 07810 544 817 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WildHearts are also hoping to recruit some local Scouts or Explorers to help out at the event for a few hours. They need volunteers who can help marshal the route (or even dress up in the monkey costumes etc!) and would be delighted if anyone was available to help. WildHearts would be happy to promote the Scout movement in return or to sign off volunteer hours for Duke of Edinburgh or any badges the Scouts may be going for. Please contact Carys (details above) to find out more.
Clyde Region was sorry to learn of the passing of two good friends recently.
Colin Marshall was a 'weel kent face' in Scouting in the North East of Glasgow. Colin was District Chairman of North Eastern District for many years where he supported the District Commissioner and his team in running the affairs of the District. In addition Colin was involved in the 22nd Glasgow then 10th Glasgow Scout Groups where his warm hearted nature helped many young people to enjoy Scouting. Colin was perhaps most at home when in the kitchen, either at camp or at an event ensuring that everyone was well fed and watered. Colin was held fondly in the hearts of everyone that he came into contact within Scouting and always went that extra bit to help people out.
Ross McManus was a stalwart of Glasgow Gang Show and was one of the last remaining members of Gang Show's 39 Club. Ross was on cast and the moved back stage where he worked to help put the show on. Ross was a great supporter of Gang Show over many years and missed his first show in 2009 when his health was deteriorating.
Scouting was well represented at both of their funerals and we give thanks for everything that they did, to help other people.
Jimmy Patterson has been appointed as District Commissioner for Eastwood District with effect from 1 April 2010.
Jimmy brings more than 40 years experience of Scouting to the role having previously held appointments as a Group Scout Leader, member of a Group Executive, ADC (Scouts) and District Explorer Scout Leader.
Jimmy is looking forward to supporting Groups around the District and to looking ay how Scouting can reach out to more young people.
Commenting on the appointment, Stuart Imrie; Regional Commissioner for Clyde Region said; 'I am delighted that I have been able to appoint Jimmy into this key role to support adults in Eastwood District. His experience will help provide management and leadership skills that will facilitate the development of the District.'
Ever wondered what its like to breathe underwater?
A group of Explorer Scouts from the 6th East Kilbride found out when they spent an evening on the PADI Discover Scuba Diving course.
Whilst not an actual scuba certification; during the Discover Scuba Diving experience the Scouts learnt how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. The evening saw everyone complete their Scout Water Sports Activity Badge.
One of the Scouts to take part, Scott said 'There is nothing like breathing underwater for the very first time. It takes a little getting used to; after all, human beings weren't designed to do that - but very shortly I found it really easy.'
The biggest challenge the Aquatron instructors had with the Scouts was not coaxing them into the water, but coaxing them out when the course was over.
Aquatron are currently offering a two for one price for Scout Groups. This gives a cost of £12.50 for each Scout/Explorer and Leader and it's a great way to spend an evening. What's more, you can complete an Activity badge.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 18th February 2010
Just days after the Haiti disaster, Scouts & Explorer Scouts from the 12th, 32nd & 45th Glasgow joined together for a fundraising extravaganza to raise funds for the Shelterbox efforts in Haiti.
During the course of the day, they packed bags in their local Sainsbury's, with the Cubs and Scouts working hard alongside their Leaders to ensure everyone's bags were packed well. Samanthan from the 45th Glasgow said 'it's amazing how generous people are being and how interested they are in what Shelterbox are doing.'
While that was going on, Explorer Scouts from were out on the streets of Kirkintilloch with a bucket collection, which brought in a surprising amount. Explorer Scouts Charlotte and Craig said 'we couldn't believe it when people were actually crossing the street to put money into the buckets; it shows how much they care.'
As the day drew to a close, tired Explorers and Leaders worked on, to get the last donations out of Kirkie's generous shoppers.
The bag pack and collection raised more than £1,800 with further donations and support from Beaver parents totalled £1,960 which enabled sponsorship of four shelterbox's for Haiti, giving accommodation and support to forty people for up to six months.
Explorer Scouts from the 1st Lenzie held a very enjoyable camp at Auchengillan just before Christmas.
The weekend programme included plenty of games and activities including a venture out onto the Campsie Fells. Despite the low cloud there were opportunities to test map reading skills and check location with back bearings when gaps revealed surrounding features like Duntreath Hill.
A party of 11 with their leaders; James, Scott and Stuart marked the ascent of Dumgoyne with a photograph.
After lunch on Garloch Hill, the group returned on a track running along the north side of Dumgoyne, but two very keen Scouts, Ian and Sam, were determined to scale Dumgoyne a second time, under the supervision of Stuart.
The Explorer Scouts are looking forward to climbing Ben Ledi, Ben Vorlich, Ben Lawers and Ben Nevis in the coming year. Explorer Scout James Archibald checked out Ben Ledi on the last day of 2009 but we will have to wait for a thaw before the Scouts attempt this impressive hill near Callendar and Loch Lubnaig.
Explorer Scouts from the 3rd East Kilbride brushed up on their cooking and hygiene skills recently when they attended an Elementary Food Hygiene Course.
12 Explorer Scouts successfully completed the course and were presented with certificates by their Explorer Scout Leader; Paul Hart.
'It's essential that the guys understand the importance of hygiene when preparing food' said Paul 'and they learnt about this whilst having fun at the Scout Hall and achieved an externally recognised qualification.'
The Unit hoped to run this course on an annual basis as part of their balanced programme.
Cub Scout Scott Murray from the 2nd Lanark helped inspire P5 pupils at New Lanark Primary School to turn their St. Andrew's Day celebrations into a very good cause this year.
Scott organised a One School, Many Uniforms Day, with fellow pupils all paying £1 towards St. Andrew's Hospice to come to school not in their usual blazers and jumpers but in the uniform of whatever outside organisation they belonged to.
Scott went into school in his Cub Scout uniform whilst others wore swimming gear, dance outfits and tae-kwon-do gear.
At the end of the day Scott, pictured above, presented the money raised which totalled more than £60 to Rosaline McKenna from the Hospice.
The weekend before Christmas saw 15 Scouts from the1st Bellshill and Mossend Group avoiding the shopping frenzy and heading off for a weekend on adventure in the snow.
The Group set off hiking and after a snowy walk, reached their accommodation for the night at Fingland Bothy.
While thye watched the thermometer plumet to -6 degrees, the Scouts had a great timebuilding snowmen, bivvy bag sledging and the inevitable mass snowball fights.
Christmas crackers accompanied the festive dinner complete with Christmas pudding and yule log and the night ended with a quiz and Christmas Carol campfire!
'A Christmas camp may become a regular feature in the Scouts calendar!' said Scout Leader Neil Kelly 'and I would like to thank all the other Leaders and Young Leaders for helping make 2009 such a success.'
Fingland bothy is run by Borders Bothies Association.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 23rd December 2009
Friends of Clyde Scouts were delighted to join together at Rutherglen United Reformed Church on Thursday 17th December to receive a share of the Peacelight from Bethlehem and to look forward to Christmas.
Initially a charitable mission, for children in need in Austria and other countries, the distribution of the Light has involved Scouts and Guides from Europe since 1990. Each year, a child from Upper Austria fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem, at the site of Christ's birth and it's transported to Austria for a service of dedication and distribution at the cathedral in Vienna. From Vienna Scout representatives distribute the light across Europe. All who wish to receive the light are welcome to do so and it is used in services and kept alight at public places until Christmas.
Each year, the light is received in the Region and this year it was shared with Scouts and friends from Barrhead, East Kilbride, Lugton, Motherwell, Neilston, Newlands, Provanmill & Rutherglen. Before arriving in Glasgow, the light was shared with South East Scotland Scouts.
The message from the Austrian Scouts in 2009 reads 'The Chain of Lights is not only a Symbol of the Peacelight - it is a Sign of Peace, Warmth and Family.'
Visit our flickr gallery for some pictures from the event and visitwww.peacelight.org.uk for more information about its distribution.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 22nd December 2009
Early December saw members of the Scout Network from the 77th Glasgow heading off to Glengoyne Lodge at Auchengillan for a winter weekend.
The Group headed for Auchengillan late on the Friday evening and after a few games, a minor disaster with the cooker breaking down and some improvisation, we found ourselves heading out for some familiarisation around the site on the Saturday morning.
After lunch on Saturday, the Unit were challenged to build a catapult using pioneering poles and lashings and whilst the end result looked good, Scout Network Leader Kerrie was very relieved when it failed to fire the water balloons in her direction!
The Sunday morning saw a thawing game of rounders on ice before it was time for the grand clean up and back home after a fantastic weekend.
The 77th Glasgow Scout Group provides Scouting activities for young people with physical disabilities and you can find out more about them at glasgowdisablescouts.org
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 17th November 2009
Scouts & Explorer Scouts from Cambuslang and Kirkintilloch headed out on the hills for a day long walk earlier this month. Starting in the Braeval Car Park they walked up to Craig of Monivrackie, then across the ridge at the back and down into the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park track.
Walk leader John Syme said 'the walk will give us some great views once we get along the route' and he was right; the cloud lifted just in time to allow those on the return route.
The Region's Hillwalking Group helps young people and adults get experience on the hills and work towards permits or national governing body qualifications. It is open to Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Scout Network members and adults and the group meets on the first Saturday of each month.
Everyone agreed it had been a great walk, and excitement is already building for the December "Nite" Hike!
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 12th November 2009
Explorer Scout Young Leaders at the 29th Glasgow (Tuesday) Cubs took over the programme recently. During a programme planning session, they came up with the idea of running a themed night once a month and they have now runt the first of those; a Pirate Night.
Plans for future programmes include a Cowboy and Indian Night.
This summer, a group of 28 Scouts from East Kilbride headed off to Denmark to join 20,000 Scouts from across the World for a summer adventure at the Bla Summer Camp.
500 'kilted' Scottish Scouts arrived on the site at the same time, with many of the Danish commenting on it being like a scene from Braveheart.
This was the largest Scottish Contingent ever to travel abroad, and the Scots were the 2nd largest contingent of people at the camp; some way behind the 17,000 Danish Scouts!
The scouts camped under canvas for the whole time of camp and thoroughly enjoyed cooking over open fires. To make life a little more comfortable the Scouts constructed a dining shelter from poles, rope and a sheet of tarpaulin.
A busy schedule for the 7 days included geo caching, rice paper lanterns, a day of learning about climate change, cooking pheasant, spotting Sea Eagles, building wormeries, dissecting worms, learning about the country Bhutan, a water fight for 2000 people and woodwork.
The overseas groups were all paired with a Danish Scout group, with most of the East Kilbride Scouts being paired with Scouts from Ballerup and a trip to Scotland by the Ballerup Senior Scouts is now being planned. Also on the same area of the camp were a group from Herlev (Denmark) and a Swedish Group.
The East Kilbride Scouts showed off some Scottish Cuisine to the other groups on the site when a lunch was held to try foods from other countries, with the haggis getting a mixed reaction! The East Kilbride scouts gave a big thumbs up to the Swedish meatballs and for afters the East Kilbride Scouts gave out drinks of Irn Bru and a selection of Tunnocks biscuits which soon disappeared.
Some of the Scouts managed to feature in the sites daily newspaper, and when asked about the weather in Scotland they responded 'we only have two seasons; winter and July.'
Spectacular shows were put on for the opening and closing ceremony. At the closing ceremony was a popular Danish group Hej Matematik - the lead singer is better known to us in Scotland as a member of the band Aqua, the group that gave us Barbie Girl.
Scouts from the 1st Bellshill and Mossend recently completed a 40 mile sponsored cycle from Aberfoyle to Strathyre. The funds raised from the sponsored cycle will go twards the Group attending AJ09 which takes places at Auchengillan in August this year.
The weekend of May 16th/17th saw them experience all of Scotland's infamous inclement weather.
When they reached Loch Lubnaig, the Group stopped to invest their newest Scout; Alice Hannah.
The weather wasn't all cruel to them as they managed to find a ray of sunshine by the side of the Loch.