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 design.
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 Year.
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.Author: Gary Bainbridge