Celebrating 10 Years Of Explorers -- The work of 31 young leaders has been recognised as part of celebrations for the first 10 years of Explorer Scouting in Greenock and District.
The Young Leaders achieved certificates signed by senior members of the Scottish Government including First Minister Alex Salmond. They put in many hours of volunteering service in all groups throughout Inverclyde and help deliver a truly youth-led programme. Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Duncan McNeil presented the certificates. All Explorers are now wearing the 10 year badge on uniforms. Click for bigger photo
Meanwhile Mr McNeil and local MP Iain McKenzie were finding out about the work of the District with a visit to the District Team meeting. Both men were very interested to find out about the work of the Scouts locally and were presented with neckies and iScout mugs to take away. We are sure this will not be the last we see of our local elected members wearing their neckies with pride!
Troops Find World War Gun Geocache! -- Three Greenock Scout Troops invaded Langbank station, arriving by train and car, for a geocaching hike and then sleepover in the 42nd’s Scout Hall in Kilmacolm. The 32nd Troop arrived by train from Greenock as part of their travel adventure. The hike took them up to the transmitters where they set their own geocache in the World War II gun emplacements. Further along the hike the Scouts navigated to an already hidden treasure box, which they found very exciting. Superb cooking was laid on and a load of exciting games were played. The outdoor campfire was fun too. After the late night they arose early to a roll and sausage to set them up for the day with the 32nd hiking back to Langbank station. In all, 31 Scouts from 32nd, 42nd and 45th had a great time and achieved more badgework. Well done all the young people and many thanks to the Explorers, leaders and parents who took part. More joint adventures soon.
Safeguarding Training -- Ten members of the District Team and Executive completed the new Safeguarding Awareness Training. This training will be rolled out to all adult leaders in the near future.
Appointment Interviews -- Appointment interviews will be held on Wednesday 7 March, in Inverkip Primary School, commencing at 6.30pm. Outstanding AA and PVG forms should be forwarded to Eleanor Ross, appointment secretary as soon as possible.
Queen's Scouts Bowled Over -- The Scouts who are embarking on a five-day Queen’s Scout Voyage this August got together to get to know each other a little bit better through bowling in Xscape. Even though some people forgot what their names were and started bowling at the wrong time, resulting in Paul not winning, all enjoyed themselves and are waiting for their next outing.
Knotty Cubs At 70th -- The 70th Cubs have been holding a Knotting Challenge with each Cub challenged to learn eight knots and be able to tie them without help and explain when they would be used. Ross Davidson fought off strong challenges from Dylan Watt, Tom Forrest and Finn Mitchell to be first to complete the challenge. Click for bigger photo
57th Tackle Bullying -- The 57th has started a campaign for "Anti-Bullying". Beavers and Cubs made a Scout Group “Code of Conduct” and “Scout Troop Agreement”.
They asked each child how people feel when bullying happens and they had drawn a bully. They then crumpled up the drawing and opened it again to reveal a drawing with lots of creases and they understood that when bullying happens sometimes you cannot see the bruises.
They made a list of things they wouldn't do in and out of Scouts and what to do if someone is being bullied.
They also talked through how to stay safe on the internet and avoid cyber bullying.