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Regional Commissioner Welcome to the start of another session of Scouting in Clyde. This comes with exciting news for the Region, the employment of our Local Development Officer Marie Clare McLinden on a three year full time funded post. Marie Clare will be supporting the growth and development of Scouting in the Region by working with volunteers on practical projects in local communities. This is a new approach in the Region and the first such post in Scotland, although similar projects have been running successfully in England for a number of years. Over the coming weeks we will be working with DCs, District teams and others to identify priority areas for Marie Clare to become involved with, in the hope that we can expand access to quality Scouting for young people throughout Clyde Region. Obviously one person cannot work miracles on their own. Marie Clare will be supported by the Regional Team and District and Group Scouters. Key in our plans will be to recruit and train more adults, but we will also be looking at new and inventive ways to deliver Scouting in your locality. It is my firm belief that we already provide a superb product to over 5000 young people however many more could benefit if we had more leaders, more groups and we’re prepared to look at flexible approaches to delivering what we do.
Throughout the Summer I saw plenty of evidence, of the benefits that Scouting brings in developing our young people into responsible, articulate, confident and self-assured adults. For 41 of our youngsters, the holidays included ten days at the Scottish International Patrol Jamborette in the stunning grounds of Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Perthshire. This International event started in 1946 and has been bringing together Scottish and Overseas patrols every two years since. The seven Clyde patrols certainly showed their Scouting prowess but at the same time I think that they all thoroughly enjoyed the chance to make friends with 760 other Scouts from Scotland and 16 other countries around the world. I also understand that 12 overseas trips took place and everyone returned home safely from as far afield as Scandinavia, Switzerland and even Canada. Whether your Summer was spent overseas or closer to home the challenges overcome, fun had and friendships made will last a lifetime. Baden Powell put it quite well when he said ‘The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.’ I hope you have a happy session ahead.
You can read more from Marie Clare later in this newsletter however for now I am sure you would join with me in wishing her the best of luck.
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Clyde Connections is the official newsletter of Clyde Regional Scout Council, Registered Scottish Charity SC010415
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Andy Wilson, our Centre Manager at Auchengillan tells us what’s been happening over the summer months. New Website
This is going to mean that The transition to the new ranges will automatically happen as soon as they are finished and those booking sessions for either activity will go into the new ranges.
The eagle eyed of you will have spotted that we have a new website containing a lot more useful information. There are plans of all the buildings, full details of all of our activities and an interactive map giving details of suggested maximum numbers on a particular site, distance from water taps, toilets and so on. Booking forms, safety sheets for the self-supervised activities, risk assessments, clothing lists for activities and the Auchengillan brochure can now be downloaded so what are you waiting for? Visit www.auchengillan. com, have a look and let us know what you think.
Mountain biking A challenging and exciting mountain bike route is being developed around the centre, so groups booking this activity don’t even have to leave the centre! Please ask for details of this ever popular activity. Trainee Programme
New Archery and Rifle Range Construction is now well under way for our new archery and rifle shooting range. Situated at the back of the shop complex, we will see the eagerly awaited return of target archery, in any weather and both archery and rifle shooting will become fully accessible for everyone – no more bending double and crouching under the Providore to do shooting or standing ankle deep in mud doing archery! This project has been able to go ahead thanks to the generous support that Auchengillan has received from The John Groome Fund, The Kilgour Fund, The SHQ Development Fund and Auchengillan Endowment Funds.
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We will shortly be recruiting for trainees through the Project Scotland scheme to start in January 2011. If you are aged 18-25 yrs old, have the ability to live and work in a team and a desire to develop your interests in outdoor activities, please get in touch. Trainees are expected to live at the centre for the duration of the placement which runs from January to November. The scheme provides a subsistence allowance, full training leading to National qualifications and food & accommodation.
Minibus pick ups
With ever decreasing bus services, getting to and from Auchengillan by bus has become quite a challenge. The good news is that train and bus services to Bearsden and Milngavie run regularly and subject to availability, we may be able to pick up small groups from either of these in our minibus. Pick up from Milngavie train station or bus stop would cost £18 and the same for the return journey to take you back. We can also assist in dropping off small groups to a destination along the West Highland Way to enable a group to walk back to Auchengillan.
There are odd weekends available in the Kyle Cabin and Providore between now and the end of the year, but only the last weekend in November and first two in December in the Allander Chalet. Traditionally, once the schools return after the summer holidays, all weekends get snapped up very quickly, so don’t leave it too late to get in. Auchengillan’s contact details are: centre@ auchengillan.com or 01360 770256, or just pop in!
The bus will take either a maximum of 14 passengers or fewer if there are lots of rucksacks and bags (we would need to take out a few seats). Occasionally, we can accommodate a slightly larger group using both the van and the bus, but this will be at greater cost. Neither the bus nor van are available for self drive hire. Please get in touch with us for prices and details to see if we can help
Sharing Ideas! Good communication is all about sharing ideas and information in all directions between Groups, Districts and the Region. Jennifer McAskill is the Cub Scout Leader at the 35th Glasgow and we asked her what prompted her to start sending in articles for clydescouts.org.uk ‘While reading Issue 6 of Clyde Connections, I noticed that all the updates seem to be from District Commissioners. It’s great to see that the District Commissioners are getting round the Colony’s/Packs/Troops in their District however there doesn’t seem to be much of an update from leaders. It would be great as a Cub Leader to see what other leaders are doing with their packs and to share these stories with my Cubs. It’s really easy to get a story published either in Clyde Connections or on the Clyde website. I have submitted some stories in the past along with pictures, I just sent off an email to Gary Bainbridge who reviewed my article and made any necessary tweaks and next thing it’s live on the web. I hope that other leaders find the 35th Glasgow (Crookfur) Cub stories interesting and can use our ideas for future programmes. Hopefully I will be able to see what other Packs have been up to and maybe use a few of their ideas.’ www.clydescouts.org.uk Page 3
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award forms a key part of the balanced programme for the Scout and Explorer Scout sections. Our Regional Adviser for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Ron Alexander tells us what’s been happening over the summer. Congratulations to Ronan Southcott of the 24th Glasgow who recently completed his Gold Award. 8 Explorer scouts & members of Scout Network from Clyde Region attended the Gold Award Presentations on July 16th at The Palace of Holyrood House Gardens. Certificates were presented, in the presence of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, by the Lieutenant General for the Army in Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland to: Tom Clanachan and Ronan Southcott (24th Glasgow), Tom Aitken, Iain Cameron, Chris Jones and Steven Ogilvie(72nd Glasgow), William Johnston (204th Glasgow) and Amy Duggan (2nd Uddingston). It was great to see a good show of Scout uniforms, which the Duke takes note of and I saw him having a word with the morning group which they seemed to enjoy. SHQ will be hosting two Duke of Edinburgh’s Award training days in October of this year. The training is targeted at any adults in Scouting who are involved with, or would like to be involved with the running of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as part of their balanced programme. The DofE Expedition Assessor training will be run on Saturday 9 October and is compulsory for anyone wishing to become a DofE Expedition Assessor. The Introduction to the DofE Award training will be held on Sunday 10 October and it is for anyone wishing to get involved in the DofE and who is looking for more information. This course is not compulsory but does give a good base from which to launch the award in your local Group/Unit. Each course lasts for a full day with tea and coffee provided. There will be a fee of £5.00 to cover the cost of providing lunch. Self catering camping at Fordell Firs is available for anyone wishing to stay for the weekend at a cost of £3.00 per night. If you are interested in either course please contact Andrew Aldous at SHQ on 01383 419073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org - places are limited so please get in touch as soon as possible. Clyde Connections September 2010 Page 4
Completed Awards When an Explorer Scout or a Networker completes their Bronze or Silver Award, please send their signed record books to me (Ron Alexander). I will check them and if everything has been correctly completed, I will sign the book and have certificates and pin badges, sent to the Leader. When an Explorer Scout or a Networker completes their Gold Award, please send their signed record book to me (Ron Alexander). I will check them and if everything has been correctly completed, I will assist the participant/ leader to complete the Gold completion form which goes to SHQ, then to the DofE in Edinburgh. Please note that this process will normally take a few weeks. Where are all of the Bronze and Silver completed books? I have not had one request this year for completion. Surely someone must be complete out there! Expedition Assessors From 1 April 2011, all adults wishing to assess expeditions must be fully accredited on the new scheme and they need a certificate, with a reference number from the DOE. If you do not have this then please get on the course in October. For more details please contact Andrew Aldous at SHQ, email@example.com Expeditions A reminder for Leaders that it is a requirement of the Award, to inform the (OA) Operating Authority; (Scouts Scotland), of any Expeditions proposed, for un-accompanied Practice and Final Journeys in Wild Country (see definition in DoE information). The Award ‘Green Form’ must be used for this. Please inform Ron Alexander, well in advance of any planned un-accompanied Practice and Final Journeys in Wild Country as the form must be with the Panel Secretary at least six weeks in advance where an assessor is required and four weeks where no assessor is required. Ron will assist you by letting the relevant people know. If the OA is not informed, this could make both the journey and insurance cover void. As ever, if you’ve got any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0141 424 3141.
. . . s p i T g n i n i Tra With a new Scouting year about to get underway many of you will be thinking towards finishing your wood badges or indeed beginning your training. The training team have been working hard over the summer months to pull together a diary of training opportunities which hopefully will help everyone to complete any training needs they may have. Sectional Weekends Following the success of last year’s sectional training course held over 2 residential weekends we have decided to repeat these weekends this year. The learning for modules 7 – 9 and 11 – 17 will be covered over the 2 weekends one in November and one in March. In between the weekends there will be the option to complete some projects which will help towards validation of the learning in weekend one. This is an excellent way to complete a lot of learning in a short space of time. Individual Modules During the year a variety of modules will be run on an individual basis. As running these in evenings has proved very unpopular in the past we have decided to run them on Saturdays or Sundays. Two or three modules will be run each day and you can sign up for one, two or indeed three modules – whatever suits your needs. Manager Modules If you are an AGSL, GSL or have a District or Regional role and require to undertake some of the management modules we will be running a day to cover modules 20 – 26 [excluding 25] in January. Changes in Module 16 With effect from 1 November 2010 the current module 16, nights away, will no longer be available. This module is being replaced by 2 modules.
The new Module 16 – Introduction to Residential Experiences will be a mandatory part of all section leader’s wood badges. This is a short 2-3hour module which will be a basic introduction to why residential experiences are an important part of the Scouting programme and also give basic information on the nights away permit scheme. This module will be included in our new sectional weekend programmes but for anyone who has completed these modules and has this one outstanding for this year we will be running catch up separate sessions.
Avondyke Open Day Avondyke Training Centre is situated on the outskirts of Stonehouse, South Lanarkshire and presents an ideal opportunity for Scouting to provide an exciting, challenging and imaginative residential experience for young people. The building is centrally heated, has a well appointed kitchen, showers and sleeps thirty six. There is also a large camping field. The Centre is single occupancy allowing Leaders to programme “Back to Basics” weekends, activity badges or themed activities. So far this year we have had Plains Indians, Roman soldiers, Pirates, Olympic Games and a District event for Beavers and Cubs which turned the Centre into a Medieval Castle!
Module 38 – Skills for Residential Experience This is a new module which is not compulsory but will give leaders the necessary skills to work towards a Nights Away Permit. Our first module 38 will be run in May 2011. We have several Groups who visit each year. One even holds Dates their Christmas Dinner there and All dates for courses are published on another brings the whole Group including Parents. clydescouts.org.uk and will shortly be sent to every adults by post. Please Older Sections can spend the make sure that you apply by the weekend either indoors or closing date for your module/courses camping and have Beavers – this can be done online or using a visiting at some point (at no extra paper copy of the application form. charge). The Centre is also suitable Please make sure that you enclose for Beaver sleepovers. the appropriate fees with your application [again this can be paid Never been to Avondyke? online]. Why not come along on Sunday More Information 19th September between 2 and 4 pm and have a look for yourself to If you have any questions or would find out first hand, what facilities like more information please contact are available to Groups using the your Training Advisor or your Centre. Assistant District Commissioner (Adult Training) or drop me an email For more information contact Jim at email@example.com & Karen Limond at avondyke@ clydescouts.org.uk Ann Gordon, ARC (Adult Training) www.clydescouts.org.uk Page 5
I should also say that both the DC and the DDC (despite lashings of sunscreen) got very tanned that day! Well done to our Scout team that took part in the Relay for Life in June, raising much needed funds for Cancer Research. As well as taking part, the team organised some additional activities and also served up breakfast when it was all done. A great effort! The end of June saw the District running an event at the Family Man Funday Event at Hamilton Racecourse. Our ‘Backwoods Challenge’ seemed to catch the imagination of many of those attending and we hope to have sown some seeds in many minds about Scouting – particularly adult volunteers. The event is organised by the Learning Communities within South Lanarkshire Council and we look forward to working more closely with them to develop shared areas of interest.
At the start of August, 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 Clyde Connections September 2010 Page 6
We are now looking forward to the new session. A focus for Strathcalder is our upcoming event at the David Livingston Centre in Blantyre. We will be descending on the famous centre on the 11th September for a day of fun and activities. Our theme is ‘Africa’ and the team putting this event together has brought a huge amount of imagination to the activities for the day. Don’t miss out on this and well done to the small team who are organising. More details on the website www. strathcalderscouts.org.uk
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 Scouting and I’m looking forward to the new challenges that 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 and I have gained some great experiences from this. 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 marieclare.mclinden@ clydescouts.org.uk
I know that most Groups have been busy over the summer with camps, events and activities – some of you have been far and wide. We are particularly proud to have had a large contingent at Blair Atholl, and I’m looking forward to hearing how you all got on. Why not share your stories and news with the rest of the District on our website? I hope the summer has let you rest a bit and you’re looking forward to getting back to regular meetings. Graeme Dodds District Commissioner firstname.lastname@example.org
41 Explorer Scouts from Clyde Region spent an awesome 2 weeks at the Blair Atholl Patrol Jamborette this summer. Pictures will be online at clydescouts.org.uk shortly but we have have included a taster for you here.
E S U E R E L C Y REC . T R O P P SU In July 2011, 36 Scouts & Explorer Scouts from across Clyde Region will be acting as ambassadors for Scotland at the 22nd World Scout Jamboree. They will be joining nearly 40,000 young people from 218 countries and territories across the World at the biggest adventure camp they will ever experience. For them, this will be a life changing experience as they learn about countries and cultures that they may never have heard of and work together with young people from overseas to enjoy a special Scouting adventure! We would like you to help us make this happen!
The Unit is collecting and recycling old clothes and rags in worn or damaged condition that are not suitable for resale through Charity Shops. These will be professionally recycled and thus will not end up on landfill sites. Any old clothing, shoes (please pair shoes together), bags, belts or bedding will be accepted. Please deposit them in the rag bag bin in the entrance foyer at The Glasgow Scout Shop, 21 Elmbank Street, Glasgow, G2 4PB or call us on 0845 094 4391 to arrange for a collection. For more information, please call Gary Bainbridge on 0845 094 4391 or email him at gary. email@example.com
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