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Duke of Edinburgh Gold and Queen’s Scout Award Expeditions 2011 Have you made a New Year’s resolution to do your Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award or Queen’s Scout Award this year? If so, you may be interested in the following… One of the hardest parts of the awards to complete is the expedition. Not because the expedition itself is very difficult, but many leaders working with younger sections find it hard to meet up with others to form the Expedition Groups. This year, as we did last year, the Region has organised training and supervision to assist any 18-25 year old through the process to qualify for this part of the award in early September. If you’re interested in joining this group please contact Siobhán Sharkey ASAP (as the first training session is Saturday 15th January) at

Disability in Scouting We’re all different and we all have our own special needs. But what is it like to have a disability? We are all part of a movement which welcomes young people (and adults) regardless of their physical or mental ability. However, involving these members fully in our programme can be easier said than done and we need to think carefully so that we are not just letting young people with special needs join our movement, but are building an inclusive environment so that they can flourish within it. You may not know that Clyde Region is home to the largest Scout Group in the UK for young people with multiple and profound physical disabilities. The young people who are members of the 77th take part in an adventurous and fun programme the same as any other Group but have the additional support they need in place such as volunteer helpers, medical training and personal care so that they can take part fully in all the activities on offer. In 2011, the 77th would like to go on tour around Clyde Region and introduce ourselves to your Group, by running a disability awareness evening with your young people. This works best with older sections – mainly Scouts, Explorers and the Scout Network but

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we can adapt for other ages. We will play some games, have a chat about different disabilities (and the young people’s perceptions of them), attempt to put up a tent with a variety of special needs and hopefully develop their understanding of disability. In return, we hope you might allow us to tell them a little about our Group.

If you would like to take us up on the offer of filling an evening in your 2011 programme or a couple of hours at camp, please get in touch with Michael Shanks, Group Contact on 0141 562 4010 or email michael.shanks@ Visit to find out more about us.

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On arrival everyone was asked to leave their thumb print in the attendance book, this is also another tradition which has been carried on throughout the years. Several toasts were given by both the Scouts and their leaders.

Calder District’s Media Development Manager, Colin Hamilton tells us what has been happening across the District.

Scout Leader, Gary Paterson then provided a report on the numerous events that the Group and Troop had attended throughout the year which included a Race Night, bag packing, quiz nights, Laser Quest, discos, visit to a Bothie in February, 24 hour challenge which included a bear hunt, Troop competition at Bracken Hurst, camp at Coltswood and an International Trip to Kandersteg, to name but a few.

It’s hard to believe that yet another year has flown by and we are already ten years past the threat of the “millennium bug”. Bob the builder was Christmas number one and 2001 saw the creation of the new logo and uniform for Scouting… Seems like yesterday! 2010 saw another busy year for Calder District from international trips to successful fundraising events and camping in the snow to swimming with sharks. Plans are already underway for some special District wide events in 2011 so keep your eyes peeled on our website for the most up to date information. 2nd Coatbridge Christmas Dinner Despite everywhere being covered in about 2 feet of snow, the 2nd Coatbridge Scout Group were still able to hold their Christmas Dinner for Scouts and invited guests on 16 December 2010. This annual event has been somewhat of a tradition since the group was formed back in 1907 and even continued throughout the war years. It is the responsibility of the G.S.L. to organise this event and the menu of steak pie, potatoes and mixed vegetables followed by trifle has changed very little over the many years. The meal was prepared by the G.S.L. and his helpers and served by the Patrol Leaders.

A total of nine camps were attended throughout 2010, equating to 349 nights away for the Scouts. Six Scouts gained their Chief Scouts Gold Award and all six Scouts are now members of the District Explorer Unit. Following the meal and report, a presentation of Awards and Certificates took place. A very enjoyable night was had by all present at 2nd Coatbridge Scout Troop’s Christmas Dinner. District Swimming Gala A big thank you to all the youth members who attended and those that took part in the Gala as well as all the adult volunteers who helped run the evening. This year’s Cub Pack trophy went to 9th Wishaw with the Scout Troop trophy being shared between 6th Motherwell & 2nd Coatbridge. We also managed to raise over £30 for Children in Need by selling programmes. Race Night Fundraising event On Saturday 16th October 2010, Explorer Scouts from Calder District held a very successfully race night and disco raising £1,600 for their Unit funds. Over 100 people joined the Explorers at the Little Flower Hall, Carfin for a night of fun, racing and dancing. Unlike “traditional race nights” that you may have heard of or even been to, the Explorer Scouts manufactured their own horses and then supporters of the event had the chance to become a jockey and “ride their own horse”. There were five regular races finishing with an auction race and the money raised will be put towards the purchase of new hike equipment, tables and chairs.

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The Explorer Scouts are also involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and some of the money raised on the night will go to support them in completing this. Our Unit has Explorers from Carfin, Chapelhall, New Stevenston, Airdrie, Wishaw, Newarthill, Motherwell and Bellshill. The Explorer Unit would like to thank everyone who generously supported their fundraising venture.

Chubb Fire Safety Badge 5 Scouts from 8th Airdrie (Chapelhall) Scout Troop were presented with the Fire Safety Badge at the Chubb Fire Safety event at Cowcaddens Fire Station, Glasgow, on 4th September 2010. This was a culmination of hard work by the Scouts who over a period of three months researched a particular aspect of fire safety and presented their findings to the Troop.

Backwoods Training Weekend On Saturday 11th September a very small band of enthusiastic adult leaders met up at Coltswood campsite to practice back-woods skills, with a view to passing these on to our youth members. This was in preparation for the Backwoods Survival Weekend & Competition which is to be held sometime in the Spring of 2011. More details to follow.

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2011 promises to be a very interesting year in international Scouting, with the World Scout Conference taking place just now, the 22nd World Jamboree taking place this year and a whole host of other events both in the UK and around the world. Travelling Abroad?

A number of Groups have already expressed plans to travel overseas this year. In order to help all Clyde Groups there will be new ‘International Resources’ page on the Clyde Region website from 1 February 2011. The page should serve as a ‘one stop shop’ for the international paperwork. It will allow you to request the international paperwork and immediately create a printable copy whilst emailing me and yourDistrict Commissioner to let us know of your initial plans. Also I will keep that page regularly updated with international opportunities and links.

‘Globe Trekker’

The Scout Association have launched a ‘brilliant new website resource’ Globe Trekker ‘ which will shortly have information on sites, Centres and activities all around the world, to find out more visit http:// or if you have travelled abroad and would like to share your experience with others, please post a review. International Links Don’t forget about the international links site http:// packed full of programme information and ideas, links to groups abroad, details about world scouting and international events and opportunities. Kevin O’Gorman Regional Adviser (International) Page 3

The rules for DofE expedtions are changing from 1 April 2011. DofE Adviser, Ron Alexander tells us about how Leaders who are responsible for supporting young people to complete their expedition can ensure that they comply with both Scout rules and DofE rules as follows. For Scouting, all expeditions and walking comes under 3 categories: Terrain Zero - Terrain Zero describes terrain which meets all the following criteria: (i) is below 500 metres above sea level, (ii) is within 30 minutes travelling time from a road which can take an ordinary road-going ambulance or a building which is occupied (such as a farm) or another means of summoning help (such as a telephone box) and (iii) contain no element of scrambling. Terrain One - Terrain One describes terrain which meets any of the following criteria: (i) is below 800 metres but more than 500 metres above sea level or, (ii) is more than 30 minutes but less than three hours travelling time from a road which can take an ordinary roadgoing ambulance or a building which is occupied (such as a farm) or another means of calling help (such as a telephone box). In addition, although the route may pass through rough or rocky ground, there must be no scrambling. Terrain Two - Terrain Two describes terrain which meets any of the following criteria: (i) is over 800 metres above sea level or, (ii) requires an element of scrambling or, (iii) lies more than three hours travelling time from a road which can take an ordinary road-going ambulance or a building which is occupied (such as a farm) or another means of calling help (such as a telephone box). Party Size For activities in Terrain One and Two, parties must consist of no more than seven, but no less than four people. Exceptionally, where a party contains two leaders holding permits, the total party size may be increased to eight. Each party must have a leader holding a permit or a designated party leader who is being supervised by another appropriate permit holder. If more than one group is formed the parties must use different routes or, if using the same route, leave a clear time and distance interval between them – so that Clyde Connections January 2011 Page 4

they do not become mixed. No leader with a permit to supervise the activity may do so with more than three parties, including their own. When leaders holding permits are checking on the safety of Scout parties or their routes, the party size may be less than four but never less than two. All the members of such a reduced party must each have the skills and experience required to travel safely in the hills in such circumstances. The roles of Supervisor and Assessor for young people on Duke of Edinburgh’s award practice and qualifying expedition rules, must be adhered to. Expedition Supervisors All expeditions, including practice expeditions, must be supervised by a suitably experienced adult who is competent in the chosen mode of travel. Additionally supervisors should be familiar with the team, their individual abilities and their knowledge of the chosen route. It is also essential that the Supervisor has an understanding of the aims, principles and requirements of the Expedition section and they must also hold the relevant permit, when in a Terrain ‘1’ or ‘2’ environment. If in Wild Country (DofE Area), but in Terrain ‘0’, they must still submit a (DofE) Green Form. The supervisor accepts responsibility for the safety and welfare of the team and during the practice must be satisfied that the participants are capable of undertaking the planned expedition. This is important as the Qualifying Expedition for all levels of the Award (Bronze, Silver & Gold) is unaccompanied (it is not permitted for supervisors or other leaders to accompany the group). Whilst the qualifying expeditions are unaccompanied and supervised remotely, Supervisors must always be able to deal with team emergencies. In wild country, coastal and remote areas of marshland, the Supervisor must be based in the area where the expedition takes place, however not walking along with the team. For expeditions on water, horseback, and cycling please see the handbook or website for more details on how these should be supervised. Supervisors may supervise teams more closely for short periods of an expedition when travelling through dangerous environments however this should be kept to an absolute minimum and used only to allow the team to overcome an unavoidable dangerous area of their route.

For the vast majority, if the team does not have the necessary training and skills to operate safely in an area unaccompanied for the duration of the expedition then they should not be in that environment. Supervisors should carry all the relevant safety information including names, addresses and contact numbers for participants, the assessor, your District Commissioner and the DofE Head Office emergency number (for details of what this Kelvin Valley’s District Commissioner, is and when it should be used you Marion Rankin tells us about some can follow this link hopeful New Year’s resolutions for the dofeemergency District. Expedition Assessors A Happy New Year to all the Groups and Units in Kelvin Valley. Many of All qualifying expeditions must be you have had an enforced longer than assessed by a competent adult who usual break from meetings because is approved by SHQ and accredited of the weather and will be glad to by The Duke of Edinburgh Award. get moving again on your active The role of the assessor is to: programmes.

Can I again express congratulations to those youth and adult members of the District involved in the Glasgow Gang Show which was such a warm, exciting performance at the start of the very challenging weather. I for one was glad have made it through the snow to the final matinee performance. We look forward to 2011 and the challenge of developing our Scouting for all in the District. The members of the District Executive will meet shortly with Marie Clare Mclinden, the Local Development Officer, to work through thoughts and plans for the Movement in the District not only for existing Groups but hopefully to extend or indeed re-establish in areas where Scouting is in abeyance now.

• Ensure that the aim of the expedition is met

2010 had many highlights for individual Groups but for the District I think stand out events • Ensure that the 20 conditions were the very well attended and of the Expedition Section are friendly District Flags competition; fulfilled. participation of even greater numbers of youth members in the Blair Atholl • Assist with the safety of the Jamborette; an extremely successful participants, by advising them badge day for Beavers ( and it didn’t on their route, equipment etc rain!) and the very active, enjoyable (please note the health & safety of the team rests entirely with the Beaver Sleepover and Cub Sleepover at Auchengillan (see the appreciation Supervisor). on the Scottish Scouts website Beaver • Protect the interests of the Duke section). Let us try to build on these in of Edinburgh’s Award. 2011, as more have been requested. Please note that at Bronze and Silver level, assessors should not have been involved in any training or instruction of the team. At Gold level, the assessor must be independent of your DofE Group and not associated with the team in any way (this is where partnerships from Unit to Unit, or across Districts can come into play, or alternatively you can use an assessor from the Wild Country Expedition Area Panel, however there is a small cost involved with this). Flowcharts for both Supervisors and Assessors can be found at http://

With our busy lives it is difficult to keep everything flowing but I think it is fair to say that response to plans for events is often initial enthusiasm expressed = excellent, confirmed participation = delayed. This results in concerns about viability = lots of extra phone and email contacts for the organiser. We always get there but it is stressful so perhaps our resolution for this year should be to respond by the deadlines and ensure that as big a spread of youth members can be involved as possible.

It is with great sadness that I report that Cathy King from the 36th Glasgow has ‘gone home.’ Cathy passed away very suddenly but peacefully just before Xmas, having given over 25 years service to Scouting and was a well loved member of the family of the 36th , supporting not only her own section but the whole Group. At her funeral Mass the priest spoke of her as someone who was always there to quietly fill any gaps. I am sure the she would have been proud of some of the Scouts who spontaneously stepped in to help leaders run the last event of the Group year, the party for the Beaver Colony. Most of them and of those who attended the service on Xmas Eve would have started their Scouting life in the Beaver Colony and their response was a fitting salute to her contribution to Scouting. Best wishes to all for a peaceful and productive 2011.

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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!

Regional Commissioner Happy New Year! Welcome to 2011, I hope you had a peaceful and relaxing time and return rejuvenated for a new year of Scouting.

We are approaching census time again on the back of the 5th successive year of growth in Clyde Region and nationally. Of course, as growth and development is one of the key remits for the Region, I hope the overall figure will continue this welcome trend, reflecting the Scottish and UK vision for Scouting through the next 5-10 years.

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.bainbridge@

insecurities for us all, an ‘expensive’ image may become even more of a potential barrier to new recruitment. In the last decade or so, Local Government Education has moved forward encouraging more youngsters, with special needs into mainstream schools, but how inclusive are we in welcoming young people with challenging needs into our Scout Groups? We often talk of welcoming all-comers to our movement, to our groups and sections - but on whose terms, ours or theirs? We look at waiting lists as being a measure of a successful group – but are we offering inclusive scouting to all these young people we say will have to wait for a place?

However alongside a simple increase in numbers is a recognition that we need to become more diverse in our membership, truly reflecting the communities that we represent. The Equal Opportunities Policy was launched in 1997, becoming one of our fundamentals of Scouting in the UK. Unfortunately Scouting is still often perceived by the media and general public as being the preserve of white, middle class males. Whilst we know the intention could not be further from this public image, how close is it to the truth for some of us still? I don’t know about you, but I smart when I hear the media still referring to ‘Boy Scouts’ - this year will see the 20th anniversary of the change to co-educational Scouting in all sections. Many groups strive actively, to ensure the opportunities they offer are accessible to all young people whatever their parents financial background – and in these challenging times with economic uncertainty and job Clyde Connections January 2011 Page 6

At this time of year we often make a list of New Year resolutions. Can I ask you to consider one more? Look at your own Scouting locally and ask yourself ‘what more can I do to become more reflective and inclusive to all the young people and adults in our community?’ Then come and ask us what we can do to help make this a reality! For all of you who are already doing this, well done, keep up the good work and share your vision and success with others around you. Stuart J Imrie. Regional Commissioner.

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Hello there, and welcome to my first article for Clyde Connections. In the past 3 months in post, I have been working hard on a few projects for the Region that look specifically at how we communicate with our members and our recruitment and ‘Want to Join’ processes. Going Social Social media is everywhere; Facebook, Twitter, Bebo, MySpace, Youtube and FourSquare are now amongst some of the most recognisable online brands and services in the world (but don’t feel out of touch if you have not heard of all of them!). Social Media has fundamentally changed the way we can communicate with people and how we ourselves get our updates about our friends, our favourite bands and TV Shows, World events and even our Scouting. Now I can imagine many of you asking yourselves ‘What is Social Media?’ Social Media has two widely accepted definitions (although these are ever evolving as the above services are). In its simplest form, Social Media can be described as ‘Media designed for Social Interaction.’ More specifically, it is ‘highly accessible and scalable publishing techniques.’ The bottom line of these two definitions is that Social Media is a way of sharing information with the hope of encouraging further sharing and discussion. As a youth movement, it is essential that Scouting is at the forefront of using Social Media to engage with our Young People. Forbes 500 companies are throwing billions of dollars at their Social Media strategy, an indication that they see it adds majorly to their customer engagement and retention – so why can’t Scouting (without the budget of course!)

Early 2010, Clyde Region began sharing our latest website news stories using the Micro-Blogging platform Twitter. @ClydeScouts (Our Username) has been followed (friended) by many other Scouting Regions, Districts, County’s and Groups in the UK and abroad. The benefit of being able to publish the information on Twitter is that it is instantly sharable by all those who follow us. Our best example of this yet is our news story about Cub Leader Richard Bolt representing Uniformed Organisations at the Commonwealth Games 2014 Handover Ceremony. This story was posted on Twitter as Richard and his fellow cast members were about to take stage and was shared more than a dozen times worldwide and received close to 200 hits per hour. Our Good News on a world platform.

In late 2010, we began to look to our Facebook strategy. Facebook is now used by well over 500 Million people worldwide and it is reported that 1 in 6 web page hits in the UK are to Facebook, with these impressive statistics it would be negligent of the Region to not try and engage our members using it! We now have and it not only features our latest news and pictures, but also gives you a chance to comment on the news and to provide us with links and news you would like shared with our friends. Clyde Region is leading the way in terms of Social Engagement with both young people and with our volunters and supporters. By Following @ClydeScouts on Twitter and adding ‘Clyde Regional Scout Council’ as a friend on Facebook, you can be kept up-to-date with the latest goings on in Clyde Region from both the Regional Office and from members contributions. Introducing GroupFinder GroupFinder is a project I started in November 2009 as a bit of an experiment after talking to a

friend in East Lancs Scout County in England. Almost 14 months, multiple versions and a lot of testing later, this project is just coming to fruition. GroupFinder is a step up on the current ‘Want to Join’ process online. GroupFinder gives the prospective member a visual view of Scouting in their local area, the sections next to them and the Groups closest and most convenient to them. This is a pretty innovative approach to the process and it is one that many others are now keen to replicate having had a demo of the technology. GroupFinder will allow prospective members to apply directly to groups via a secure online system that allows Groups to track applications to the Group, see trends in membership and to easily keep on top of these requests. The benefits of GroupFinder to Districts is that it maps out all the Groups and sections in the area and allows District Teams to see which groups are getting the most requests and making sure appropriate support is available for growth. GroupFinder will be live in the coming weeks – once GroupFinder is finished, Group Contacts will receive an email to instruct them on how to best use this new tool. If you would like to contact me about Social Media, GroupFinder or any other Communications based problems, you can: • Email Me at gavin.holt@ • @Reply to @ClydeScouts on Twitter • Leave a message on Clyde Regional Scout Councils wall on Facebook. Gavin Holt Assistant Regional Commissioner (Communications) Page 7

Happy New Year! We hope that Santa was good to you and you have lots of new camping equipment you are desperate to try out! I have attached a couple of photos in case you are missing us, from which you will see there’s no queue at the shop, so obviously this time of year is a good time to come to Auchengillan! The sun is shining already, as it always does at the centre so it looks as though 2011 is going to be a good year. Vacancies There are a few weekend vacancies between now and the summer, although all buildings are getting booked quite heavily at popular times, so don’t delay in getting your booking in.

forward to meeting your groups and helping to provide exciting and challenging activities. We have a number of training courses leading to national qualifications and full details are on our website if you want to enquire about places for yourself or other leaders in the group.

We are pleased to welcome Dave Bowden back for another year as full time instructor and Nathan Reardon is joining him. New trainees Fhionna Robertson, Calvin Trousdale and Helen McLeod have started their placement here through Project Scotland. Some of the new staff are already leaders in Clyde Region, so will be familiar faces to many of you and others come to us with experience from other centres or college courses. All are looking Clyde Connections January 2011 Page 8

Please get in touch by email at, call us on 01360 770256, or come out and see us and we will steer you in the right direction and design a programme to match your requirements exactly.

Archery and Rifle Shooting The new indoor archery range is already in use and by the time you receive this, the new rifle range will be in use too. Watch this space for exciting new opportunities in these two activities as we are investigating further developments. Building Improvements During the winter months, the Allander Chalet, Providore (part), laundry and campsite toilet blocks have been repainted inside and are looking bright and fresh ready for the new season. New shower cubicles are going into the Kyle Cabin original showers to bring them up to the same standard as the new ones. New Activities

Training and New Staff

Don’t know how to get started or need help in booking?

Funding has been agreed to set up even more new activities and details of these will appear on our website and in these pages soon. The range of activities is now approaching 40, so there are masses to choose from for all age groups and sections.

Don’t forget booking forms, self supervised activity sheets, risk assessments and all forms can be downloaded from our website If you’ve got any good photos or happy memories to share with others, there’s a customer comments section there for your use too. I look forward to seeing you at Auchengillan in 2011! Andy Wilson. Centre Manager.


Glasgow Gang Show will be back in 2011 at

The Mitchell Theatre from 18th - 26th November 2011 Do you enjoy singing or dancing or perhaps your dream is to follow the footsteps of X Factor finalist Lucie Jones who was a member of Cardiff Gang Show and performed on stage at the 21st World Scout Jamboree before auditioning for X Factor?

Auditions are on Sunday 8th May 2011 To receive your personal invite to next year’s auditions and to be first to receive ticket information for next year, send an email to Census & Membership Fees All Scout Groups and Explorer Scout Units should by now, have received information about the arrangements for the Annual Census and payment of membership fees. If you have not yet received anything, please contact your District Secretary or the Regional Office. Hill Walking Opportunities Clyde Region’s Hillwalking Group is a group which meets on the first Saturday of every month to encourage hillwalking within Scouting and to provide a range of walking opportunities to those in Scouting. Watch for information about their upcoming walks or email Page 9

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