|Scouts Scotland South West Region||June 2009|
Volume 1 Issue 2
|South by Southwest
Published on behalf of and with the approval of South West Region Scout Council.
The new Communication system has been renamed to
Has anyone fed anything back to Barney? Is it easier to operate - are there any issues with it - he would like to hear from you.
Explorer Belt 2009
There is an Explorer Belt Expedition to Poland this summer, organised by Jenny Stevens, SHQ Commissioner for Explorers. There are 6 Explorer Scouts from Galloway, 2 Explorers and 2 Networkers from Kyle and Carrick and 1 Networker from Ayrshire East. They fly out from Edinburgh on 27th July. Good luck guys.
And further into the future
Blair Atholl Jamborette
The Blair Atholl Jamborette will again take place
in the grounds of Blair Castle starting on Monday 19th July until
30th July 2010.
Every Scout Troop and Explorer Unit should consider this activity. Yes, there are limited places and there may have to be a selection. But if your youngsters have the camping skills and are interested, please give them the opportunity to go meet with other Scouts the world o'er
Information on the 2010 camp is available ont he Jamborette web site at http://www.jamborette.org.uk/ and this will be updated as the information becomes available.
22nd World Scout Jamboree - Sweden
The Jamboree is being held outside the town of Kristianstad in the very south of Sweden and the dates are 27th July through to 7th August.
The event is open to young people between the ages of 14 and 17. They must have been born between 25th July 1993 and 27th July 1997.
Region has been allocated 15 places in a joint Unit with West Region. DC's will shortly receive further Information.
Whilst the UK Contingent Team will have been selected by now, there is the opportunity to come for leaders to apply for the IST (International Service Team) - watch Scouting Magazine, www.scouts.org and this newsletter.
Applications from Leaders to the Unit should now have been sent to SHQ.
Note from the Regional Commissioner
In this edition
Changes within the Region
There have been a few changes around the Region in recent months.
Lapwing's High Ropes
Bored of climbing walls? Have you ever seen the programme 'Gladiators'? Fancy testing your wits and team work to the maximum? Then look no more because this is better. Lapwing Lodge Outdoor Centre is proud to present its new and exciting High Ropes Course. The course is a team building developmental course which will challenge everyone from ages 8 to 80.The course is located in our front field adjacent to the Assault course and sits 13 meters high.
The High Ropes Course has been build to provide team building and developmental challenges which can be changed to ensure on subsequent visits your teams are stretched to there full potential. The initial build will accommodate the addition of a climbing and abseiling wall as in the first impression.
The facility can be booked in modules, depending on how adventurous you want to be.
Each group is supported by fully trained instructors on the course which is available throughout the week,evenings during the summer and week-ends. Enquiries on availability can be made at http://www.lapwinglodge.org.uk/site/contact-us/
Duke of Edinburgh Info
The Region D of E Adviser , Gavin Ferguson, is now in place and keen to provide support at all levels of the award including leader assessment. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time. Please make use of his profesional knowledge of The Award.
The D of E magazine for Leaders is published 3 times a year at the start of each academic term. It's packed full of news, updates and info to help you run your DofE group, it's a must-read for every
Leader! Leaders qualify for a free postal copy - sign up here.
|Points of Contact around the Region|
Remember that there are specialist advisers in place to help you.
|Regional Commissioner .....||..... Duncan Riddell|
|Communications ..........||Bob McIntyre||Duke of Edinburgh Award .||Gavin Ferguson|
|Development ...............||Anne Aspeslagh||Faith & Belief ...................||Ruth Nicol|
|Explorers/Network .......||Pat Campbell||International .....................||John Kitson|
|Training .......................||Margaret Craik||Nights Away/Camping ......||George Ling|
|Activities .....................||Eric Johns||Safety Co-ordinators .......||Alan Sidaway/Dennis Graham|
|Child Protection ..........||Jane Calderwood||Special Needs .................||Lauren Hussain|
Dalmellington Scouts celebrate
On Sunday 22nd February Scouts, Cubs and Beavers from the Dalmellington Scout Group (33rd Ayrshire) marched from their headquarters to the Kirk of the Covenant in celebration of the birth of Lord Baden-Powell founder of the Scout Movement. During the Service many of the young people were presented with proficiency badges by Rev Yorke and John Paterson (Dalmellington Scout Group Chairman) was presented with the "Chief Scout's Commendation for Good Service" from Michael Carruthers, new District Commissioner of the Ayrshire East District.
Cubs do their best despite the weather.
60 Cubs with leaders and helpers from Dalmellington, Darvel, Drongan and Kilmarnock spent a day at Dumfries House taking part in various conservation activities as part of their community involvement programme.
Kyle and Carrick
District Scout Cooking Competition
This event had a slightly different twist to it this year, the teams had only just started their preparation when the Fire Alarm went off resulting in the turn out of the Fire Brigade.
District Cub 5-a-side
This took place at Tarbolton with a good turnout from across the District. The winners were the 28th Ayrshire.
An excellent evening in Alloway where the sixers had a few challenges put in front of them as well as a few games.
Cubs Backwoods Day
Phoenix ESU visit STV
Members of the Phoenix ESU in Prestwick visited the Glasgow STV studios in February.
59 Cubs from around the District took part in this Backwoods day - some simple pioneering (a chariot race and an improvised stretcher), lighting a fire and some cooking, tracking, cane pioneering and pitching a tent.
District Athletic Badge
This was held at the David Keswick Centre, Dumfries in May where 100 cubs received their badges.
Moffat Spring Clean team
Beavers and Cubs from Moffat joined members of the Moffat Civic Pride to spring clean the area around their town. 60 bags of rubbish were collected during the session.
28th and 57th Dumfriesshire Cubs head for Hawkhurst
20 Cubs, 1 Scout and 6 Leaders/helpers spent a May week-end at Hawkhurst in Northumerland. The usual Friday night capers, with some rooms being noisy until the early hours and then raring to go at 5 a.m.
Saturday morning was spent doing archery and an obstacle course. After lunch it was time to get wet in the canoes on Kielder Water.
Saturday night saw the traditional Campfire along with other groups spending the week-end at the site.
Sunday morning was somewhat different with the majority of the youngsters having to be wakened for breakfast. The morning was spent doing indoor climbing and crate stacking.
After lunch, a half hour walk to the Leaplish Waterside Park to visit the Birds of Prey where they had demonstrations of the birds flying and taking food from people's knees and heads.
North Ayrshire and Arran
Recently the 1st and 6th Ayrshire (Irvine) Sea Scouts visit the Troon Lifeboat station to see how the lifeboat service worked. As a reasult they were invited to go along to their Open Day at the end of July where they manned a couple of stalls.
Awards across the Region this year.
|Silver Wolf||D J B Mathieson, Group Scout Leader,
28th Ayrshire (Troon), Kyle & Carrick.
David and his family at the Scottish Presentations in Inverness
|Silver Acorn||G D Bell MBE, ADC (Scouts), Dist
Adviser, District SF Mbr, Ayrshire East;|
| J M Gray, GSL, 27th Ayrshire (Kilmaurs), Ayrshire East.|
|Margaret Hume, Badge Secretary, Ayrshire East;|
|Award for Merit||Tom Keegan, SL 16th Ayrshire
(Newmilns), Ayrshire East; |
|Mrs M D Dumigan, BSL 16th Ayrshire
(Newmilns), Ayrshire East; |
Mathieson, Group Treasurer, 19th
Ayrshire (Kilwinning), North Ayrshire
|Mrs S M Taylor, ACSL 102nd
Ayrshire (Beith)/ADC (BS), North
Ayrshire & Arran.
|Gordon Slater, CSL, 37th
Ayrshire (Henderson Church), Ayrshire East;
|Jack McKeand, GSL 1st/6th
Ayrshire (Irvine), North
Ayrshire & Arran.|
Margaret Fowler, Deputy DC for North Ayrshire & Arran presents Jack with his Medal at Troon Life Boat Station.
|Ian Lakey, GSL 73rd
Ayrshire (Bourtree Hill), North
Ayrshire & Arran.|
|Dr Richard Tinto, Arran, North
Ayrshire & Arran.|
|Colin McInness, 91st Ayrshire (St Joseph's Church, Kilmarnock), Ayrshire East.|
|Chief Scout's Commendations||Dr I R Buchanan, Group Treasurer, 37th Ayrshire (Henderson Church), Ayrshire East.|