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Scouts Roam Stirling

Over 150 scouts supported by 50 leaders from across Stirling, Dunblane, Bridge of Allan and Falkirk, took part in a giant outdoor event based on the Monopoly board game.

The scouts were all in patrols (teams) and there were bases throughout the Stirling from the Thistle Centre to the Castle. The scouts could choose which base to visit and take part in the activity and be awarded Scoutopoly money. The patrol with the most Scoutopoly money being the winner.

Scoutopoly (Monopoly) money was awarded for completing the challenges, for teamwork and entertainment.

The bases were all different, some used scouting skills such as using stoves or pitching tents, others concentrated on teaching about Stirling’s history using quizzes or photographs and some were for fun like Giant Kerplunk, or movie charades.

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Everyone finished at the Kings Park, where the scouts and leaders all relaxed with a BBQ, which was supplied by the Scout Active Support Unit. This is a group of ex members who various special events. While this was taken place the results were analysed. The scouts and leaders all had fun in the spring sunshine and the winning Patrol were from Stirling (7th  Beechwood troop), and 2nd and 3rd places patrols were Falkirk based.

 

World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) 2019

I am pleased to be able to share that these Young People from our District have been selected following a selection weekend to be part of the Forth Region Unit representing Scotland at the next World Jamboree in 2019 in the USA. in addition, one of our leaders Nick Cowie has also been selected as one of the Unit Leaders with the Forth Region Unit 
 
We will be looking to support them in fund raising, recognition and publicity, as well as giving them opportunities before and after WSJ to share their experience with others
 
Alasdair Garbett, District Commissioner, Stirling & Trossachs
 
Name District Group / Unit
Abbie Porter Stirling & Trossachs 4th/6th Stirling
Leon Campbell Stirling & Trossachs 9th Callander
Marc Allen Stirling & Trossachs 88th Braehead
Jamie Partridge Stirling & Trossachs 4th/85th Dunblane
Euan Frize Stirling & Trossachs 4th/85th Dunblane
Jamie Burke Stirling & Trossachs 88th Braehead
Lloyd Raymond Stirling & Trossachs Milvus
Eva Welsh Stirling & Trossachs Milvus
Niamh Geddes Stirling & Trossachs Boken
Fraser O'Brien Stirling & Trossachs Milvus

 
 

Youth Approved achievements

I am pleased to share that 11th Bridge of Allan Cubs have attained the Youth Approved Bronze Award and Milvus Explorer Unit have attained the Youth Approved Foundation Award respectively.

As part of the District applying to be Youth Approved - a District Youth Advisory Group will be established in the early part of next year ... more details will come out soon

I would encourage any section or unit to apply as we all know how important youth involvement is to ensure that our youth members are getting the very best experiences from Scouting. The Youth Approved Award has been designed to support members at all levels to create meaningful youth involvement to Scouts in Scotland.

The Award will help you benchmark your achievements, identify any areas for improvement and celebrate the great work you are already doing.

What is the Youth Approved Award?

We are passionate about making sure our Movement is shaped by young people in partnership with adults. Our Youth Approved Award is your opportunity to shine a light on all the great work you do to help make that happen, and inspire others to do the same.

Celebrating youth involvement

Designed by young people, our Youth Approved Award encourages and celebrates youth involvement at all levels of Scouting in Scotland.

The Award is assessed by young people and has four different levels: Foundation, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Silver and Gold will be launched later in 2017.

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Alasdair Garbett

District Commissioner

Stirling & Trossachs

 

Milvus ESU and its' programme

We are just coming to the end of our 2014 -2015 programme. Over the summer several of the Unit will be going on International Camps - one to the Jamboree in Japan and a handful to Spain with the Region. Our new programme for next year will be drawn up by our Unit Executive over the first two weeks of the new term. We are also losing four longstanding members who turn 18 over the summer - away to university and to work. New members are already joining and so it goes on!

 

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Looking back over the past year we have twice hosted joint nights for the other ES units in the District, met with our MSP Keith Brown, taken part in conservation work in Cashel Forest, been water skiing, cooked, camped, visited the theatre, decided upon Scotland's greatest ever Scotsman and eaten by midges. We have slept in a cave and climbed a via ferrata. Hopefully we have had fun! Several members gained their Full First Aid Qualification.

Arrow through the neck

That Unit Executive will be elected by all the invested members of the Unit at our first meeting of the Autumn term. It is those members of the Executive who will draw up our programme for the next term and look at our longer term planning. From a Leader's perspective it would be easier for us as Adult Leaders to draw up the programme but this would have two disadvantages:

1. It would not be the Young People's own programme so they would not necessarily buy into it.  

2. The process of drawing up and enacting a programme is a valid training method.

I will try to post our programme as soon as I know what it will be here with the proviso that it changes to respond to opportunity and need! One thing is certain - the programme for Milvus ESU will be different!

 

The Big Bang

 

A big thank you and well done to all the scouts who took part in the Big Bang on Friday evening. The weather provided an extra challenge but all the scouts did really well with the scores being very close.

 1st place and winner of the Bill Sim trophy were patrol ‘echo’ from the 4/6th troop,

 2nd place ‘mike’ patrol from the 4/6th

 3rd place ‘bravo’ patrol from the 11th 

Thank you to all the leaders for running bases and bringing the scouts.

 

 

District Grows Again

I am delighted to report that the annual census for January 2014 has shown that Stirling and Trossachs District has grown by a whopping 15%, this year.

We have risen from 982 members to 1128. growth in rural groups such as Killin, Killearn and Doune together with significant growth at Bridge of Allan and Beechwood have in the main accounted for the growth, although the overall trend across the district is upward.

The District wouldn't be growing without such a dedicated group of leaders and adult supporters and I take this time to thank all of you for your continued support and for bringing Scouting to more young people.

David Wilson

District Commissioner

 

Appointment of ADC Cubs

I am pleased to report that Hazel McMahon has agreed to take on the role of ADC Cubs for the next  year after which she will consider extending her tenure. Hazel has been a Cub Leader and Assistant Cub Leader at Dunblane Scout Group for many years, she has also been involved in the Gang Show and at Blair Atholl for equally as many years.

Hazel is there to support cub leaders and to deliver district cub events and I would ask everyone to support Hazel in making sure her time in this role is successful for her but more importantly for the. Cubs of this District

 

Callander Grant Award

Co-op photo Callander

Callander Scout Group are pleased to have been awarded a Grant from the Co-op for £1831.69, part of the grant application was for new buoyancy aids for Invertrossachs. The grant was more than they applied for and will certainly be put to good use!

 

Big Badge Camp - our scout reports ..

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Big Badge Camp

From Monday 16th to Friday 20th of October, I took part in Fordell Firs activity centre’ s Big Badge Camp. It was to commemorate Fordell’s 70th anniversary of being Scotland’s scouting headquarters, as well as a camp site.

We took part in all sorts of activities e.g. ; bush craft, climbing, mechanics, athletics, swimming, the list goes on! All of these activities counted towards badges. Some were staged badges, like swimmer 1,2,3,4, and 5. And some were badges all on their own. I think the hardest one to get outside of the camp would’ve been the “activity centre service” badge, which was achieved by cleaning the toilet block, cutting bushes, and raking leaves. More was gained than badges though. I made lots of new friends, that I’ll keep in touch with. As well as new friends, I gained more teamwork skills, and more confidence. We had to sleep through a hurricane, which made me laugh, as I slept through the whole thing like a log. A total of eight tents where damaged, blown away, or completely wrecked. Luckily, we had spares! We had a great catering team, who kept us well fed through the whole camp. On the last night, we had a huge camp fire in the rain, which was awesome. I learnt lots of new songs that are stuck in my head. During a week I obtained 12 badges, all of which I am proud of. I came home exhausted, but glad that I camped there. The people I met there are truly fantastic, and I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who got involved.

Thank you!

Mia Coppin

Age 11

11th Bridge of Allan Scout Troop

 

Leaders receive top Awards

On Saturday 21 June four leaders from our District attended the annual Scottish Scout Award Ceremony where the chief commissioner presented them with the Silver Acorn for outstanding service to scouting over many years. They are to be thanked for all the hard work they have put into Scouting and congratulated for achieving this high accolade. the recipients were:

  • John Dymond, Balfron
  • Colin Robertson , 4/6th
  • Avril Robertson, 88th
  • David Mitchell! 7th
 

Explorer achievements

Congratulations to the following Explorer Scouts for achieving their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

  • Hamish Lang
  • Cameron Dempster
  • Ruby Clafferty
  • Rachel Petrie
 

Making a Splash

p1310010Fifteen leaders and Explorer Scouts recently started kayak skills training in the warmth and comfort of Bannockburn High School pool. Over the next six weeks they will concentrate on honing and developing stroke and rescue techniques and confidence on the water.

In Spring the group will progress to Airthey Loch at the University before going up to Loch Venachar where it is hoped that some may be put forward for assessment for their kayaking Activity Permit.

The course is being run by Charlie Rowley, Mark Wright and Niall Williamson, and is part of a rolling programme of kayaking and canoeing training aimed primarily at those interested in gaining a permit. If you wish further information about this, please contact Charlie on 01786 860538

 

 

Explorers Achieve Bronze,Platinum and Diamond

Congratulations to the following Explorer Scouts for achieving their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and their Chief Scout Platinum Award

  • Lewis Aitchison
  • Riis Hill
  • Aiden McAleenan
  • Hamish Lang
  • Andrew Curley
  • Scott Fitzsimmons
  • Hamish Diamond

and a very special mention goes to Benjamin Rowley who has just achieved the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award and the Chief Scouts Diamond Award.

 
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