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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!

 

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.

 

New Section for Gargunnock

As part of the development plan for 1st Stirlingshire we are starting a new Beaver Colony in Gargunnock.   We have recruited Leaders and the projected start date is Tuesday 18 February. They will meet every Tuesday from 6.30pm - 7.30pm in the Gargunnock Community Centre, Leckie Road.

We hope to attract new members from Kippen, Gargunnock and the surrounding area.

 

Wood Badges

Over the past 4 months the following leaders across the District have successfully completed their adult training and have been awarded their Wood Badge:-

Allen Blackstock, 4/6th

Gordon Pearson, 4/6th

Iain Mair, Dunblane

Nigel Mottram, Balfron

Rab Cochrane , 7th Beechwood

Nick Cowie , 88th Braehead

Adam and Joanna Bassett, Callander

Congratulations to them all in achieving this award and many thanks to them for all the hard work they put into achieving this.

 

 

 

 

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

 

Offer from Local Vet

Animal Tails Veterinary Practice, 18a Airthrey Rd, Causewayhead, Stirling are a group of employee owned Vets in Stirling. They are keen to forge links in the local community and are willing to deliver talks to groups of children to help with badge work etc.

If you are interested in taking this offer up contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 01786 - 474471

 

 

Funding Success - Water Activities

Charlie Rowley, Niall Williamson and Mark Wright have been doing a lot of work recently to offer canoeing and kayaking to leaders across the district with the ultimate aim to get more young people out on the water.

As part of this drive we put a funding bid into the development fund at SHQ and we are delighted to report that we have been awarded £2,000 towards the purchase of new canoes and kayaks, which we will acquire in time for the spring season commencing.

 

New leaders and new section for Callander

Following a very successful public meeting Callander Scout Group have recruited new leaders to take forward a scout section, which has not been possible for many years. the new scout section will meet on Wednesday evenings between 7.30pm and 9.30pm in the McLaren Centre. The new section commences on 1st February 2014 and already twelve young people have signed up.

The new Scout Leader is Joanna Bassett who has been involved in Scouting for many years in the south of England and brings lots of experience with her.

Unfortunately the Beaver Colony in Callander is going to have to close for the time being as it's not been possible to recruit anyone to lead that section, so if you know anyone who might be interested let us know.

Keith Patterson who used to be the Scout Leader in Callander many years ago has agreed to return as group chairman.

Its good to see so much happening in Callander and we wish them well for the future.

 
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