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Blog | DC's Blog 24 March 2018
24/03/2018 By James Harrison

I’ve had a busy day today visiting various Scouting activities involving groups across the District.  It’s great to see what is going on and the fun that everyone is having.

Firstly I went to Arden to see the Scouts lightweight training camp.  Looking after yourself and your fellow Scouts when camping is a key skill that we hope all Scouts will learn to set them up for future exciting activities. 
 
Whilst there I had the pleasure of awarding Echo (Scout Leader at 4th Helensburgh) her Wood Badge.  This signifies that she has completed all of the training required to be a Leader. It takes about 3 years and a lot of commitment to complete the wood Badge training so congratulations to Echo and thank you for the hard work she has put in. 
 
I also had the opportunity to invest new Scouts from 1st Glen Lusset and 4th Helensburgh.  Welcome to Scouts in Dunbartonshire, I hope you will have lots of fun.
 
After that I managed to get over to Auchengillan for the District Explorer training camp.  Our team of Explorers are currently practising ready for the Blair Atholl Jamborette in the summer, where they will be part of the West Region contingent and meet Scouts from around the world.  These events are one of the ways that the training programme in the lower sections, who knows, the Cubs and Beavers of today could be representing the District in South Korea in 2023 or at whichever location is chosen for the 2027 Jamboree!
 
Closer to home, I know there is a lot going on, with sleepovers and trips away - send me your photos and we’ll put the on the website!
 

Blair Atholl

 
I understand there are still places available for Dunbartonshire District Explorer Aged individuals to attend the Blair Atholl Jamborette from 16th to 27th July please see the website ( http://www.jamborette.org.uk ) for more information.  If you would like to go please contact Hilary (DESC - Activities) through the website ( http://www.dunbartonshire.scoutsonline.co.uk/AboutUs/MeetTheTeam.aspx ) or drop me an email.  
 
ScotJam
 
There are still places for ScotJam being held at Lochgoilhead in the summer for both Cubs and Beavers - go along to https://www.scouts.scot/news-events/news/bigger-and-better-scotjam-returns-for-2018/ to find out more.
 
Scouts Camping Competition
 
Dunbartonshire will be holding a Scouts camping competition on 2-3 June. This will be an "informal” competition with the emphasis  on learning the skills necessary to go through and represent the District at the Zonal camping competition on 15-17 June.  It will be suitable for all groups to take part in, so if you are interested, please talk to your leaders.  
 
Have a great week - no blog next week as I am putting my feet up for a bit and eating Easter Eggs!
 
James
 
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Blog | DC's Blog 17 March 2018
17/03/2018 By James Harrison

DC Blog

 
There’s lots of camps going on this weekend - if you are away from home, I hope you have a great time!  Please send me  a report and/or some photos and we can add them to the galleries on the website.  
 
There are lots of events coming up:
 

Kayaking.

 
As in previous years Helensburgh Canoe Club  is offering a chance for 8 young people to learn how to paddle kayak and canoes. The course starts Tuesday 18th April for 10 weeks, and runs every Tuesday and Thursday for 10 weeks. Both sessions are a necessity.  It culminates in a Canoe Camp on the weekend of the 24th/25th June. Preference is given to those between 12 and 18 but we will consider younger Scouts and Parents. Anyone interested should email Euan_Forrest@msn.com.
 
(Please note, this event is not a Scout run event and is the responsibility of Helensburgh Canoe Club).
 

Explorer Belt - United Arab Emirates

 

The Explorer Belt provides you with an amazing opportunity to explore new countries, discover interesting and different cultures, meet and interact with local people and share these experiences with your peers when you return.

This is a great opportunity for young people to travel to United Arab Emirates (UAE) to complete their Explorer Belt in a very unusual destination.  From paddling in the clear waters of the Arabian Gulf, walking along the beaches of the Gulf of Oman, climbing through the mountains in the north, resting beside an oasis, sailing in a Dhow or riding on a camel, you can guarantee this will be like no other Explorer Belt.

The trip is open to all members of The Scout Association who have had their 16th birthday by 14th June 2018 and have not celebrated their 25th birthday by 22nd April 2019.

The total cost for the expedition will not exceed £1,300 unless air fares increase significantly from their current levels. The SHQ International Explorer Belt Team will be able to confirm the exact amount once we know numbers and have confirmed the flight bookings.

For further details please visit: https://www.scouts.scot/news-events/events/united-arab-emirates-explorer-belt-2019/

LGBTI Youth Gathering

Scouts Scotland is excited to be part of the LGBTI Youth Gathering in Dumfries on 14-15 April, and we are looking for five young people aged between 14-25 to join us. 

The weekend, hosted by LGBT Youth Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council, will be a great opportunity to work with young people from all over Scotland to create positive change and take part in some fab workshops. Find out more here: https://www.scouts.scot/…/e…/lgbti-national-youth-gathering/

Have a great week 

James

 
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Blog | DC's Blog - 10 March 18
10/03/2018 By James Harrison

Welcome to the first of the Dunbartonshire District Commissioner's Blog.  Every week we will try to put out a summary of all the events that have happened across the District, and let you know about events that are coming up.  If you have things that you would like me to add to the blog then please get in touch.  Young People can also take part - if you would like to send in something then you could be guest editor for the week!

 

Congratulations!

Every year the Scout Association publishes a list of people who have achieved awards in the St George's Day Roll of Honour.  This year 2 members of the District have received awards and I would like to offer my congratualtions for this achievement:

 

Ross Docherty

The Chief Scout's Commendation for Meritorious Conduct.

Ross is an Assisstant Cub Scout Leader, 6th Clydebank.    "The award for meritorious conduct us made by the Chief Scout Bear Grylls to members of the Scout Association for conduct involving a high degree of courage, endurance, initiative or devotion to duty, often under suffering without necessarily involving any element of risk."

 

Pam Durrant

Bar to the Silver Acorn

Pam is a former DC who is now the Group Scout Leader, 4th Helensburgh.  "The Bar to the Silver Acorn is awarded for at least 25 years (Pam reaches 30 years in Scouting this year) of service to Scouting that is specially distinguished and appreciably better than outstanding service."

 

Activities

There are a whole load of events coming up over the next few months:

 

Parent and Cub Camp - 18-20 May 2018

Grab a parent and take them along to this action-packed weekend at Meggernie.  No leaders required as everything is provided, you just need to turn up with your tent!  This is a great opportunity to complete the Cub Adventure challenge badge.  Please go to https://www.scouts.scot/news-events/events/parent-and-cub-camp/ for further information and to download the applicaton form.

 

Scout camp skills - 23-24 March 2018

A training camp for Scouts to learn the skills they need to camp independently.  It will take place at the Arden site.  Talk to you Scout leader for more details - they can book through ADC(Cubs). 

 

Scout Survival skills - 23-25 March 2018

An opportunity for Scouts to build their own shelters and sleep out overnight in them! This event is run by Meggernie National Scout Centre and so you can go without your leaders.  Please go to https://www.scouts.scot/news-events/events/survival-skills-at-meggernie/ for further information and to download the application form.  

 

District Scout Camping Competition 2-3 June 2018

Keep your diaries free to take part in a re-vamped District Camping Competiton - further details to follow.  The winners will go through to the Zonal finals on 15-17 June 2018 and potentially the National Final on 28-30 September 2018.  

 

District Cub Safari Camp 22-24 June 2018

?Leaders will already be planning the highlight of the Cub calendar - the annual camp to Blair Drummond Safari park.  Talk  to your leaders to see if you can go and spend the weekend with the lions!

Tell us your news

Use the contact details on this website to keep us up to date with what you are doing.  Send us photo's to put in the galleries and stories to show off why Dunbartonshire is a District of Opportunities.

James  

 

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Parent and Cub Camp at Meggernie 18-20 May
02/03/2018 By James Harrison

Please follow the link to find out more about the Parent and Cub Camp at Meggernie - a great event!

https://www.scouts.scot/news-events/events/parent-and-cub-camp/

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Water Safety Management Programme
27/02/2018 By James Harrison

Some places are still available for the Water Safety Management Programme Course to be run at various locations in the District on the 7th and 8th April.  Bookings need to be in by 28 Feb in order to secure the subsidised rate of £40 (usually £160). 

Please follow this link to find out more details and register:

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WSMPApril18/

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