You’ve heard the name, but never really known what it is. Let us explain what it’s all about…
1. A bit about the Scout Network
The Scout Network is the oldest youth section of the Scout Association. The Scout Network is made up of male and female Scouts aged 18 to 25 years old. Scout Association Members over 18 years old are no longer automatically members of the Scout Network, so you have to “opt in” to join the Scout Network.
2. We do Scouting!
The Scouting philosophy underpins the programme of the Scout Network. Unlike the other youth sections, the emphasis is less about badges and awards and more about ensuring that all young people experience a quality programme covering a wide range of subjects. To get the right balance, the programme and activities are based on 3 areas:Community, International, Skills and Development.
3. We don’t just go down the pub.
We have an active and varied programme that rarely has anything to do with the pub. Being a member of the Scout Network give us the opportunity to take part in a wide range of exciting activities from traditional scouting skills, to life skills such as cooking and DIY, through to outdoor activities including kayaking, rock climbing and sailing. We work with other young people and help within the local community … the list of our activities, projects and events is almostendless. Our programme is decided and run by our members, so we really get to do what we want!
Scout Network members have the opportunity to achieve some of the highest personal achievement awards for young people in the UK, including the Queen’s Scout and Dukeof Edinburgh’s Awards. You also have the opportunity to work towards gaining recognition from many governing bodies, as well as developing new skills and building on existing ones. So we are too busy for the pub – honest!
4. We are not just there to run events for everyone else.
We enjoy running events for other sections but that’s not the main purpose of the Scout Network. We have our own programme of events that are run for our members.
5. You can be a member of the Scout Network and be a Leader.
You have up to 90 years to be a Scout Leader – why not take the opportunity to carry on Scouting for yourself while you still can! When Explorers and Young Leaders turn 18 years old, they can become Leaders AND be a Scout Network member at the same time. Once you are 18years old, you can only gain the Queen Scout Award by being part of the Scout Network. As we are all adults, the activity rules allow us to do much more. If it can be done safely – we can do it as a Scout Network Member.
6. It’s no longer just a Group thing.
The Scout Network is now a District provision, just like Explorer Scouts. This means the responsibility for the Scout Network is down to the District Commissioner and the District Exec. We still work closely with the other Scout Networks. We also take part in National events events such as The Burns Supper & HUB.
7. Anyone can join us.
You don’t have to have been a Scout or Guide to join us! It’s open to anyone who is 18 to 25 years old. Many of our members are new to Scouting.
8. We have a leader.
We have an appointed leader who is over 25years old and is responsible for ensuring that we run safe activities and that our programme is balanced.
9. We travel the World.
We go on expeditions to places as inspiring as Chile, Libya and Italy. Many of our members take part in helping to run the Jamboree.
10. We are here to tell you more.
If you want to know more speak to a Scout Network Leader or keep an eye on this very site

Scottish Awards Day 2014

Back Row: Peter Bennett, Pippa Lovelock, Michaela MaGee, Graeme Duncan, Wayne Bulpitt UK Chief Commissioner, Linzi McCallum, Graham Haddock Chief Commissioner of Scotland , Carol McCallum, Jonathan McKelvie, Ross McCaig Front Row: Sara McCaig, Kyle Monaghan, Jason Parker, Liam Nelis, Katie MacFarlane, Ronnie Bryce

Back Row: Peter Bennett, Pippa Lovelock, Michaela MaGee, Graeme Duncan, Wayne Bulpitt UK Chief Commissioner, Linzi McCallum, Graham Haddock Chief Commissioner of Scotland , Carol McCallum, Jonathan McKelvie, Ross McCaig
Front Row: Sara McCaig, Kyle Monaghan, Jason Parker, Liam Nelis, Katie MacFarlane, Ronnie Bryce

Both UK Chief Commissioner Wayne Bulpitt and
Graham Haddock spent time with the local
award recipients congratulating them and posing
for photographs. This was a real highlight of the
day and helped cap an exciting Scout year for all
concerned with Wayne encouraging the team to
keep going in Scouting and make the most of
their lives.

Ross McCaig received both his Queen’s Scout
Award and Explorer Belt.

Pippa Lovelock, Michaela MaGee, Graeme Duncan,

Linzi McCallum, Jonathan McKelvie, Kyle Monaghan,
Jason Parker, Liam Nelis, and Katie MacFarlane
gained their Queen’s Scout Awards.

Ronnie Bryce and Sara McCaig were presented with
their Explorer Belts.
Local Scout and Chief Commissioner of
Scotland, Graham Haddock, was also presented
with one of the highest honours in Scouting, the
Silver Wolf, in recognition of services of the most
exceptional nature over many years

32nd Network

To mark the launch of the 32nd Network, seven
members of the 32nd Network spent an
afternoon go-karting at Scotkart, Cambuslang.
After a close-fought race, the event was ended
off with a well deserved munch at TGI’s.
Watchout Lewis Hamilton

Greenock & District Network help bring Queen’s Baton to Glasgow

Mark Gallacher, Sara McCaig, Kenny Wilson

Mark Gallacher, Sara McCaig, Kenny Wilson

Excitement is building about this summer’s
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Already the
Queen’s Baton is making its way around
Scotland ready for the opening ceremony on
July 23rd.

Several members of Greenock & District Scouts
are honoured to be carrying the baton along the
journey through the area on Monday, 14 July,

including 2 Network members.

Liam Nelis, leader at the 32nd, will also be taking

part. As well as Scouting, Liam, who is an HNC
Electrical Engineering student at West Collage,
organises games for young people through
curriculum for excellence. He said: “I’m really
looking forward to being a part of it, being a part
of Scotland’s history”

Sara McCaig, assistant Beaver leader at the
70th, will take a turn with the baton as it travels
along Greenock Esplanade at around 6.19pm.
Later this year Sara will be attending the Blair
Atholl International Scout Jamborette as part of
the Macdonald Subcamp Team. In recent years
she has attended Bla Sommer Jamborette in
Denmark, as well as the 22nd World Scout
Jamboree in Sweden. Next year she will be
making her way to Japan as part of the UK
International Support Team. Outside of scouting
she has a BA in sports development and was
recently nominated by the Active Schools
department of Inverclyde Council where she
volunteers coaching sports in schools.

Everton Campsite Notice!


Important Notice Regarding Everton Campsite

Following the Review of Greenock and District Scouting carried out by the Chief Commissioner in the latter part of last year and following consultation with Leaders in the District the District Executive approved revised rules for
Everton , one of which relating to the consumption of alcohol at Everton. The new Policy was agreed giving full consideration to the Scout Association’s Guidelines for Good Practice on Alcohol, taking into account the facilities at
Everton. It was circulated to all Groups in March and was quite specific and clear so that it would be easy to understand.

Sadly the new policy was breached at the weekend on two counts. This is especially disappointing as there were leaders on site at the event who fully understood the policy and, if they were unable or unwilling to intervene,
should have reported the breach directly to me or to the Everton Committee Convener.

As a result of this breach I have discussed the revision of the Everton Alcohol Policy with the District Chairman and the Everton Committee Convener who have agreed with my recommendation that the Policy regarding Alcohol at
Everton be amended with immediate effect to “Possession or consumption of alcohol on site or in the Lodge is totally prohibited”. The safety and protection of young people cannot be compromised – any member of the
Association breaching this revised Policy can expect to be subject to disciplinary procedures. The Leader in Charge of any event where a breach has been established will also be subject to disciplinary action.

It is very disappointing that I need to raise the subject of Alcohol at Everton so soon after the new policy was introduced. I apologise to any Groups who planned to responsibly manage a future event at Everton within the
Policy above however the actions of a small number of individuals last weekend has necessitated this immediate action.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Bennett
District Commissioner 19/06/14

District Pair Gain Highest Honour


Two young leaders from the District were presented with their Queen’s Scout Awards last week. Michael Sinclair, Scout Leader from the 10th, and Lloyd Keogh, AESL in the Ardgowan Explorer Unit, received their awards from the Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Renfewshire.

The Queen’s Scout Award is the ultimate goal a young person can aim for in Scouting. The awards were the culmination of years of work starting in 2010.

In order to gain the award Michael took part in many camps including the Blair Atholl International Jamborette and undertook an expedition in the Borders over five days. Lloyd’s camps included the Sweden World Jamboree and his expedition was by boat around Oban and the Inner Hebrides.

Both learned new skills as part of the challenge from playing the trombone to computer programming, and took up new physical activities as well. They both undertook community service commitments and carried out several other projects for the challenge.

Family, friends and fellow Scouts were on hand to share in the occasion and the pair would like to thank the DC and all the members of the District team who also came to support them.

Windsor Queen Scout Parade


Greenock and District Scouts by Royal Command

A record number of young people from Greenock and District Scouts took part in the Queen Scouts parade at Windsor Castle this weekend.

They included Sara McCaig (70th Greenock),who was chosen to be part of the Colour Party. She was joined by 10 members of the 32nd Group, Michael Sinclaire from the 10th Group and Katie MacFarlane and Pippa LoveLock who all had the opportunity to speak to President of the Scout Association HRH the Duke of Kent and Chief Scout Bear Grylls.

The young people from the 32nd were Sarah McAllister, Linzi McCallum, Jordan Graham, Jonathan McKelvie, Lauren Anderson, Megan McGuinness, Graeme Duncan, Jason Parker, Kyle Monaghanand Liam Nelis.

The young people also attended a service of celebration at the historical St George’s chapel, Windsor.

After an emotional event, new Queen Scout Linzi McCallum said: “The whole experience of being a Queen Scout and attending Windsor was fantastic and inspiring. It was great to be in the Queen’s front garden with all of the other Queen scouts from the UK. Bear was on first-class form as usual.”

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “All these young people have lived the adventure of a lifetime to achieve their Queen’s Scout Awards, and I admire that spirit so much. They are huge inspirations to the other 550,000 Scouts in the UK and I am so pleased that Scouting has honoured them today. They are amazing.”
The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest honour in Scouting and is awarded for outstanding personal achievement. This honour is achieved by young people aged between 16 and 25 who have completed a range of challenges, which includes service to their community, completing an expedition in wild country, undertaking a five-day residential project in an unfamiliar environment and learning a new skill or developing an existing talent.

The Windsor Castle event has been held regularly since 1934 on the Sunday nearest to St George’s Day. St George is the Patron Saint of Scouting.

Since the Queen Scout Award was instigated, more than 100,000 of these awards have been presented to young men and women for outstanding personal achievements and service to their local communities. They have learnt new skills and taken part in many of the 200 different adventurous activities on offer by Scouting across the UK.

Wherries Night


A Wherries night has been arranged for Saturday 14th June 2014 in the Masonic hall in Gourock (over 18s only) tickets cost £10 per person and includes a light supper of a pie/ There will be a raffle on the night that is the final fundraiser to support the 21 explorer scouts and Networkers that are going to do their Explorer Belt expedition this summer in Bavaria. To book tickets or to donate raffle prizes, please email Ross Munro.

Father Jim Byers – Gone Home


Greenock and District Scouts were saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Father Jim Byers at the weekend.

Father Byers was a special friend to the District having had an association with us over many years. He was a regular contributor to our Founders’ Day Services and Cub Christmas Toy parades and a frequent visitor to Everton campsite.

Some of the true Scouting values formed a major part of Father Byers’ life – in particular his love of the outdoors and in his passion for hillwalking and mountaineering, tales of which he was always eager to share with us.

Within the West Region Scout Council, he was the Roman Catholic representative and in past years served on their Appointments Sub-Committee. We give thanks for the guidance he gave us and the friendships he shared with us.

Network Registration 2014


Well folks its that time of year again and the census is due, anyone who wishes to be registered as part of Greenock Network could you please complete the registration form detailed below


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