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Blog: Great Western Leader's weekend

26th October 2017

Our adult volunteers are at the heart of all that goes on in Scouting across Clyde Region so it was great to see that Great Western District recently held a weekend to support their development at Auchengillan.

This is the third of such events that we have run over the past 10 years,' said Anne Law, District Commissioner 'and they have proved extremely popular with approximately 50 attendees each time.' She continued, 'we felt that there is a gap in the official volunteer training with not enough time for practical skills, so our events are skills and knowledge sharing, with bases being run by Leaders from Groups in the District as well as guests from Clyde Scouts and Scouts Scotland.'

The weeend commenced on Saturday morning with a session about group development, led by Deputy Chief Commissioner Stuart Imrie and in between the practical sessions, participants enjoyed a variety of plenary talks from Activities Adviser, Claire Taylor, a member of Clyde Region Hills Team and the South Western District-led Gang Show.

The majority of the Saturday and also on Sunday morning were bases of Map and Compass, Duke of Edinburgh's Award, a tour of Auchengillan, OSM, crafts, Nights Away Permits, fire lighting, backwoods cooking, food hygiene, camp gadgets, axe & saw, scout games and circuits, planning sleepovers, Cub Camp programmes, camp kitchen set up and Going Abroad.

We had special visitors on Sunday, as our Scout team from the 183rd Glasgow who gained third place in the National Camping Competition joined us to teach camp gadgets, youth led Scouting!

We had a chance to relax and socialise on the Saturday evening, which gave everyone a chance to get to know each other and increase the support and friendship, which will enhance our future programmes and increase sharing of ideas and joint events.

We gave an opportunity for leaders to share their ideas with the District team about what they want for future events and support.

It was a great weekend and I highly recommend that other districts give this a go!

Special thanks to the Scouts Scotland Development Fund which awarded us a grant to cover the cost of the accommodation and some of the food and to our District Executive for funding the balance meaning the event could run with no charge to the leaders.

Author: Gary Bainbridge

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