Another short update on last weekend’s goings on
and this time our focus was on supporting Explorer Scout Young Leaders.
The Allander Chalet and the Providore building at Auchengillan played host to 80 Explorer Scouts, completing the first of two weekends of Young Leader training. The course
was organised by Assistant Regional Commissioner (Explorer Scouts), John Rafferty,
so tremendous thanks for his effort and planning.
The weekend started with getting to know each other
and ice breaker games, leading into Module A on Friday night. The evening was
concluded by a presentation from Fraser McGarrigle and Amy Lynch about their
adventures in Indonesia in 2015 and to launch Indonesia 2018 – recently
approved by the Region’s Executive Committee. The 2018 project will focus again
on wildlife conservation and community enhancement, this time taking place in
Sumatra, and again in partnership with Indotrek.
Saturday’s programme worked through modules B – E,
guiding the Explorers on how to take charge as a young leader, including
training on dealing with challenging behaviour, personal decorum and age
appropriate activities. The afternoon was broken up with some on-site activities,
included climbing, abseiling, air rifle shooting and archery, run by the
Auchengillan team (Claire, Remi, Chris (Platt) and Mark).
Sunday saw out the last two modules, showing the
participants how to be inclusive and engaging with all of our members, and how
to work their pack or troop through a variety of badges and awards. We also met up with Harry
Kilgour, our Duke of Edinburghs Award Advisor
who gave some welcome some advice and information on the award, which runs in parallel with Chief
Scout's Platinum and Diamond Awards.
Whilst not everyone has fully embraced Young Leader
training, it’s always great to
see the next generation of Leaders getting stuck in. It’s a great networking
opportunity; a chance to meet groups from other districts, swap stories and
ideas, and most importantly to forge new friendships. We’re looking forward to
seeing everyone at the second training weekend, and hope that this weekend’s modules
were helpful, enlightening and entertaining.
Special thanks to our cook team for the weekend; Lisa
Finn, Gregor Murray, and Sharon Fleming, and to our module
hosts; John Rafferty, Graham Burns, and Paul
Thanks to Nathan Gallogley for this blog.Author: Gary Bainbridge