Scouts was delighted that 6 of our leaders and supporters from across the
Region had their contribution to Scouting recognised by the Chief Scout in the
2017 St. George’s Day Awards with the award of the Silver Acorn.
Forrest is currently Deputy District Commissioner in Clydesdale District
has been involved in Scouting for more than 28 years. Iain is held
in high regard by all who are supported by him and there is no doubt that the
successful growth of nearly 10% in membership in Clydesdale District in the
last 4 years can be attributed in part, to the support of members of the
District Team like Iain helping adults to fulfill their role.
Brendan Harris first joined
Scouting as an adult volunteer in 1992 and is currently
GSL at the 145th Glasgow. He is a firm believer in the benefits
of coaching and mentoring adult volunteers, to provide them with sufficient
confidence to become successful Section Leaders, and then delegating
responsibility for running a high quality programme. His is unassuming, but
with firm determination; considered, while very astute; charmingly assertive
Andreena Linley has been at the
heart of Cub Scouting in East Kilbride since 1995
. At her Group’s Centenary
Camp, despite being 68 years old at the time she was the backbone of the
catering team who catered for approximately 150 children and adults over 2 days
and she still found time to run activities for Beavers and cubs.
Stephen MacMillan has given almost
30 years’ service to Scouting since, after years as a youth member of the
organisation Stephen became a leader at the age of 18. He has continued in Scouting
ever since and still maintains the nickname of “Titch” given to him when he
started as a young boy. Over the years he has continued not only to make a
valuable contribution but has always strived to acquire more skills which he
gives back to Scouting.
Peter McMahon’s adult service to
Scouting spans more than 40 years at Group, District and Region level. Not
content with running a Scout Group in the challenging North East of Glasgow, Peter’s
commitment to training locally and regionally has been exemplary. He is a TA,
First Aid trainer, and a member of the Regional Training Team. Within the
Regional Training team he has willingly taken on the role of Course Director
for the residential training weekends for several years and continues to do so.
He has drawn together an enthusiastic team for these events.
Lindsay Sharp spent more than 20
years supporting the delivery of exciting, quality programmes for the Cub Scout
section of the 145th Glasgow before her appointment
to the position of AGSL within the Group which was welcomed warmly by both leaders and parents. In this role she leads
and supports the development of the Group. She has motivated an excellent team
of volunteers and has delivered quality support to leaders who are delivering
the programme to young people in every Section.
- They have a total of 172 Scouting years behind them and that
doesn’t include their years as youth members.
- On average that’s over 28 years each.
- Using that figure and the great myth of the game of Scouting being only an hour a week!' they have each spent:
- 1120 hours running weekly sessions, so 1120 flag breaks or grand
- 56 hours having their ear drums bombarded at pantomimes/Gang Shows.
- Participated in a minimum of 28 annual camps. Would anyone like to
work out how many renditions of “Campfire’s burning” that is or how many
rashers of bacon they’ve cooked. I’ll wager it’s a staggering amount.
To everyone who volunteers for Scouting, thank you!Author: Gary Bainbridge