District News

Falkirk District Scouts

All were saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh. He was never a member of The Scout Association but he epitomised its ideals of duty to his God and to the Queen, always doing his best and striving to improve on what he found wanting. His Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme in no way detracted from the Scouting programme but added another tranche to it.  The three areas – learning a skill, volunteering and completing a challenge all reflect the ethos of Scouting. The group, all from Carron Valley Explorer Unit, are pictured (left) during their expedition (pre-pandemic) walking the length of the Isle of Lismore, taking a ferry to Oban and then another to camp on Kerrera another island in the Inner Hebrides. Charli completed a make-up for the performing arts course; Dylan honed his talent for playing the saxophone;  Cameron learned British Sign Language and Struan completed a course to become a basketball referee. Gordon Henderson, the Unit leader said all these skills helped greatly when several of the Unit, all under 18 years-of-age, gained their Explorer Belt when they completed a 10-day expedition, unaccompanied, in Denmark.

Scouting keeps going online

The 51st Dennyloanhead have kept Scouting going online over the last couple of months. They have enjoyed a variety of activities from escape rooms, games, mapwork and taskmaster challenges to learning skills for life, including first aid and cooking. Pancakes, cake in a mug and Easter egg cheesecakes were prepared and many loved eating them! Along with other groups in the area they are looking forward to meeting in person soon. If you would be interested in helping more young people have fun and learn skills for life, in any of our Groups and Units across Falkirk District, get in touch with us about volunteering through our website: falkirkscouts.org.uk

Tributes for Scout Leader

Robert Baden Powell the founder of the Scout movement charged Scouts to “leave this world a little better than you found it”.

On Friday 19th March after a period of ill health and supported to the end by his wife Julie, Bill Middleton left this world a lot better than he found it.

Bill’s Scouting journey started as a boy and Leader at the 78th Grangemouth before he eventually found his way to 2nd Torwood Scout Group where he served as Scout Leader and latterly Group Scout Leader for over 30 years.

Like so many others Scouting gave Bill a love of the outdoors and many lifelong friendships, Bill gave back great leadership, energy, humour and a lifetime of service to the Scouts.  

Bill was a humble man but leaves a great legacy, 20 + years after leaving, former Scouts and Leaders would still drop in to see Bill and Julie for a chat. Bill was happiest when he had a project and particularly those that improved opportunities for our group members. He will also be sadly missed at the Barrwood where he joined the Wednesday Group who continue to develop and care for a place Bill loved so much.

Scouts Complete Saltire Awards

Scouting enables young people to complete their Saltire Awards. Lorna from the 93rd Braes Scout Group explains: “I was introduced to the Saltire Award whilst volunteering as a Young Leader with our Beaver colony. All I had to do was submit a time sheet with all the hours I volunteered - this includes the time spent on zoom having virtual meetings during the pandemic. This is a great award to have on CVs, college, uni and job applications. I used this as an example of voluntary work I do within the community on my application to college. I now encourage our newer YLs to sign up and to remember and submit timesheets as I strongly believe it is a good recognised qualification to have.”

Back Meeting Face-to-Face!

Antonine Explorers were back meeting outdoors this week following the relaxation of restrictions for youth groups. They had a great session doing activities and wide games. When asked what they enjoyed about being back Victoria said it was good to be back outdoors, seeing friends that I haven’t seen in a while and have more structure to my life. Louis echoed that saying being outdoors with friends I haven’t seen in a while and Edwin agreed enjoying seeing people and having more of a structure in my life again. Other sections are preparing to return over the coming weeks while some are continuing meeting online. For more info on Scouting in Falkirk visit https://falkirk.frscouts.org.uk

First Aid Skills

Like many other organisations Scouting in Falkirk District continues to provide good quality and challenging “virtual” Scouting for our Beavers, Cub, Scout and Explorers. As well as running their section programmes, our adult leaders have also been using this time to refresh and renew their mandatory training.

Leaders across the district have covered topics such as safeguarding, safety and first aid all important subjects to ensure that scouting continues to provide a safe and secure environment for its members, young and old.

A good example of this is that since January almost 50 leaders have updated and refreshed their First Aid skills using our instructor guided zoom sessions.

Alan Dick, Assistant Regional Commissioner for Adult Training said “Whilst this training is very important it does means that leaders have been giving Scouting more of their time recently and on top of things like home schooling and working for home just underlines the commitment of our volunteers”

You too can be part of Scouting in your local town or village. Go to www.scouts.scot/join/

Join us and help to give young people “Skills for Life”