An update from our Chair

Dear All,

First, I hope that you and your families are staying safe and well. It’s been fantastic to see our Young People adapting to Scouting At Home and I’d like to thank our volunteers who have taken the time to prepare online activities.

Face-to-face Scout meetings have now been suspended for close to three months. Clearly we don’t know yet when it is going to be possible to restart them. What is clear is that decisions on when (and in what format) meetings can restart will be informed initially by advice from The Scout Association and Scouts Scotland.

The Scottish Government is currently planning for schools in Scotland to go back on 11 August – but with physical distancing measures in place. There are clearly challenges involved in replicating such measures in the Scout Hall – so it is quite possible that section meetings won’t restart until some time after the schools go back.

The Section Leaders and Committee Members have discussed all these issues and agreed that:

  • We won’t be arranging a Registration Night until we are clear when face-to-face meetings will be restarting
  • Registration Nights (or an alternative) will take place during the week before meetings restart
  • When we can restart, we’ll be making sure to get things off to a flying start and to encourage as many young people as possible to re-join
  • We’ll be suspending progression arrangements in the meantime and working on the basis that young people will initially re-join the section they were in when meetings stopped.
  • Progression between sections and the recruitment of new Beavers will take place 6-8 weeks after meetings restart.

Group Scout Leader
Brian Martin, our Group Scout Leader (GSL), intimated some time ago that he’d be standing down from that role at the end of June. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Brian on behalf of the Group for all his help and support as GSL during the past 6 years. Although he is standing down as GSL, we will still be seeing him from time to time (eg at fundraising events) as he is joining the 28th’s Active Support Unit.

This means that we are currently looking for someone to take over the role of Group
Scout Leader
. The GSL role is essentially a management role. Prior experience of
Scouting is not necessary. What we need is someone who can provide some leadership, motivation and guidance to our other adult volunteers – and they will of course be supported by 2 very able Assistant Group Scout Leaders who handle much of the day- to-day work. If you think you could take on the GSL role – or if you know someone who might be interested – please let me know.

Kind Regards,
Peter Ritchie
Group Chairperson

Email: group.chair@giffnockscouts.org.uk

Coronavirus Update

Dear all,

As Scouts, wherever we go and whatever we do, we put our member’s safety and wellbeing first.

As you will be aware, the Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, is an evolving situation and a difficult time for all of us and our families.
After listening to our volunteers, the decision has been taken to suspend all weekly section meetings for an indefinite period of time (from today, March 16th)

This includes Monday Beavers, The Group Camp meeting & Explorers which were scheduled for this evening.

We are not, at this stage, cancelling Group Camp. However we will continue to monitor the situation and give you an update as soon as possible.

We will continue to provide updates to parents, supporters & volunteers as the situation develops.

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions.

Many thanks,
Brian Martin (Group Scout Leader)
Peter Ritchie (Group Chair)
Andy Loudon (Assistant Group Scout Leader)
James Gallagher (Assistant Group Scout Leader)

Skills For Life

‘Creating the strategy’
12/08/2019
For volunteers

Each week, almost 200 young people develop skills for life while enjoying fun, friendship and adventure at our scout group.
To continue to grow and in order to prepare our group and our Young People better for the future, we’re creating a strategy.

The purpose of the strategy is to look at all we do, from the content we post on social media to the support that is given to volunteers.
From this review, we’ll create simple goals to help us improve. 
Everyone will be welcome to get involved with creating our plan.
Feedback from young people, parents, supporters and volunteers will be at the core of shaping our future.

Creating the strategy
The stages involved:
1 – Inform volunteers
2 – Ask volunteers for areas they feel would benefit from featuring in the strategy
3 – Planning the review (such as a survey for parents, conversations with leaders etc…)
4 – Starting the review
5 – Collating feedback
6 – Creating goals (simple goals for the next 5 years)
7 – Strategy agreed upon
8 – Strategy published (physical copy for volunteers)
9 – Strategy followed!

Questions about the Group?


Have you ever wondered…

  • how the Group raises funds, and what they’re used for?
  • where to attach new badges on a Cub uniform?
  • how you can help as a Parent?

…..or anything else for that matter?

These and other questions are answered in Frequently Asked Questions.

You can also use the search box shown on the home page to find just about anything on the site.   Try searching now for “Kilts”, “Kit List”, “Race Night” or “Jumble Sale”.

If all else fails, you can use this page to contact various Group leaders and just ask.