The Group has applied for funding from the Co-operative’s “Local Fund”. We’re hoping to replace some of our much-loved and well-used three-man tents. We are guaranteed to receive money, but how much we get is determined by the number of votes we receive.
People can vote by going to:
and vote for the “West Lothian Whitburn Scout Group”.
You need to be a Co-operative member so if you’re not please do take the time to join – it doesn’t take long – and support the Scout Group. You can join at:
Please ask and encourage your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to do the same!
Voting opened on Monday 16 November and closes at 5 pm on the 11 December 2015.
Thank you very much for your support.
The above parade and service will take place on Sunday 8th November 2015 starting in the car park behind the Burgh Halls at 10:15 am.
Please remember that Cubs is not on tonight. Both Beaver sessions running as normal.
Congratulations to our former Group Scout Leader, Gordon Johnston, on being award the District Commissioner’s Award for Service to West Lothian Scouting. Gordon stepped down as GSL of the 7th after 13 years of outstanding hard work, time and commitment to the Group on the 30 June 2015.
However, he won’t be disappearing altogether as the picture shows Gordon being presented with his award by District Commissioner Alex Brown at the 7th’s recent Group Camp held at Auchengillan over the weekend of the 18 – 20 September 2015.
We currently have 42 Beaver Scouts. Five Beavers joined the Cubs in April and a further four are due to join before the summer break.
We have had an exceptionally busy year including:
- May 2014 – joint meeting at Polkemmet Country Park along with Cubs due to halls and an outing to Blair Drummond Safari Park outing. An excellent day was had and the weather was glorious.
- September 2014 – visited Fordell Firs, near Dunfermline, where the Group Camp was taking place. It was great joining the Cubs, Scouts and Explorers and visiting the Fordell’s adventure play area. Also in September we had a (foggy) evening at Redmill Play Park, East Whitburn when the church halls being used for the Scottish Independence Referendum.
- On 2 January 2015 we went to the Pantomime Peter Pan along with rest of Scout Group
- In February 2015 we went to Monster Mania, the indoor soft play in Falkirk.
- The Beaver Scouts have continued to attend the four parades we take part in each year – District Parade in Linlithgow in April, Brucefield Church Parade and Service in May and the two Civic Week parades in June – the Songs of Praise and the Gala Day procession.
The “Challenge Badge cycle” continues as ever with the six badges being award during the course of the year as a result of Thursday night programmes. The Promise Challenge badge was awarded prior to Easter and we are currently working on the Creativity Challenge badge due for completion before the summer break.
The new Activity Badges have been implemented. 11 new activity badges were introduced last year with the Collectors badge proving particularly popular.
The Scout Association has made significant changes to the Beaver Scout Programme we are looking into and planning for the introduction of these new awards and badges ready for the required implementation date of September 2015.
Olive Thomson’s last meeting was on the 18 December. She has been an invaluable part of the team bringing tremendous patience and ability to cope with any situation unfazed. She will be greatly missed and is thanked for all her time, effort and brilliant programmes over many years.
Other leadership news includes Scott Gilchrist is now assisting with both colonies and Neil Brodie’s warrant continues to be processed.
The entire leadership team is thanked, as always, for their superb input and efforts over 2014/2015 and we look forward to another terrific year ahead.
Civic Week Parade
The annual Civic Week Songs of Praise Parade and Service will take place on Sunday 21st June at Whitburn Academy. The arrangements for this parade are as follows:
All section members are asked to assemble in the Bowling Club Car Park at 2.15pm and they will return at approximately 4.15pm. Members are asked to wear full uniform – no joggers or training shoes please! Beavers are asked to wear their normal Thursday night uniform.
The Galaday Parade will take place on Saturday 27th June. The arrangements for this parade are as follows:
All section members are asked to assemble in Brucefield Church Car Park at 10.15am. Again, members are asked to wear full uniform – no joggers or training shoes please as this is the main event of the year where we can really show off to the Whitburn Community! Beavers are asked to wear their normal Thursday night uniform. At the end of the Parade, parents should look for the Group Flags. We will hold them high so you can see where we are standing as a group. Younger members will only be dismissed when parents arrive to collect them.
We hope that the turnout to both these parades reflect numbers we see regularly at camps and outings. If you have any queries regarding either of these events, please contact the section leaders.
Date: Thursday 18th June
Location: Brucefield Church – McMartin Hall
Times: Junior Event 6pm for 6.15pm start (prompt)
Senior Event 7.15pm for 7.30pm start (prompt)
Tickets: No tickets will be issued this year.
Cost for entry will be £1 for adults, 50p for children and is payable on entry.
(Participants and Leaders do not need to pay)
Teams: Junior Team
Each team may consist of up to 6 team members.
No member of the team should be over 10 years old.
Team maximum accumulated age is 60.
Each team may consist of up to 6 members.
No member of the team to be older than 16 years old.
Team maximum accumulated age is 75.
Teams will be provided with crisps and juice after their event.
Please adhere to these guidelines as it prevents any upset on the night, which is not in the spirit of Galaweek events.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch should you wish any further information.