Chairman's Report - 2017

I would like to thank all the leaders for all their hard work over the past year and say a special thank you to the Monday Cub leader, Gill Thomson, who will be calling it a day in October after many years service to the Group.  The good news is that the Monday Cub pack will continue without a break as our former Group Scout Leader, Mary Dick, will take over as Cub Scout Leader.  I'd also like to express my gratitude to the members of the Group Executive for their efforts.

After many years of having a sloping floor, at last over last summer we took up the floor and eradicated the slope in one corner.  Having done this, it seemed a good time to renew our carpets and floor coverings in the entrance vestibule, corridor and toilets.  This was long overdue and has made a big difference to the appearance of the hall.

The number of young people in the various sections was at its lowest level ever this year but the pendulum will no doubt swing in the other direction before too long.  I know that from the point of view of the leaders, this means that they can devote more time to those that they do have in their section.

One piece of news that I am sure will interest you is that we are going to have an Explorer Scout Unit meeting again in the hall.  This follows a two year tussle with our Scout District.  We used to have an Explorer Unit meeting in the hall - at that time the only one in the area.  However, the Explorers wanted to meet on the same night as the Scouts so they moved to the 42nd hall further up the road in Currie.  About two years ago Allan discovered that there was a wastage rate of about 85% when youngsters grew too old for Scouts and we decided we should do something about this.  Our District said in their view there were enough Explorer Units in the west of the District - Balerno, Currie and Colinton - and turned us down.  We persisted and said we knew there was a demand for another Explorer Unit and the good news is it will start after the October holiday week with a potential initial membership of 10 boys and girls aged between 14 and 18.  We have also managed to find five leaders to head up the Unit, which is no mean feat.  Although the new Unit will meet in our hall it is not part of the Group but part of the District.

Hamish Leal

 

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