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February/March 2019

I am sure like me, most of you have been enjoying the recent mild weather we’ve been having and are hoping it’s here to stay. It would be lovely to think that winter was over for another year and we can start to enjoy the stretch in the evenings. I know many of you are starting to make plans for the summer activities and book camps. Don’t forget that an important part of planning camps is filling in the Night Away Notification to let me know when and where you are going. I know it can be a bit of a pain having another form to fill in, but it keeps you right with POR.

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The deadline for most Groups in the District for the Charity Commission reports to be submitted is now up. I hope those completing the reports found it easier completing the process the second time around. All census reports from the District have been submitted and Capitation fees need to be with Allister Law by 1st March.

District Leaders' Meeting

On my visits to Groups in the District, several Leaders have asked about a District Leaders Meeting so that they can find out what sectional activities are coming up for the months ahead. I have managed to facilitate this on Tuesday 26th February at Greenisland Scout Hall, starting at 8pm. All members are welcome. Greenisland Beavers meet on this night and usually finish at 7.45pm. The Leaders are going to finish a few minutes earlier than normal so please give the parents a chance to get away from the hall with our younger youth members.

Now that we are coming in to the longer days it’s the ideal time to incorporate an outdoor activity into a fund raiser for the District charity – Mindwise. Please send photos of your Groups fund raising activities into Greenseas.

The Annual District Parade

this year is being hosted by 1st Ballyclare to celebrate their 90th anniversary. It will take place on Sunday 14th April. This year I am hoping to do things a wee bit different. I would like to run a competition so that each section gets to pick their favourite camp fire song and that the song picked by each section with the most votes will be sang at the service. For this I need the help of all the sectional Leaders. Please during the month of March help your section to pick a camp fire song that they like. You can make it a fun event by playing/singing a selection of songs and letting them have a secret vote on their favourite. When your section has picked their favourite song please email me the result. Don’t forget to tell me what section picked the song. With your help I will hopefully have 16 Beaver Colony’s results, 16 Cub Packs results, 15 Scout Troops results and 8 Explorer Units results. All results need to be with me by the 31st March.

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Know Your Commissioner

Picture above are the current Assistant Chief Commissioners NI. From left to right they are Barbara Edgar, Beavers, well known in South East, centre, new Cub Commissioner, Ciaran McIlwaine
and right, no prizes for identifying NI Scout Commissioner.


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