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Network & Adult Leaders

After Explorers, the adventure is not over. There is another section called Network (18-25years). This section has been growing strongly in mainland UK for a number of years and so it is fantastic that efforts are now underway to improve Northern Ireland Network. This began with a Network-aged Scout Leaders' trip to Iceland in Easter 2012. Now in County Antrim there are currently plans for a new County Network but already well-functioning is the Network affiliated with the Queen's University of Belfast, which welcomes new members from across the region.

Queen’s University Belfast Scout Network was founded in 2012 to meet increasing demand for the provision of adventure activities to young adults, primarily those attending Queen’s University. We are a welcoming group of degree-diverse yet likeminded individuals whose activities are based around three key areas: Skills & Development, Community and International. Dictated by members our events include, but are certainly not limited to:

QUB Scout Network

·         Duke of Edinburgh’s Award related activities as a registered centre

·         Wide range of social events including go-karting, laser-quest, supporting ice-hockey, movie nights with free pizza and doughnuts etc.

·         Instructor-led survival skills course covering various elements of Bushcraft

·         Outdoor skills activity camps and bivis with archery, climbing, hill-walking, orienteering etc.

·         Fundraising either as part of events or as a dedicated charity event

·         Endurance challenges such as the National Three Peaks Challenge and our very own River Bann Canoe Challenge

·         Helping other people including younger Scout sections and other local community groups

·         Opportunities to join in many National and International camps and expeditions

·         Opportunities for youth work and leadership

Our Network forms part of the national structure of the UK’s Scout Association, headed by Chief Scout Bear Grylls, but we welcome not only those from Scouting backgrounds. Indeed, the majority of our current members are new to Scouts and we are of course open to males and females. We are proud to be a registered provider of the popular Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, supporting participants in all aspects of achieving their award. If interested, you can start your award fresh along with other Network members or continue an award you may have begun with another centre.

To find out more about QUB Scout Network why not visit our FaceBook page. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the current committee at scoutnetwork@qub.ac.uk. This committee is in place to lead organisation and planning, but one of the best bits about Network is that all members are encouraged to bring forward their own ideas and suggestions. So what are you waiting for?

For more information about Scout Network talk to me, Richard McQuillan, or Contact Us here. Alternatively, you can email the QUBSN committee at scoutnetwork@qub.ac.uk.
There is a large and enthusiastic leadership team at St. Columba's which has collectively attained a high level of training. Many of the leaders have completed the WoodBadge award - a modular training programme encompassing all the aspects of leadership (e.g. child welfare, challenging behaviour, organising a smooth programme, first aid training etc.) In the senior sections in particular leaders hold various water activity and nights away permits and we are always striving to improve our 'repertoire'. We always welcome anyone keen to take part - whether you can help out weekly or only occasionally, we would be very grateful to have you on board! Please get in touch if you are at all interested in helping others while having fun and broadening your own skill set too! Don't forget that Scout Leadership is entirely voluntary and our only reward is the benefit Scouting brings to young people's lives - something we value very highly!
For more information about the possibilities in adult leadership, speak to any leader in person or get in touch using the Contact Us page, or email: info@stcolumbasscouts.co.uk.
NI Scout Hillwalking Club in Mournes
The Isle of Skye
NI Network trip to Iceland
Slemish at dusk
Hiking in Madeira
Ice-climbing on a glacier in Iceland