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					INVERNESS DISTRICT SCOUT COUNCIL



                                   ANNUAL
                                   REVIEW
                                    2009
    20 Scouts and Leaders visited USA, linking
    with Troop 2, Milford MA
    3rd Inverness (Crown) Scout Group
    October 2008




2
Introduction                         4

Awards                               5

District Chairman                    6

District Commissioner                7

Beavers                              8

Cubs                                 9

Scouts                               10

Explorers                            11

Scout Network                        12

Scout Fellowship                     13

District Archives                    14

District Communications              15

Finance                              16

Independent Examiner’s Report        17

Statement of Consolidated Accounts   18

Membership Census



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INTRODUCTION
                                              Inverness District Scout Council


               The Executive Committee of Inverness District Scout Council has pleasure in presenting its report and
               accounts for the year ending March 31st 2009.

               Objectives: The Scout Association is a UK-wide charitable body, incorporated by Royal Charter. Its aim
               is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and
               spiritual potential, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and
               international communities. This is achieved by providing an enjoyable and attractive scheme of
               progressive training, based on the Scout Promise and Law and guided by adult leadership.

               Legal and Administrative Information

               Inverness District Scout Council is an umbrella body to support Scout Groups in Inverness District. Its
               affairs are managed by the District Executive Committee, which operates in accordance with the
               Council’s Constitution and the Association. The Executive Committee is accountable to the members of
               the District Scout Council at their Annual General Meeting. The Committee consists of office-bearers,
               elected members and nominated members, with power to co-opt. The members named below served
               throughout the year, except where otherwise shown.

               Honorary Members
               John A Gordon President
               Roy Sinclair  Vice President

               Trustees
               Ex-Officio Members
               Derek Gardiner         District Chairman
               Stephen Ranscombe      District Commissioner (from 1st February 2009)
               Julie Cribb            District Secretary
               Christine Horne        District Treasurer
               Graham Eden            District Explorer Scout Commissioner
               Vacant                 District Scout Network Leader

               Elected Members
               Stephen Maddison, Mark Grant, Andrew MacLean, Heather Preece, Alan Anfield and Martin Smith.

               Nominated Members
               Iain Macdonald, Wym Simpson, Frank McCubbin, John A. Gordon, Dawn Allmond and Geoff Thomson.

               The District may be contacted at the District Chairman’s Residence.
                                              77 Stratherrick Road, Inverness, IV2 4LL

                                                    Independent Examiner:
                                 Alec Graham MA CA, Culag, 9 Rangemore Road, Inverness, IV3 5EA

                                                              Bankers:
                                      Royal Bank of Scotland, Harbour Road, Inverness, IV1 1NU




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                                                                                         AWARDS
                         Awards

    Queen Scout Award
    Neil Craig             Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit



   Chief Scout Award—Platinum
   Struan Charters      Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit
   Andrew Grace         Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit
   Matthew Green        Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit
   Matthew Heron        Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit
   Charlotte Kennedy    Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit
   Callum McClellan    Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit
   Sam Newmark          Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit

    Duke of Edinburgh Award—Gold
    Neil Craig           Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit




   Duke of Edinburgh Award—Bronze
   Stacey Campbell      Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit
   Struan Charters      Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit
   Andrew Grace         Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit
   Matthew Green        Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit
   Matthew Herron       Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit
   Charlotte Kennedy    Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit
   Sam Newmark          Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit

Calum Munro        District Scout Leader       Inverness District
Kathleen Murray    Asst. Cub Scout Leader      9th Inverness (Culloden) Scout Group
Pat Oliver         Beaver Scout Leader         36th Inverness (Holm Mills) Scout Group
Keith Pratt        Nights Away Advisor         Inverness District
Andy Thursby       Group Contact               Aird Scout Group


Peter White        Explorer Scout Leader Croy Explorer Scout Unit


Sandra Fraser      Cub Scout Leader            19th Inverness (Inshes) Scout Group
Mark Grant         Group Scout Leader          18th Inverness (Muirtown) Scout Group



Sandra Hogg        Group Scout Leader          7th Inverness (Kirkhill) Scout Group


John Horne         Asst. Beaver Scout Leader   2nd Inverness (Kingsmills) Scout Group
Ewan Purser        Assistant Scout Leader 18th Inverness (Muirtown) Scout Group




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DISTRICT CHAIRMAN
                                                           District Chairman
                    Unfortunately our District Commissioner, Derek Chambers, resigned in June 2008 due to his leaving
                    Inverness for work reasons. There was no District Commissioner in post until 1st February 2009 when
                    Stephen Ranscombe took up the reins.

                    The District Headquarters was maintained and widely used for Scouting and community purposes.

                    District Newsletters were issued on a monthly basis.

                    Scout Post which operates every Christmas to deliver Christmas Cards was again successful, with over
                    25,000 cards being delivered.

                    The Appointments Committee
                    continue to interview
                    prospective Leaders and also
                    reviewed existing Adult
                    Appointments on a five yearly
                    basis.

                    A major District Camp,
                    (Midsummer Madness) was held
                    in June at Belladrum with over
                    500 attending. This was very
                    successful. A District Scout camp
                    was held at Brodie in September.
                                                         Over 500 taking part in the
                    Along side the fun and training
                                                         Campfire at Belladrum
                    elements, the Lochiel Targe
                                                         Midsummer Madness 2008
                    competition was held. Crown
                                                         Were YOU mad enough?
                    Scouts enjoyed a successful trip
                    to the USA.

                    The Founders Day service was held in Crown Church and was conducted by our Chaplain, Rev. Peter
                    Donald.

                    Volunteers:

                    Scouting in Inverness depends on the efforts of volunteers. The Executive Committee pays tribute to
                    the many men and women who have given freely of their time and effort in order to provide good
                    Scouting for our young people in the District.

                    This report was approved by the Executive Committee on the 28th May 2009 and signed on its behalf by



                    Derek Gardiner
                    District Chairman




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                                                                                                             DISTRICT COMMISSIONER
                                     District Commissioner
May I begin by stating that it is an honour to have been approached to become the District
Commissioner for Inverness Scout District and I hope that I will discharge my new role and duties to the
satisfaction of the members in the District, both younger and older.

In taking up the role of District Commissioner towards the end of the 2008/09 Scouting year, it is
difficult to make too many comments on the state of affairs on the ground. I hope to get round to visit
as many Groups as is possible over the first year and meet as many members as I can. I have already
attended a number of meetings and received invitations from a few section leaders to visit and take
part in their section meetings. I have attended one and look forward to the next few weeks of the
other visits. I will welcome any and all invitations to visit your section meeting.

Census numbers look to be steady and increasing in some areas. I would like to thank all of the District
teams, who work well together to support the section leaders, for their tireless efforts to keep Scouting
alive and well in Inverness District. A big “thank you” is due to all of you leaders, helpers, parents and
Young Leaders who run the Groups and section meetings. Without all of you Scouting would not
function as well as it does. Although I have yet to get mobile and see at first hand the good work, I have
heard many stories and reports of what is being achieved.

To all the younger members, I would pass on my                                 Bear Grylls
encouragement and good wishes for you to keep                                  New Chief Scout
enjoying the new experiences that is Scouting. Life                            (July 2009)
is all about learning, experiencing and above all
enjoying. The challenges don’t ever go away, they
just change as you get older; but hold fast to your
Scouting Promise, “Do Your Best”, and you won’t
go far wrong. As I write this note, our Scouting
Movement has just announced who the new Chief
Scout is to be from July 2009 as Bear Grylls, the 34
year old explorer, who has been a Scout since he
was 8 years old. Exciting times lie ahead with Bear
as our Chief and camp food may get more
adventurous! Let us all support him as our Chief; I
have sent a note to UK HQ addressed to him to congratulate him on his appointment from all of us in
Inverness Scout District.

This year sees the retirement from active Scouting of our District Chairman, Derek Gardiner. Derek has
been very active in Scouting for over 50 years and has contributed a great deal to Inverness Scouting,
including being a main protagonist of the Gang Show, a biennial event that has helped keep Scouting
alive and well in our District, whilst bringing enjoyment and fun for all involved both on stage and in
the theatre seats. I would like to wish Derek well in his retirement although, I know, Derek will always
be a Scout.

Good Scouting for 2009/10!


Stephen C Ranscombe
District Commissioner




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BEAVER SCOUTS (6 - 8)
                                                                   Beaver Scouts

                        2008 has been a very mixed year, what with no immediate replacements for any of the Commissioners’
                        posts and although I retired as a Beaver Commissioner at the last AGM, I carried on as Beaver caretaker
                        until, with great pleasure, we welcomed Jackie Maclean on board as ADC Beaver Scouts. Jackie, I’m
                        sure you all know, is Beaver Leader at Culloden.

                        However, I was asked, and I was delighted to do                          Campfire singing for all ages.
                        so, to shadow Jackie for a while until she found her                     Midsummer Madness 08
                        way around her new job. For the latter part of
                        2008 we worked together, having another joint
                        Beaver/Cub Leader Games workshop (with the
                        Leaders taking part in the games). This was again
                        a very successful and enjoyable afternoon.

                        The Founder’s Day Service was very well attended
                        and lovely to see so many Beavers coming along to
                        this service now. It was a ‘dream’ of a service, the
                        theme being “I had a Dream”.

                        At the end of February Jackie took over the reins completely and the shadow disappeared. I wish
                        Jackie every success as ADC Beaver Scouts and I hope she will enjoy it as much as I did.
                        I’ll now hand over to Jackie for the rest of the report.


                        Pat Oliver
                        Assistant District Commissioner (Beavers) (to March 2009)




                                                                       I would like to thank Pat for the help and support in the
                                                                       run up to me taking over as A.D.C. She has been a
                                                                       wonderful wealth of information and ideas for me and
                                                                       all Beaver leaders over the years.

                                                                       Since taking over I have visited several Beaver Colonies
                                                                       where clearly the young people and adults are doing
                            Badge Making at MM08                       what Beaver Scouts love doing, having fun and making a
                          19th Inverness (Inshes) Beavers              mess.

                        Many thanks to everyone involved in making it fun and special for the youngest group in scouting.



                        Jackie MacLean
                        Assistant District Commissioner (Beavers) (from March 2009)




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                                                                                                          CUB SCOUTS (8 - 10
                                            Cub Scouts
Firstly, on behalf of the Cub Scout section may I extend a very warm welcome to Stephen Ranscombe,
our new District Commissioner. I can confirm he will be an asset for the District, and is very
approachable (especially if you have a Sticky Toffee Pudding in your hand.)

District events this year (2008/2009) have been fairly quiet. They kicked off with the MM08 District
camp. Over 150 Cubs had a great time out at Belladrum Estate, enjoying many and varied activities.
The favourites were the Coconut Shy, Archery and Grass Sledging - oh how my bones wished they were
20 years younger!!

Cub and Beaver Leaders and helpers got together in February for a games day. This was a follow up
from the craft and games day held last year. Again all involved had a very enjoyable though tiring day.
Looks like these Leaders days will become an annual event.

The Founders Day Service in February was very well attended by the Cub Scout section. The Cubs who
did the Readings were absolutely marvelous, and did themselves and their packs proud.

Cub Pack Holidays and camps have become very popular over the last couple of years, with more than
ever taking their young members away for the weekend. I think this is thanks to the organisers of the




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Centenary and MM08 camps, allowing Leaders to see just how enjoyable camping can be.




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Cub packs in the district are flourishing at the moment, although there are still the usual Leader
shortage problems. Most of the Packs have got round this by using parent rotas, which work quite well
for some groups.

After the summer break, between September and March, we hope to organize a District Cub craft day,
Carol Concert & quiz for the Cubs and also a craft day for Leaders.

Finally, on behalf of all Cub Scouts, a big THANK YOU to all Leaders and helpers for your time and hard
work in putting together another fun, enjoyable and informative year.



Kathleen Murray
Assistant District Commissioner (Cub Scouts) Acting




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SCOUTS (10
                                                              Scouts
             The year to the end of March 2009 has been fairly similar to the previous one as far as the Scout
             section has been concerned. There are ten Troops in the District, five in the city, and the rest operating
             in Nairn, Grantown, Aviemore, Croy and Aird. It is good that the Nairn Troop is now fully functional
             after being restarted in early 2007. Several are operating very satisfactorily, but a couple are struggling.
             Muirtown continues to provide its water activity programme very effectively.

             The District Scout section organized two
             events. The first was the Scout section camp in                          2008 Lochiel Targe Winners
             September, held at Brodie, and incorporating                             2nd Inverness (Kingsmills)
             the Lochiel Targe camping competition. It was
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             won this year by a patrol from Kingsmills
             Troop, with the Aviemore patrol surprising
             themselves by coming a very creditable
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             second. The second event, held in March, was
             the Patrol Leader training day, at which we
             were pleased to welcome the new District
             Commissioner, Stephen Ranscombe. As usual,
             the event was fully booked, and it hopefully
             helps individual troops to run the patrol
             system in a more effective way. However,
             there are still troops which attend neither of
             these events, and so their Scouts miss out on mixing with their peers from other troops, and learning
             new skills.

             Communications within the section are still a big issue. Although I have issued various circulars and
             information sheets, there is very little feed-back from troops. My role is not really to run events, but to
             support leaders, providing advice and training as required. If leaders do not communicate with me, it is
             very difficult for me to carry out that part of my role.

             The weakest element in the programme of even some of the more successful troops is the number of
             camps which individual troops organize. There has been a reasonable attendance at
             centrally-organized events like the Caledonian Water Rally (in October) and Highland Adventure (in
             May), both activity weekends for especially older Scouts, but even so very few of the District Troops
             are taking part. In some of the other troops, the Scouts are not even told of these events, and so do
             not get the chance to attend.

             A weakness of the current system is that Troops do not have to notify me of the camps they are
             running, and so I do not have any proper idea of what is happening. However, it is clear that very few
             troops held a summer camp, although Kingsmills and Aviemore ran a joint event for the second year in
             a row. Crown troop, with some Explorers, continued their American link, with a visit to the USA during
             the October holiday. Kingsmills and Aviemore jointly are setting off to Norway this summer, and Croy
             have foreign plans for 2010.

             It is hoped that something can be done to increase the number of camps in the coming year. A big
             problem is the lack of anywhere that is within easy range, other than Brodie, that can provide fixed
             toilets, and so reduce the amount of work required by leaders. It would also be great to see a big
             increase in the number of Chief Scout's Gold Awards achieved in the District.

             Robert Preece
             Assistant District Commissioner (Scouts)


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                                                                                                           EXPLORER SCOUTS (14 - 18)
                                         Explorer Scouts
What an exciting year it has been! Firstly I was delighted to be offered the chance to take up the
challenge of District Explorer Scout Commissioner and I have enjoyed most of the challenges so far. I
hope to have the opportunity, for a few more years, to help develop this section across the District.

One of the highlights of
this year is our first ever                               Over 800 Scouts & Explorers from 16
completion of the                                         Countries, camped together last Summer
Queen Scout Award by                                      31st International Patrol Jamborette,
an Explorer Scout in our                                  Blair Atholl
District. My
congratulations go to
Neil Craig on this
achievement and he has
also completed his Gold
Duke of Edinburgh
Award. Other highlights
include the Blair Atholl
Jamborette, in which
several Explorers took part, Croy Explorers went abroad to Denmark and Crown Scout Group’s trip to
the USA. Looking closer to home, the annual Cally Rally was well attended by local Explorers, as well as
Explorer participation in a variety of national camps.

Within the District there has been a significant drive to rejuvenate the Young Leader Scheme. As a
result we now have over 40 Young Leaders helping at almost every Beaver, Cub and Scout section
within the District. This is a tremendous success for us all. In addition to this Jenny Mackenzie has
taken up the post of Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader) and will further develop and manage this
scheme across the District. My thanks also go to the District Executive for underwriting the costs of
this Scheme and I would like to remind ALL leaders that I need to know about ALL people, whether
they are Explorers or Duke of Edinburgh participants, who are helping with your section. Training will
be provided on the Young Leader Training Scheme in August at the adult training sessions.

Development has been another key theme of the work carried out over the last few months and will
continue to be in the future. We have put in place structures to ensure that all Explorer Scout Leaders
in the District receive the correct communications from Gilwell and SHQ. Support with the resources,
to ensure that all Explorer Scouts can take up the challenge of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and
develop their own abilities, as they choose, will be provided.

Looking ahead, we have plans to further develop the current Explorer Units with a plan to revitalise
and renew the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme across the District. This will be a significant piece of
work, and will take time to fully implement. Additionally two Explorer Scouts, Neil Craig and Struan
Charters, are also aiming to complete their Explorer Belt in Poland this summer. We are also in the
early stages of developing an Explorer Scout Unit to be run in the Grantown/Aviemore area of the
District. Additionally as many know we are also exploring the needs for further Explorer Units in the
District, with the plan to bring more Explorer Scouting to more young people.

I would like to finish by extending my thanks to all of the Explorer Scout Leaders and a variety of
others, both within and out with the District, who have been a great support to me in my first year.

Graham W J Eden
District Explorer Scout Commissioner


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SOCUT NETWORK (18 - 25 )
                                                                      Scout Network
                           The main focus of the Network over the last year has been through camps. There are two types of
                           camp that you will find Networkers at, Network camps where they are the participants and camps for
                           the younger sections where they act as camp staff.

                           On the participation side of things we have been
                           represented at the HUB Camp – an annual national camp
                           run by SHQ Fellowship. This years event was based at
                           Nethy Bridge and the Networkers could choose from ski-
                           ing/ snowboarding, winter climbing skills, clay pigeon
                           shooting, mountain biking and much more. Other camps
                           included NAC (Network Activity Camp) again a Scottish
                           Network event with activities being 1st priority and
                           PubScouts where the you change the P to a C and have fun
                           with cub style activities all weekend. This is a UK event
                           held near Coventry

                           As well as having fun the Network have worked hard at
                           other camps. They assisted in the organising and running
                           of the District camp MM08 last year. In July four members
                           along with myself were on the staff at Blair Atholl                    More than supporting younger
                           Jamborette. Part of a 10 strong contingent from the                    sections.
                           Highlands and Islands Region. The Networkers skills were               Activities in the Snow at HUB 09
                           spread between watersports team, reception and the
                           famous Atholl         Experience. New friends were made
                           from Scotland and beyond at the International Jamborette. The Caledonian Rally also benefited from
                           the expertise of the Network both before and during the camp setting up marquees and running
                           activities. It also saw the launch of the Networks Casino activity – a fun filled event that doesn’t involve
                           money!

                           Off the camping field the 5th annual Nessie’s Network Challenge Shield was this year won by Phoenix
                           ESU. They fought of competition from 12 teams representing the Scout Network, Muirtown ESU,
                           Eilean Dubh ESU, Senior Section Guides and themselves. The annual quiz aims to promote links the
                           Explorer and Network sections.

                           The voice of the young people from the Highlands and Islands has been heard on the Scottish Scout
                           Network Council where David Morton and Andrew Maclean have represented the Highlands and
                           Islands.

                           Looking to the future, Inverness District has a new District Scout Network Leader (DSNL), Jenny Macrae
                           who I am sure will mould and develop the Network section and bring it to the next level.

                           Watch this space for a couple of Queen Scout’s Award’s next year.

                           Jamie Gordon
                           Assistant Regional Commissioner (Scout Network)




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                                                                                                         SCOUT FELLOWSHIP (18+)
                                        Scout Fellowship
Three major things happened to the Fellowship over the past year.

Firstly I was finally persuaded by Wym Simpson to take on his role as Chairperson; a role he had done
admirably over the previous 8 years.

Secondly we changed our name from Inverness Area to Inverness District Scout Fellowship.

Thirdly, in September 2008 we lost a dear member, Joe Ednie, who will be missed by us all. He had
celebrated his seventieth birthday taking part as leader of the under-stage choir at the biennial Gang
Show in March. He had given up a lot of his spare time over the years to Scouting in many different
ways. He was a credit not just to his own family but to the world-wide family of Scouting. B.R.A.V.O.
Joe.

Over the past year Fellowship members have helped out at, amongst other events, the District Camp at
Belladrum in June and the following weekend it was the Highland Cross. These two events were quickly
followed by our annual Dick’s Walk, with the walk organized by the Trefoil Guild, and a meal and chat
afterwards at the Old North Inn.

A small number of us went along to play petanque, on what turned out to be a miserable evening
weather-wise in August.

Another game involved a lot more of us when we went to Rollerbowl in November, preceded by a meal
there.

In December Wym Simpson, ably assisted by other Fellowship members, organized Scout Post with
some 25,000+ cards delivered and over £6500 raised for our local Scout groups + the funds of both our
Fellowship and the District.

2008’s last event was our mince pie and chat afternoon at HQ, which gave anyone who was free the
opportunity to catch up with the news from other members.

Another successful Quiz Night was held in February ‘09, even though we had to have a last minute
change of venue.

Also in February was the Founders Day Service at which Fellowship members participated.

March saw some of us dressed in period costume on the occasion of our Murder Mystery evening.

I cannot close without thanking those who have done most of the organizing over this past year,
namely our Secretary, Irene Whyte, Treasurer Sheila Martin and Vice Chairperson Jean McDonagh who,
along with others including Pat Oliver, Kathleen Murray and Iris MacKenzie, have made this past year
such an enjoyable one for us all.

Geoff Thomson
Fellowship Chairperson




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DISTRICT ARCHIVES
                                                                    Archives
                    Little older material has been added to the District archive during the last year, although a certain
                    amount of recent material has been added which will be of value in the future, including a vast amount
                    of photographic material from the Centenary events in 2007. Proper cataloguing and storage for the
                    material is still some way off, due to time constraints and funding.

                    On the other side of the coin, the book I have written, on the history of Scouting within the present
                    boundaries of Inverness District, is complete, but it is proving very difficult to find a publisher, or even
                    to get costings so that the District could consider publishing the book itself. Grant aid will certainly be
                    needed if this turns out to be the way forward.

                    It has been possible to produce some offprints of the material collected related to older established
                    Scout Groups, and these are being issued to the Groups. Nairn Group reached its centenary during
                    2008, although their hundred years is not completely continuous, due to a break during the First World
                    War. The next Group to reach this mark will be the 2nd – currently the Kingsmills Group, although
                    originally the Cathedral Group. They reach this milestone in 2012. Crown will reach its centenary in
                    2016. Again, neither of these Groups has a totally unbroken record over the 100 years.

                    A major project for the coming year will be to put many of the Scout photographs on line through the
                    Highland Council's Am Baile website. This will allow a much wider audience to see some of the
                    treasures that we hold. There are some Scout photographs already available on this website, but these
                    have come from other sources. In some cases it has been necessary to correct the captions that had
                    been attached, as often the originals have little to indicate exactly what they show, and my research
                    has provided the information.



                    Robert Preece
                    District Archivist




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                                                                                                           DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS
                                         Communications
Another year has rolled along and it’s
been another year to celebrate the way
in which we communicate as a District.
The website has been a success after its
first year at www.scoutsinverness.net.
Several new leaders and plenty of new
young people have managed to join
Scouts by visiting our District Website.
However, it is critically important that we
continue to review the website and
determine how it can be of best use to
the District, both for ourselves, and those
who may wish to join The Scout
Association. It is with this thought that
the website is presently being reviewed, after its first year in operation, to enable it to become more
user friendly for the District Team to communicate effectively, deliver news stories and promote local
scouting. This proposed format is still in the design phase and later in the year it shall be determined
whether this is viable in terms of practicality as a way forward for the District.

                                                         Regarding the District e-news, this has also
                                                         proven to be most successful. However, there
                                                         have been issues with ensuring that everyone
                                                         receives this regular communication, in
                                                         particular, the District Fellowship. This has
                                                         predominately been down to issues with
                                                         accuracy of data on the membership
                                                         management system. However, this is being
                                                         addressed and it is hoped that we will move
                                                         forward with this from August of this year.
                                                         Despite these issues, the monthly e-news is
                                                         distributed to over 140 adults in Inverness
District, and features timely and relevant information for all adults. However, for the e-news to
continue to make an impact it must have input from Groups. It is also hoped that we can find a regular
monthly slot for it, particularly after the emergence of Scouts Scotland Plus and Programme e-news
from Scottish Headquarters in the last year.

The future of communication in Inverness District is very much dependant on the national reviews that
are taking place, with particular reference to Scottish Scout News. Presently, we receive
communication from UKHQ through the bi-monthly “Scouting” magazine and weekly Scouting Plus,
complimented by Scottish Scout News, Scouts Scotland Plus and Programme e-news from SHQ. We
must agree a role for District communications and try to avoid “information overload”, to prevent
repetition of information that has been communicated previously.

As always my thanks are expressed to those who have supported the cause of communication over the
last year and I would very much appreciate feedback - no idea is a daft idea!

Graham W J Eden
District Web Manager
District Administrator - Newsletter



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FINANCE
                                                  Treasurer’s Report
          The accounts presented are a consolidation of all those accounts held on behalf of Inverness District
          Scout Council.
          Thanks are due to those who have operated accounts of behalf of the District.

          The consolidated accounts show an operating surplus of £11,033.97 for the financial year. This
          operating surplus is a result of the donation of £6,000.00 received from the Gang Show and of the
          transfer of assets to Inverness District Scout Council from the previous Area Scout Council.

          During 2007/8 the Scout Council received a donation of £5,641.00 from Highland Cross toward the
          purchase of Marquees and a flat bed trailer, the balance of the donation amounting to £177.18 is
          earmarked for utilization for any necessary repairs to these items.

          The process of consolidation of bank accounts into one account was largely completed during the
          2008/9 financial year, at is anticipated that the process will be completed during the 2009/10 financial
          year.

          The balances transferred from the Training, Beaver, Cub, Explorer and Property accounts to the main
          District Account, have been earmarked to be utilized for the purpose for which they were originally
          held.

          As a result of the current financial climate the year ahead will be extremely challenging and it is
          anticipated that for the first time in a number of years the expenditure of the District will exceed the
          projected income. It is likely that it will be necessary to utilize a percentage of the reserves which were
          built up over a number of years by the Area Scout Council.


          Christine Horne
          District Treasurer




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                                                                                                            FINANCE
Independent Examiner’s Report to the Trustees of Inverness District Scout Council

I report on the financial statements of the Inverness District Scout Council (“The Council”) for the year
ended 31st March 2009 which are set out on pages 20 to 21.

Respective responsibilities of Trustees and Examiner:

The Districts Trustees are responsible for the preparation of the accounts in accordance with the terms
of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Charities Accounts (Scotland)
Regulations 2006. The Districts Trustees consider that the audit requirement of Regulation 10(1) (a) to
(c) to the Accounts Regulations does not apply. It is my responsibility to examine the accounts as
required under section 44 (1) (c) of the Act and to state whether particular matters have come to my
attention.

Basis of Independent Examiner’s Statement:

My examination is carried out in accordance with Regulation 11 of the Charities Accounts (Scotland)
Regulations 2006. An examination includes a review of the accounting records kept by the District and
a comparison of the accounts presented with those records. It also includes consideration of any
unusual items or disclosures in the accounts and seeks explanations from the trustees concerning any
such matters. The procedures undertaken do not provide all the evidence that would be required in an
audit, and consequently I do not express an audit opinion on the view given by the accounts.

Independent Examiner’s Statement:

In the course of my examination, no matter has come to my attention
    Which gives me reasonable cause to believe that in any material respect the requirements:
        To keep accounting records in accordance with section 44(1) (a) of the 2005 Act and Regulation
            4 of the 2006 Accounts Regulations, and
        To prepare accounts which accord with the accounting records and comply with Regulation 9 of
            the 2006 Accounts Regulations
Have not been met, or
    To which in my opinion, attention should be drawn in order to enable a proper understanding of
        the accounts to be reached.




Alec Graham MA CA
9 Rangemore Road, Inverness




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FINANCE
          Inverness District Scout Council - Consolidated Accounts                                         Notes
          Accounts for year ended 31st March 2009

          Receipts                                  2008/9                                2007/8
                                   General                       Restricted       General & Restricted
                                       £                             £                      £
          Annual Census             19,232.60                                        124.74
          (Payable to SHQ &
          Region)                  -21,556.00                                           0.00
                                                -2,323.40                                         124.74           1
          Subscriptions                          12,38.00
          Donations                             10,688.33                                      16,105.71           2
          Fundraising               16,168.86                                         590.24
          (Payable to Groups)      -10,910.62                                           0.00
                                                 5,258.24                                         590.24           3
          Activities                            11,973.82                                          90.00
          Badges                                 3,169.82                                       2,861.75
          Interest                                 494.26                                         358.66
          Postage/Stationery                        13.71                                          18.01
          Letting Donations                      2,405.50                                          37.50
          Transfers to District                  7,495.30                                                          4
          Miscellaneous                            624.87                                                          5
          Total Receipts                        41038.45                                       20186.61

          Payments                                  2008/9                                2007/8
                                   General                       Restricted       General & Restricted
                                       £                             £                 £
          Property                   6,256.60                                         242.00
          Equipment                    962.30                          1,603.87          0.00                      6
          Badges                     3,294.71                                       2,700.74
          Administration             2,938.82                                          21.09
          Bank Charges                   8.00                                            4.00
          Activities                13,117.16                                            0.00
          Donations                    300.00                                            0.00                      7
          Fundraising                  884.80
          Transfers                      0.00                                       5,450.00
          Miscellaneous                479.52                           158.70                                     8
          Total Payments            28241.91                           1762.57      8417.83
                                                30004.48

          Total Payments in Year                30004.48                            8417.83
          Total Receipts in Year                41038.45                           20186.61
          Surplus/deficit for
          Year                                  11033.97                           11768.78

          Opening Bank Balance 31868.78                                            20100.00
          Surplus/Deficit in Year 11033.97                                         11768.78
          Closing Bank Balance £42902.75                                          £31868.78
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                                                                                                    FINANCE
Inverness District Scout Council - Consolidated Accounts                                         Notes

Accounts for year ended 31st March 2009
Represented by:         2008/2009                                     2007/2008
Cash at Bank - General 32,197.75                                          31069.14
Cash at Bank- Badges      1,192.93                                          794.77
Cash at Bank - Network      371.32                                            0.00                    9
Cash at Bank - Phoenix 1,274.73                                               0.00                   10
Cash at Bank - Activity     852.48                                            0.00                   11
Cash at Bank - STI        5,621.11                                            0.00                   12
Cash at Bank - Muirtown   1,376.86                                            0.00                   13
Petty Cash                   15.57                                            4.87
                        £42,902.75                                      £31,868.78

Notes to Accounts
          1 Includes payment of £2646.00 in respect of 2008 Regional Levy
          2 Includes £6,000.00 donation from Gang Show and £1902.44 from accounts previously
            held by Inverness Area
          3 Includes Scout Post for which the District acts as agent for Scout Groups and
            Bag Packing for which the District acts as agent for Scout Groups.
          4 This represents the bringing into the District those Bank accounts which were held
            by the Area and which continue to operate under the District.
          5 Includes £340.48 Founders day Collection,£236.39 late payment of Census for 2008,
            £48.00 repayment of uncashed
            cheque.
          6 Includes £1,603.87 for purchase of trailer from Grant funding.
          7 3 donation of £100 in respect of new sections starting within the District
          8 £158.70 for work on marquee - from Grant funding,
            £24.30 for Thanks badge, £21.00 for Wreath, £315.00 Founders Day, £1 telephone,
            £118.22 from acting as receiving agent for transfer between 2 Explorer Accounts.
          9 Account brought under auspices of District during financial year
        10 Account brought under auspices of District during financial year
        11 Account brought under auspices of District during financial year
        12 Account brought under auspices of District during financial year
        13 Account brought under auspices of District during financial year

Restricted Balance: This comprises, £3,000 Capital sum for Jamboree
                                   Income on Jamboree Capital
                                   Donation from Highland Cross



Accounts approved by the Executive of Inverness District Scout Council on 28th May 2009
and signed on their behalf by:



Christine Horne
District Treasurer


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CENSUS
                                       Membership Census 2008/2009


                                                               Male   Female   Total        Change from 08
         Youth Membership
              Beaver Scouts                                    169    18       187               +20
              Cubs Scouts                                      234    19       253               -24
              Scouts                                           201    30       231               -1
              Explorer Scouts                                   34    19        53               -1
              Scout Network (Not Declared elsewhere)             2     0         2               +2
              Total Youth Membership                           640    86       726               -2




         Leadership
              Section Leaders                                  40     62       102               +12
              Sectional Assistants & Skills Instructors         9      3        12               +4
              Group Scout Leaders                               4      2         6               +2
              District Skills Instructors                       0      0         0               -5
              District Scouters                                 4      2         6               +3
              District Commissioners                            1      1         2               -4
              Total Leadership                                 55     70       125               +12




         Organisational Support
              District Administrators                           1      2         3               -2
              District Office Bearers                           1      2         3               0
              Scout Fellowship                                  9     10        19               -1
              Individual & Associate Members                    2      0         2               -6
              Total Organisational Support                     13     14        27               -9

         Members                                               708    170      878               +3
         Associate Members                                       0      0        0               -7

         Total Membership                                      708    170      878               -4

         Statistical Information
         Young Leaders                                         28     16        44               +44
         Network Members (Total)                                3      2         5               0

         Units
         Beaver Scout Colonies                                                         13        +2
         Cub Scout Packs                                                               14        0
         Scout Troops                                                                  11        0
         Explorer Scout Units                                                           4        +1
         Scout Networks                                                                 1        0
         Scout Fellowships                                                              1        0
         Scout Groups                                                                  16        +1


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     Working with Region to develop
     more Young Leaders in Inverness
     District
     Young Leader Training Weekend
     Badaguish, Glenmore , February 2009




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Inverness
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