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1st Cowal: A Year of Growth and Achievement

This is a copy of our most recent article within the Cowal Kirk News for June 2023

As we enter the final few weeks of our year, it is a time to reflect on our achievements at the 1st Cowal. In February, we launched a major recruitment drive, and we are now proud to have 37 young people across our sections. This is a phenomenal achievement, given that when I took over as Captain we had less than 10 members. What is even more exciting is that our waiting list continues to grow, with more young people eager to experience life at the 1st Cowal.

Over the last four weeks, our Anchor Section have undertaken a variety of activities linked to their badges, such as Get Active, Get Involved and Get Into The Bible. We explored good and bad choices and explained that Christians have God in their life to help them with their choices by asking Him for His wisdom and guidance. Junior Section have been learning about the story of King Solomon, alongside making progress against their Get Active, Get Learning and Get Creative badges. Company and Senior Section have been making progress against their Get Involved, Get Creative and Get Into The Bible badges, learning about and discussing “The Impossible Battles” that we see in the Bible and how we
think these battles were overcome.

On Wednesday, June 14th, at 6pm, we will be hosting our annual Awards Presentation Evening. This year, we will be giving out over 100 individual awards to our young people, joined by John Sharp, Director for Development & Communication for the Boys’ Brigade UK&I, and by Malcolm Gordon, President of the Lennox & Argyll Battalion. For many of our young people and their families, this will be their first presentation evening, and we hope it will be one to remember. We do very much hope you will all be able to join us!

Over the next few weeks, we have a jam-packed program of activities planned for our members. Not only will we be continuing with our usual Wednesday night activities, but we are also looking forward to joining the Cowal Kirk for Pizza Night and the Family Picnic. We already have lots of our young people and families signed up for these events. We are also looking forward to the future. We have plans in progress to reintroduce residential sleepovers, activity fun days, and day trips. We have also confirmed the first ever Annual Family Cinema Trip, which will take place on December 2nd. We will be hosting this event, but we are also looking to invite other youth organisations from across Cowal to join us.

It has been a truly exciting year for us here at 1st Cowal, and we cannot wait to celebrate our young people’s achievements and for what is to come in our next session.

We would like to thank all of our members, families, volunteers, and supporters for their continued hard work and dedication. We could not do what we do without you.

We hope you have a wonderful summer, and we look forward to seeing you all back in September!