Calling all young MacLeods!
The proposition is this: have you ever considered travelling to Scotland to spend a couple of weeks with a small group of young people from all over the the world, who are interested in their Scottish heritage?
Better yet, if you are a young Scottish person, would you like to be a "host" of sorts, and introduce your country to other young people whose families may have migrated from Scotland long ago?
Since 1975, members of the "North Room Group" have been sharing and exploring their Scottish heritage, friendship, and the world at large. If you are a member of Clan MacLeod and will be over 18 years of age (but no older than 25) during the summer of 2010, you can become part of this tradition.
Check out what former NRGers have to say about their experience, on the NRG forum.
Parliament 2010 will be held in Dunvegan, beginning on Saturday 24 July and ending on Saturday 31 July. There is an additional pre-Parliament trip planned so that MacLeod clansfolk may also visit Assynt, an area of stunning natural beauty and formidable MacLeod history.
The North Room Group service week project will be held in Assynt as well, beginning on Saturday 17 July and ending when we all convene in Dunvegan on 24 July. We have been working with a number of community groups, who will together select the NRG service project. More information about the project will be posted here, as it develops.
As a member of NRG, you will be responsible for your own transportation to the Achmelvich Hostel, but Parliament planners will help you find the best route at the most reasonable cost. During the week in Assynt, the NRG will be staying in the Achmelvich Hostel, in a magical location with "some of the most enticing beach scenery in northern Scotland (and there's plenty of competition)". You can read more about Achmelvich Beach in the article found on Undiscovered Scotland.
At the end of the service week, you will be transported down to Dunvegan. During Dunvegan Parliament week, we have booked the two bunk rooms in the Dunvegan Hotel for NRG who are not staying with their families. If NRG need additional space, we will work with you to find it. After Parliament has finished, we will also make sure you are able to make your own transportation connections to get home.
ACMS will pay for this accommodation, provide a food allowance for meals, and the NRG will have access to a minivan for their own outings. There will also be leadership training opportunities, as well as two NRG exclusive events: the traditional reception for past, present, and future NRG; and a “Viking Picnic” for NRG and Loyalty members.
This financial support shows that ACMS takes our youth - and especially the NRG - very seriously, and tries to foster life-long friendships based on shared experiences with the Clan. Our National Societies also contribute significantly to the NRG activities, and this year we are especially grateful to the North American Gathering 2008 and CMS Ottawa for a generous donation. Additionally, there are at least two other sources of funds available for individual NRG applicants:
- The Dame Flora Scholarship Fund makes grants to New Zealanders, and assists them with expenses when traveling to Dunvegan.
- The MacAskill Sept Society is offering two USD$100.00 fellowships for young people of MacAskill heritage who participate in NRG at Parliament 2010.