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Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 03-02-2010
Explorer Scouts from the 1st Lenzie held a very enjoyable camp at Auchengillan just before Christmas.
The weekend programme included plenty of games and activities including a venture out onto the Campsie Fells. Despite the low cloud there were opportunities to test map reading skills and check location with back bearings when gaps revealed surrounding features like Duntreath Hill.
A party of 11 with their leaders; James, Scott and Stuart marked the ascent of Dumgoyne with a photograph.
After lunch on Garloch Hill, the group returned on a track running along the north side of Dumgoyne, but two very keen Scouts, Ian and Sam, were determined to scale Dumgoyne a second time, under the supervision of Stuart.
The Explorer Scouts are looking forward to climbing Ben Ledi, Ben Vorlich, Ben Lawers and Ben Nevis in the coming year. Explorer Scout James Archibald checked out Ben Ledi on the last day of 2009 but we will have to wait for a thaw before the Scouts attempt this impressive hill near Callendar and Loch Lubnaig..
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 01-02-2010
Explorer Scouts from the 1st Strathaven topped off an active year with a camp to brush off the Christmas blues. No sooner had they finished celebrating Christmas, than six Explorer Scouts and three Leaders headed for 3 days at Bertha's Cottage at Roybridge, near Lochaber to enjoy the finest winter conditions on the hills for more than 25 years.
Access to the hills was difficult due to most of the side roads being impassible but Beinn Teallach to the north of Loch Laggan was climbed on the first day and although this is the lowest of all the 273 Munros, the deep snow made for quite a tough ascent. The fine views of the winter landscape made up for the hard work involved in getting to the summit.
The second day was even better and an ascent of Aonach Mor was accomplished, with the use of the Ski Centre Gondola making for a slightly less strenuous day. There were magnificent views of the north face of Ben Nevis from this summit.
On the third day the party enjoyed a walk up Glen Nevis to visit Steall waterfall in the upper Glen. This is a fine and slightly challenging walk for tourists at any time of the year and on this occasion the walk through the gorge required great care. The views were magnificent and the boys had the added enjoyment of being able to walk up the frozen river.
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable outing for the Explorers and one which has whetted their appetites for more outings to the hills especially in the present conditions, over the coming months.
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Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 29-01-2010
Cubs from the 1st Kilsyth had good reason to celebrate recently when Calum Galloway; Deputy District Commissioner (Youth Programme) paid them a special visit to present 3 of them with Lifetime Achivement Awards.
For the 3 Cubs, this was the culmination of completing 6 of their challenges to complete their Chief Scout's Silver Award.
Other awards presented on the evening included the rarely seen neatest Cub, cheekiest smile, most recently invested & quietest Cub.