The Scouts' favourite game is probably weeds at the moment. It's a simple game but mainly ends up with everyone's shoes being strewn across the hall.

Scouts Expedition Challenge

Last weekend six of our Scouts set off to complete their expedition challenge. They had planned it all themselves and had given themselves a long walk to start things off, you can just see them reaching the top on the Conic Hill path if you look very closely in the photo below.

They set up their own camp, cooked all their own food and even managed to find and set up some geocaches on the way.

They're already planning their next trip.

Building Bridges

The new term started for the Scouts with some pioneering and building bridges across the mighty torrent that is the old mill race. This version of the bridge held the whole troop!

Viking rafts

A couple of weeks ago the Scouts were challenged to create mini viking fire rafts. They had to use just natural resources that they could find (except for a flint and steel for lighting the fire) to build a floating raft that would hold a mini-bonfire. As you can see, they were very successful...even if the odd foot/leg/whole scout got a bit wet in the attempt.


Cubs go to Barrwood

This weekend the Cubs went to Barrwood for the weekend and here are a few photos of what they got up to. 

There was a lot of cooking and chatting around the fire...then some great knot-work to make stretchers to carry the injured around...and they also got the canoes out and had some fun on the water. 

Finally they made some great clay monsters using natural materials they found around the camp. 

Everyone had a great time and a lot of tired and slightly mucky cubs came home today.  

Turner Prize here we come...

This evening scouts took inspiration from Andy Goldsworthy and their imaginations to the river to create some environmental art.

Invertrossachs Camp - Balfron, Drymen and Killearn Scouts

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A couple of weeks ago the Scouts went on a joint camp with Drymen and Killearn Scouts. It was great to meet some other Scouts in the area. We seemed to have the whole of Invertrossachs to ourselves and  made the most of the place.

Two of our leaders now have bellboat skipper permits so they took us out on the water. We also did some bivoacing, walking and of course all enjoyed the food and campfires. 


Over a number of weeks we've been working on our go-carts. We've taken old wheels, bits of wood and a lot of power tools and been carefully constructing some great go-carts...there's even one made out of an old wheelie bin.

This week we finally got to test them out, down the Ballindalloch driveway. It was dark by the time we got to race, but that was even better with our head-torches on.

Scouts Christmas show

As an end to our term the Scouts entertained us with their various talents. We were treated to a show of some great musical abilities, on the bagpipes, piano, violin, guitar and tenor horn. We had a group of scouts telling jokes and another group doing a "dance" number involving tin trays and some sore heads.

Then, as a finale, and inspired by the recent panto we went to, there was a very funny version of the Twelve Days of Christmas involving cans of irn bru, lost front teeth and squirty cream.

Well done to everyone who took part or acted as helpers and the cheering audience on the night.

Bonfire night 2017

Our annual Group Bonfire night event was a great success again this year. We had around 70 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, and even the odd Explorer came along to help out.

The bonfire was the best we've had, the guys that the Beavers had made seemed to almost explode as soon as they were put on the bonfire, the "hot dogs" were definitely the best ever after the Cub leaders decided to go for real sausages!, and the fireworks were better any previous year, mainly because it seems you get three times the fireworks if you buy them a few months before bonfire night...and we haven't even mentioned the glowing light-sabres that replaced the glowsticks this year.

All in all a great success. Thanks to all the leaders for organising and particular thanks to the Traffords for the use of their land and to the Fords for the parking area.