The Beaver’s summer term finished with a games night
and badge presentations. There were loads of great games but in the end the huge balloons took over most of the session.
Twelve Scouts had planned to do their Expedition Challenge badge in March (2020) but global events meant plans had to change. Fifteen months of waiting later, we finally got the go-ahead to camp.
After some great navigation on the hike from Old Drymen Road to Aberfoyle, they camped at Dounans Centre, together with 4,897,201 midges. Cooking in a cloud of midges is probably one of the hardest things they have ever done while camping, so well done to evryone for getting through a very difficult evening.
A quick exit in the morning was followed by the second day's hike and a (relatively) midge-free lunch stop to fire up the trangias again.
Well done to all the Scouts!
Life is slowly getting back to normal and Beavers have been meeting outdoors for quite a few weeks now.
Recently they have been learning how to
light fires (without matches), how to build their own dens, and how to
jump up and down in muddy puddles!
Bonfire night 2019 was a great success. As usual we had fantastic guys made by the Beavers, a huge bonfire, hotdogs and hot chocolate, and then great fireworks to finish off. Thanks to all our young members, leaders and parents for helping and supporting...and particular thanks to the Traffords and Fords for hosting us.
As usual there were loads of activities: making fires, practising making and using stretchers, kayaking on the reservoir, caving, and general exploring around Barrwood - including to the Ice Boulder. And of course some great food was cooked to make sure everyone had enough energy to do all these activities.
Here are some photos of what they got up to.
This week the Scouts took part in the Great Egg Drop challenge. With very little equipment they had to protect an egg from being dropped out of the McLintock window onto the car park.
There were some interesting designs which looked a bit implausible but were very successful...even the egg wrapped in a necker seemed to survive.
The only failures were the two leaders' efforts, the spiky porcupine-like ones...both eggs smashed on impact.
Balfron Scouts embarked on an adventure to Inchcailloch island on Loch Lomond, via a 9km hike with full packs from Drymen up over Conic Hill.
Thankfully parents (Russell and Mark) helped with their boats for the crossing as the post boat was off due to high water.
The first night was calm and some scouts ventured up to the ancient burial ground on the island, they returned quite quickly, and a little shaken! Others were brave enough to paddle in the loch, they also returned shaking!
On the second night we had to endure a storm which flattened tents, once we added extra guy ropes we took shelter in the fantastic bivouac with fire and toasted marshmallows after a great dinner of Spag Bol and fried garlic bread.
Full cooked breakfast with full strength hot chocolate both mornings of course!
Well done all the scouts for doing a tough hike with heavy packs and enduring the storm in great spirits.