Inchcailloch camp: day 1

A few weekends ago, seven Scouts went across to Inchcailloch, an island on Loch Lomond, for a one night camp. We had the island completely to ourselves so it was easy to grab the best campsite...the one by the beach!

We explored the island, finding the old cemetery and some great old trees.

One of our team came over on the last ferry so we all went down to meet him at the jetty.

Then it was time for dinner, which we all cooked ourselves one the new Scout Trangias. A quick celebration of Taylor's birthday with great campfire cakes supplied by his mum and then we started a campfire...

...and after a few ghost stories, Annabel brought out the smores making kit...which the leaders found a little hard to eat.  

That night a storm hit the island and the wind was very very strong. The leaders thought some of the tents might not make it but they held up fantastically with not one guy rope out of place.

The next day the rain came down...a lot! We had a quick breakfast and packed up all our stuff (leaving the tents for the Saturday night team) and there was just time for a quick photo before walking back across the island to catch the ferry.

Our next challenge was to walk all the way from Balmaha to Drymen, in a howling gale and heavy rain. Luckily the Scouts were completely up for this and didn't complain once. We tramped up Conic Hill and marvelled at the view, and then made our way to the car park just north of Drymen, seven miles away, to meet parents.

Well done to all the Scouts for a great camp and for battling through the weather on the hike.