Just as the Covid-19 lockdown started twelve Scouts were about to go on their final expedition which would earn them their Gold Award, the highest award in Scouts. After a lot of delays and frustration they finally got to go on their expedition, hiking and camping in the Queen Elizabeth Forest near Aberfoyle.
Then came a second lockdown and more delays due to Covid-19, so it wasn't until March 2022, almost exactly two years after they were supposed to go on their expedition, that they finally received their awards. Most of the Scouts are now Explorers, and most of them have grown out of their Scout shirts, but it was great to finally celebrate their time in Scouts.
Very many thanks to Jo Cookson, our District Commissioner, for coming over to present the awards.
On Saturday 19th March the Beavers planted sunflowers (the national flower of Ukraine) around the village to raise money for child refugees and their families in Ukraine. All proceeds will be donated to the UNICEF’s Ukraine appeal. If you’d like to help right now simply donate via this page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/balfron-beavers-unicef-ukraine.
So far they've raised nearly £600.