The 4th Braid Scouts Summer Camp was held at Spean Bridge during the Summer holidays in early July. There was 31 Scouts in attendance, which is the highest number they’ve had for a long time. Activities included:
- * Usual on-site games, team building activities, cooking on fires.
- * Campfire singing and sketches
- * Swimming in the river
- * Visit to the National Commando Memorial
- * Trips into Fort William
- * White water rafting
- * Pioneering projects
- * An overnight hike
- * A speciality meal chosen by the Patrols
- * A Patrol competition in which 5 patrols competed and all performed very well.
- * Camp Olympics
- and plenty more…
The team chose Insh Campsite at Spean Bridge because they’ve been before and it’s a large camping space next to a great river for swimming. With Fort William being the “outdoor activity capital of the UK” there were plenty of adventurous and fun activities to take part in. The Scouts and leaders put in a lot of effort preparing for the week and during the week. The 4th Braid believes that the Scouts get the most out of camp when they put the effort in – #YouthShaped – and they really showed us that was true.
All the Scouts completed the bulk of the Outdoor Challenge Activity Badge as well as areas of Expedition and Adventure Challenges. And that’s not all…also parts of Navigation, Nights Away, Hikes Away, Camper, Chef, Entertainer, and other Activity badges. Phew! What positive news.
One of the most important skills they learned/developed during the camp was definitely teamwork including discovering other Scouts’ strengths and utilising everyone for different tasks. The PLs and APLs set an excellent example by taking charge without taking over!
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We’d like to say a BIG thanks to the leaders and helpers for making these memories happen for the Scouts. It takes a lot of time and effort to bring this together. The young people, parents/carers and South East Scotland Scouts are very grateful for all you do. Here’s to your next camp and the great adventures that await!