Blair Atholl training

Blair Atholl training

The first Regional Blair Atholl training took place during the weekend of 23 – 25 March at Bonaly. Seven out of the eleven patrols were able to attend and this gave everyone the chance to get to know each other.

Blair Atholl group meet each other

Blair Atholl group meet up

The camp started off with activities that allowed the patrols to mix and start learning about the different districts in our Region. Late morning saw us pitching the patrol tents and by early afternoon we were confident that everyone would have a roof over their head.

Patrol tents of the BA training group

BA training group

Axe and Saw, Firelighting, and Camp Kitchen Hygiene then occupied us up to late afternoon, followed by preparation and eventual cooking of our evening meal …

Ready to light the altar fire

Fire lighting practice

Some interesting initial versions of mince and tatties but glad to say, when cooked, all tasted good. Saturday evening saw ‘A first taste of Blair – what to expect’ and some pointers about how the camp operates. We then brainstormed ideas for the Country Fair and SE Region has some great options for all to try!  Pizza and some ceilidh dancing then followed, which was good fun, then it was time to turn in after a busy day.

Sunday arrived too quickly – well, we did lose an hour – and breakfast was first up.  You can’t beat the smell of sausages sizzling on an altar fire!

Two Zorb Balls moving about

Zorb Balls in action

Knots and lashings were followed by a fun activity – zorb balls.  Thank you, Meadows Explorers, for allowing us to use them. A quick lunch, then it was time to strike camp and, before we knew it, Sunday afternoon had been and gone and our first time together was over.

Game with Zorb balls in the field

Zorb game

The patrols now have some time to improve their wood preparation, firelighting and cooking skills ready for the next camp in June.

Explorer chopping wood safely

Safe chopping

A big thank you to the Core Team: Amy, Craig, Fee, Neil, Jackie and Barry as well as the Blair Coordinators / leaders Annette, Donald, Katie and David Growden.  Thanks also to members of the Region Team and DCs for joining us and lending your support.

Diane Marshall, Deputy Regional Commissioner

The Zodiac Award has got better!

The Zodiac Award has changed. It is still all about camping in different places all year round, and it is even more fun! You can still finish under the old rules, if you have already started, or use the new rules right now.

The Zodiac Award is now open to all Scouts, Explorers and Network members.  Full details are on the SHQ website: Zodiac Award Update

Midlothian Explorers Brass Monkey Camp Jan 2015

Midlothian Explorers Brass Monkey Camp

Excitement for all at the Regional Explorer Camp

Whilst most camps involve sacrificing only a soft bed, Explorers from around the Region went back to basics this year at the Regional Explorer Camp which was held at Philiphaugh – a greenfield site made available to groups in the Region by one of our Regional Vice Presidents, Sir Michael Strang Steel.  Greenfield doesn’t mean camping only – the Explorers enjoyed an amazing array of different activities throughout the weekend and we visited the Edge Explorer Unit to find out what made the camp a fantastic experience.

Continue Reading Excitement for all at the Regional Explorer Camp

Regional camp for Explorers

Regional camp for Explorers

Round the World in 80 Explorers

A full weekend camp for Explorers from across the District, run round a competition with the theme of countries.  We can use the full moon for wide games and there will be other activities in the woods.  Food is provided, except for the final meal on Sunday which will be cooked by the teams as part of the competition.  Cost is £30, to be collected at the start of September.  Please sign up using the RSVP below, so we can get in touch.  Explorers and Young Leaders can sign up themselves, or a Leader can sign up for the Unit.

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Gorebridge in Aberfeldy

Gorebridge in Aberfeldy

Scouts and Explorer Scouts from Gorebridge (Midlothian) spent the weekend in Aberfeldy staying at the Glassie Farm Bunkhouse.  They visited the Highland Wildlife Park and also did a walk around the Birks of Aberfeldy, where Rabbie Burns wrote the song ‘Birks o Aberfeldy’.

Gorebridge Scouts and Explorers in front of the Bunkhouse

Gorebridge Scouts and Explorers in front of the Bunkhouse

Next to the bronze statue of Rabbie Burns

Gorebridge Scouts and Explorers next to the bronze statue of Rabbie Burns