Down Memory Lane, November 16 2018

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There is a long tradition of scouting in Campbeltown, but the Wee Toon was without a scout group for about 10 years until the 16th Argyll (Campbeltown) Scout Group was re-formed by Lindsay Kenny in November 2013.

In celebration of their fifth anniversary, the cubs, scouts, explorer scouts and their leaders, plus some scouts from Southend, set out on November 2 for an action-packed adventure at Lochgoilhead National Activity Centre. This was a new experience for most of them.

Torrential rain soaked them and made the terrain treacherous at times, but nothing could dampen the scout’s enthusiasm as they bravely embarked on mountain biking, abseiling, high rope manoeuvres and after-dark hill trekking.

The Sunday water-based raft building and kayaking activities resulted in equally sodden scouts, but in clear, crisp weather conditions, and still with smiling faces.

Group scout leader, Lindsay Kenny said: ‘I want to congratulate all the cubs, scouts and explorers who attended camp.

‘They all did our group proud by joining in with everything and trying their best throughout.

‘They were polite to the centre staff and their behaviour was excellent.’

‘Parents conveyed messages of thanks as their happy campers returned home full of excitement and pride in their achievements.

Camps have been enjoyed by many generations of Argyll scouts.

The lads and leaders of the Davaar and Dalriada cub packs spent a weekend at Bordadubh in April 1978.

It was a first-time experience for most of them too.

This picture was taken before they left to ‘rough it’ in the wilds of Glen Lussa, just north of Campbeltown.

Unlike this year’s scouting weekend, the weather then was great and the boys ‘thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.’

An exchange trip with a Dutch scout troop gave Campbeltown and Carradale scouts the opportunity for a camp in Holland in July 1983.

The following year, the Dutch scouts came to for a week-long joint camp at Spean Bridge in the Highlands, followed by a few days in Edinburgh.

The Dutch scouts then came to Campbeltown to stay in the homes of their scouting partners for a further week.

Current scout leader, Tommy McGrory, who took part in the exchange said: ‘I remember on the last night we had a barbecue at Craigard house which was owned by a scout’s parents at that time.’

The 1978 cubs were supervised by cub instructor Maureen O’Neill, extreme left, cub leader Marie Buglass and Douglas McKerral, extreme right. NO_c46cubcamp_01.

A Dutch exchange scout camp photo with the 16th Argyll troop from the 1980s. This photo was discovered in the old Scout Hall on John Street when the decision was taken to re-start scouting in Campbeltown NO_c46ArgyllDutchScoutCamp01

Cubs, scouts and leaders at the recent camp. NO_c46ScoutCampers2018_01