Ben was part of Northern Nessie – Unit 93. Scott was a leader with 55 North – Unit 92
New York – West Virginia – Washington DC – Canada
We kicked off our adventure with training weekends in Inverurie and Edinburgh.
Flying out of Aberdeen to Germnay for the night then traveled by train to Austria. From here we went to Zelhof by bus. Greeted by some local Scouts who were just leaving – so we gotto chat to them about Austrian Scouting!
Zelhof was amazing. Everyone loved swimming in the lake on site and exploring the massive house we were staying in. We visited Hitlers castle up in the Alps, went under ground to see salt mines and out on a lake in little boats. A day at a castle, the gardens from Sound of Music and the Red Bull museum rounded off out incredible European adventure.
A week of adventure with Scouts from all around the country – and world- with the freedom to explore the site and the local area. Everynight was a massive party – so we made loads of new friends!
See you at AJ21 !
So the Cubs and Scouts were off on a joint adventure again! Linda has organised for the Cubs and Scouts to spend a long weekend at PGL Dalguise working together in mixed groups making new friends, completing new challenges and having an adventure!
A bus down on the Friday lunch time saw us arriving just in time for Friday nights dinner. A wide game of wacky races before getting into our accommodation for bed. Obviously it being our first night everyone was full of beans so it was a late one for us all!
Saturday saw us getting up early for breakfast then off on activities. Quick break for Lunch and a good amount of time at dinner time for everyone relax and play around with each other. On the Saturday night we played Cluedo – so everyone was out solving puzzles ad collect clues to figure out “who done it!”. It was the beautiful Miss Peacock – so we wetsecuted her!
Sunday was a similar set up but with rain for most of the day! Our evening activity was capture the flag.
On Monday we finished at lunch time after two activity sessions to head back on the bus for home again.
Just before we left we held a joint pack & troop forum to see what everyone enjoyed, what wasn’t so good and who deserved a shout out!
Mountain biking, Rifle shooting, fencing and rafting got two favourites; Giant swing, Tree Climb and Abseiling got three favourites but Canoeing got a huge thirteen! So we have a clear winner!
We discussed some of the things the young people weren’t such big fans of; some didn’t like the wet activities; some didn’t like the abseiling and jacobs ladder because of the heights; the Older Scouts didn’t like being in a room of ten; we didn’t like the weather and most didn’t like noisy annoying people in their rooms.
Shout outs for the Cubs, Scouts and leaders!
Ben was nice a kind, Joshua for trying new things, being brave and concurring fears, Mark for overcoming fears, Chris for being polite, a great leader, a friend to all and getting stuck in, Stuart for being nice, Lesley for being a lad, Angus for being a good friend, Nida and Katie for being brave and confident and so much more!
All the leaders and Sam from PGL got an extra big shout out for being amazing an providing such a great weekend for us all!
We took LOADS of photos and the best ones made it on to out Flickr page; check the out!
So following the huge success that was Subzero we have decided that we are going to go to AJ17 !
Auchengillan Jamboree is an international camp that happens every 5 years, Inverurie attended last time and (despite it raining for the whole time) everyone had an amazing time!
The camp is held north of Glasgow and features Scouts from overseas as well as Scottish groups, it lasts 5 days from 29th July to 5th August.
Scott and his amazing team have got all the places booked in, deposits are paid and now we are embarking on some fundraising.
We will need your support for this as us Scout leaders have lots on our plates as it is.
AJ is ran by the same team that did Subzero so this should tease what will be happening!
Keep an eye on your inboxes for information coming in.
30 Scouts and Explorers had an incredible weekend Auchengillan activity centre near Glasgow for the national Subzero camp!
Subzero saw over 700 Scouts and Explorers from around Scotland come together for an amazing weekend of extreme activities in Subzero temperatures!
We all got together the our Scout hut to load up the bus and then piled in to start our adventure. Scouts, Explorers, young leaders and leaders all mixed together for a few hours of chat. When we arrived at the site to set up our tents and started meeting new people around the big fires that were set up around the site. The opening show saw our Scouts up on stage wrapping each other in clingfilm followed by an amazing hog roast and hot chocolate at the camp fire!
The Explorers and older Scouts were away in the Explorer only sub camp. So they stayed up late having their own fun.
Saturday was where we started with the Extreme Activities! Laser tag, inflatables, bubble football, archery, shooting, climbing, abseiling, paradrop, sledging, survival with the army, go karts, roller blading, bucking bronco and paint balling!
Everyone, Scouts, Explorers and leaders had a great time joining in together in all the activities.
In the evening there was a Ceilidh in the barn, relaxing in the winter cafe and by the fire, hunt the yeti wide games and Ice age was showing in the canteen. The Explorers had their own pool party with DJ!
More pics and video's coming guys, but for now, the explorer pool party!
Posted by Auchengillan Outdoor Centre on Tuesday, 16 February 2016
On Sunday half of us went away to the local Ski centre for dry slope skiing and tubing – sounds like they had a great time! The rest of us carried on with the extreme activities from the previous day that we hadn’t managed to get round to.
Packed lunch to have while we packed up our stuff and headed back on the bus home.
Quick stop for some munch in Forfar before getting home to the Scout hut.
Subzero was an absolutely fantastic weekend, we will certainly be going back to Auchengillan again soon!
Having the Explorers and Scouts all together helped bond them and many of them are now friends.
However by allowing the older Scouts and Explorers to camp with freedom away from the younger ones and leaders on the Explorer Subcamp will have hopefully allowed them see how much fun Explorer Scouting can be.
Check out the all our photos on our Flickr page
Today we celebrated founders day at the Gospel Hall in Inverurie. The Beavers, Cubs and Scout joined together to remember the big man who set up Scouting back in 1907 – Lord Robert Baden-Powell.
New Beavers, Cubs, Scout and leader were invested.
Saltire awards were presented to all the leaders and young leaders aged 14 – 25 for all their efforts volunteering.
A Scout got a special award for donating her hair to a children’s cancer charity.
Lynn, assistant Cub leader, was presented with her wood beads – for completing all adult training.
Beavers, Cubs and Scouts read out prayers and lead songs.
Geoff lead a brilliant fashion show to highlight the changes and similarities in Scouts from back in the day and today! With Beaver, Cub and Scout uniforms from when those sections started 30, 100 and 106 years ago respectively. As well as uniforms from American and Irish Scouts.
Many thanks to those at the Gospel Hall who provided bakes and drinks as well as a wonderful service.
Special thanks to Louise and Lynn for organising it all.
Last year we revived the annual Inverurie Merlin Troop Bowline Champion competition. This is a great traditional competition which was started in 1988 – which was long before most of the Scout leaders were born!
Last year the competition was won by Ben Sharp – who was fairly new to the troop at the time!
This year it was won by Katy – huge congratulations to her!
Inverurie Merlin Scout Troop Bowline Race Champions
2015 – Katy Downie
2014 – Ben Sharp
2011 – Cameron MacKenzie
2005 – Janine Jaffrey
2004 – Stuart Lorimer
2003 – Scott Henderson
2002 – Scott Henderson
1998 – Angus Ross
1997 – David Fraser
1996 – Richard Heh
1995 – Vicki Vaughan
1994 – Andrew Whyte
1993 – Ewan Collins (Forres Eagles)
1992 – Mark Gardener
1992 – Ian Morrison
1991 – Christy Burr (2nd Inverurie Guides)
1990 – Steven Gardiner
1989 – Charlie Barrow
1988 – Ross Greig
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