Late season camping trips enjoyed

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With summer stretching on a bit this year, companies having later weekend camps have benefited.

One is 2nd Larbert (Old Church) awhich had 25 boys at the Dalguise Centre, Dunkeld, now an almost annual pilgrimage.

A full programme was organised taking in the most popular activities from previous visits including shooting, archery, open canoeing, giant swing, trapeze, climbing wall and there was abseiling too.

Appetites were whetted by exercise and food was plentiful with healthy options available but some of the staff, up to nonsense, added a few healthy dollops of tabasco sauce to the captain’s cheese omelette.

Fortunately he likes spicy food but also has a long memory!
Another sting at a mealtime came from one of the many wasps. It finished up in a coke can resulting in a boy being stung inside his mouth.

Sunday Bible class was an open air affair in the sunshine which was enjoyed all weekend.

There followed another day of activity with a very contrasting quiet group of boys returning home tired out to Larbert. Thanks to 7th Falkirk (St James Church) for their minibus.

The report of the 1st Camelon dinner elicited an unlikely response from a former member who contacted me to recall his membership of that company and that of his father before him.

He remembered not only the captains mentioned but also David Stark as well as his father knowing Bessie Wilson, the founder of the company, from Bantaskine. His outstanding memory was being one of more than 2000 boys at the Founder’s International Centenary Camp in

1954 held on the playing fields of Eton College.
The badge he received along with various older memorabilia are to be offered to the Boys’ Brigade Museum.