BB NOTES: Time to prepare for getting away

Now that the clocks have gone forward it’s a good time to remember that BB HQ should be given advance notice of any residential events / expeditions. The appropriate forms should be submitted in good time ; at least 14 days before expeditions and camps of one or two nights duration. For those of more than two nights, 28 days notice is needed. Special permission is required for international trips. It’s also a good time to make sure officers’ expedition/ holiday leadership/camp craft certificates are up to date.

One such weekend-away was by 30 officers and boys of 3rd Falkirk (Peoples Church) who visited the Dundee Battalion well appointed Outdoor Centre at Scott Lodge in Glen Clova in Angus. Five for the very first time climbed a nearby ‘Munro’ called Dreish and twelve managed a second – Mayar. The weekend was graced with good weather which allowed fun on the river at Corrie Fee with some caution required against sunburn!

Further outdoor activity saw five of their boys complete their qualifying Duke of Edinburgh expeditions in the Trossachs during the Easter holidays, thanks to Jim McCormack the BB D of E co-ordinator who later will be the Company Inspecting Officer at their Parents’ Night/ Display on May, 22.

‘Cash Back for Communities’ is the name of the scheme run by the Government through BB HQ in our case, where proceeds from crime are reinvested into communities for the benefit of young people. At the last sitting of the Grant Panel, £19,200 was made available to companies and battalions across Scotland for things like camping equipment, sports kit and transport assistance. 3rd Falkirk recently benefited from the scheme and the next round of applications will be considered after the closing date of 1st June. Information can be obtained from Rhona Drummond at Carronvale.