Boys are ready for summer camp

Captain Walter Williamson, of 2nd Bo’ness (St Andrew’s Church) tells me preparations are in hand for their summer camp at Seahouses in Northumberland from July 5 to July 12.

Thanks to the Community Cash-back initiative they have replaced their ridge tents dating back to 1966 with new frame tents, to go along with their new 6x3m cook tent and 12x6m marquee; so allowing their old canvas to happily ‘retire’. Activities will include sailing round the Longstone Lighthouse and the Holy Isle; sea and inland fishing; horse riding; visits to Bamburgh Castle and the Grace Darling Museum; as well as usual camp games and competitions.

In addition to boys from the 2nd, he can still accommodate another six boys, so if any captain has boys who might wish to join in this summer trip, enquiry should be made as soon as possible.Sailing is not always an activity associated with the BB but 2nd Bo’ness’ Blue Jay sailing boat has again just been re-launched into the River Forth for another season. This will develop skills for the seniors and allow them to race with other clubs on the Forth. Similarly, our founder William Smith, an experienced yachtsman, allocated each squad at camp, a craft and soon they too became adept mariners; all this more than 120 years ago!

The BB has been allocated 250 places in a special ‘youth stand’ at the ‘Trooping of the Colour, our Patron, The Queen’s official birthday in London on June 14. I’ve no information of any local companies attending but the BB presence that day should be in the television coverage. Launching the 2014-16 Carronvale Appeal, the BB is holding a Charity Golf Day, Dinner and Auction at Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld on May 28. Any interested supporters, golfers or not, should enquire of the HQ at Carronvale House.