Treetop fun and adventure for all

Having missed 1st Grangemouth (Abbotsgrange Church) on my recent visit to Kincraig I eventually caught up with ‘Boss’ Dave Wilson, who told me of their stay at Dalguise, an outdoor centre near Pitlochry. It is run by a firm called PGL , often referred to as ‘Parents Get Lost’.

Eight boys and three staff arrived on Friday, July 3. That evening there was a contest between the two ‘rooms’ involving the construction of robots and games.

Saturday turned out wet in more ways than one, as everyone went canoeing and orienteering. As the weather improved after lunch, some tree top activities were possible along with fun on an overhead zip-wire. An evening camp fire with traditional marshmallows, jokes and stories rounded off the day.

Sunday was brighter and after breakfast a forest hike was undertaken (no word whether Boss took part) with everyone again taking to the trees in the afternoon; a 75ft tree in particular, as well as scaling what was known as Jacob’s Ladder. A game of defending and capturing ‘the flag’ took up the evening and not even the midgies could dim the enthusiasm.

Before returning home on Monday, abseiling and archery were fitted in, with Boss’ team narrowly winning the ‘William Tell’ stuff! A great weekend for everyone not least due to the instructors and staff at Dalguise.

My own holiday, found me every evening, for dinner, in the company of the Rev Douglas Lindsay, a retired minister from Eaglesham, who put me in my place in telling me “there is no sham in Eaglesham, as it is pronounced Eagles-ham!”. He told me his father had been a friend of Douglas Pearson Smith, second son of BB Founder William Alexander Smith, who was responsible for the introduction of younger boys into the Brigade as ‘Boy Reserves’; later Life Boys and now Junior Section. Small world!