We have just started back. Yep that’s right, where does the time go? After a very successful 1st year in existence we are now fully back into the swing of things in our 2nd year. Anyone who has been up to the old coup area (by the duck pond) in the woods will see some of what we’ve been up to. Thanks, in no small way, to one of our adult leaders (Wallis Weir, Weir Forestry) we have brought this area back into use. Having cut the very long grass, we then fashioned a camp fire next to the old totem pole, lined it with hardcore, with the sides constructed out of large stones, kindly donated by Bobby Wilson (Stephen Paul Associates). We have also put in place 3 wooden benches for camp fire gatherings and cooking. Plans will be to clear out the bases of the concrete recycling bins that are there, as we found these to be ideal locations for the cubs to practice their camp fire building and marshmallow cooking.
We are very much looking forward to our first ever outdoor camping experience, which is to be held on the 30th September at the Barrwood Scout campsite, on the road to Denny. Should be loads of fun; though I’m not sure who’s more excited, the Cubs or the Leaders? If I remember to take photos I’ll let you know how it went in the next issue.
We are very much a community based group and as such I have two items I would really like to bring to your attention.
Firstly, back by very popular demand, is our Bonfire night. This year it will be held on the Tuesday 7th November at the Football Pitch. This is our big fund-raising event and was extremely successful last year as we raised more than we dreamed we would and were able to significantly help local charities and organisations. We would really like to do so again this year so please join us for a fun, laughter and a safe night of sausages, home baking, teas & coffees, fireworks, and a large bonfire. It was a blast last year and with your support it should be a great night again.
Secondly, these activities and adventures your children are having on their own back door do not happen without parental support. I am very lucky to be helped and supported by a likeminded group of guys. Our motto is, “If we’re having fun then so are the kids”.
Morna Tinto has been a fantastic Beaver Leader for the last few years, thanks Morna! However, as her son is about to move on from Cubs to Scouts she has decided to hang up her woggle and will be moving on in December. As such, the Beaver Colony in Gargunnock is in real danger of collapse, due to lack of parental support and Leader/s. For Beavers and Cubs to survive, for your children, we need people to come forward to be Leaders, Assistant Leaders, or even just to support those in these roles by being part of a parent helper Rota group. We are in discussions to try any have both groups based in Kippen as most of the children attending are Kippen based.
Please come along and help, it really can be fun and your local pack does need you!
You can contact either myself, Derek Shanks, or Cameron Skinner via email at – firstname.lastname@example.org