Brass Monkey campers

The Minnigaff Scouts at Barrhill Station
The Minnigaff Scouts at Barrhill Station

Last weekend, nineteen scouts and three leaders headed North from Galloway to Fordell Firs campsite, near Dunfermline for the annual ‘Brass Monkey’ camp.

The camp is so called because it takes place in midwinter each year. Around 100 scouts in total from all over Scotland were there.

A spokesperson for the Minnigaff Scouts told the Galloway Gazette: “It would have been too straightforward to drive up, so they went by train from Barrhill on Friday lunchtime.

“In fact they went by four trains in total! Scottish Rail, as ever, were great, and carriages cleared as passengers headed elsewhere for some piece and quiet en route.

“Once there, a busy weekend of activities ensued: crate climbing, archery, mountain skills, team challenge, 3G swing (well done to Leader Lisa who was brave enough to have a go, unlike fellow leaders Kirsteen and David), caving and assault course.

“On Saturday evening the scouts walked the Forth Road Bridge, and were able to see the progress on the new bridge, followed by a campfire back at base.

“The weather was just as you would expect for mid February - bitterly cold and a bit of snow.

Sunday continued with more activities and then a long journey back home.

“After a traditional break for chips at Ayr, they arrived exhausted back home late in the evening. A very busy but enjoyable weekend.”