Local Scouts join 500 others for Island Adventure weekend

Scouts at Duart Castle
Scouts at Duart Castle

Twenty Scouts from Minnigaff and Gatehouse enjoyed a four-day camp on the island of Mull over the bank holiday weekend.

Along with three brave leaders, the crew headed up by train from Barrhill on Friday to Island Adventure where they joined 500 scouts from all over Scotland and had to carry all their own food and equipment, as part of a challenge to be completely self sufficient throughout the camp.

Arriving on Mull by ferry at 11.30pm they erected tents and grabbed a few hours kip before a relentless programme of activities began. Events included hiking, kayaking, backwoods cooking, geocaching, swimming, canyoning and archery.

The setting was magical, beside Duart Castle and overlooking the sea. Sadly the weather was not kind, with long periods of heavy rain. This did not deter the scouts, however, inspired by leader Brian Harrison’s encouraging words “Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” and “If Bear Grylls can do it, so can you”.

Thoroughly exhausted, the scouts headed back home by train on bank holiday Monday, eventually reaching Newton Stewart late evening.