Brass monkey weather for scouts

Setting off from Barrhill Station
Setting off from Barrhill Station

It was brass monkey weather for 16 Minnigaff scouts and three leaders who travelled to Fordell Firs scouting centre near Dunfermline last weekend for the annual “Brass Monkey” camp.

They joined several other troops from all over Scotland for a busy weekend of scouting activities.

The troop headed up by train from Barrhill – an adventure in itself - on Friday afternoon, and arrived in bitterly cold conditions.

Scout leader David Beattie said: “Brass Monkey was a very appropriate description for the camp. Friday started with a campfire, and overnight it snowed. Saturday was a busy day of activities: rockclimbing, caving, tree climbing with ice axes, crate climbing, team challenges and 3G swing - terrifying!

“After dinner on Saturday we walked over the Forth Road Bridge, and later Minnigaff won the general knowledge quiz, by the way, pub quiz teams should approach Angus Thom now if they want a top team member in the future.

“On Sunday morning we were up bright and early for more outdoor activities before heading back on the train to Newton Stewart after lunch. A “chip stop” at Ayr kept the scouts on the go before arriving home exhausted late on Sunday evening. A special thanks to Bob, the warden at camp, who was fantastically helpful all weekend and Scotrail, as usual, were great.