Scouts from Castle Douglas recently returned from a visit to Kenya where they teamed with Kenyan students to build pit latrines in rural schools around Ekalakala in Machakos County.
They also installed a water well and hand pump to provide a clean water supply for a small community at Isyukoni and delivered books to Wamboo primary using money raised by Crossmichael and Kirkcudbright Primary Schools.
David Stevens, head of Kirkcudbright School and Gilli Hodson, parent from Crossmichael handed the books over.
The scouts spent two nights in Samburu Reserve to see some wildlife before visiting a Samburu village and climbing Ololokwe mountain to the North of the Archers Post.
They also walked to the Mau Mau caves in the Mt Kenya Forest before travelling to Nyeri to visit the grave and museum of Lord Baden-Powell. In keeping with tradition they donated a Castle Douglas Necker, and this will be worn around the neck of the bust of Baden-Powell in the museum until the next donation by a different Scout Troop.
The scouts met Kenyan Scouts at Mangu High School near Thika on their last day for impromptu games.
The scouts would like to thank everyone who has supported them in the planning and implementation of this trip, and the memories and friendships forged will linger long into the future.