100 years of cub scouts celebrated at Drumlanrig

Making chocolate bananas in the back woods
Making chocolate bananas in the back woods

Three hundred Cub Scouts from across Southwest Scotland arrived at Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill recently to mark the Century of Cub Scouts.

It was rather a dreich Friday night as they pitched their tents and then went on a walk to explore the Drumlanrig Estate.

The camp was divided into three sub-camps of approximately 100 cubs. The sub-camps were named after the three late Chief Scouts that hailed from Scotland. The Rowallan sub-camp was given to the Ayrshire East contingent, Lord Rowallan having lived just outside Kilmarnock. Kyle & Carrick District and Galloway District were placed in the MacLean sub-camp and Dumfriesshire in the Morrision sub-camp.

Each sub-camp leader team provided 8 activities each and over the week-end all the Cubs would have the opportunity to take part in the 24 events.

The programme of activities was designed to enable the youngsters to work towards a number of Awards such as ‘Our Outdoor Award’ and ‘Our Adventure Challenge Award’. They included a climbing tower, backwoods cooking, space hoppers, a climbing wall to mention but a few. The first activity session was on Saturday morning and the weather was not great with wind and light rain, not that was an issue for the youngsters. After lunch, the second activity session took place and as then afternoon went on the rain got heavier but even in the heavy rain, apart from the climbing wall and tower, the activities continued, albeit everyone outside in waterproofs.

Saturday evening was supposed to be a campfire just below the Castle, but due to the weather that was cancelled and each sub-camp had a sing-song in their respective marquees. Sunday morning saw a total different scene with glorious sunshine. The third activity session ran with no issues. And after lunch everyone began to strike camp before heading for home.

During the morning, the camp was visited by a number of local dignitaries including Sir Richard Ross Lord Lieutenant for the Stewarty and Galloway MP Richard Arkless.