…the final word!

12th August 2017 by Buff

After a 9.5 hour drive south, we pulled into the car park at our Scout Hut…the sun was shining and all the parents were there to welcome us.

…our Scottish adventure had come to a close – til the next time!

A fantastic week; new friends; new activities; an excellent venue – a brilliant bunch of Explorer Scouts and Network Scouts.

Many thanks to my fellow leaders, without which this highlight of the year could not happen.

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Sailing and an Abseil

11th August 2017 by Buff

Our last day dawned wet and windy and we had a six hour sail to do! Our outward leg, had us tacking down the loch for two and half hours. Everyone had an opportunity to take the helm and trim the sails. Our destination was a lovely crag…and, following lunch, a great abseil was had by all.

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A very nervous mother duck…

11th August 2017 by Alice Ribiero

So today, I sent my camp family off into the wilderness whilst Mam stayed home and baked treats.  It was hard fitting my home made wares into a jaffa cake box but I managed it!

I waited nervously… in the pub… drinking lattes and reading the paper!

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An extremely tiring Cobbler!

10th August 2017 by Buff

Today was our opportunity to take a “small” walk in the hills! Our intrepid instructors, Luke and Liam, directed us to a loch side car park at the far side of Loch Long. From here, our walk led us onwards and upwards into the mountains for the day. Accompanying us were Graham Simpson (MSP for Central Scotland) and his main right hand man and communications Officer, Danny.

900 meters, and a few hours later, found us at the summit of The Cobbler. We then descended off the back of the mountain and headed down the other ridge until the drop off. A fairly steep decent through very wet grass until we finally stumbled back into the car park…totally shattered, and home for tea.

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The World Water-slide Championships!

9th August 2017 by Buff

FreeSpirit has been coming to Lochgoilhead since 2008. It has always been a tradition to hold a water-slide championships, and this year was no exception. The competition was fierce…a combination of technique, speed (and body weight) was needed to stand on top of the podium!

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A rest day in Oban

9th August 2017 by Buff

Today we had a day off centre activities…so we all piled into the “fun bus” and headed over to Oban where a day of wandering through this lovely seaside town beckoned. The leaders headed to the top of the town and the Colosseum-like structure that is McCaig Tower, before indulging in a local delicacy – haggis and chips!

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Burn run… or slightly charred jog….

8th August 2017 by Alice Ribiero

I am so so proud of my little camp family! They were all super fab today, working together to get me up the gorge. They encouraged me, helped me, supported me, dragged me, pushed me and didn’t laugh when I fell over!

They worked fluidly as a unit and I am super stoked to be part of Freespirit.  Day off tomorrow… thank God.  Today nearly broke me 🤣🤣🤣🤣

Camp Mam x

 

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The Burn Run!

8th August 2017 by Buff

What an afternoon! Probably our best activity yet. We headed up the mountain from the centre until we arrived on the banks of a local mountain stream…and after the rain, it was flowing nicely! We then proceeded to climb into the river and make our way upstream clambering over boulders, plunging into pools, walking behind waterfalls and exploring overhangs.

The chasm of doom!!

Deep under the overhang…

Balancing above the waterfall…

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Wind, water…and a sailing dinghy

8th August 2017 by Buff

After our usual hearty breakfast, we suited up and headed out onto the loch for a morning sailing. A few silly games later found most of us still dry…and then the racing began! …a good morning.

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ALICE

8th August 2017 by Explorers

ALICE

 

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