Lochgilphead Scouts pack for a big year ahead

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As Christmas approaches, Scouts and Explorers from the 19th Argyll (Lochgilphead) Scout Group are already thinking ahead to 2018.

There are big plans to attend local, regional and national events and the group is looking forward to welcoming 30 Scouts from Norway to Scotland in the summer.

But to achieve their ambitious programme of activities the group needs to upgrade its equipment, so group members spent December raising money.

Through their efforts and the support of the community, Scouts and Explorers have raised more than £1,100.

David Smart, Scout Leader at the 19th Argyll, said: ‘We are really excited about the coming year. We are planning a number of adventures, including a weekend to Lochgoilhead Scout Centre, numerous unit camps, attending the national Scout camp in the Highlands at Easter and welcoming 30 Scouts from Norway to our big summer camp.

‘The friendship between the 19th Argyll and the Three Drammen group from Norway was formed when 13 members of the 19th Argyll were hosted by the Three Drammen group when we attended the Nord International jamboree inside the Arctic Circle this summer.’

He added: ‘With nearly 60 people attending our 2018 summer camp we need more equipment. We look at all of our kit really well, but eventually tents just wear out and we need to replace them.’

David acknowledged the support of everyone who donated to the cause, adding: ‘A huge thanks to the Rotary Club of Mid Argyll who allowed us to help at their recent Christmas fair and to the staff and customers of the Lochgilphead branch of the Co-op where our members spent a  day helping customers by packing their bags.’

The group, based in Lochgilphead, is open to boys and girls aged between six to 18 years.  There are currently more than 70 young people and 12 adults involved. If anyone would like more information about the group please email 19thargyllscouts@gmail.com


Hard at work at the Rotary Club Christmas Fair. no_a51Scouts01

Bag packing fun at Lochgilphead Co-op with Scouts, left to right,
Polly Payne, Anya Gritten and Lucas Gritten. no_a51Scouts08