Strathcalder gets Back to Basics

13th October 2011

Last month, 26 Scouts and 5 Leaders from across Strathcalder District headed for Bonaly Scout Centre, Edinburgh, for a Back-to-Basics camp.

Assistant Scout Leader (ASL) Andrew Swann was inspired to run the camp when he read in the newspapers about how little today's young people know regarding basics skills such as tying knots, building Survival Shelters from your surroundings and basic first aid skills.

He spoke to his scouts and asked them who could do the above and was really surprised that most of them could, but they admitted that prior to joining the scouts very few of them actually knew any of the basics skills mentioned.

During the weekend, the Scout took part in a wide range of activities, including:

  • Pitched their tents.
  • Cooked Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Learned First Aid.
  • Learned Map & Compass work.
  • Learned Axe & Saw work.
  • Learned Backwoods Cooking (cooking on an open fire).
  • Learned how to put up an old fashioned tent correctly.
  • Played a lot of games = Capture the Flag, Generals.

For some of the Scouts this was their first camp away from home, they really enjoyed it and the best part was the campfire on the Saturday night, the whole campsite turned up and took part in the camp fire, at least 130 people were there.

'I'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped at the weekend,' said ASL, Andrew Swann, 'particularly to Ruth who helped organise all the food and the money.'


Thank you Gary, for posting out story. We are hoping to host more Strathcalder district events soon. :)

Andrew Swann - 14th October 2011 at 10:43am


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