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Centenary Camp at Ardgowan

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As one of the principal events of the Centenary year, Centenary Camps were held across the U.K. during the week end of 25th to 27th of May. Nationally, it is hoped that as many people as possible would take part in a camp.

Each Area in Scotland planned their own camp(s) .

Lady Shaw Stewart gave permission for the Greenock District to have a camp on Ardgowan Estate.

During the weekend and under the leadership of their ADC, all Units had their own Activity Zones as follows:-

BEAVER’s:- ‘Fun Zonewith Parachute Games, Giant Jenga, Trampoline, Knots & Crosses, Stilts, Skittles, Giant Snakes & Ladders, Tower Building & Limbo Dancing.
‘Adventure Zone’ with Radio Cars, Beat the Goalie, Beaver size Aerial Runway.

The BIG ADVENTURE’ 35 Beavers took the opportunity for a Sleepover in Inverkip Church Hall, under the leadership of ADC Beaver’s. He was assisted by seven Warranted Leaders and three Sectional Assistants supervised the Beavers.

The ‘Big Adventure’ commenced at 5.00 on the Saturday evening when the other Beavers returned home. In the Church Hall, they had a Programme covering – ‘hot meal’, Games & activities,Film Show & Popcorn, They had an Indoor Campfire & Storytelling Time.

CUB’s
:- A Creative Zone’ with Chinese Lanterns, Woggle Making, Tile Painting, Engraving, Bookmarks, Friendship Bracelets. A ‘Games Zone’ with Pitch & Put, Trampoline, Crate Climbing, Slipperly Tug of War. A ‘Building Zone’ with Soap Box Decoration, Building Bricks (Painting) An ‘Adventure Zone’ with Treasure Hunt, Water Pistols, Climbing Wall, Archery, Sumo Suits, Riverrocket.

SCOUT’s:- A ‘Fun Zone’ with Battle Bar, Aunt Sally, Slippery Slide, Sumo Suits, Air Rocket. A ‘Craft Zone’ with Pioneering, Woggles, Pyrography, Wood Turning, Radio Transmission. A ‘Water Zone’ with Riverrocket, Raft Building. An ‘Adventure Zone’ with Archery, Crate Climbing, Ciming Wall, Horse Riding, Prusaking, Aerial Runway, Internet Bus, Paint Ball Target Shoot.

EXPLORER’s:- A ‘Ropes Zone’ with Aerial Runway, Climbing Wall, Rope Spider, Assault Course. A ‘Water Zone’ withRiverrocket, Rafts, Canoeing, Beach Party. An ‘Adventure Zone’ with Microlight Flight, Radio Orienteering, Horses, Paint Ball Target Shoot, Internet Bus. A ‘Chill Zone’ with Big Screen Film, Casino / Tuck Shop.

Preparations for the Camp started well in advance. From the previous Monday, equipment began to arrive, On the Tuesday, the first of the marquees were pitched and a steady stream of tents and more marquees continued to be pitched all week. By Friday evening, a tented village was in place ready to receive Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders.
The total numbers were :- Cubs – 160, Scouts – 140, Explorers – 80. Leaders & Fellowship – 80. A total of 540 people camping. This number was increased on the Saturday by the arrival of 212 Beavers and over a thousand parents, family and friends. On the Saturday afternoon, there was over two thousand people on the site.

As Groups settled in, they organised their own activities until 9.00. At this time, the camp assembled for talk on Rules and Safety followed by Wide Games. The Friday evening ended with supper at 10.30 followed by a film show.

On the Saturday morning, the camp rose and had breakfast by 9.00. Following breakfast, there was be Activitity periods until Noon.

At 12.00, the Beavers arrived at the Camp. Once in the Camp, each Colony met up with their Group. The Groups had lunch and prepared for the Camp Opening Ceremony

At 1.00, the Opening Ceremony began with a Grand Parade led by the District Scout Pipe Band. There was participation by the Beavers (Build Dam), Cubs (Grand Howl), Scouts (Flags & Pipes) and Explorers ( Gun Carriage & Pipes) finishing with the Scout Anthem/ Song. The Lord Lieutenant (Mr Guy Clark) gave Words of Welcome followed by a Response from our District Commissioner – David McCallum.

The Camp was dedicated to the memory of thirteen year old Jennifer Sorrie. Jenny, who was a member of the 73rd Scouts, died very suddenly on Tuesday 20th May 2007. Her enjoyment of Scouting and her participation in the Greenock Gang Shows will be remembered by many for a long time.

The Opening Ceremony was finish with the Centenary Birthday Cake being cut.

The Young People returned to their Group Camps and prepared for an afternoon of activities, while there was a Reception for invited guests in the Hospitality Tent.

Activities were ongoing all afternoon with a break for the Beaver Duck Race. At 5.00, the activities ended and the Beavers returned home or made their way to Inverkip Church Hall for their sleepover.

At 5.15, the Roman Catholic contingent celebrate Mass conducted by Father Peter McGarry.

The evening commenced with a meal, Campfire and other entertainment. Supper was served followed by more entertainment.

On Sunday, the Camp rose and had breakfast before the Beavers, having had their own breakfast, arrived to join them for a ‘Scout’s Own’ at 10.00

At 10.30, the Cubs had a very exciting Soap Box Derby. After several incidents such as wheels falling off, crashes etc the Trophy was presented to the the winners – the 85th Cubs.

After an early lunch, the Beavers who had attended the ‘Sleepover’ left the Camp at 12.00 (this completed their 24 hour stay).

In the afternoon, The Centenary Camp Games was opened by members of the Fellowship. They donned ‘Pilot Uniforms’ and gave a wonderfull and exciting formation ground display under the name of ‘the Red Barrows’. After a series of exciting races by Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders, the District Commissioner thanked the many Leaders who had worked extremely hard to make the weekend such a success, The Inverkip Scouts (the 85th) provided a Group to perform Flagdown which brought the Camp to an end.

In all, over the weekend, football competions were held. The winners of these were:-

Explorer Scout 7 a-side Football     Winners  – 33rd. Runners-up – 32nd Northface

Scout 7 a-side Football                  Winners 70th.    Runners up – 85th.

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