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Week Ending 29.02.20

85th Head East

The 85th Scouts had a busy if blustery camp away at Bo’ness for their February Zodiac camp last weekend.

They stayed in comfort indoors thanks to the 3rd Bo’ness Scouts who welcomed them into their Scout Hall, and also laid on a programme packed with local help.
The Saturday kicked off with an early start in a Foodbank Farm which grows fresh vegetables for the local foodbank. Stevie from the charity that runs it gave them a tour and had everyone joining in by planting seeds and helping prepare lining for the planters.



Then it was round to Kinneil where Ian from the Friends of Kinneil, and Florence and Paul from Historic Scotland opened up the historic Kinneil House and gave tours of the building, gardens and museum. The history there spans from Roman times through to the days of Mary Queen of Scots and on including James Watt who was given a workshop there to test early prototypes of his improved steam engine in secret.
The Scouts went to Edinburgh and took the tram to visit the National Museum of Scotland and have a walk round Edinburgh’s Old Town. They stopped by Greyfriar’s Kirkyard to see Greyfriar’s Bobby and visit the grave of Tom Riddell which inspired JK Rowling’s character.
A planned walk across the Forth Road Bridge had to be cancelled due to the same high winds that closed Edinburgh Castle, but a visit to The Helix park and the Kelpies more than made up for it.
The Scouts would like to give a huge thanks to Jim Arkley and exec of the 3rd Bo’ness Scouts, and all the locals who came out especially to make the weekend such a memorable experience. Next up for their Zodiac Camps is a trip to Dundee in March.


97th visit pets at home

The 97th enjoyed a night at Pets At Home. They learned all about the different animals such as rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, fish and dogs. They even got to see some of them up close and stroke them. A great night had by all and a big thanks to Matt at Pets At Home for running the night.

The 97th are still looking for leaders anyone interested should contact Acting DC Peter Bennett.