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Our National Activity Centres offer outstanding adventure in three stunning locations. Whether you enjoy the adrenaline rush of tree top experiences on Fordell Firs’ King Swing, the challenge of sailing on a fjord at Lochgoilhead, or the thrill of discovering wildlife and nature while camping in Scotland’s longest highland glen at Meggernie, you’ll have fun and be well looked after. Each centre offers a range of adventurous and Scout activities, with different accommodation and catering options. Centre staff can tailor a specific programme to support you achieve your own programme outcomes, giving

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BEAR IN THE AIR The Chief Scout Bear Grylls Visits Scouts Throughout Scotland In A Memorable Weekend Of Camping, Canoeing, And Having Fun The Chief Scout Bear Grylls is famous for achieving many impressive feats in his life, but for many Scottish scouts they will remember the day Bear Grylls dropped in on their scout camp. In one weekend Bear Grylls visited 11 different scout camps all over Scotland. That is 10000 scouts! The Chief Scout’s weekend began in South East Scotland in Ayr. Bear travelled from Ireland by helicopter and landed in Roselle Park, surprising 1500 scouts enjoying a National Funday. Caitlin Reilly told us a little about her day: “I was lucky enough to meet the main man himself, Bear Grylls in Ayr. It truly was a great day and we were able to enjoy numerous different activities. I was also one of the lucky people to get his autograph which is now cherished on my bedroom wall. 
Our scout troop was able to beat the boys at the task the army had set up as my partner Nicola and myself managed to get a time of 43 seconds while the boys were lucky to get a minute odd, we

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never actually found out if our time had been beaten though. We felt very proud after that! This was a once in a lifetime experience and all of our beavers, cubs, scouts, explorers and leaders had a blast and the chance to meet the chief scout was fantastic. The second stop on this weekend was

“Meeting Bear Grylls was a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Lapwing Lodge in Paisley where adventure activities were going on for kids of all ages, from beavers to networks scouts. Bear arrived and quickly got stuck into some archery. He visited the scouts kayaking on the Caplaw Dam then returned to the main field where he joined the Beavers and Cubs (with their faces painted from an earlier activity) on the high ropes and climbing wall. Explorer scouts Liam Watson and Linzi MacCallum were chosen to escort Bear around the different bases to meet the scouts. “It was really exciting,” Linzi MacCallum said: “He is a really awesome person as he’s so busy but he still has time for scouts and seems genuinely interested about people. Also, you could tell he was really eager to get stuck in, like the archery competition, he couldn’t

Bear Grylls at the camp in Loch Ness wait to get a shot.” “Meeting Bear was a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Landing down in Auchengillan where a district camping competition was taking place, Bear was met with enthusiasm, two explorer scouts and a cup of tea, made by an anonymous Beaver Leader. The explorers Callum Stuart and Victoria Holdstock showed Bear the bases where 300 scouts were being tested on the different skills required for camping. These included first aid, orienteering and building an oven from nothing but old tin cans and successfully cooking on it. The next stop was the National Activity centre in Lochgoilhead where Bear went for a ‘spin’ on the water. The Chief Scout also met the Argyll district Cubs who were doing the Annual John Logie Challenge trophy. From Lochgoilhead, Bear once again took to the air to travel to the Highlands of Scotland where a regional camp was taking place on the banks of Loch Ness. Scouts as young as Cubs and as old as Network traveled from as far as Orkney and Lochaber to take part in the ‘elements’ themed camp. Bear met by his guides, Christina Sheffield and Robyn Gunning from the


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A ‘Bearwood Bonzana’ was in full swing at the Forth regions Barrwood campsite where over 3000 scouts gathered to challenge Bear to a space hopper race or have a go at the obstacle course.

Cairngorm Explorer unit, and met the scouts at the four themed bases of water, air, fire and earth. Bear tested the camp about their knowledge of scouting and was impressed when even the cubs knew the answer. And when it was the scouts turn to ask questions, Bear once again described the most disgusting thing he had eaten, in enough detail to make even the leaders turn green! Bear made a quick stop in Turiff, before he continued onto Templar’s Park. Here, after visiting and chatting to the scouts, Bear left signs of his visit by signing the guest book and leaving his handprint on the graffiti wall. Bear also spoke to all 1600 cubs, beavers, scouts and network units who went to the activity camp and left the park trailing high fives as he went. Greig Torpey said he was really chuffed to meet Bear Grylls as it was a great opportunity, and he ‘had good chat.’ A major part of Scouting is tradition, and Bear Grylls may have created a new tradition by having a go on the ‘King Swing’ in Fordell Firs, just like the previous Chief Scout did in 2011. The National Scout Activity Centre Fordell Firs was the ninth stop for Bear Grylls where a camping competition was taking place with survival skills being the activity of choice for the weekend.

name, and a celebrity in the UK and abroad, I felt that he treated us as if we were one of his friends- there was no pretence about him- just a down-to-earth, honest, nice guy. The fact that Bear volunteers his time to be our Chief Scout, when he could be doing all manner of different things, demonstrates just how passionate he is about the Scout Association and the good that it does for our young people.” There is no doubt that Bear Gryll’s visit around Scotland will be remembered by scouts and leaders alike. Our televisions often show Bear Grylls being left alone in the wilderness to fend for himself. But Chief Scout Bear Grylls knows that

Dylan Lynch tells us about his “I was delighted when I was asked to be Bear Grylls’ guide at Longcraig Scout Centre in June of this year. For me, Bear is a real inspiration and person who I admire greatly. To finally get the chance to meet him after watching his shows and reading his books was a real privilege. We were all very excited when he stepped out of the helicopter with his son, Marmaduke, who was wearing his Beaver uniform and had a big smile on his face. I, along with a few others, welcomed Bear and spoke to him briefly before showing him Longcraig’s facilities. We took him to the water, where he and Marmaduke boarded the motorboat and set off on the waters of the Firth of Forth under the clear blue skies and glorious sunshine. When Bear arrived back on land, we took him to see all the Beavers and Cubs who were busy playing games. Naturally, Bear got involved in no time and the Scouts very much enjoyed Bear’s company. One of the Beavers was wearing a Bear Grylls t-shirt, and Bear duly signed his shirt. After this, Bear had a cup of tea and a chat with the organisers of the event about how much he had enjoyed his trip to Scotland and thanked them for inviting him. Despite Bear Grylls being a household

even in the ‘wilderness’ of Scotland, he is part of a world-wide organisation of over six million scouts, some of whom wont wash their signed neckies in a very long time.

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For an Olympic gold medalist, Tim Baillie is a very down to earth young man.


He admits during our chat that part of their training included how to deal with the ‘fame’, making sure it doesn’t affect his personality. Tim began canoeing from a young age with his family just outside of Aberdeen, as well as any other physical activity he can. Tim is still a keen cyclist but as a youngster he was surfing, camping, and skiing too. Tim’s Mum was a scout leader and influenced the young cubscout to get as many badges as possible. As he progressed through the ranks, he began focusing more on canoeing and slowly drifted from the group. Tim moved down to Nottingham to study mechanical engineering and canoe at a competitive level at the Nottingham Water Sports Centre, where all the professionals trained. The training regime is going through the courses (which change regularly) six days a week for rigorous training. On his days off, Tim (unbelievably) likes to unwind with more exercise by heading off on his bike or tries surfing. The young Scot does Slalom Canoeing which he described as ‘ski slalom, because it’s a bit like skiing down an avalanche but not as dangerous. Another way to look at it is a threelegged race dodging sticks on rapids.”

Given the risk involved, Tim is quite calm describing the course in the Olympics last year, even going as far as to admit he and his partner Etienne made a few mistakes and could have done better. But he rationalized it by explaining mistakes are always going to be made, no matter what you do and the London course was very challenging. But Tim and Etienne went to the London Olympics to do the best they could, and it came down to a little luck and conentration that they won.

“I JOINED THE CUB SCOUTS BECAUSE I LOVED ADVENTURE” The London Olympics last summer presented a big challenge not just because the course was difficult. Tim and his partner both approached the Olympics with the psychology that they weren’t going to think about winning or aim for the gold medal. Ego and pride could have affected their performance if they concentrated too much on getting the gold medal. They both agreed to break down each race into manageable goals to set themselves an aim they could succeed with and stay confidant. By saying to themselves they would go and do the best they could, they didn’t feel disappointed every time they made a mistake. Instead they made a point to

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LD LAST SUMMER IN THE SLALOM TH HIS PARTNER ETIENNE STOTT not make that same mistake again the next time around. This relieved the mental pressure and ensured they concentrated on the task at hand. Before heading to the Olympics, Tim agreed to canoe at the World Championships in London this year, but after that he isn’t sure what he will do. He would like to compete in the Olympics again but he tempted by a change of pace, and at 33 years old Tim is actually quite old to be competing in such a sport. Tim and his canoe partner have been paddling together for over eight years, and Tim has been canoeing since he was very young. “My parents used to put me in a canoe with a bit of string attached and tow me back and forth. I guess in a sense it was my parents who got me canoeing but it has been something I’ve always done.” “I joined the cub scouts because there wasn’t a beavers and I loved adventure stuff, we were always doing something. I was really fortunate to have enthusiastic leaders, not because one of them was my mum, but it helped. She was always encouraging me to do different badges and I remember I got my canoe badge pretty quickly.” Even before Tim was a scout, he would do lots of adventurous things with his family. There was lots of canoeing where they would go paddle on a river in a flood

or head up to the freezing North coast. Tim and his family would also travel to Norway or Sweden for river trips where there is lots of white water to paddle on. “It was really exciting.”

“IF YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT SOMETHING, DONT LET ANYONE PUT YOU OFF” One of his favourite memories is the first time he went on a five day camping expedition with his troupe. He describes it as a cold and wet experience where they had to dry wood over a fire whilst cooking dinner so that they could make their next meal. He says he might not have enjoyed it at the time, but looking back he was really glad he went and took part. Tim was born into a family that loved canoeing, and he started paddling from a very young age. Tim’s advice to anyone who is trying to get into a sport at a competitive level, whether it’s local teams or more professional, is to not listen to those who tell you it can’t be done. Instead, you may not be good at it to begin with, but keep practicing as much as possible because you will get better. “If there is something you want to do and you’re passionate about it, don’t let anyone put you off. If you work hard you never know where you will end up. I had no idea I was going to win an Olympic gold medal even though I was putting everything I could into my paddling.

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Remember, if you practice something enough, you are going to improve. Also remember to enjoy yourself. If you have the choice, remember to smile as you work, because you might get sick of training but you enjoy the sport for a reason.” Tim was motivated to canoe professionally by watching others. He knew it could be a graceful sport and strived to be as good as the people who were better than him. “You see someone paddling, being really cool and stylish and smooth, and you’re like ‘Yeah, I wan to be like that.’” Tim also advises chill out sessions. “I like relaxing by going out on my bike. It’s not great for letting my body recover, but by the next day my mind is ready to commit to the week ahead. I also like chilling on the sofa watching a dvd, internet videos or the formula one racing if it’s on. There is something about the sound of engines that sends me to sleep.” Despite the fame that winning the Olympic gold medal with his partner Etienne in Slalom Canoeing, Tim Baillie is a very down to earth young man who has a great attitude to competitive sport. His relaxed manner and ability to focus on the achievable as well as admit his flaws makes him a great role model for younger athletes and a great representative for Scottish Olympians and an asset to the scouting community.

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The Scout Association Is Over 100 Years Old And Shows No Signs Of Letting Up Not many can claim to be over a century old and still growing, but the 2013 census with celebrities like Kate Middleton and Bear Grylls scouting, it is no surprise the worldwide association is so popular. Compared to the rest of the UK, the number of scouts in Scotland is growing at almost double the rate. The first registered scout group was Glasgow 1st in January 1908, and there are now over 4500 scouts in the West of Scotland, and the number of teenagers getting involved has risen by 18.8 per cent in the last year. Compared to the rest of the UK, the number of scouts in Scotland is growing at almost double the rate. Girls are joining the fun too, as in the last six years the female youth membership has doubled to almost 5,000. Edward Brown, 17, who joined Scottish Scouting two years ago said: “I’ve never had so much fun in all my life. I can’t

believe the stuff we get up to like camping at Loch Oich; abseiling down cliffs and learning how to paddle a canoe. I am also glad for the training and opportunities I’m getting like joining the Young Leader’s Training scheme.” Elaine Thomson volunteers for Scouting as a Beaver leader said: “I’ve chosen to help out as an adult volunteer because my son wanted to join and without extra

“I’ve never had so much fun in my life” adult helpers there would not have been a big enough ratio of adults to kids for him to join. “I really enjoy watching the children’s faces as they find out we are cooking, crafting or going on a camp as some have never experienced these and greet a new challenge with so much enthusiasm. “Being a Scout is fun and helping young people from many different backgrounds enjoy the adventure of Scouting is extremely rewarding.” The Scout Association is always looking for more adult volunteers, as there are more than 2,400 potential scouts on waiting lists in Scotland. Volunteering is rewarding, fun and looks great on a CV. Adults receive full training, support and adventurous opportunities as well. With just under 43,000 scouts in Scotland, Scouting is the largest co-educational youth movement in the UK. Graham Haddock, Chief Commissioner of Scotland, the volunteer who heads up the organisation in the country, said: “We are delighted with yet another year of strong growth figures, which show the fun and attractiveness of Scouting, and the positive impact it has on lives and local communities. “None of this would be possible without

the dedication of our 7,000 adult volunteers who give of their time either regularly or ad hoc, and we thank them for making these opportunities a reality for the young people they interact with. We hope to make Scouting even more accessible in different areas of Scotland over the coming years.”

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