7th Edinburgh and 65th Edinburgh have just returned from week long camps to Craggan Outdoor Centre.
The outdoor / residential camps brought together Boys of various ages for a week of sporting activities and outdoor pursuits.
David Clarke, CS&S Officer-in-Charge of 7th Edinburgh said:
"17 Company Section boys were joined by 3 Junior Section boys from 7th Edinburgh for the week long annual camp spent at Craggan - the Edinburgh, Leith & District Battalion owned centre - on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Tay.
"We were fortunate enough to have a number of Queen's Badge men who helped out during the week pushing the boys through a rigorous activities programme which included kayaking and canoeing on the loch, relay races, volleyball and football, a treasure hunt, puzzles and further fun activities and games. We also took the boys hiking and they had the opportunity to go canyoning with FreeSpirits (www.freespirits-online.co.uk)
"Food was up to the usual high standards with homemade lasagne, homemade curries, haggis, neeps and tatties and two BBQ's coming in as hot favourites during the week.
"We were fortunate enough that despite a couple of days of inclement weather, we managed to run the programme which was mainly outdoors based. The team work shown and friendships gained between all members of the company including all boys, young leaders and officers was truly amazing and something that will live with me for a long time to come."
Michael Knott, Captain of 65th Edinburgh added:
"65th Edinburgh went to Craggan in August and what a time we had! We stayed for a week and the facilities lent themselves well to our size of camp that numbered 19 in total. We pitched tents in the camp site so the boys got a real camping experience. However, the slightly soft leaders slept in the centre.
"As the grounds of the Craggan are large were able to run a variety of activities throughout the week. We played football, volleyball and the boys’ favourite - puddocks (effectively rounders). We also made use of the canoes and Loch Tay provided us with calm waters so we could enjoy the experience. In the evening we made use of the large lounge and the board games that are available on site. This year’s favourite was Monopoly. Somehow our boys invented a version of the game that included all 15 of them in it. They created a number of new roles including accountant and estate manager. The table tennis and pool tables also proved popular.
"The centre is close to a number of outdoor adventure providers and we went white water rafting with the Rafting Company based at Aberfeldy.
"All in all, we had a great experience and found the facilities to be very clean, well maintained and would recommend Craggan to anybody!"
For more information on Craggan Outdoor Centre, visit the-edinburgh.org.uk/Craggan