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2013

Christmas Bag Packing event - 24th December

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We have managed to secure a bag pack to help kick off the Kandersteg 2015 funds. This will be at Sainsburys, Kingsgate, East Kilbride. We have been informed that it will be a busy day so we hope for as much support from Scouts, Cubs, Explorers and parents as possible.

Shifts will be of 2 hours each and we ask that you contact your section leader on or before Friday 22nd November. More information can be found in the downloads section

Please note there is still time to sign up for the Kanderseg Adventure. Please ask your section leader for a letter and form. Also anyone can attend the fundraising even if you are not planning to attend Kandersteg.

Chritmas Wreath Evening

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Back by popular demand, the Parents Committee are holding another ‘make your own Christmas Wreath evening’. All money raised will go towards the Group’s trip to Switzerland in 2015.

As well as making your own wreath there will be a variety of crafts and home baking to purchase. The evening will cost £12.50 which includes all materials and refreshments. During the first part of the evening you will watch a demonstration, then you will make your own wreath. After this, seasonal refreshments will be served and you will have the opportunity to socialise and compare your unique decoration.

DATE – Friday 6th December 2013
VENUE – Burnside Blairbeth Church
TIME–7–9pm

For tickets please drop into the church on a Friday evening when the scouts are on or contact a section leader. More info and a flier in the downloads section.

185 Cubs appear live on STV

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We are delighted to announce that the cubs have raised a fantastic £342 from their sponsored 5k at the Heritage Loch.

They decided to donate this money to the STV Appeal which raises money to help children out of poverty in Scotland. STV Appeal 2013 concludes in a live show this Friday and STV kindly invited us to be guests on the evening.

A clip from the live presentation featuring Lorraine Kelly can be found
online here

There is a JustGiving page for anyone who hasn't already handed in money or would like to donate online, it can be found by 
clicking here

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Meggernie 2013 photos now online

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Our 20th visit to Meggernie Outdoor centre was possibly one of our best yet. An action packed weekend, filled with a huge range of activities; gorge walking, pentathlon, wide game, campfire, overnight hiking, trading post, cafe walk and more. One of the highlights was our Meggernie 20th Year Banquet, held in a transformed barn. A great night, and another great weekend for the scouts, explorers, and leaders who went along. The photos are available now, from the gallery.

20 Years at Meggernie - video

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We made this little video to celebrate our 20th year of visiting Meggernie Outdoor Centre. We showed it at a special celebratory banquet we held when we visited the centre last weekend. We were lucky enough to find some old photos and footage from the 95-98 era. Take a look!

Latest Explorers photos now online

The group on the summit of Innerdownie
A super day in September for the Explorers as they climbed Innerdownie & Tarmangie Hill. Wind, cold, but sunny. Check out the photos, now in the Gallery.

Ice Factor 2013 - The Movie

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Should have uploaded this one a while ago, but better late than never. Take a look at what the Explorer Scouts got up to when they attended the Ice Factor earlier this year. The video can be viewed on our Vimeo feed, or from the Gallery.

Meggernie 2013 - Our 20th Anniversary!

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This September, 27th to 30th, we are going back to Meggernie Outdoor Centre. This is always great news, and one of the highlights of our scouting calendar, but this year is a bit special.

It's 20 years since Meggernie opened its doors as a newly refurbish centre for Scouts in the Meggernie Estate, and 20 years since the 185 Group made its first visit. We were one of the very first groups to use the centre,and have returned every year since.

So this year our trip to Meggernie will be even better than usual, and in addition to our normal activities, we have some fantastic 20th Anniversary plans in place.

Places will be very limited, so sign up today. Permission forms can be found on the downloads page.

Leadership Changes

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We would like to announce some adult Leadership changes for the start of the new Scouting session. After many years as Group Scout Leader of the 185, Eric Donnelly will be moving on to take the role of District Commissioner. Eric’s leadership of the group has played a key role in making it the success it is today. We wish him all the very best as DC.

We are very pleased to announce that Robbie Gibson will replace Eric as the new Group Scout Leader. Robbie has had many years as an adult Leader with the 185, including the last five as the Scout Leader.

Neil Brown will become the new Scout Leader. Neil has also been an active leader for many years, in both the Cub and Scout Sections.

We wish Robbie, Neil and Eric all the best in their new roles.

2013 Summer Camp photos now in the Gallery

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Another summer, another Scout summer camp. This year the troop tried a completely new location for the 185, Templars Park, near Aberdeen. They had the place practically to themselves. Really excellent weather, with some fantastic activities including Go-Ape, hiking, a trip to the beach, swimming, and a visit to a dry ski slope, an amazing time was had by all. All the photos are available now in the Gallery.

New session begins August 23rd

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After the summer break, and a fantastic summer camp to Templars Park Scout Camo, near Aberdeen - the new session starts soon. All sections will meet at usual times on Friday August 23rd. Pop back over the coming weeks to see the new programmes added to the section pages.

Sign up for summer camp!

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This year’s summer camp will be at Templars Park near Aberdeen, from Saturday 3rd to Saturday 10th August. We will be camping in tents and Templars Park has a number or fantastic activities available from abseiling and climbing to archery. We will also be offering a number of offsite activities such as Go Ape and marine wildlife boat tour.

Sign up soon by returning your form to Robbie or Douglas. More info in the Downloads section.

Ice Factor photos now online

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The Explorer Scouts paid another trip to the Ice Factor in March. As always they had an amazing weekend, taking part not only in ice-wall climbing, but a hike and aerial assault course. Take a look at what they got up to by visiting the Gallery.

International Expedition 2015

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We announced some terrific news at the recent Group Parents evening. Our next international expedition will be a return to Switzerland in 2015. Once again we will be staying at Kandersteg, the International Scout Activity Centre. Dates are provisionally set for 25th July to 4th August 2015. Initial letters to express interest, and a presentation with more details can be downloaded here.

Parents and supporter evening

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Hold the date in your diaries. The Group will be holding a Parents evening on Friday 22nd February. Its a great chance for parents to meet the leaders, get the latest news on the group and how it's doing, and see our Cubs, Scouts and Explorers in action. We will also have more details around our next international expedition in 2015.

The evening starts at 7pm, finishing at 8:30. Sections meet as normal.

New section programmes online

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The new 2013 session programmes for all sections are now on the website. Lots of stuff going on as usual, including some great camps, expeditions and visits for all sections.