Stirling & Trossachs District Scouts

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Big Badge Camp - our scout reports ..


Fordell Firs

Big Badge Camp

From Monday 16th to Friday 20th of October, I took part in Fordell Firs activity centre’ s Big Badge Camp. It was to commemorate Fordell’s 70th anniversary of being Scotland’s scouting headquarters, as well as a camp site.

We took part in all sorts of activities e.g. ; bush craft, climbing, mechanics, athletics, swimming, the list goes on! All of these activities counted towards badges. Some were staged badges, like swimmer 1,2,3,4, and 5. And some were badges all on their own. I think the hardest one to get outside of the camp would’ve been the “activity centre service” badge, which was achieved by cleaning the toilet block, cutting bushes, and raking leaves. More was gained than badges though. I made lots of new friends, that I’ll keep in touch with. As well as new friends, I gained more teamwork skills, and more confidence. We had to sleep through a hurricane, which made me laugh, as I slept through the whole thing like a log. A total of eight tents where damaged, blown away, or completely wrecked. Luckily, we had spares! We had a great catering team, who kept us well fed through the whole camp. On the last night, we had a huge camp fire in the rain, which was awesome. I learnt lots of new songs that are stuck in my head. During a week I obtained 12 badges, all of which I am proud of. I came home exhausted, but glad that I camped there. The people I met there are truly fantastic, and I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who got involved.

Thank you!

Mia Coppin

Age 11

11th Bridge of Allan Scout Troop


Water Classification amended at Invertrossachs

Good news for all kayakers and canoeists who have the skills to get a B1 permit but have been unable to use it at Invertrossachs. Our submission for a relaxation of the classification of waters in the vicinity of the Scout Centre has been agreed by Gilwell and with immediate effect the water has been re-classified as B1. The official definition is; "Loch Venachar, south of a line between NS 573052 and NS 583052 to shore (1st April to 30th September)".

It is in fact the bit of the Loch between two very recognisable features, the headland Tom Eoghainn, 550 metres to the west of the centre, and the shoreline directly below the large house at West Dullater, 450 metres to the east of the centre. It is south of a straight, east-west line between these two points, and gives an area of water of up to 1000 m. long by 180 m at it's widest point where B1 permits will now have validity.

Notices with maps will be displayed on site and marker buoys will be put out in the loch to make everyone aware of the new B1 waters.



Welcome to Stirling & Trossachs Scout District !

Stirling & Trossachs District BadgeWelcome to the new website for Stirling and Trossachs Scout District. We hope that this will become a useful source of information and interest to visitors, and a valuable resource for all leaders and youth members in the District. We are gradually building up the site content and will shortly be inviting all leaders in the district to register in order to access the members area. So bear with us, and do check the website out from time to time to see what changes and additions have been made.


Offer from Local Vet

Animal Tails Veterinary Practice, 18a Airthrey Rd, Causewayhead, Stirling are a group of employee owned Vets in Stirling. They are keen to forge links in the local community and are willing to deliver talks to groups of children to help with badge work etc.

If you are interested in taking this offer up contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 01786 - 474471



Join In

Stirling and Trossachs Scout District is home to over 1000 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Explorer Scouts.  We have groups in Balfron, Bridge of Allan, Callander, Doune, Dunblane, Killearn, Strathblane, and Stirling (Beechwood, Braehead, St. Columba's, Queen St  and recently started in Raploch).  Thanks to growing interest in Scouting we are hoping to find volunteers to help us start up new groups other parts of the district.  If you think you could help us in any of these groups you can find contact information here, or perhaps you would like help to start up a group in your area ?

Come and join the adventure!