Pool session are once again being run by the Invertrossachs Water Activity Team at Bannockburn High School on Fridays 22nd Feb and 22nd Mar, from 19.00 to 22.00 hrs. All levels of experience are welcome.

Information has been sent out via the GSLs, and the Network and Explorer Scout Commissioners in the district, which should reach you this week.

With the purchase of 10 Personal Floatation Devices (Buoyancy Aids) size XXS, this opens up the opportunity of running a bell boating activity for Beaver Scouts. The new PFDs are a smaller fit and have leg straps, which will stop them riding up and possibly over the head of the wearer, if immersed. According to the manufacturer they will fit most 6 – 10 year olds.

This mean that MOST beavers should now be able to take part in a bell boating activity, but beaver leaders should be aware that even these small PFDs may not fit tightly enough on smaller beavers. All bell boat helms have been advised that they must not take out anyone whose PFD does not fit properly, so beaver leaders considering this as an activity should make this clear to beavers/parents in advance to avoid disappointment.

Please note below the local rules that will apply when taking beavers bell boating.

Bell Boating – Beavers

  1. 1 : 1 adult / beaver ratio (not including the helm) is to be maintained at all times. Each adult should be able to swim and has sole responsibility for the beaver in his/her charge. A Young Leader is not classed as an adult.
  2. A minimum of 5 adults, plus helm, must be in the boat.
  3. Beavers must wear an approved scout PFD with leg straps. It must be snug fitting. Small beavers will not be allowed to go out if the PFD does not fit properly.
  4. A bell boat containing any beavers must remain within the B1 limit.
  5. The Bell Boat helm is to ensure that conditions are suitable – Wind speed no stronger than Force 2; i.e. light winds with the surface of the loch rippled with small wavelets.
  6. No one on the boat is to change seats during the activity.


Maintenance of kit at Invertrossachs

Five members of the water activities team recently spent a morning at Invertrossachs checking out all the canoes, kayaks and personal floatation devices (or PFDs - the new name for buoyancy aids and lifejackets). This involved checking the buoyancy bags, fittings and bungs of all the boats, and making a visual check of every PFD for damage to buckles, webbing and signs of wear and tear. Thanks to these guys we are now good to go!


Over 150 scouts supported by 50 leaders from across Stirling, Dunblane, Bridge of Allan and Falkirk, took part in a giant outdoor event based on the Monopoly board game.

The scouts were all in patrols (teams) and there were bases throughout the Stirling from the Thistle Centre to the Castle. The scouts could choose which base to visit and take part in the activity and be awarded Scoutopoly money. The patrol with the most Scoutopoly money being the winner.

Scoutopoly (Monopoly) money was awarded for completing the challenges, for teamwork and entertainment.

The bases were all different, some used scouting skills such as using stoves or pitching tents, others concentrated on teaching about Stirling’s history using quizzes or photographs and some were for fun like Giant Kerplunk, or movie charades.

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Everyone finished at the Kings Park, where the scouts and leaders all relaxed with a BBQ, which was supplied by the Scout Active Support Unit. This is a group of ex members who help us at various special events. While burgers were consumed the results were analysed. The scouts and leaders all had fun in the spring sunshine and the winning Patrol was from Stirling (7th Beechwood troop), while 2nd and 3rd places patrols went to Falkirk based groups.


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