Q&A | Summer camp at Meggernie

Q&A | Summer camp at Meggernie

30 August 2017

Caithness District Scouts fell in love with the peace and tranquillity of Meggernie when they spent their summer camp there this year. Leader Gary tells us more about their camp. 

Why did you choose Meggernie for your camp?

I’d been to Meggernie a few years ago with another Leader, and we were both impressed with the on-site facilities (toilet block especially), as well as the isolation and the beauty of the campsite and its local area. So back in 2016 when we were thinking about where to go in 2017, Meggernie jumped out at us.

What were you hoping to achieve from your camp?

We wanted to hold a camp for all Scouts in the District, to give our young people the opportunity to meet Scouts from other Troops. It also was an opportunity for the Scout Section Leaders to come together and get to know each other better, learn more about each other’s skills and abilities and for all of us to experience new things. The lack of internet and mobile coverage was actually really helpful as it allowed everyone an opportunity to unplug themselves from the digital world.

What did you do during your camp at Meggernie?

We spent the Saturday and Sunday setting up our Patrol/Leaders areas and checking out the campsite & facilities. We also carried out some on-site training sessions on firewood chopping and cutting training sessions.

On Monday we all did one of the mid-level walks along the north side of the glen. And the next day we split the group into two teams, having a go at archery and the traversing wall. 

On Wednesday, we spent some time in Aberfeldy at the swimming pool and just general sightseeing and shopping. We also went to the Kenmore Highland Games in the evening. Thursday, we did grass sledging, followed by our camp cook competition and on Friday we took everyone to the Crannog Centre. In amongst this we played some games through the week. The Scouts cooked the majority of their own meals and we even tried making proper pizza dough pizzas.

What did you think of the facilities and location?

What did you think of the facilities and location?The facilities were fantastic!! The toilet block, access to a dishwashing area with hot water on tap, the fridges & freezer for foodstuffs all made catering for the camp so much easier. The laundry also proved useful and the drying room was the icing on the cake.

The facilities were fantastic!! The toilet block, access to a dishwashing area with hot water on tap, the fridges & freezer for foodstuffs all made catering for the camp so much easier. The laundry also proved useful and the drying room was the icing on the cake.

I could wax lyrical for ages about the location but a simple word such as fantastic doesn't really do it justice. Most of our Leader team and a lot of our Scouts actually live in rural areas of Caithness and Sutherland so we’re used to a quiet lifestyle but Meggernie was even quieter!I must also praise the Centre Managers Judith and Rab who were brilliant. Their local knowledge and advice was invaluable both prior to our camp and while we were on site. As a Group, we have stayed at a number of scout campsites but Judith and Rab were by far the best hosts we have ever had. What were your favourite things about the camp?

I must also praise the Centre Managers Judith and Rab;, who were brilliant. Their local knowledge and advice were invaluable both prior to our camp and while we were on site. As a Group, we have stayed at a number of scout campsites but Judith and Rab were by far the best hosts we have ever had. 

What were your favourite things about the camp?

It was helpful to have access to great facilities that made good hygiene practice easy. On a personal front I really enjoyed the unplugged feeling and the way that over the course of the week we all gelled as one group rather than three separate Troops.

We’ve had great feedback about the camp and lots of requests to do it all again!

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