Newsletter of the 40th Fife Scout Troop
What a busy two months it has been since the last issue. The Troop
has been busy on a whole range of activities from outdoor to ceremonial.
On the outdoor side you will read about windsurfing, sailing, canoeing,
orienteering, hillwalking and cycling. Besides the adventurous activities
the troop attended the district church parade with over 25 Scouts taking
part - by far the biggest turnout in the district; we helped with the Gala
and so helped to raise around £1500 pounds. The big news must be
our performance in the Gibb Bugle - our district camping competition. We
came in second place to the third Fife. However this year was the first
year ever that the Gold standard was awarded and both us and the 3rd were
awarded it. The Scouts performed exceptionally well and their camping standards
were excellent. So good in fact that some of the examining team came to
the 40th to scrounge food after they had eaten with the other teams.
Before I go I would like to say that this issue sees the end of
probably the most successful year the troop has had: numbers are up (one
night we had 43 Scouts attending); we have one star, two star qualified
canoeists and a few three star on the way; the troop is now white water
canoeing (something I never did until I was a Venture Scout); we have RYA
qualified sailors; excellent
windsurfers; we have seen an explosion of patrol activities; a Chief Scouts
award; countless other badges and awards and perhaps more importantly the
Scouts have built up their self confidence and leadership abilities. The
sight of a 13 year old who just a year ago had trouble packing a rucksack
on his own, confidently organising a camp for 12 including planning the
program and menu, calculating quantities, pricing the weekend, buying
the food and handling the cash is a sight to boost your faith in
the Scout Movement. That is what Scouting is about - producing responsible,
confident young adults. All the activities, camps, badges etc. are just
ways of getting there.
Have a good summer and I’ll be back in the Summer Camp Issue.
By Jamie Eason
A patrol camp was held on the 30 to 31st of march at Fordell Firs.
David Syme, Graeme McGregor, Big Rab, James Sheddon, Kevin Penman,
Mark Brigs, Chris Ozog, Chris Sim, Scott Wilson, Karen Wilson, Simon Radcliffe
and Jamie Eason attended.
We had archery (led be evil uncle Pete )on Sunday. Rifle shooting
and Abseiling on the Saturday. Every body took part in all
activities except Penman and G. McGregor at Abseiling.
For our main meal we had Macaroni cheese (camp favourite) and fruit
(minus the custard)
We played wide games against the 49th Rosyth Sea Scouts. One
of the main problems during this game was that there
was another wide game going on at the same time so we kept jumping
the wrong people.
But we still thrashed them at their own games.
By Stuart Dudley
The 17th of March was the day when 14 members of the 40th undertook
the Orienteering course at Loch Ore Meadows starting with the basic navigating
our way round an average sized room (Everyone’s got to start somewhere).
Eventually building up to a full timed scoring event which was done in
pairs. James Sheddon and Stuart Dudley were the winners with the
maximum points available. The course after its slow start was fun
and we were told by our instructors that they had never seen a more active
bunch (They should come down on a Friday night!) . After the course
the participants require but one more thing (A proper comp!) to complete
By Stuart Dudley
On the 25th March 14 hopeful skaters headed for Murrayfield
Ice rink which we inevitability lay ahead. On arrival we hired our
strange blue figure skates which were designed for us to do double axle
turns (Well maybe that was a little hopeful) For roughly 1 hour we skated
round and round then we played the traditional game of tig.
Full of life we left for home stopping at McDonalds en route.
By David Syme
We went to Arthur Seat on the 4th of April (during the Easter holidays).
Fishy, James Brown, Jamie Eason , David Syme, Laura, Biff and Bob Tanian
and Graeme McGregor attended.
We left the Scout hut at around 11 o'clock . We headed up Arthur
Seat . It was not too difficult as it was not that high . When comming
down david ,Fishy ,James and Graeme slid down on a grassy hill while the
rest walked down the path. Next stop was Holyrood Palace. We
only went inside the gate and never went round the whole place. We went
to the beach next . We tried to walk out to the island but the tide
was in .Our last stop was at Fordell Firs where we looked aroud the pet
Sailing at Lochore
by Alison Figures
We went sailing at Lochore Meadows on the 15th of April .
David Syme , Rab (Graeme Keith) ,Alison Figures ,Penman (Kevin)
, Stuart Dudley and James Sheddon.
We left the hall around 9.30 and got there at 10.00. We got
all our equipment which included a wet suit , Life jacket and a waterproof
top. We first of all got taught how to set up our boat and launch then
we got shown how to sail it then we got a turn I was the firsty one
to capsize when I tried to turn the boat. Once we had our lunch we
went back out on the water after that Penman capsized. We were the
only two to capsize. Then we went in pairs in the boats. James went
into the speed boat and he eanded up driving it. He got back in the
boat with Penman then after this we sailed for a short time then we headed
P.L. & A.P.L. Camp Fordell Firs
The camp began when a group of P.L’s. & A.P.L.’s decided to
organise a camp at Fordell Firs. This gave the P.L’s & A.P.L’s extra
time away from their patrols to mingle and join in activities together.
To organise the camp we held various meetings to discuss the Programme
for the Camp. This included the organising of the transport, Patrols,
equipment, leadership, money, activities and Food, (This proved to
be a problem because of the B.S.E SCARE (Rab The Mad Cow ).
The Patrol’s consited of
Patrol 1. Alison Figures, Graeme McGregor, Graeme Keith, James Sheddon
and Jamie Eason.
Patrol 2. Christopher Mack, Craig Marshall, David Syme, Colonel
Radcliffe and Stuart Dudley.
Leaders James Brown and Karen Wilson
After we had set up camp at Fordell Firs, including Tents, Gateway,
area boundaries, fire, store tent and Rubbish area. We left for Swimming
at the Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh.
The swimming pool was excellent and the Stingray was rather slow
(Not!) It take 5 sec’s to go 60 metres. There was also other flumes
called Twister, Vortex , and the River Rapids but that one was closed.
David Syme Cut his nails too short but not with Scissors, with a diving
The wide Game Challenges against the 28th Hay market
when they tried to beat us at their own game but we were just too good
The Saturday consisted of Climbing wall, orienteering, P.C.
meeting with a difference, Training for award work with Mag and Co. The
climbing wall was such a challenge (Not!) David Syme completed the
Traverse. We also had a wet wet wet slide with Colonel chicken out,
not taking part. this was a great laugh but with wind was too strong
too keep the polythene down we gave up. Saturday ended with a great
Camp fire with Fordell fellowship (Uncle Pete) It lasted 1 hr 30
mins, but the Guide’s took umbrage and left after 10 minutes because of
a line in a song (oh you’ll never go to heaven with a Fat Girl Guide as
those Pearly gates ain’t made that wide) We used half of Fordell
forest on the Camp Fire. Pete never left our site until 2am on Sunday
Morning.” I think that the 40th are the Best in the District. “he said
He also tried to get us to join the Fordell Fellowship.
Sunday started after a very good sleep with the Flag break,
with Craig volunteering with a push start from James to break the Flag.
We Also took part in Archery which proved to be a good laugh, there was
no Robin Hoods among us, or William Tell. We could not do trampolening
as there was a hole in it. We then set off to shooting where Pete took
us and we all suffered terribly from him tormenting us. Colonel
was a crack shot. We all thoroughly enjoyed the camp thanks to the
Cooperation of Fordell Firs Staff (we’ll most) and the running about and
organising by Chris and James.
SKI FRANCE DUNFERMLINE DISTRICT SCOUTS
By Colin Mason
DAY 1 Not much sleep tonight (staying at the 40th hall). We
left at 4.30am for Glasgow airport and arrived in Morzine around 4.00pm
(Hotel Beau - Regard).
DAY 2 Breakfast at 8.00am and on the slopes by 9.45am, we skied
with Scouts from outside Geneva (Switzerland) for part of the morning.
Great sunny weather but not much snow.
DAY 3 The weather was not too good, it was very cloudy and it started
snowing around lunch time. We met up with Swiss scouts in the evening
and Stuart Moy (Inverkeithing scout group) played the bagpipes and the
French sang for us.
DAY 4 The weather wasn’t good and again skied all day. We
were given a chance to put our names into a hat for parapente (parasending
in English). Not many names were put in.
DAY 5 We were given another chance to put our names into the hat
and mine went in. The names came out at dinner, mine was the first
pulled out, second was Richard Davidson (Titch) and third was Andrew Greated.
DAY 6 Skied all day and the weather was great. On the slopes
by 9.30am heading for the Wall (steepest slope in Europe). A boy
from my hotel came down the hard way, without skis, and had to walk back
up. Some of the group skied down it but the parascending group went
a different direction. All the parascenders survived. Two of
us came back early to get packed because we went out to the other hotel
for a night out, Stuart Moy played his bagpipes again and we had pizza
and chips for super, that went down well!
DAY 7 Up usual time, breakfast at 8.00am (shame really) our flight
was at 3.00pm (2.00pm in Britain). We left Morzine at 10.40 and arrived
home at about 6.00pm.
by Mark Briggs
On the 20th of April, a group of about ten people went-
as the title suggests- windsurfing. We got to the scout hall in time to
leave at 9:30am, though I reckon we left at about 9:50am, 10 minutes before
we were meant to start.
We got there, but our instructor was late. Typical. We played
on the swings while we waited for him and eventually he arrived.
The first thing we did was get our wetsuits and put them
on, which is a sport in itself, because after getting them and some rather
tight boots on, a few of us were sweating like pigs, and they say they’re
even harder to get off!
We prevailed though, and we went down to the water
side where Sean (Our instructor) was explaining to us how to set up our
sails. He then gave all the people who had already been windsurfing folded
up sails to set up, while Deborah and I (the people who haven’t gone wind
surfing before) went with Mag onto the simulator (nothing hi-tech and flashy,
far from it. It was a set-up board and sail attached to a metal, turning
frame) where he showed us some basic “stuff”. After that Sean showed everyone
the same “stuff” Deborah and I had just done and then he let all the people
who have already done it go out and sail while we watched. Then he came
back and set up our sails and helped us attach them to the boards.
We pushed our boards out into the water, which was colder
than something that is very, very cold indeed. I paddled out a bit and
tried to sail, though not to well. But I don’t think you’re bothered about
how many times I fell in or over balanced, and even if you are I’m not
going to tell you. I do have at least some pride you know. But seriously,
it was a great experience and I really enjoyed it, especially when I drifted
towards some fisherman and had to get towed back by Sean’s speedboat.
After we came back to land and rolled up our sails
some of us, the silly people we are, ran off the end of the pier and jumped
into the water . It had been raining, it was absolutely freezing and we
were jumping off the end of a pier. But never mind, because in the changing
rooms were lovely warm showers. We got dry, took the wetsuits back to the
rack, ate some things then piled back into the van and got back to the
scout hall at 2:something.
It had all been brilliant fun and I’d happily do it again.
Fun sail 11th June
BCU 1 Star 4/6/18/20 June
BCU 2 Star 25/27 June
2 star min 2 June/15 Sept
Beginners (Skiiers Badge) Approx monthly
Improvers (Advanced Skiers Badge) Approx monthly
Water sports Badge
Wed 29th May
Approx monthly from April to October
Hikers and Hillwalker Badges
As time and weather allows
Overnight Silly Summer Solstice Stroll
Rock Climbing and Abseiling
As time and weather allows
The Troop plans to run a bus to Alton Towers in October this year.
We intend to leave the Scout Hall early on Sunday the 6th of October and
return later on that night. The cost will be around £20 and we will
be taking deposits soon. There are around 50 places available so every
Scout will have the chance to go (unless of course the troop grows any
more!). A letter will be issued shortly to the troop to get an idea of
those Scout who will be interested in the trip.
The organisation for summer camp at Grandtully is underway. Around 25
Scouts will be going making it large by recent standards. We have an instructor
coming who will be responsible for the climbing and we hope to run some
climbing sessions prior to camp to familiarise everyone with procedure
and so save some time at camp. Canoeing is also on the agenda and three
caneoing courses have been arranged in June to prepare. In addition we
expect to have some hillwalking with a Munroe or two onthe list. Other
activities include the every popular bivvying, international meet at the
Blair Atholl Jamboree, Pitlochry Visit, swimming in Aberfeldy, and general
camp activities. It is hoped that every Scout who attends should earn several
badges including: the Camp Cook; Rock Climber, Observer, Pioneer and many
Stuart Edwards, Colin Mason, Greig Ramsay, Stephen Mack, Scott Wilson,
Christopher Ozog and Christopher Sim.
Scott Edwards, Craig Marshall and Graeme Keith.
Chief Scouts Award
Stuart Dudley and David Syme.
Patrol Activity Award
Tigers: Graeme Keith, Kevin Penman, Christopher Sim and Christopher
Kevin Penman and Kerry Sheddon.
Mark Briggs, Colin Mason, Deborah Mason, Simon Radcliffe, Claire Mack,
Arlene Syme, Glenn Gibson, Graeme Hardie, David Ozog.
Stuart Dudley, Alison Figures and Scott Wilson.
Graeme Keith and Christopher Mack..
Graeme McGregor, Graeme Keith.
James Sheddon and Graeme Keith.
Graeme Keith and Craig Marshall.
Scott Edwards, Scott Wilson, David Syme, James Sheddon, Kerry Sheddon,
Kevin Penman, Graeme Keith, Graeme McGregor, Stuart Dudley, Jamie Eason
and Alan Henderson.
Greme Keith and Stuart Dudley.
Kevin Penman, Colin Mason and Michael Wilson.
What on earth is????
Not a punishment for naughty Scouts. It is a method of preventing
a rope end from fraying by winding thin string around
Not a tall hat but a small one- man sailing craft.
A Scout by the name of Christopher Mack who earned the nickname
because of his unerring weather predictions.
Magnus. A nickname of the Scout Leader. given to him as a Scout.