In February 1st Falkirk Scout group headed off on a Commonwealth themed residential weekend to Auchengillan outdoor centre. As a large group it can be difficult to organise activities for all to attend but an award of £8,500 from Celebrate made it possible.
Their weekend kicked off with an opening ceremony and teams carrying the flags of the Commonwealth. Gordon Forth, or Go Forth, followed as Games Mascot. Scout Leader, Hamish Scott, urged the scouts to “play up, play up and play the game.” The Commonwealth oath was taken and the Games began.
Scouting, sporting and cultural activities followed with everyone trying their hand at abseiling, archery, climbing, crate climbing, fencing, mountain biking, and team-building.
A Commonwealth banquet in the evening served up dishes from Trinidad and Tobago, Cyprus, Singapore and Canada, after which there was a chance to make musical instruments, learn the Haka, and discover Commonwealth countries on a map and pair up pictures and facts with the correct country.
On the final morning teams of countries competed in a mini sports event that included the javelin, shot, hurdles and standing jump. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers made their way together to the closing ceremony after a fun filled weekend that saw the groups mix and learn about the Commonwealth and anticipate the up and coming games in Glasgow. Medals were issued to each participant and they were urged to “Go Forth” and shout about the great time that can be had taking part in the great game that is scouting.