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Explorers - Blackpool Trip
26/10/2023 By Ann Gilchrist
Explorer Scout Units from Falkirk District came together for a thrilling weekend in Blackpool to start off their October school break. Fifty-eight explorers and leaders travelled to Blackpool where they enjoyed camping at Mowbreck Scout Campsite spending time, in lovely weather, at the local attractions such as the pleasure beach and sandcastle waterpark before heading home.
Explorer Scouts are aged 14-18 years. There are eight Units scattered around Falkirk District which meet on various days over the week. If you are interested in joining or learning more about Explorer Scouts or any other scouting section visit for more information.
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Fire Station Trip - 1st Falkirk Beavers
19/10/2023 By Ann Gilchrist
1st Falkirk Beaver Scouts have been out and about in the local community as part of their activity programme. This time they visited the Falkirk Fire Station where the firefighters gave them a tour of the station and they even got to see two different Fire Engine Appliances.
They all had a great time and the highlights included getting to try out the uniform, using the hose and getting to see where the fire fighters sleep when not on a call. They learned all about fire safety which is even more important with bonfire and fireworks season approaching.
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Explorer Led evenings - Altitude Explorers
12/10/2023 By Ann Gilchrist
Altitude Explorers frequently have Explorer-led evenings where the members decide for themselves what they want to do. These evenings teach them about organisation and time-management, allowing the young people to discuss amongst themselves and decide on the programme. They run the whole evening with the adult leaders supervising to ensure that they are safe.
One of these activities was cake decorating where they bought cakes and materials to decorate them. Splitting into four groups, each decided what they wanted to achieve. The picture shows the winning group as decided by the leaders but it was close.
Unsurprisingly, most of these evenings involve food.
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Netherlands - Explorer Belt
10/09/2023 By Ann Gilchrist

Fifteen Explorer and Network Scouts members, aged 16 to 18, have returned from a very successful 10-day Explorer Belt expedition in The Netherlands. The young people travelled on their own in groups of five, hiking and using public travel while tasked to carry out 10 minor and one major task. The groups had a full range of conditions to deal with such as the cancellation of all trains due to severe weather with trees down, and later they had to endure very hot weather. All the young people ended their expedition with a three-night period of rest and relaxation at Beekse Bergen.

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Summer Camp - 51st Scouts
10/09/2023 By Ann Gilchrist

The 51st Scouts had a fantastic time at their summer camp at Barrwood just before the schools went back. Activities included swimming, camp gadget making, aqua run and raft building. The Cubs joined them for kayaking, giant paddle boarding, wide games, campfire, bouldering and a movie while also completing most of their Outdoor Challenge Award. They learned how to put up their tents, cooked their own lunch on a Trangia stove and worked well as a team to tidy up. If you’d like to help out and volunteer with the Group, while having lots of fun, email

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