Kilmallie Scouts on a roll after recent Swiss trip

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Kilmallie Scouts teamed up with Dundee and Aberfeldy troops for the trip of a lifetime recently.

The combined group, named ‘DunAberMallie’ by the Scouts themselves, had two training days to prepare for a trip to Adelboden in Switzerland.

The journey took 30 hours by bus, and the group of 15 Scouts, seven young leaders and eight leaders spent a little under two weeks exploring all that the valleys, gorges and cities had to offer.

The Scouts were aged 10 to 14 and were certainly kept entertained with a busy schedule and plenty of fun.

Scout leader Nick Tooms was excited to be able to say they ‘had the first international campfire of the season with almost 200 Scouts from a mix of Scottish, Australian, American, Danish and Swiss Scouts’.

In true Scouting tradition the group were prepared for anything and when the opportunity for a ceilidh arose they were ready and able to teach some locals how to dance.

The trip, which had been organised by Scout leaders Rob Cochrane, from Kilmallie Scouts, and Alison Maciver, of the Aberfeldy troop, was a great success, giving the Scouts the opportunity to explore new areas and meet a variety of people gaining an understanding of the new environments and having some amazing adventures.

Meanwhile, Kilmallie Scout Hall has had a freshen up, when a recent weekend saw Scout leaders, Scouts and a Beaver, along with several parent helpers, putting on their work clothes and getting mucky.

The work weekend was put on the allow a range of jobs to be completed. Since the work days, the Scouts now have new drainage to improve the garden area, a fire pit and allotment area to be proud of.

There is still work planned and they have received the offer of new paint for the front of the building but it will need considerable hard work to remove the current paint. However, the work completed thus far will still be a huge boost to those using the hall.

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