Deeside Fun Day 2018: Sub Zero Heroes!

14th October 2018

Deeside Fun Day 2018: Sub Zero Heroes!

Last weekend, the Princess Royal & Duke of Fife Memorial Park in Braemar hosted a Scout Fun Day which was attended by over 80 beavers, cubs and scouts. The event was supported by a team of many adult volunteers, parent helpers and explorer scouts.

The camp site, including a couple of marquees were set up on the Friday Night by a group of explorer scouts – providing a base for all of the activities that happened over the weekend. The explorer scouts had camped over at the park on Friday Night, seeing the temperatures plummet well below zero (-8C was recorded overnight).

Young people had the chance to participate in a number of athletic and skills-based activity sessions, collecting stamps for their activity passports as they went around each of the bases. The activity sessions that were offered to the scout participants, included; orienteering, open fires cooking, highland games, team building challenges and fire lighting. All of the activity sessions were led by the explorer scouts – who are currently working on their Young Leaders Award and also the volunteering requirements for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

In the evening, we had a camp fire – including many of the classic scouting chants, songs and yells. ‘Boom Chicka Boom’, ‘Ging Gang Goolly’ and ‘Singing in the Rain’ were among some of the favorites at the camp fire.

Cubs and Scouts had the chance to stay overnight in tents after the camp fire, not quite as cold as the first night – but temperatures still reached -3C on the second night.

The weekend was organised as a fundraising event for those attending the 24th World Scout Jamboree in summer 2019. Participants and leaders were selling some badges, crafts, key rings, Scottish Units Oor Wuillie kit, and various other fundraising merchandise.

For surviving the freezing temperatures over the weekend, all of the members that had camped overnight will be awarded with the Sub Zero Hero badge - which is definitely well deserved by all who camped out overnight!

Deeside District Scouts would like to thank the Braemar Highland Games Society for allowing us to host our weekend event at the Braemar Games Park.

Michael Kidd

Assistant Explorer Scout Leader (Banchory)