14th January Newsletter

New District Name
As you may have noticed from the heading of this newsletter, we are no longer called 172nd Merchiston Scouts.
As of 1st January the Merchiston district has merged with some of the Pentland and Almond Valley district. Our new district name is Pentland.

Ratho Climbing Centre – Monday 28th January 8pm – 10pm
I can only apologise for the cancellation of our Christmas night to the Ratho Climbing Centre.
The centre double booked us, which was not desirable.
The new date for the climbing centre is Monday 28th January between 8pm and 10pm.
Please arrive 15 minutes before the start to get all the equipment.

Scout Post
A big thank you to all those who helped with scout post. At the time of print I do not have the total amount of money raised. Going on the amount of cards collected I hope it is a bumper year.

ASDA Bag Pack
Also thank you to all those that attended the Bag Pack at ASDA in December.
We raised £581.69 plus a 5 euro note! That is our best total.
Even better considering we only packed for 3 and ½ hours.

Brass Monkey Camp – Bonaly – 16th – 17th February 2008
Bonaly are holding a Brass Monkey camp in February.
The cost will be £15 and the deadline is 28th January 2008.
This camp will count towards the Zodiac Awards.

District “Blast Off” Camp 25th – 27th April 2008
To celebrate the creation of the new Pentland District, a District “Blast Off” camp is being organised for all scouts within the new District.
This camp will be at Auchengillan near Loch Lommond and will consist of a variety of scouting skills/fun activities. We are trying to provide a very active programme including activities such as Kayaking, Rock Climbing, and Archery.

The cost will be £45.00 per person.
A deposit of £20.00 is required NOW DUE so that we can book the campsite and activities.


Summer Camp 2008 – Festival Camp – Fordell Firs
Next year’s summer camp will be at Fordell Firs between 27th July and 2nd August 2008.
This will be part of an international jamboree with Edinburgh Scouts/Guides.
You can find out more information in the web site – http://www.festivalcamp2008.org.uk/
The total cost of the camp will be £150, and there is a £50.00 deposit NOW DUE.

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