Scouts have been enjoying a fun summer of outdoor activities, and international visits and visitors.
More than 20 youngsters and adults from Paisley, Barrhead and Neilston represented Paisley and District at the 33rd Blair Atholl International Jamborette which took place in the beautiful surroundings of Blair Castle.
The camp runs for two weeks every second year, and has been held for the last 66 years.
The fun activities included canyoning, 24-hour hikes, mountain and river-rescue training Canadian-American craft work and an interactive refugee experience to highlight awareness of global development issues.
After the camp, Paisley and district families welcomed scouts from Russia and England into their homes for up to five days’ cultural exchange, the visitors living with their new friends in their localcommunities.
Explorer Scout Fraser Wright said: “I enjoyed Blair Atholl, as I had the chance to meet people from around the world, learn about their culture and also have lots of great fun, with so many different types of activities on offer.
“I have met people I will stay friends with for life, and it’s a really good way to build on your scouting knowledge and your confidence. I can’t wait for Blair Atholl in 2014 when I hopefully can attend as staff.”
During the summer, St Mirin Scout Group also took away a large number of young people and adults to Berlin for a week.
Scouts managed to visit a number of famous locations in the German capital, and also took part in scout activities such as hiking, as well as a cycling expedition.
The group were also part of the crowd at the Bundesliga match between FSV Frankfurt and Hertha Berlin, and they agreed that being in such a large stadium was a mind-blowing experience.
The Paisley and District Scouts’ final international experience was to the African country of Botswana. Cheyenne Hodgson, an Explorer Scout from Barrhead, spent some time out there helping to build a Scout centre and a wildlife resource to benefit some of the poorest children in the world.
Cheyenne’s expedition took a lot of effort, and this was recognised in June when she won the Community Service Award through East Renfrewshire Council.
Her experience highlights one of the many opportunities available to young people in Scouting, and the values it holds as a movement of helping those in most need.
She said: “The expedition was the best experience of my life, and I definitely want to continue in international charity work. Overall the trip has impacted my life in a positive way and I will cherish the memories and the friends I have made along the way.”
Commissioner for Paisley and District Andy Robson said: “Scouting is all about meeting new people from across the world and building lasting friendships. This summer across Paisley, Barrhead and Neilston, young people were able to share their culture and learn from others.
“We have had a fantastic international summer which has built up nicely for next summer where Scouts are heading for a 10-day expedition to Ireland to gain their Explorer Belt.
“And more than 80 scouts and guides from Scotland will join over 400 young people from around the globe to take part in the PAGGS international camp in Lake Bagsvaerd, Denmark.”