Reunion Weekend 2015
This will be held during the weekend Friday 15th to Sunday 17th May 2015. Back to Pitlochry. Further details will be issued later. Meantime book your place by contacting Iain Park.
2014 FOSS Reunion Weekend at Pitlochry (Report by John Miller)
On Friday 16th May a number of members of Friends of Strathaven Scouting met for the second year running at John Addys house in Pitlochry for the start of the FOSS weekend.
Members of FOSS come from awe airts including the USA, who again this year were represented by a very good friend of Strathaven Scouts and FOSS, Robert Podboy (Doc as he is known to everyone). Doc is always keen to meet members of the troop both past and present since he has hosted a number of visits to the USA and has taken part in visits to Scotland, Wales and England with his own troop from Waynesburgh , Pennsylvania. The group consisted of Iain Park, John Addy with Retrievers Morna and Blue, Graham Stewart, Donald and Jess Macleod and their two grandchildren, Bibby & John Miller and Murphy their black Labrador, Ian Gow, Miles Hutchison, Doc Podboy and first timers Alistair and Ann Ogilvie.
After everyone had exchanged the usual greetings with one another and had enjoyed something to relax with, Bibby Miller provided dinner for all, which got the evening and weekend off to a very good start.
With the usual excitement and anticipation, plans were made for the following day led by Iain Park with contributions from all those who were there.
One group decided to use the local area to walk whilst another group
were keen to bag as many Munros as they could, although two
at the very most were expected. The second group of Baggers
would head for Newton More (Iain Park, Miles Hutchison, John Addy, Ian
Gow, Alistair and Ann Ogilvie, John Miller and Donald Macleod) along with
the three dogs.
John Miller thought Graham Naismith had been left outside since things were just a tad quieter than usual, but later he found out Graham could not make it, unfortunately.
The Day is Dawning and the bacon is frying the cooks were
singing from the Addie kitchen and, oh, what a breakfast was served up
to the group, plenty and good was the verdict with everyone enjoying it
before they entered into the activity of the day.
The second group arrived at the destination, set up to move off with the dogs with the intent of securing one Munro and two possibly. The climb was made in poor conditions getting worse as the first summit was reached, and the first Munro was in the bag, A Chailleach. Lunch was taken with the usual photograph but still with everyone in tack. A quick decision was made by Parky and Addy, with Morna and Blue, to set off and bag another Munro, Carn Sgulain with the others opting to return to base camp after a cold lunch taken behind a rock cairn for shelter. Some Chittery conversation and then off back to base heading back down in miserable weather.
Murphy, the black Labrador decided to have a bit of a chase, no one was sure where, but he travelled quite a long distance away from the group before deciding to come back after a wide search by the party returning downhill.
Everyone arrived safely and Miles and John M decided to wait on Iain and John who returned feeling the effects of the longer walk. The group complete then made their way to back to base to join up with others in anticipation of another good meal, this time at the Moulin Hotel.
No disappointments, in the day or the meal, with plenty to talk about during and after dinner back at the ranch. Longer nights have been experienced but since this was an experienced group, the night was as long as a good night should be. Early morning, with some little stiffness about, brought another fine breakfast and more subtle chat about the previous days experience, which set everyone up for the day. There was plenty Chat about the previous day and how it had been greatly appreciated by all including the veteran Munro Bagger, Miles Hutchison, who is still in great shape and who said afterwards he was looking forward to next year.
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and so the group broke up to find their way home having enjoyed The FOSS Weekend once again. See you all next year. Oh, by the way, if you havent tried it yet, think about it for next year (2015).
Other Social Events and Reunions
In addition to our climbing reunions FOSS has organised a number of very successful reunion lunches including our Centenary Lunch in 2008, and informal social evenings are held following the Annual General Meeting in November or December each year.
The first of the lunches to celebrate the Group's 90th Anniversary in March 1998 was held in the Strathaven Hotel and was attended by 65 members of FOSS and current members of the Group. The second, five years later, was held in the newly refurbished Scout and Guide Centre.
A unique but highly successful event, held to celebrate the Millennium, was a traditional Scout Camp on one of our favourite local camp sites at Waterside near Coalburn. What made it unique was the make-up of the six patrols. Members from each of the decades from the 1950's to the present day made up the six patrols who took part.There was intense competition between the various generations of Strathaven scouts to prove who were best at the traditional camp skills of campcraft, cooking, fire-lighting, pioneering and campfire singing and sketches. Each patrol thought it was the best but what the camp showed was that the camping skills of the Troop have been maintained at a consistently high standard over the past half-century- as they were in the first 50 years.
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