Tribute paid as Scouts live up to their motto and come to the rescue

Selkirk Scout Group at their Guernsey camp
Selkirk Scout Group at their Guernsey camp

SELKIRK Scouts proved a “credit to their town” during the group’s recent trip to Guernsey – and even came to the aid of a broken down bus, writes Kenny Paterson.

Thirty-two boys and girls and 14 adults visited the Channel Island for two weeks, a trip scouts from the Royal Burgh have been making for almost 40 years.

And scout leader Graham Coulson paid tribute to the behaviour of the teenaged Souters, particularly when they saved a bus.

Mr Coulson said: “The bus they were travelling on broke down, but the group came to its rescue by emptying their water bottles into the cooling system.

“They were great ambassadors for themselves, for the people who looked after them and for the town itself.

“It was simple things such as saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, and members of the public commented on their behaviour and how smart they looked.

“It is a big thing for these children to be camping for two weeks, and for some it was their first time away from home. But they learned to work with each other, look after each other and get on with other people.”

Selkirk Scouts first visited Guernsey in 1973 through connections then scout leader Eddie Linton had with the island.

After a 10-year break, the scouts – aged 11 to 17 – now return every three years.

This year involved canoeing, sea kayaking, sailing and coastal trails, among other activities.

“The two weeks were split into away days, scout days and holidays,” added Mr Coulson.

“The away days involved activities such as kayaking, while the holiday section was made up of trips to the beach among other things. And for the scout days, we took part in traditional pioneering projects such as cooking and lighting a fire, which many people do not know how to do.

“We also had a lot of musicians in our group, so we visited the Guernsey Blind Association and played some traditional Scottish music with pipes and drums which they loved.

“It was a great trip and gave the young people the chance to go back to basics and have the opportunity to play, which in modern times, with so much technology, they do not always do.”