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The following articles were authored by Paul

Group Calendar 2020

Group Calendar 2020

Winter Zodiac Camp 2019

An intrepid and hardy group of Scouts and Explorers turned up at the Craigs on Friday night for a Winter Zodiac camp.  Despite a week of horrid weather and heavy rain, expert planning meant that the Friday night was relatively warm and dry(ish).  Despite very damp and soggy firewood, the campers soon had a fire started using flint and steel. They had a warm evening around the fire toasting marsh mellows and cooking cheesy nachos. 

The challenge for this Zodiac Camp was to sleep in a bothy and Jock’s Hut Bothy was the ideal accommodation; even though the Scouts complained about sharing the bothy with spiders.  The leaders had no such luck and had to sleep in a tent.  At least there were no spiders.

In the morning, challenge completed, square sausages were cooked up for breakfast. Camp was packed up just before the rain returned for the rest of a very wet weekend.

We all look forward to the Spring camp in hopefully warmer weather and more daylight hours.

The Zodiac Camp is open to all Explorers and Scout over the age of 12.

Scout Christmas Post

Scout Christmast Post Poster 2019

The Scout Group’s Christmas Post Service began in 1986.  Since then over 620,000 cards have been delivered to the citizens of Whitburn, East Whitburn and Redmill – and often beyond!

The money raised through the Post helps with the running of the Group from one year to next.  It enables us to try and minimise the cost of Scouting to families and help make Scouting available to everyone. The money raised is used to pay all the annual membership fee to the Scout Association, to provide free camps and outings for our young people and to pay for transport to many events.

For the price of 30p per card, members of the public can send cards to Whitburn, East Whitburn and Redmill.

Cards can be posted at the following shops/businesses from Monday 2 December until Thursday 19 December 2019:

Gothenburg Convenience Store East Whitburn
KeyStore (Mr Singh) East Main Street
Rashid Brothers Murraysgate
Lifestyle Express (Formerly Capt Morgan’s) East Main Street
Mia’s (Formerly Glenda’s) West Main Street
Boots the Chemist West Main Street
Glenmore Mini-market Glenmore

The Group is indebted to the above businesses for their tremendous support and efforts with the Scout Post.

Every effort is taken to ensure we provide a quality service to the public – each card is as important to us as it is to the sender and recipient.  The public can help us greatly with this by ensuring all cards are correctly addressed with a full name, house number and street.  Every year, a large number of incorrectly addressed cards are posted and many of these often require considerable research.

Deliveries will normally take place during Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons.  Please note that Scouts and adult helpers cannot accept cards for posting from the public whilst out delivering.

Any comments or questions regarding the service should be made to Group Scout Leader Gavin Johnston on 01501 773519 or at

Group Calendar 2019

Winter Zodiac Camp

Congratulations to Explorers, Lewis and Cameron for successfully completing the Zodiac Bronze Award this weekend. Well done also to Alex for his first camp.

The Zodiac award involves camping in each of the four seasons; Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter whilst completing a challenge. The challenge at this camp was a tough one, sleeping at least 6 foot off the ground. The Explorers chose to sleep in a tree house in the Adventure playground at the Craigs. The problem was that the tree house has no roof and the walls have plenty of gaps to let in the wind. With extensive use of rope and tarpaulin, the Explorers were able to built and shelter and survived a very windy and cold night.

Explorer Camp


The Explorers visited the Craigs campsite Friday night as part of the Zodiac Challenge (6 Nights Away, in each of the seasons, each time camping with a new challenge). Given the weather the previous week, we were hopeful to complete the sub-zero challenge (camping in temperatures below 0c) but the recorded temperature remained a stubborn 1c. Very cold, but not cold enough!.

Instead the Explorer’s camped in our groups Tipi Style tents, completing the “In an unusual tent” challenge.

The explorers had a good time learning core camping skills including building and starting a fire when wood is very wet, cooking on an open fire and how to work with axes and saws on a campsite.

We also had time to help a out of doors first aid training course by being “casualties”.

Scout Post 2017

Cubs Group Camp Report 2017

The Cubs joined the rest of the 7th Whitburn Scout group last weekend at Fordell Firs Activity Camp.  The coach left Whitburn at 6pm and headed across the new Queensferry Crossing to Fife.  For most of us, this was the first time across the bridge and we had plenty of time to have a look at it as the traffic was moving slowly.

Arriving at Fordell Firs, the cubs were happy to see that the advance party had already setup the tents and the Cubs had a good time setting up their sleeping bags and roll mats in their tents.  Once all settled in, the Cubs joined the Scout playing a wide game organised by Graeme and the explorers searching for matching pairs of signs in the woods.  There was time for some supper before bed.

In the morning, the Cubs enjoyed the first Fordell Firs led activity and had archery lessons some with bows larger than they were.  There are some potentially excellent bowmen and were able to hit the bullseye.


After that, the cubs continued with the Communicator Badge and used walkie-talkies to talk to each other from one side of the field to the other.  They played hide and seek where the pair of seekers were able to communicate using the walkie-talkies to track down the hiders.  The campsite was then overrun by the beavers arriving to visit for the day.

After lunch, there was the second Fordell activity.  Some of the cubs joined the scouts and did grass sledging whilst others did Bungie trampolining.  There was a competition to see how many flips could be done in the time allowed.

In the evening, the camp fire was led by Neil and Zack and all the cubs joined in with the singing and dancing, but  retired to sleep soon after, all tired after a busy day.

On the final day, there was games and eating smores around the camp fire but a trip to the Adventure play park.  The rain started  whilst we waiting for the bus to return, the only significant rain of the whole weekend which we can be very thankful for.

I hope all the Cubs had a great weekend, and we are already looking forward to Cub Camp next year.


Photos from this year’s Group Camp at Fordell Firs.  A great time was had by all the Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and leaders who stayed the whole weekend, as well as the Beavers who came along on Saturday afternoon.

'Gallery' Post | By on 20th September 2017

OFF – Polkemmet – Meet at Brucefield Church as usual

As expected last night, the weather means we will not being going to Polkemmet this evening.  Cubs and Beavers should go to Brucefield Church at their usual times and we will revert back to our usual Thursday night programme.