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Our Annual Camp 2014

Officers and boys from 30th, 35th, 46th and 53rd Companies enjoyed our joint annual camp this year at Fordell Firs(near Dunfermline).  What a fantastic, fun packed week we had!  What were we up to?

After setting up camp on Saturday  and enjoying a great tea, there was time to take up the challenges from THE CUBE!

Sunday – We attended Dalgety Parish Church Morning Worship. Where we were made very welcome and the boys joined in with activities during the service. We also took part in a treasure hunt in Dunfermline, ate a roast chicken tea and had time for some Sumo Wrestling!

Monday – The boys had a go at the climbing wall, played soft ball and soon made new friends with some French Scouts (most of the Scouts were girls!!) We started our Jenga Championship and finished off with a go at grass sledging.

Tuesday – We completed a 7 mile coastal hike ending up at Burnt Island. As it was so hot and we were tired we enjoyed some free time eating ice cream and chilling! In the evening we played skittles back at the camp site.

Wednesday  – We spent the morning caving and in the afternoon went swimming at a fab pool in Burnt Island. Our evening activity was Deal or No Deal. The banker phoned a few times with some great offers!

Thursday – We began our day at Deep Sea World, then took the train into Edinburgh to visit the Scottish Parliament and shopping! Our evening activities were Gladiators, football with the scouts from Aberdeen and celebrating William’s 21st Birthday!

Friday – Archery and Team building activities were great fun! Followed by a BBQ tea and more football!

Saturday – The big packing up of camp. We still managed a cooked breakfast before heading home.

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BB 130 Years Old

On Sunday 6th October 2013 the boys and officers of the 30th took part in 130 years celebrations organised by Aberdeen Battalion.  We first attended a service in Queen Street Church, then, led by a piper, we walked round to The Town House for a Civic Reception. The boys were well behaved and really enjoyed the events, especially the food at the Reception! Then it was a quick dash up to the Sports Village with our Junior Boy to take part in the 130 penalty kick fun. Steven Dobbie, the AFC community development goalie had a busy afternoon! The first person to take a kick was MSP Lewis McDonald followed by many Anchor Boys and Juniors from all around Aberdeen. Angus the Bull added to the fun and the afternoon ended with more cake and a medal for each boy who took part.
We look forward to the next 130 years! Happy Birthday Boys’ Brigade!
P.S. We’re off to to see Aberdeen v Dundee United at Pittodrie on Saturday 19th October as guests of AFC as part of our celebrations!

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Session 2012/2013

In June, Allison and three of the boys represented the 30th as part of the Aberden Battalion in the Celebrate Aberdeen Parade down Union Street.  It was a fine dry day and the boys enjoyed the experience of marching along Union Street.

In July, Stewart, two Company boys and three Junior Boys attended the Battalion summer camp and a great time was had by all.

During August the Queen’s Jubilee Baton arrived at Aberdeen HQ as part of a round Britain journey and one of the senior boys, Duncan, carried it into a reception for over sixty invited guests and was featured in a full page story in the ‘Evening Express’.

The sesion began in September with a pizza night and has been busy ever since.  As part of the usual games of; ground work, trampet and drill etc the boys tried ‘Boccia’ a Paralympic sport but the favourite remains, hockey!  Having worn out the exiting puck the Company has invested in some new ones as well as new indoor goal posts.  A new trampet is needed, to replace the existing one, which is forty years old.  Luckily Stewart won ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at work and his prize money will fund the new trampet.

The Company’s first Dedication Service for several years was held in St Mark’s Church in September and the boys have commented on how welcome they were made by everyone.

Three boys represented the Battalion at the Cowdray Hall Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday and as part of Christmas Celebrations the Company went to I ♥ Art and painted ceramic baubles.  The primary school aged boys went to the cinema to see ‘Rise of the Guardians’ – which they all thought was great!  The secondary school aged boys had a Christmas Meal at the ‘Ashvale’, which was also enjoyed by all.

Summer Camp 2013

On Friday 5th July 2013 at midnight, 5 Company Section boys and 3 Officers from the 30th joined boys and officers from 5 other Companies for the 48th Aberdeen & Moray Joint Camp. We had a bus journey of nearly 24 hours ahead of us but it was worth it!

What a fantastic week we all had!  We were heading for a campsite in Hauteville-sur-Mer in Normandy, France, 6 hours along the French coast from Calais.

During the week boys and officers took part in 3 activities each day. Ranging from rock climbing to bush craft.  The highlight of the week was a day trip to the beaches where the D Day landings took place. We started near Juno Beach watching actual film of the landings, walked into one of the coastal villages and finally going to The American Cemetery which is at Omaha beach. The boys had quite an emotional day. They really only realised the scale of all the young soldiers who had died at the landings when they saw the thousands of headstones at the Cemetery. Even then they could not get their heads round the sheer numbers of men who died, many not much older than themselves.

We also met an older couple in the cemetery from Australia, who came over to speak to the boys when they noticed the BB badge on their tops.  The man was originally from Glasgow and had been a BB boy.  He was delighted to chat about his time at BB and to find out about BB today.

Some of our Activities!

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(lots of water and mud!), Orienteering, Bush Craft, High Ropes and Swing, Raft building, Kayaking, Fencing, Water Fights,
Scavenger Hunt

And many more run-around games!

What will we be up to next?