Banchory Scouts plan for big Canadian adventure

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Plans for the 1st Banchory Scouts to return to Canada are underway following a launch event on Thursday November 20.

A total of 63 Scouts and 11 leaders have signed up for the expedition and a large number of Scouts and parents attend the launch event to hear more about the plans being made.

The 2016 trip is being led by Mike Wilson. He said: “We’ve had a tremendous response from the Scouts and their parents and everyone is looking forward to giving the Scouts a truly memorable fortnight of adventure in Canada in 2016.”

A fundraising committee has been set up to meet the costs of the expedition chaired by Gregor Scott.

Numerous events are planned for throughout 2015 and it is hoped that the local community in Banchory will support the Scout Group in meeting their fundraising target.

The connection between the 1st Banchory Scout Group and the Brampton Scout Group, based outside Toronto, goes back a long way.

There have been four previous trips made by 1st Banchory Scouts to Canada, which took place in 1980, 1988, 1992 & 2011.

There have also been a number of reciprocal visits from the Canadian Scout Group visiting Banchory.

The link between Banchory and Canadian Scouts is represented by the 27ft totem pole which stands outside the Scout Hut on Dee Street.

The totem pole, unveiled in 2012, signifies 32 years of close association with Canada.