Children experience the great outdoors!

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Sixteen children from the Banchory cluster schools and outlaying communities took part in a three day Beastie Club which was organised by Deeside Forest Schools in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland.

The Beastie Club was held in the Kirkton of Durris woods over three consecutive days from 10am–3pm and was led by Julia Mackay, Forest School leader, and helpers Caroline Cruickshank, Emma Mair and Mhairi Mackay.

The Beastie Club is an outdoor camp where children can explore, be creative, let off steam and have fun outdoors.

The children took part in activities such as den building, stickmen, toasting marshmallows, crafting bows and arrows, tracking games and a treasure hunt.

Beastie Club leader Julia Mackay said: “We have certainly had a mixed bag of weather - rain, hail and sunshine - but all the children have had a fabulous time even when it was pouring down.

“On the Tuesday we were joined for the day by Peter Elliot from the BBC Radio Scotland programme ‘Out of Doors’, so we are all looking forward to hearing ourselves on the radio sometime this month.”

Deeside Forest Schools will be running a similar Beastie Club during the summer and details will be sent out to the Banchory cluster schools in June.

For further details about the Beastie Club or Deeside Forest Schools contact Julia Mackay on 01330 811576, or