IT was a summer of firsts for the 21st Midlothiann (Newtongrange) Scout Group.
The pack enjoyed trips near and far across all age groups, with some getting more than they bargained for.
Six of the Scout Troop (aged between ten and 14) went to Cleveland, Ohio, for a three week expedition, where they met up with a Boy Scout Troop that the group has long-standing links with.
They spent some time sightseeing, getting the chance to visit Niagara Falls, some time with their host families, and some time with the American Scouts on their Summer Camp.
The trip has been hailed a great success with the Scouts all achieving some American proficiency badges, and making new friends along the way. And, some members got an unexpected night in New York after the airline overbooked the flight and so could only let half the group fly back.
Undeterred, they seized the opportunity to do some sightseeing in New York.
Younger members of the Newtongrange Scout Group have also been busy. The Beaver Scouts held a pirate-themed sleepover in September in the Scout Hall with 24 boys taking part in a packed evening of games, crafts and a treasure hunt outside in the dark.
The Cub Scouts went to Hawkhirst in England for a long weekend in August. This was the first time they had camped outside Scotland or camped for longer than a weekend, so it was a big adventure for all involved. And although the camp was very wet, their spirits weren’t dampened.