Fittingly, 2012 has been a busy year for local Scouts. As well as camping in four of the eight scout regions in Scotland, girls and boys have also been busy kayaking, orienteering, hiking, dry stone dyking, backwoods cooking, camping in bivouacs, planting trees, seeding wildflower meadows and building rafts.
The past year also saw Bonnyrigg Scouts attend a Highland Olympics event, celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee and take part in the Olympic Torch relay.
With so much going on, it’s no wonder that membership of the Group, which meets regularly at its Eldindean Road HQ, is growing continuously.
Scout Leader Erika Pryde has been involved in the Scouting movement for four years.
She said: “In Bonnyrigg, as well as cubs, beavers and scouts we now have an Explorer Scout Unit for those aged 14-18 years old.
“Those kids are the future, and are the ones we are training up to be young leaders. They will become the citizens of tomorrow who will hopefully give back to society instead of expecting people to give them something.”
Read full story in the November 1 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.