Scouts enjoy exchange

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Local scouts welcomed their counterparts from Germany last week as part of long standing exchange programme.

The Scouts from Arbroath and Montrose have had a long standing relationship with a pack in Geingen in southern Germany.

And last week the local packs and their visitors consisting of 60 scouts held a camp at Glen Prosen.

And here they took part in a range of outdoor activities before the visitors were welcomed to stay at their Scottish counterparts’ homes.

Graeme Wallace of the 4th Arbroath Scout Group and Scout Active Support explained: “Nearly 60 scouts spent a week camping in Glen Prosen.

“They participated in gorge walking, mountain biking, hill climbing, raft building, river bridge building as well as visit to Airlie Monument and Monikie Country Park.

“After the camp, local scouts invited the German scouts to their homes to sample life in a Scottish home and a ceilidh was held at Keptie Scout Centre.

“Great fun was had by all.”

And with both the local and German scouts enjoying the week’s camp, plans are afoot for the Arbroath and Montrose packs to visit the town of Geingen in return.

Geingen is famous for the production of Steiff teddy bears and the manufacture of Bosch washing machines.

And it is hoped a visit could take place to Germany in the next couple of years.

Graeme added: “Arbroath and Montrose Scouts will have the opportunity to visit Geingen in 2015 on a reciprocal arrangement.”