November Night Hike

Date: 24th Nov 2019 Author: Carol Anderson



On Friday 22nd November three groups of very excited Scouts headed off for a night hike up Dumyat.  Each group had a patrol leader and were joined by at least one Cub who had recently moved up to join the Scouts.  As each group set off with their map they were informed that they had to find a “casualty” who had gotten into difficulty on the hill and they were to provide first aid to the walker.

The Scouts set off at a good pace, one group even started signing Christmas songs which ensured that the other groups stayed well ahead of them.  The weather was good so as the groups moved up the hillside they could see over Stirling and spotted various local landmarks including the Wallace Monument, the Castle and the Forth river.  The Scouts were aware that they were looking for casualties so kept an eye out for any signs of them but it wasn’t until they reached the top of Dumyat they found their walkers in varying states of distress.  The Scouts worked together quickly by talking to the casualties to see what was wrong with them and then deciding on a plan of action that would best help the casualties get off the hill.

After dealing with the casualties there was a bonus for 4 of the new Scouts, they made their promise and were invested into the Scout group.  Now there’s a memory that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.  With the wind picking up the Scouts then made their way down and back to the transport to take them for their sleepover at Beechwood.  Thank you to the Young Leaders for using your drama skills to be outstanding casualties.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls