Clydesdale Scouts show their mettle in storm

Best dressed...Scouts at the Haarlem Jamborette (Picture by Sarah Peters)
Best dressed...Scouts at the Haarlem Jamborette (Picture by Sarah Peters)
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After two years in the planning, 18 Explorer Scouts and six leaders from Douglas, Lanark and Carluke set off to take part in the Haarlem Jamborette.

It takes place every four years in Spaarnwoude, about 20 miles from Amsterdam, and brings together over 4000 Scouts from all over the world.

But within two hours of arriving, the worst storm in Holland since 1903 took place!

Many people lost their tents completely, whole marquees were damaged and many groups had to find shelter where they could.

With the airport and ferry terminals closed, event prospects looked bleak.

But the local Explorers stood in the storm in their kilts, holding onto tents, chasing others and mending broken poles.

Our lads and lassies were the first to put the mess tent back up, only suffering three broken poles and a damaged shelter. And they managed to get food going and cooked for everyone – bravo!

After such a shaky start, the sun eventually came out and the fun began.

The Explorers took part, in trail, sport and aqua activities, had a day out in Amsterdam, Walibi World and the beach at Zandfort.

They attended campfires and opening and closing ceremonies and dished out Haggis, Irn Bru and Tunnocks goodies on International Day.

And thanks to their kilts, they were voted best dressed in the camp.

They also took part in the hikes day, with six completing the 30 mile punisher and nearly beating the record.

Douglas explorer Jordan McLay said: “I had an amazing time at the Jamborette; such a great experience meeting new people and trying new things.”

Carluke Explorer Emma Beattie agreed, adding: “It was such a unique experience to have shared a bond with so many people from all over the world and be with some the most incredible people I’ve ever met!”

And Douglas Explorer Leader Kyle MacMillan said: “You see how much the young people grow in ten days.”

The Explorers and Leaders would like to thank Mainshill Trust, Infinis, Border Biscuits and Tunnocks for their grants and everyone else who helped with fundraising.