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The 57th Angus Scout Group (Est. 1937)
There have been scouts in the Tealing area since 1937. Until 1970 they met at the scout hut at Myreton, but by the late sixties the youth population was concentrated in Tealing and Wellbank. This coincided with the Murroes Scout Hut being sold to a transport contractor. In 1971 the 57th moved their meeting place to Tealing Hall and retained their maroon neckers. The Hall was not ideal for such an energetic group of boys, so the derelict tennis pavilion was bought from the council for a token sum and was refurbished to become the Tealing Scout Hut. It opened in 1972.
Over the years the weekly troop meeting has lasted for 2 hours and has included games, training and projects. Graham Campbell remembers" some of the games were of a very physical nature; hucky ducky, British bulldogs and chalk rugby were very effective in exhausting them - a pre-requisite to embarking on Scout training skills, such as map and compass work, knots, lashings and first aid. The annual camp was the highlight of the year and the activities did not change much over the years. They would include the construction of a monkey bridge over the river, skinning rabbits, backwoods cooking, sleeping out, canoeing and swimming in "dookers and auld sannies" and the chant of Ogi, Ogi, Ogi around the camp fire. The scouts would sit around the open fire eagerly listening to yarns and far-fetched tales of fictitious characters. Memorable experiences for the boys of the 57th". The 57th won many prizes, bringing home the Angus County Area Flag in 1953,1961 and 1976, the Angus Camping Trophy in 1984 and competing in the Scottish Scouting Competition in the same year. Scout numbers used to average around 25, but they have declined over the years to single figures. The Scouts still meet at the Murroes School but the Beavers and Cubs have closed through lack of numbers."
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