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The Invergordon Archive

Invergordon Scout Camp
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Scout Camp

I think the year this photograph was taken was 1950 or thereabouts. The boy in the front with his hands on his hips is Billy Geddes, who was in my class at school. The boy waving is George Macleod and the boy standing in front of him is Munro Hill. Perhaps Billy can tell us more about where the camp was and confirm the estimated date I have given.
(Anne James now Anne Bridges)
Picture added on 02 April 2006
Comments:
Billy. two explanations for holding on to this "babe magnet shot" for so long are firstly, my uncles' Sandy and Billy Mackay, who used to live in Clyde Street, were at the same scout camp and this is probably where I got it from in the first place and secondly, how could I throw away a photograph of such a fine body of men?
Added by Anne James now Anne Bridges on 06 April 2006
What a fine body of men! I only went to scout camp twice and this is Grantown-on-Spey in 1953. We made the trip in the back of a covered truck with no seats and surrounded by tents etc. I did not enjoy camp much as comforts were few and far between. Food was cooked over open fires (as can be seen) and here it looks as if the porridge is on the go. (Yuk!) There was a constant rumour that Mr Ross (Leekie) had a habit of putting laxative into the porridge to keep the boys "regular". I remember being homesick as this was the first time I had been away from home on my own though we seem to be happy enough in this picture. The tents were old Army "bell" type and each patrol group had its own tent. Unlike modern tents there were no sown-in ground sheets so we had to lie on waterproof ground-sheets which were actually old Army MacIntosh capes. No fancy sleeping bags either - in the morning we checked to see how many beetles and earwigs had joined us in the night. Rumour had it that Scout membership swelled in the weeks just prior to Camp and the Christmas party. If this is true of the former, it is probably evidence that war time austerity was still with us and camp was, for some, the only chance of a holiday. By the way, I think Anne needs to explain why she has held on to this babe magnet shot all these years!
Added by Bill Geddes on 06 April 2006
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