Lochearnhead is a disused Railway Station situated in the stunning Trossachs area of Scotland, that was purchased by Hertfordshire Scouts in 1960 and opened as a base for Scouts to use for adventurous activities in 1962.
Letchworth and Baldock Scouts were one of the first groups to use the station and we have returned regularly ever since.
We try to visit the Station in summer every four years.
To be eligible to apply a Young Person must be 10 and a half by the first day of the expedition but under 18. Any Young Person aged 14 or over will attend as an Explorer.
We take 100 Young people from across our 9 Scout Troops and the Explorer unit over the two weeks. (50 each week). Together with a large team of adults including leaders with activity permits to instruct, leaders for activity support, catering & admin. Some leaders are sourced from outside of District, and if needed a small number of parent helpers are invited to attend.
Young People are challenged to complete a number of adventurous activities during their week usually on offer are hikes into the mountain with overnight camps at high level depending on age and ability. Mountain biking along the sustrans which is a sustainable cycle route utilising quiet lanes and the old railway bed, sailing on Loch Earn, Rock Climbing, White water rafting. There are also lots of on station activities in the evenings to keep everybody occupied.
This is not a holiday it is an expedition intended to challenge Young People and push them beyond their comfort zones in a safe and well supported environment and anybody applying for a place should be prepared to give 110% and fully commit to everything on offer.
Young people will be allocated into patrols of 5 made up of Scouts of similar age and experience from across the District for their activities. This enables the Leaders to tailor the activities to suit the whole Patrol. At night they will share bunk houses with other members from their Scout Troop. It is not possible to choose which week to go for Young People, this will be allocated centrally to ensure we balance the numbers and mix for both weeks.
Forms will be issued prior to the expedition and any training sessions to obtain full details of any dietary requirements. All the food is cooked from scratch and is designed to meet the energy needs for the levels of activity expected. Full cooked breakfasts, cereals etc are available every day, Everybody makes their own packed lunch to ensure they like it. Evening dinner and home made puddings are designed to be filling. Additionally homemade cakes scones etc are available every afternoon when Young People return from their activities.
The catering manager will discuss all dietary needs submitted fully with parents before the expedition and training sessions.
The cost of the expedition is £430 pppw for Young People and £100 pppw for Adults.
This includes coach transport to and from the station, minibuses on station, accommodation in wooden bunk houses, all food, all activities, two training days one of which is overnight, and an expedition hoodie.
Pocket money- capped at £25 there really isn’t much to buy!
A full kit list will be issued 10 months before departure. It is very specific about the quality/specification of some items and these will be inspected by qualified leaders before we go. We advise you do not purchase any new kit for the expedition until you have received the kit list.