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Local Boys brigade are happy campers thanks to Dawn Homes support

The Boys Brigade in Airdrie were given the opportunity to go camping and enjoy a number of outdoor activities thanks to support from house builders, Dawn Homes.  

The 8th Airdrie Boys Brigade is a Christian organisation with members from the age of 5 through to 18. They arrange fun game nights for the children, various activities, including marching competitions, and raise awareness of key messages through posters such as mental wellbeing.   

With many of their members having never been camping, Captain Derek Craig, the 10 Officers who volunteer with the group, and the parents were keen to arrange a trip jam packed with games, activities and of course, camp songs around the fire.  

Amanda Dempsey, a Legal Secretary at Wallace Quinn, volunteers with the group and is an Anchor Boy Officer. She said: 

“We try to offer a range of activities for the kids to broaden their horizons, offer life skills and to generally have fun. We’ve been limited with what we could do over the last few years, so we were especially excited to arrange a camping trip for the boys. As a voluntary group, we rely on support from our friends, families and the local community so the contribution from Dawn Homes was a great help. 

“We went to Auchengillan Outdoor Centre and the boys had the best time playing hide and seek, and toilet tigg as they call it – they even had a go at axe throwing and abseiling. They had such a brilliant time which was great to see.” 

12-year-old John Moultrie in the Company section has been a member of the Boys Brigade since he was 5 and is nicknamed the ‘Siren’ amongst his peers as he is the loudest of the group. He said: 

“I always look forward to camping with the Boys Brigade. You get to swim, play games and have fun with your friends. This year was even better as we got to try axe throwing which was really cool.” 

The Boys Brigade meetings take place on a Wednesday, in Airdrie High Church. For more information visit