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Case Study Scouts Highland Adventure Camp Glen Tanar Estate, in the heart of Royal Deeside, welcomed nearly 600 scouts for their Highland Adventure Camp in late April 2016. Arriving at the Estate, the Scouts and helpers were welcomed by Estate owners Michael and Clare Bruce, as well as by an unseasonably heavy snowfall! Despite the challenging weather, the atmosphere was buoyant, with a great deal of excitement in anticipation of the four days of camping and activities ahead.

The youngsters, aged between 11 and 14, were kept busy during their time at the Highland Adventure Camp, taking part in a huge range of outdoor activities ranging rafting to circus skills – even some zorbing! Fortunately for the campers, the weather cleared early in the weekend and they were able to enjoy their Highland Adventure Camp in warmer conditions. In addition to the various outdoor activities, the children also learn about the management of estate and the variety of wildlife that can be found around them.

Organised by Bishopton Scouts, the event has been running since 1989. Colin Dair, the camp chief, said: “Not only do the camps give Scouts the chance to meet and camp with other Scouts from all over the country, it is an opportunity to experience a wide range of exciting activities.

“As well as the many volunteers in Scouting who make this event possible, we are very grateful to the estate for allowing us to camp in the grounds.”

Commenting on the visit from the Scouts, Clare Bruce said: “We were delighted to host the Scouts for the Highland Adventure Camp, and we were all so pleased that the unseasonal cold weather lifted for their weekend of activities and camping. As well as illustrating just how versatile the estate is and how many different activities can be undertaken in the glen, it also shows just how accessible the countryside can be. While the Scouts were enjoying the estate, we continued to welcome the usual visitors from around the area. It was great to see the state so busy and active.”

The Estate also hosts an equestrian centre, which provides safe and quality riding along riverbanks, woodland as well as on mountain trails. In addition to the beautiful scenery on view there is also the chance to see the many species of wildlife that live in the glen, including red and roe deer, red squirrel capercaillie and even the golden eagle.
 
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