City jamboree left Scouts reeling

THE grassy expanse of Bearsden's Garscube Estate provided an impromptu dancefloor when Glasgow Scouts gathered for a district camp in 1949.

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The estate, which had only just been handed back to its owners, the Campbell family, by the Ministry of Works, after being requisitioned during the war, was the perfect place for the city kids to let off some steam.

Away from their mums and dads, they could climb trees, whittle sticks, light fires and get as grubby as they pleased, without any parental intervention. They could also practise their dance moves.

Come the Sunday of the weekend camp, proud parents gathered in their hundreds to watch their boys put on a display.

And you can bet, as soon as the boys were home, mum would have forced them into a bath before filling the hungry kids up with some home cooking.


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