The year 2012 will be remembered as
the year of the Olympics. To mark this occasion, 1st Galashiels Company
made sport the theme for our expedition walk. This camp was originally
scheduled for June but due to this being the wettest summer ever!!! - we
held our expedition on the 28th to 30th September.
Setting off from the Church at 6.30pm,
we made our way to Sunderland Hall where we set up camp for the 1st
night. The next morning was an early rise, the boys got up, cooked their
own breakfast, packed up their tents and we walked to the
the Forest Pitch, near Selkirk, which was built by
Edinburgh-based artist Craig Coulthard as part of artistic celebrations
of the 2012 Olympics.
"Forest Pitch is an arts and football project which
celebrates the Olympic spirit and explores the nature of Scottish
identity. It is also one of Scotland's biggest contributions to the
Cultural Olympiad which is running in parallel with the Olympic and
Border Telegraph - Aug 2012
Built at the cost of £460,000 for 2
games of football, it is to be allowed to
return to its natural state -
so we thought we would make good use of it this year and play some
football before it gets overgrown!!!
We then set off again and walked to
"The Rig", which is the oldest horse racing track on the outskirts of
Selkirk. Then circled round Selkirk via The Haining, Bannerfield and
Linglie before heading towards Yair Bridge
where the boys set up camp again.
It was another early morning on Sunday, as the boys got
up at the crack of dawn to cook breakfast, pack the tents then walk back
to Galashiels in time for the morning service.