Camping also played a large part in the history of the 1st Greenock Company. In the early 1930s joint camps were held with the 2nd Greenock Company and in 1936 the Company camped on its own at Acholter Farm, Port Bannatyne, Bute . 1938 saw the Company camping at Mains of Monduff Farm, Aberdeenshire. Attending this camp was a young officer called James Devine. On the outbreak of war in 1939 he left his studies for the ministry to join the armed forces. He was captured at Singapore by the Japanese and was never to return home. At that camp in 1938 Mr Devine introduced to the company the idea of holding a Camp Supper . It was an evening of formality and festivity and to this day a Camp Supper is held and the name of James Devine is warmly and reverently remembered. Although there has not been a camp for a few years now, it is an activity that the present Captain hopes to re-introduce in the not too distant future with the support of the boys, parents and other staff members.
Camping has moved with the times and the Company has purchased new light weight tents recently. Gone are the days of open fire cooking, metal mugs, wooden floored tents and hand dug latrines. Indeed modern day camping is quite luxurious in comparison.
here is a link to an Excel Spreadsheet detailing the camps from 1968 onwards
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In the Next 25 Years