Glengarry Open day

The Glengarry Open Day was a milestone day for all those involved with both the construction of the cabins and the extensions to the History and Memorabilia Centre.

Approximately 100 people came to join in the celebrations.

“The facilities are top notch. I was pleasantly surprised with the number of people who came and I also caught up with others that I haven’t seen for a long time. I am very glad I came down from Gympie for the day. ” Mr Max Gray, Former BB Australia President and Founder of PA Camps.

 “It worked very well and very quickly became a reunion of old friends as well as achieving a closure for all concerned involved with the work done so far.” Keith and Barbara Young,

It was a pleasure to attend and see your wonderful facilities. I enjoyed my chats with some of the many people who attended.”  Irene James, Atkinson District Commissioner, Scouts Qld.

These are just some of the comments received about this day. The official opening was carried out by our special guests, Mr Shayne Neumann MP, Federal Member for Blair, and Cr Dan Hall, Deputy Mayor, Somerset Regional Council. Both were very impressed with the standard of the facilities at Glengarry. Mr Neumann is also an “old boy” of 5th Ipswich Company so it was a great pleasure to have him in attendance on this day. Cr Hall was very interested to hear of the mission of BB and the vision for Glengarry. He spent some time viewing all that of the displays including a selection of the ANZAC “They Enlisted at My Age” projects.

The opening ceremony also saw the presentations of Certificates of Appreciation to Ross and Rhonda Rippingale, Keith Young and Wilson Kelly for all their work.

Guests were impressed with the quality of finish and facilities in the cabins. Everyone who viewed the History and Memorabilia Centre was quite amazed with the standard of the display about the early years of BB. Full credit must go to Keith Young and Wilson Kelly for the work they have done in this facility. If you were unable to join us for the day you might like to arrange a time to take your company for a day visit and find out the interesting history of BB in Queensland and Australia. Better still why not make it a company weekend camp and arrange to view the display as part of your program.

There was also a display of construction of the campsite from the commencement of the Sports Hall through to the completion of the new cabins. A number of boys are also in the process of compiling a history of Glengarry as their projects for the BB Knowledge Badge.

Thank you to all who contributed to a truly memorable day. We also say thank you to all the volunteers who have given of their time, energy and expertise to carry out the construction and for providing the first class facilities that will benefit young Queenslanders for years to come.