Engage a Generation

Record-breakers!

The World Record for the longest ever non-stop game of 5-a-side football was claimed last weekend.

Representatives from a number of Boys’ Brigade companies, including our own 1st Cumbernauld Company, played continuously from 10pm on Thursday 11th to 9am on Sunday 14th September at Broadwood Stadium – with permitted breaks, a total of 55 hours, beating the previous record by two hours. All the documentation now has to be ratified by Guinness World Records, but we hope our record will soon be an ‘official’ one.

Under the title ‘Engage a Generation – the Seven Summit Challenge’ (shorted to Engage 7 Summits) this was an astonishing feat of both organisation and stamina and involved not just the 16 players but many support staff. Congratulations are due to everyone involved; it was truly an amazing effort.

Find out more on the Engage 7 Summits Facebook page – and, yes, donations would be most welcome!

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A Steep Learning Curve

The following article was copied from our recent church newsletter.
In it, Cameron Gray, an officer in our Boys’ Brigade Company, speaks about his recent trip to Argentina to climb Mount Aconcagua as part of his ‘Engage a Generation Seven Summits Challenge’:

So, first things first, I’m back in one piece having had the trip of a lifetime. Aconcagua was more challenging than I could ever have imagined, but the mountaineering experience that I have gained will be invaluable in future. Unfortunately on this occasion the summit was just out of reach, as I made the decision to turn around in 60-80kph winds having made it to Camp 3 at 6,000 metres.

Oddly enough it’s a decision that I don’t regret, because the most important thing was being there and trying to achieve something. With the support of our amazing church congregation, our fantastic BB Company and a good number of other people we’ve now raised around £1,100 for BB Scotland and it seems to keep on rising. We’ve made the Cumbernauld News, and I’ve had countless messages of support (including a fantastic card from Catriona). I called my 7 Summits Project ‘Engage a Generation’ at the outset, and it appears the engagement is exactly what we’re getting. I’ve been humbled by how it’s all taken off.

Cameron Gray on Aconcagua

So, what next? Well I’ll have to go back to Argentina, but first I’m off to Russia to climb Mount Elbrus (keep your eyes peeled, as you may see it on the BBC during the Winter Olympics)… I’m also working my way round various BB Companies doing presentations on the project, and we’re trying to set up some Scotland-based events to get people participating in things, so it’s an exciting time.

I do just want to emphasise though how grateful I am to all of you for your love and support. It was never going to be easy, but when I sometimes wonder whether it’s worth it, it’s great to look at all the people who’ve sent a message or made a donation.

Thank you, you’re helping to make a huge difference to the lives of young people. Together I really do believe that we can ‘Engage a Generation’.

Remember, you can keep up-to-date with the latest news on Facebook – just search for Engage a Generation 7 Summits

Cameron Gray
Lieutenant 1st Cumbernauld Boys’ Brigade

Engage a Generation 7 Summits Challenge

This Christmas Cameron Gray, an officer in our Boys’ Brigade company, is climbing the highest mountain in South America, Mount Aconcagua to raise funds for the Boys’ Brigade.

At 6,962m (22,837ft) high Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the world outwith the Himalaya, and will be the second peak in his quest to climb the highest mountain on each of the world’s seven continents. 

Cameron says, “The reason that I got into this in the first place is through my involvement in the Boys’ Brigade. Every week the BB changes lives all over Scotland, but to do this we need your help to ensure that we are capable of training the leaders vital to running each individual company. Anything that you can give will help us achieve this, so please consider whether you can make a donation.”

Cameron has financed the trip privately, so any money donated will go straight to making a difference to the lives of our young people. If you would like to donate money for the Boys’ Brigade, just log on to www.justgiving.com/engageageneration7summits and support the BB and Cameron in his inspired quest to conquer all seven mountains.