|Leader: John Abbott
Camp Administrators: Martin Child and Clifford Fountaine
Doctor Paul Malpass
|Section Officers Richard Fountaine, Chris Oakeley, Michael Underhill and Tim Willcocks
Martin Ashton (Stowe)
Peter Humble (Bloxham)
Robert Jones (Fettes)
The ages of the boys were from nearly 14 to 16ľ
This year's expedition to Gometra was the first of its kind to be undertaken by the Society, and it was therefore something in the nature of an experiment. Experience of expeditions had been gained from Rhum in 1959 and Raasay in 1960, but both of these had been on a far smaller scale.
The organisation of the expedition, and the formation of the Society, called for a great deal of work and goodwill from numerous people; and it was a spirit of happy co-operation that set the key note to the expedition. I am sure that all of us who took part will remember it as a time of great enjoyment caused by whole-hearted co-operation.
The many and varied activities which were incorporated into the programme all served to increase the general enjoyment of the fortnight. Contrasting weather conditions gave us the chance to put the administration and amenities of the camp to the test. Arriving at Gometra in the middle of a gale was an unpleasant experience for most of us; but the three days of high winds which blew down five tents served very well, 1 think, to test and confirm the morale of all concerned.
I should like to express our very real thanks to Colonel and Mrs. Howard and Lady Congleton, not only for allowing us to visit their islands, but also for providing us with so much to make our stay more memorable. We arc also extremely grateful to Lady Redesdale for so kindly entertaining fifteen of us to a magnificent tea when we visited Inch Kenneth. We were most fortunate to have a really interesting lecture on the history of the area from Mrs. Betts, the archaeological officer for the district; and to receive a visit from Mr. W. E. Heard, onetime Headmaster of Lawrence House Prep. School. We were honoured and delighted to receive a visit from one of our Advisers, The Lord Bishop of Norwich, [Sir Launcelot Fleming. Ed] who celebrated Communion for us and took one of our daily evening prayers. His practical help in the re-establishing of the camp after the stormóas well as his ability to play rugger in a kilt!-made us feel his two-day visit to be far too short.
The success of any expedition depends on the goodwill of every individual present; and I can conclude in no better way than by expressing my very sincere thanks to all the officers and boys for making the expedition such an overwhelming success.
The Lord Bishop of Norwich