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Reay Cubs Visit Dounreay
The Reay Cub Scouts most recent outing was to the Dounreay Visitor Centre on the evening of Wednesday 5th October 2005. Dounreay's award winning visitor centre opened especially on Wednesday evening for the 8 to 10.5 year olds.

At the visitor centre, the Cubs learned about home fire safety from Dounreay Fire Brigade's station officer Willie Robertson. Follow discussions about the need for smoke detectors, testing them, home fire safety plans, etc the cubs went outside the visitor centre and had the opportunity to use fire extinguishers for real. The expressions on the kids faces showed their sheer enjoyment of this experience.

They then all had a shot of using the fire engine's hoses in a game of "knock down the firemen". This was promptly followed by a ride in both the fire engine and Dounreay's Ambulance. The cubs thoroughly enjoyed their ride in the vehicles with the blue lights flashing and the sirens blaring.

Their next activity was to learn about the decommissioning of the Dounreay site from the visitor centre guides. All of the cubs had a shot of the visitor centre's manipulator and learnt that similar remote handling equipment is used in several of the facilities at Dounreay. Some of the cubs were becoming dab hands with the manipulator and could probably make the grade as the next generation of Dounreay's decommissioning team.

The cubs thanked the staff at the visitor centre for their time and left with smiles on their faces following a fun packed evening.