When the Beast from the East hit and snow disrupted life across our Region, one enterprising Scouting family took the chance to raise money for the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team.
Cheryl Turpie, Group Scout Leader at Cardrona, followed her sons in sleeping overnight in their igloo, and their example was followed by Craig Turpie, who is Chairman of the World Scout Committee.
This ticks a lot of Scouting boxes: young people working with adults, learning by doing, having fun outdoors to help the community …
So far, they have raised over £2000! Tim Kidd, UK Chief Commissioner has commented on Twitter:
You can find information, including a video, on the SES Scouts Twitter feed, and further details and a chance to contribute to this excellent charity, can be found here.
Almost 8 months ago the Jamboree journey began for the South East Scotland unit when our four Unit Leaders were selected from applicants across Scotland.
Leading the unit is Alan Gibson who is an Assistant Explorer Scout Leader with South Morningside Explorer Scout Unit (SMESU), Braid District. Making up the leader team are: Mark Petrie Cub Scout Leader 16th Craigalmond, Gillian Swarbrigg Assistant Scout Leader, West Region and Rhona Robb Assistant District Commissioner (AT), Clyde Region.
All our unit leaders have a vast amount of Scouting experiences under their belts, including many International events and World Scout Jamborees including Japan, Sweden, UK and South Korea. We believe we have a strong leadership team ready to support the unit of 36 young people when they embark on their adventure of a lifetime to the 24th World Scout Jamboree to be held in West Virginia in the summer of 2019.
November saw our selection weekend at Bonaly where we welcomed around 60 Scouts and Explorer Scouts over the weekend. Each had submitted an application that included a personal statement and testimony from their own sections leaders. The calibre and enthusiasm of the young people made for a most enjoyable weekend for the volunteers from the Region who came along to run team building bases and help in the incredibly difficult task of selecting just 36 young people to be part of the unit. We are very pleased to say we have representatives from the following Districts:
Borders, Braid, Craigalmond, Edinburgh North East, Midlothian and Pentland.
The first of five training weekends will take place in February when the unit will gather again at Bonaly for the weekend. This will be an opportunity for all the unit members to get to know each other, start forming their unit identity, plan different aspects of their training prior to the Jamboree and programming for the Jamboree experience itself.
You can follow the unit’s progress over the next 18 months on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/sescotlandwsj2019/ where the young people will have the opportunity to share stories of this life-changing experience.
Congratulations to Marion McIntosh – ADC Sections for the East Cluster in the Borders.
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Elizabeth McIntosh, Group Scout Leader in Kelso, updates us on what’s been going on in the group over the past few weeks.
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