Scout Group helps school

Scout Group helps school

The Comely Bank Scout Group (122nd Craigalmond) volunteered twice in 2017 to help improve the school playground at Flora Stevenson Primary School, in collaboration with the school’s Parent Council. Over 50 of our Young People across all sections – Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts – participated at one of the two events in May and then again in November, on Remembrance Sunday. Activities included sweeping and topping-up bark, clearing litter, painting benches and tree surrounds, and rehoming wandering sand. Moreover, outdoor play equipment was repainted at the nursery which is attached to the school. Our Young People thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and demonstrably felt a genuine sense of accomplishment; many outstayed their allotted time slots and braved inclement weather, fuelled in part by refreshments provided by the Parent Council. Although many of them do attend Flora Stevenson Primary School, the events saw Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts from other local schools volunteer, in line with the sense of community spirit we strive to encourage in our Group.

Nikola Popovic, ACSL

Tom Woof

Tom Woof

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Tom Woof, Honorary Member of Craigalmond District Executive.
Tom first joined the Group Executive of 30th Inverleith (Davidson’s Mains) Scout Group in the late 1960s when his sons were in the group. He served on the Group Executive for many years in a range of roles including Hall Convenor and Bookings Secretary for the Scout hall, and those who remember Scout Post will fondly remember Tom’s significant involvement and support.
Tom went on to serve on the District Executive, where his wise counsel was appreciated by District Commissioners and others over the years. For many years, Tom was an efficient and effective Badge Secretary, overseeing the transition into Craigalmond District – a post which Tom held until very recently, when he handed over the reins and was made Honorary Executive Member.
Tom also served as a member of the Edinburgh Area Executive for nearly 20 years; he was attentive to his duties and was quiet, but when he gave an opinion it was always grounded in common sense and well considered.
Tom was awarded the Silver Acorn in 2013 for specially distinguished service to Scouting – a well-deserved award which was greeted with pleasure by the many friends and colleagues he had within Scouting.
Tom was also very active in the local Episcopal Church and his role as Hall Convenor there helped when there were bookings needed and the Scout hall was in use; in particular, he was instrumental in sorting out some Scout Hall / Church Hall accommodation for visiting groups especially at the time of the Blair Atholl Patrol Jamborettes.
Tom’s funeral service will be held at 11:30 on Friday 16 March, at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Davidson’s Mains. His family would be pleased to see members of the Association attend in uniform.
Graeme Robertson Deputy District Commissioner

Gone Home

WSJ journey begins

WSJ journey begins

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.

Beavers at City Chambers

Beavers at City Chambers

Not many people get to spend the night in the place where most of the important decisions affecting Edinburgh are made but one lucky Beaver Colony in South East Region was able to do just that when a group of Beavers from the 102nd Craigalmond Colony held a sleepover in the Edinburgh City Chambers. Continue Reading Beavers at City Chambers