The below is our August update – more news about works in September to follow.

The 104th Edinburgh North East Scout Group is embarking on an exciting upgrade of their Scout Hall at 34 South Trinity Road, Edinburgh!

Image courtesy of McLaren Murdoch and Hamilton, Chartered Architects. Edinburgh

The works are part of a large plan to update and improve the facilities. The original hall was built in the 1950’s and the facilities are now in need of a general update. The key rationale are:

1) the hall and grounds currently offer only limited provision for the disabled community. The works will include accessible access and facilities making the hall more attractive for a wider community of scouts and other user groups.

2) the new toilet/shower block has been designed so that it can be used as a separate utility without accessing the main building. This allows us to offer our field as a weekend urban campsite which scout groups from the UK and overseas can use as a base when visiting Edinburgh. It is not an adventure/activity camp location (like Bonaly) but has the advantage of being close to the city centre.

The remaining phases of the works will include a new store for large adventure equipment (i.e. Kayaks etc); a new storage area to the rear of the building, partly to help other users who rent the hall; and the re-roofing of the whole hall building. 

The team have already completed the enabling works to allow the builder to start. This has involved:–

1) ground clearing – see some images below via a team of Leaders/Executive Committee members working over several weekends; and,

2) an upgraded of the hall electricity supply to cater for the increased load which will be seen from the 3 new electric shower units (and to create additional capacity when/if in the future we need to change the heating system from gas to electricity and/or charge up electric cars!)

The costs for Phase 1 (showers/toilets/disabled access/showers/surface water drainage etc), will be in the region of £190k; so a lot of fund raising has gone on the get us there, including a lot of help from Rob Whitelaw, District Commisioner, and the entire ENE District. They have also received grants several sources, the major ones being the National Lottery and Garfield Weston Fund. Thank you to everyone for your support and contributions so far.

The provisional completion date is Christmas 2021 and we plan to chart the progress of the work and mark the grand opening in due course.

District Commissioner in Edinburgh North East, Rob Whitelaw said: “Edinburgh North East District Scouts are delighted to be able to support this important investment in the 104th Scout Hall. They are a thriving group where demand far outweighs provision and I hope that raising the profile of the group may bring forward some more volunteers. This will help us to provide scouting for all the young people who are currently on waiting lists. My thanks to the team at 104th who have worked hard to make this happen. I look forward to seeing the finished job!”

Volunteer with us:

As a volunteer led organisation, our volunteers make the world of difference, and we need your help.

Working in teams, you might:

  • Welcome young people and families to sessions and events
  • Make sure everyone’s safe, supported, included and having fun
  • Help to plan and lead activities
  • Get involved with days out, camps and expeditions
  • Share and learn skills – from coding to cake decorating to canoeing
  • Celebrate young people’s achievements big and small

No previous experience with young people or Scouts? No problem. Whether you’d like to help out week-after-week as a Leader or uniformed assistant or just whenever-you-can, we provide some training, learning opportunities and cups of tea – every step of the way.

Team player? Love supporting young people? Great at planning? Why not join us? Scouting is about everyday people working as leaders and supporters in their communities, giving young people confidence, a sense of purpose, life values and outdoor skills that are hard to find anywhere else.

Scouting depends on volunteers like you!

  • There are many roles in Scouting so we can use many different skills.
  • Anyone over 18 can help out as an adult volunteer in Scouting. There is no upper age limit.
  • Volunteering is flexible.  You can decide how much time you can give.
  • We will provide training and support. So no experience of Scouting is necessary.
  • You will meet new people and learn new things.Email our Scouting Support Officer for more help or why not click to meet and hear from some of our existing volunteers HERE.