Meet the Volunteer – Jacqui Phillips Cub Leader

Meet the Volunteer – Jacqui Phillips Cub Leader

As a volunteer-led movement, we are proud of every single one of our superstar volunteers. They are the backbone of South East Scotland Scouting. Next in our series ‘Meet our Volunteer’, we’d like to introduce you to Jacqui Phillips, Cub Leader at the 139th Braid Scout Group (St. John Vianney Church Hall) in the Braid District.

Read her story and find the perfect volunteer role for yourself. Whether you want to work with young people directly or help behind the scenes, there’s something for everyone at Scouts.

Name – Jacqui Phillips
Group/District139th Braid Scout Group (St. John Vianney Church Hall), Braid District
Role – (main role) Cub Scout Leader, helps across the Group in a number of other ways

My time in Scouting
I started scouting over 30 years ago. I was a Ranger Guide and working with a local Guide unit where there was a joint campfire with the local Scout Group. A Scouter called Brian asked to borrow my torch which I lent him but he lost it. A few weeks later he asked me on a date just before my 18th birthday. His mum was starting up a Beaver colony – one of the first when Beavers was first launched – and asked if I would like to come and help. This is how my Scouting story began.

Brian and I worked together with the 139th Liberton (at the time) for years and had lots of boys through our doors including nephews. We were married on 16th June 1989 and moved to Musselburgh where we were unable to travel to our local group but never handed in our warrants.

We came back and took over fully running the Scout Group looking after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Of course, we also welcomed girls after asking if we could give it a go before the Scout Association officially included girls in the movement. The boys in the group became protective and gentleman at the same time. My motto was, and still is, inclusive not exclusive – everyone is welcome no matter your background. We have young people of different nationalities, cultures and so many different promises. Those who are deaf, blind or physically handicapped all are treated the same.

I’m delighted to say that our Scout Group is in its 60’s now. We honestly didn’t know if the pandemic would finish it off but I’m pleased to report that we are back to building our group back up again. And stronger than before.

Over the years we have taken the Scouts to Arizona for 4 weeks where we were the first Scottish Scout Group to visit Camp Geronimo and also bring girls. A fond memory was hiking the Grand Canyon after Whitewater rafting for 5 days down the Colorado. Some other highlights include PGL camps and camps at the Bonaly Scout Centre.

In welcoming all we are also pleased that we could welcome the sons and granddaughters of our amazing treasurer, thus keeping the scouting experience going closer to home also.

What makes our Scout Group special?
Camaraderie and friendship. Our Scout Group is great because of all our leaders. Adult volunteers who kindly give up their time to support the young people who live in and around the Braid area in Edinburgh. I’d highly recommend anyone to join Scouts and who know you might meet your husband, wife or best friend here too! Brian and I are still Scouting and still happily married.

 
Join Scouts, you won’t regret it. It gives back as much as you give to it.
 

 

Thinking of becoming a volunteer?

Why not take get in touch to discuss volunteering opportunities. We need your help.

Volunteers make Scouts happen at a national level as well as a local one. From our Chief Scout and Chair of our Board to the incredible volunteers who support young people as leaders and occasional helpers at our local groups, these are just some of the superstars who’ve stepped up to inspire a generation.

We’re proud that Scouts is a volunteer led movement. That’s where you come in.

VOLUNTEER ROLES

There are lots of ways you can get more involved with Scouts as a parent, carer or family member. From helping out occasionally on a family rota or playing a vital role behind the scenes, to stepping up as a leader, our volunteering activities are as varied as you.

We’re talking tidy uppers and tea makers, session planners and Zoom navigators, fundraisers and treasurers, and all round team players to support our young people.

The good news is you shape what you do and the time you have to give. Scouts happens when a lot of us give a little (and no, you don’t have to be a Scout or outdoors expert to volunteer).

Across the Braid District, the current vacancies include:

  • Group Scout Leaders
  • Occasional helpers
  • Cub Leaders
  • Assistant Scout Leader
  • Beaver Leader
  • District Explorer Scout Commissioner
  • District Scout Network Commissioner

What to expect:

  • A warm welcome
  • Flexibility to get involved in a way that works for you
  • Easy access to training and resources online
  • Friendly ongoing support from local volunteers

No two weeks are the same, but the impact you make is always great.

Make a difference, volunteer today

To find out more about helping out, speak to the leader at your local group or use our volunteer enquiry from which can be found using the option below. Share your details and a volunteer from your local team will be in touch soon.

Meet the Volunteer – Bill Ramsay, Deputy District Commissioner

Meet the Volunteer – Bill Ramsay, Deputy District Commissioner

Across South East Scotland we’re proud to be a single family of Scouts. But to make sure everyone gets the support they need, we are arranged in different Groups and Districts across our Region. As part of our Scouting structure there are a number of management roles who provide leadership, motivation and guidance to our other adult volunteers. Bill Ramsay, as Deputy District Commissioner for Edinburgh North East, does just this helping to make sure that the young people get the best possible experience.

Next in our series ‘Meet our Volunteer’, we’d like to introduce you to Bill whose primary Scouting role is the Deputy District Commissioner (DDC) in Edinburgh North East (ENE) District and secondary roles include being the District Training Administrator and a Training Adviser.

Read his story and find the perfect volunteer role for yourself. Whether you want to work with young people directly or help behind the scenes, there’s something for everyone at Scouts.

Photo: Bill is far right.

 

Name – Bill Ramsay
Group/DistrictEdinburgh North East District
Role – Deputy District Commissioner (primary) and District Training Administrator and a Training Adviser

My time in Scouting
I have been involved in Scouting since I was 8 years old – moving through Cubs, Scouts and Venture Scouts to be an Assistant Cub Scout Leader in the scout group in Skelmorlie, North Ayrshire.  A new job brought me to Edinburgh, and I got involved again as an ACSL and then CSL at 7th Leith (now 7th ENE). I didn’t know anyone in Edinburgh when I moved, so being involved with Scouting allowed me to meet lots of new people, some of whom have become very close friends. 

After a break of a handful of years due to work commitments, I returned to volunteering with Scouting by becoming a member of the District Appointments Committee and Assistant District Treasurer. I then took on the Chair of the Appointments Committee, a role I absolutely loved as you get to meet all the new volunteers to Scouting in the District who came from diverse backgrounds. In January 2019, I was encouraged to take on the role of DDC.  In total, I have been an adult volunteer with Scouting for nearly 25 years. 

What is it like being a Deputy District Commissioner?
Being DDC involves supporting the District Commissioner (DC) to ensure that the District thrives and has the best systems in place to support the Groups, to support all adult volunteers in the District and to develop Scouting in the District.  The DC and I work together as a management team and several tasks are delegated to me, so that we work effectively using our respective skills – being partial to a spreadsheet is a well-known trait of mine! This means the role doesn’t have any set time commitment and can be fitted in around work commitments.  Some of the main qualities a DDC needs are being able to plan, manage and monitor own tasks and time and being able to work as part of a team and promote good teamwork.  

One of the delegated tasks is encouraging and reviewing all Nights Away Notification forms and respective Risk Assessments. Nights Away of varying lengths have been some of the best times in Scouting for me. Watching the young people (and adults!) try new experiences, grow and develop skills for the future brings me a great sense of satisfaction. 

Have you learnt anything as a Scout volunteer?
I have learned so much being in Scouting and probably wouldn’t have my current job without the skills learnt in scouting. Instilling self-confidence and working with a wide variety of different people and views but shared values has been invaluable. Investing in people and supporting them to develop further is a major motivator for me and Scouting has given me the opportunities to put that into action. 

Would you encourage anyone to volunteer with Scouts?

Scouting offers so many flexible volunteering opportunities from directly working with the young people to support roles which can fit in with people’s life. Volunteering opens up new possibilities and stretches you to achieve more. You are also likely to create strong lifelong friendships and memories. 

It really is fun and friendship!   

Thinking of becoming a volunteer?

Why not take get in touch to discuss volunteering opportunities. We need your help.

Volunteers make Scouts happen at a national level as well as a local one. From our Chief Scout and Chair of our Board to the incredible volunteers who support young people as leaders and occasional helpers at our local groups, these are just some of the superstars who’ve stepped up to inspire a generation.

We’re proud that Scouts is a volunteer led movement. That’s where you come in.

VOLUNTEER ROLES

There are lots of ways you can get more involved with Scouts as a parent, carer or family member. From helping out occasionally on a family rota or playing a vital role behind the scenes, to stepping up as a leader, our volunteering activities are as varied as you.

We’re talking tidy uppers and tea makers, session planners and Zoom navigators, fundraisers and treasurers, and all round team players to support our young people.

The good news is you shape what you do and the time you have to give. Scouts happens when a lot of us give a little (and no, you don’t have to be a Scout or outdoors expert to volunteer).

Across the Edinburgh North East District, the current vacancies include:

  • Group Scout Leaders
  • Occasional helpers
  • Cub Leaders
  • Assistant Scout Leader
  • Beaver Leader
  • District Explorer Scout Commissioner
  • District Scout Network Commissioner

What to expect:

  • A warm welcome
  • Flexibility to get involved in a way that works for you
  • Easy access to training and resources online
  • Friendly ongoing support from local volunteers

No two weeks are the same, but the impact you make is always great. You can read some role descriptions here to help you decide.

Make a difference, volunteer today

To find out more about helping out, speak to the leader at your local group or use our volunteer enquiry from which can be found using the option below. Share your details and a volunteer from your local team will be in touch soon.

Meet the Volunteer – Gayle Foulner, Cub Scout Leader

Meet the Volunteer – Gayle Foulner, Cub Scout Leader

South East Scotland Scouts is full of ordinary people making an extraordinary difference to young people’s lives and learning a whole lot along the way. Next in our new series ‘Meet our Volunteer’, we’d like to introduce you to Gayle Foulner, Cub Leader at the 103 Braid Scout Group in the Braid District.

Read her story and find the perfect volunteer role for yourself. Whether you want to work with young people directly or help behind the scenes, there’s something for everyone at Scouts.

 

Name – Gayle Foulner
Group/District103rd Braid Scout Group, Braid District
Role – Cub Scout Leader

My time in Scouting
I started Scouting 12 years ago. I had no previous experience in Scouts as no girls were allowed back in my day so I was a Girl Guide instead!! I started scouting when a plea went out for parents to take up running the group’s Beaver Colony which was in danger of folding if no-one took over.  Along with 2 other parents and a grandparent I volunteered to jointly run the section as I knew how much my son and others in the colony got out of attending. With no scouting experience between us it was a daunting prospect but we soon got in to the swing of it with the support of the Cub and Scout Leaders in the Group.  I eventually took on the Beaver Scout Leader (BSL) role and carried on doing Beavers for 5 years until the Cub Scout Leader (CSL) role came up and I felt ready for a change. I have been in this role since and am lucky to be part of a great team of Leaders and Young Leaders with a variety of skills which allows us to offer the Cubs a really varied programme.

What do you enjoy when volunteering with Scouts?
I enjoy the camps most as it is a great opportunity to really get to know the children and young people well and to offer them a bit more adventure than can be done in weekly meetings. It’s incredibly rewarding to get to the end of a successful camp and see them head home exhausted but happy, hopefully with new skills and increased confidence in their abilities. Spending 10 days away with nearly 40,000 Cubs, Scouts and Explorers at a Jamboree in Sonderborg, Denmark is the stand out camp for me. However, every one I have been on has been great fun in different ways, from a night in a scout hall with Beavers on their first night away from home or wild camping in the Lairig Ghru with experienced Explorers.

Have you learnt anything as a Scout volunteer?
As well as having had lots of fun I have learned a huge amount since taking up the role and scouting has enhanced my life in lots of ways. Not least, the practical skills gained have given me the confidence to push myself further and embrace many different outdoor activities that I otherwise wouldn’t have contemplated. I have also met many really inspiring people and made some great friends along the way.

Would you encourage anyone to volunteer with Scouts?
I’d say to anyone thinking of volunteering that they have nothing to lose but lots to gain, as do the young people that their contribution would help.  There is a role to suit everyone and they should be able to do whatever fits in around the rest of their life.  They shouldn’t be put off if they have no experience because there will be people available to advise and help until they find their feet. 

I can honestly say my life has been the better for saying yes to the request for help and can’t imagine not being involved in some capacity going forward.  

Thinking of becoming a volunteer?

Why not take get in touch to discuss volunteering opportunities. We need your help.

Volunteers make Scouts happen at a national level as well as a local one. From our Chief Scout and Chair of our Board to the incredible volunteers who support young people as leaders and occasional helpers at our local groups, these are just some of the superstars who’ve stepped up to inspire a generation.

We’re proud that Scouts is a volunteer led movement. That’s where you come in.

VOLUNTEER ROLES

There are lots of ways you can get more involved with Scouts as a parent, carer or family member. From helping out occasionally on a family rota or playing a vital role behind the scenes, to stepping up as a leader, our volunteering activities are as varied as you.

We’re talking tidy uppers and tea makers, session planners and Zoom navigators, fundraisers and treasurers, and all round team players to support our young people.

The good news is you shape what you do and the time you have to give. Scouts happens when a lot of us give a little (and no, you don’t have to be a Scout or outdoors expert to volunteer).

Across the Braid District, the current vacancies include:

  • Group Scout Leaders
  • Occasional helpers
  • Cub Leaders
  • Assistant Scout Leader
  • Beaver Leader
  • District Explorer Scout Commissioner
  • District Scout Network Commissioner

What to expect:

  • A warm welcome
  • Flexibility to get involved in a way that works for you
  • Easy access to training and resources online
  • Friendly ongoing support from local volunteers

No two weeks are the same, but the impact you make is always great.

Make a difference, volunteer today

To find out more about helping out, speak to the leader at your local group or use our volunteer enquiry from which can be found using the option below. Share your details and a volunteer from your local team will be in touch soon.

Census

Census

The Scouts carry out an annual census to create a detailed picture of the young people and adults that make up our membership. Knowing who our members are helps to better inform and deliver the support and services provided to meet the needs of our members.

The census figures also provide information regarding the payment of the national membership fee for youth members and associated levies at various levels of the movement.

FAQ

Regular questions that pop up about the census systems, and why Scouts ask some of the questions that Scouts do. Read FAQs

 

Key dates

  • January: passwords are sent out to members.
  • Friday 14 January: census site opens.
  • Monday 31 January: official census date.
  • Sunday 20 February: census site closes; all data must have been submitted and approved at all levels up to Region.

Getting more help

Scouts is writing a guide for each of the main census return types which will be available in early January, and have updated our FAQs, but if you need more help, please get in touch with Scout Information Centre by by email on info.centre@scouts.org.uk, or you can use Live Chat on the main Scouts website.

Getting started

If you have never done the census before or want to prepare for it we suggest you look through the return guides below (Available in early January) first. You can also access Scouts FAQshelp for approvers, and more.

OSM Integration

Users of OSM Gold have access to the ‘Census Aggregator’ tool which makes life easier by providing a summary of your census return that you can copy across into the census form. For those groups who use OSM Gold, and have opted into the OSM data sharing partnership, from January 2021, a button will be available in OSM to submit your aggregated youth data for the Census. This means that you won’t need to enter the data twice, saving you valuable time. Of course, please double check your data on the Census platform at the same time as you are completing the rest of the Section return.

COVID Update – January 6, 2022

COVID Update – January 6, 2022

As lockdown measures start to ease we are working with UK headquarters, youth sector partners and governing bodies to understand what a safe return to face to face Scouts may look like when the time comes.

From Thursday 6 January some updates have been made to the youth work guidance. Read our update.

Read our COVID-19 Framework for the delivery of Scouting for guidance in all levels.

Read our FAQs for more support.

Make sure you’ve read all of the details about getting back together safely and protecting ourselves and others.

We will continue to follow official guidance. The safety of everyone involved in Scouts, both young people and adults, is our number one priority. That is always at the heart of our decision making.

We will keep this page up to date with guidance, support and funding opportunities for Groups, Districts and Regions in Scotland.

For the latest advice on coronavirus visit the Scouts Scotland website.

104th Edinburgh North East Scout Group Hall Upgrade

104th Edinburgh North East Scout Group Hall Upgrade

December update

Work continues at pace for the refurbishment work at 104th ENE. Outstanding items are fairly minor and the team hope to complete around the 17th December all being well.

As with any major works surprises crop up! The team did have one very unwelcome surprise when both their heating boilers failed in early November. As a result they had to replace them and incur an unplanned £7k expense. This, plus an increase of around £14k in materials/build costs (Brexit and supply chain related), has stressed the budget, and will delay the move onto the next phase whilst they re-build funds.

On a positive note, the below summarises what the amazing team have achieved to give some idea of where they are:

  • upgrading the power supply
  • constructing of a new toilet and shower block
  • installing an accessible toilet and shower
  • developing a baby and parent room
  • constructing ramp access to make the property more friendly to the disabled community
  • installing an outside tap/kit wash facility
  • landscaping some of the grounds and installing a new surface water drainage system
  • replacing existing lighting with new, low energy, LED units
  • renewing the current hall heating system and upgrade to heating controls
  • install broadband at the hall
  • preparing the ground area for later installation of a new storage area for adventure equipment
  • our volunteer work parties are planning to spent the week before Christmas repainting the hall and cleaning and resealing the wooden floor

We look forward to the grand final reveal in due course.

September 2021 Update

Construction started on 30th August and we were fortunate that good weather allowed a lot of progress to be made.

In the first few weeks, the upgrading of the electricity supply has been completed, a new surface water underground drainage and soakaway system have been completed and commissioned, and the foundations and timber frame for the new toilet/shower block has taken shape. Work will now continue to build out the timber frame before starting work on the current toilets which will be linked to the new construction and will eventually form a disabled toilet/shower and a baby changing room.

Additionally, the Group volunteers have had further work parties at the hall/grounds in order to make necessary repairs to the existing roof and to finish off the wall area which was impacted by the installation of the new electricity supply. Once the current phase is finished, our next phase is to renew the roof.

It is good to see progress is on track and we are still targeting to complete this phase of the works prior to the Christmas break.

August 2021 update

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 Edinburgh North East Scout Groups:

Edinburgh North East District covers the geographical area of Portobello, Craigentinny, Craigmillar, Duddingston, Joppa, New Town, Broughton, Trinity, Leith, Newhaven, Wardie and Willowbrae. It is responsible for the Scout Groups and Explorer Units in the District.

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

Working in teams in an Edinburgh North East Group, 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.