Keep your Scouting learning going over the summer

Keep your Scouting learning going over the summer

Kirstie Armsworth

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We all volunteer in Scouting for a variety of reasons that are personal to each of us.  Possibly to pass on some of the fun we had as youth members, maybe to give something back to the community, maybe as a parent, your child’s section was struggling for adult support, perhaps it’s a useful addition to your CV – whether for further education or in the workplace, maybe you simply enjoy working with young people and helping them grow as individuals.  Whatever the reason, learning is part of the volunteer’s role, and even those who have been involved for a long time will learn things they didn’t know before – often from the young people! 

Did you know there could be a further benefit to you?  Were you aware that Scout training for adults is externally recognised?  The following information is from the Adults Personal File for Section Leaders: 

‘The Institute of Leadership and Management is a professional body for managers. They partner with individuals and employers across the world to improve leadership and management performance through learning and development. When you have gained your Wood Badge as a Section Leader, manager or supporter you are eligible to join the ILM at the grade of Associate Member, or Member if you have other management qualifications or experience (e.g. three years further experience in your Scouting role). As an Associate Member, you may use the letters AMInstLM after your name.  

Benefits include professional recognition, lifestyle discounts, Harvard Business School resources, access to ILM’s regional evening events, a free legal helpline, and Edge – the magazine that you will receive nine times a year.’ 

Could this be that little something that separated you from so many other applicants for a job, or for a promotion?  If you are volunteering in Scouting that’s undoubtedly on your CV already, could ILM membership be of benefit to you? 

This is true as well as of course acquiring your Wood badge upon completion of your leadership training. The Wood Badge is the internationally recognised Scouting training insignia consisting of two wooden beads threaded onto a leather thong which is worn with the Scout uniform.

Is your adult learning up to date? Why not catch up over the summer by booking one of our courses or schedule your own online learning.

Keeping young people and adults safe in Scouting is everyone’s responsibility. Therefore, making sure that everyone  – you – has the right (and most up-to-date) training, support and guidance to help you to do this and take any action required is really important. Everyone needs to know where to go for resources and support and be able to comply with our policies. The priority, as always, is to make sure that all our members are up to date with your training and we ask everyone to check you have completed the latest safety, GDPR, first aid and safeguarding online training for your role.

Thank you and keeeep learning!

Mary Dick, ADC Training 


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The new ‘milkhouse’ at Bonaly

The new ‘milkhouse’ at Bonaly

A sustainable project by Bonaly featuring the 25th Braid Squirrels and 198th Rainbows

If you’ve got loads of plastic bottles you could try making something like this – a plastic bottle greenhouse! Or we’ve called it a ‘Milkhouse’ as its made out of old milk cartons!

You’ll need hundreds of bottles for this – so start collecting now, and press friends and neighbours into saving theirs for you too. To make your greenhouse, thread bottomless bottles onto garden stakes or canes, then secure each run of bottles to a wooden frame to make each of your wall and roof panels. The panels can then be secured to each other with corner brackets. It’ll take time, but what an original, eco-friendly way to build a greenhouse!

Five fun facts about our ‘Milkhouse’-

  • 1. Constructed by the Bonaly ASU
  • 2.  Milk cartons supplied by ‘Angelina Coffee Snug’
  • 3. 355 milk cartons used
  • 4. 1420 litres of milk consumed
  • 5. Plants donated by the Bonaly ASU

The 25th Braid Squirrel Scouts and  198th Rainbows enjoyed planting sunflowers as part of an action-packed Jubilee activity day at Bonaly on Sunday 5th June

They took part in a led-session creating sunflower artwork to decorate a sunflower which they potted to take home. As part of the Squirrels Let IT Grow badge, they will look after their sunflower and report back on how it has grown. We wonder who’s will grow the tallest sunflower? Watch this space! 

Bonaly is booming … including Halloween 2022

Bonaly is booming … including Halloween 2022

May has been a very busy month for us here at Bonaly, it’s been great to see the site being used by so many groups from across the South East Scotland region. 

The 122nd Craigalmond Scouts successfully camped in hammocks along the avenue behind site five. We would like to say a big thank you to them for their hard work chopping back branches and pruning bushes. We now plan to develop this area into The Bonaly Hammock Village with room for 12 people. 

The new shelters in the Druim field are proving to be a big success, especially with the numerous Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Groups that have stayed with us recently. 

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Busy Bonaly!

Epic Days return – this summer

Following the successful “Epic Days”, the partnership project we ran with City of Edinburgh Council’s outdoor learning department, we are continuing to work together to offer the school children of Edinburgh Epic Adventures. This year schools can come to Bonaly for day visits and residential stays Monday to Friday during term time. 

The Volunteer Instructor team

The Volunteer Instructor team have been training on the Low Ropes activities and trialling some new problem-solving team challenges, that will be available soon. If you are interested in joining this team, or would just like a bit more information about what’s involved, please email 

Explorers Halloween Survival Weekend 29th – 30th October 

Explorers will be challenged to survive the spooky Halloween weekend! 

They will be sleeping out without tents, cooking backwoods style and trying not to be too scared! There will be survival skills workshops running throughout the weekend and these will include natural cordage, advanced fire lighting and backwoods cooking techniques. 

And there’s more! There will also be the opportunity to share your survival skills with other Explores, and of course – ghost stories around the campfire.  Places are limited, for more information and to register an interest – please email  

Have you seen the new ‘Milkhouse’ at Bonaly.

Find out more.

A few fun facts about our ‘Milkhouse’-

  • * Constructed by the Bonaly ASU
  • * Milk cartons supplied by ‘Angelina Coffee Snug’
  • * 355 milk cartons used
  • * 1420 litres of milk consumed
  • * Plants donated by the Bonaly ASU
Pentland Scouts lived the adventure!

Pentland Scouts lived the adventure!

Camping, cooking and learning with new faces at Meggernie

Scouts from the 19th, 51st, 100th and 108th Pentland Scouts had a brilliant time at the annual Adventure Camp – this year held at Meggernie, 29th April – 2nd May 2022. 
You may have heard of bushcraft, archery and mountain biking, but what about hamster zorbs, hover boards and bubble football? If you want to know what these are, ask one of the Scouts who attended or book for next year! 
The Adventure Camp started in 1989 on Arran and was originally a biennial event. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength. Now running every year, it is one of Scotland’s biggest camping event for Scouts. Each year the camp takes on a new location in Scotland. The camp is open to scouts over the age of 11 at the date of the camp.
The camp required scouts to camp in a maximum group of 3 in a lightweight tent. Over the weekend the scouts cooked for themselves in between taking part in a range of different activities. As you can see, the Scouts from our region had a blast along with hundreds and hundreds of scouts from across Scotland.
More information and photos are available here Highland Adventure. Information on Adventure Camp 2023 will be on their website soon.
Well done to the 19th, 51st, 100th and 108th Pentland Scouts Groups on your camping adventures. Here’s to many many MANY more! 
Summer opportunities at Longcraig

Summer opportunities at Longcraig

‘Summer suns are glowing’ – so we hope!!

It’s been great to see so many young people back out on the water so far this year, and we hope this can continues. We thought we might have been able to say none had been cancelled due to bad weather – until this week, when unfortunately  wind speeds above 50 mph forced us to cancel one evening. We’re working with the group to find them an alternative slot to fulfil their activity. But this shows the vagaries of the Scottish weather, and we in turn have to keep a constant eye on the weather conditions (wind, principally) and make sensible risk judgements to ensure the safety of anyone who will be out in boats. 

You can find the latest updates at: 

Summer Opportunities: 

Whilst we have seen a lot of booking activity in the early part of the year (May and June) we would like to remind everyone that water activities continue throughout the summer. And, it’s often warmer and sunnier then too!  

And we have come up with a Summer Offer to encourage more use of our facilities during the relatively quiet summer months. 

So, for every 4 places you book for an activity, you will get one FREE from 11th July through to 12th August – subject as always to prior demand (we do have some bookings in place already!) 

Other 2022 terms and conditions remain in place. 

We also propose that, for this period, we offer ‘activities as available’ because quite a number of our specialist instructors also have holidays to take, so we will provide activities according to what we can safely lead for your booking. 

Remember to consider: 

  • We have introduced a special date in the calendar each month, to enable individuals, or small numbers from a group or section, to take part in activities without the need to have a full group which meets the minimum numbers 
  • Sadly, we can’t offer any spaces for the June one, as it’s already full! 
  • Next one is on September 3rd.

Hire it! 

Activity equipment: 

Did you know that you can hire some of our activity equipment for your summer camp or your family event? (Always provided that it is being used safely and in line with Scout rules!). For details of what we have available, and an indication of costs, please contact 

General equipment: 

And, for the land lubbers (or just the land based activities) among you, we also have a range of glasses, crockery and cutlery available (up to 50 sets); GOPAK tables and benches, as well as loads of folding stackable chairs and also cushioned upholstered stacking chairs for a bit more comfort.  

All of these can be made available, subject to demand, at very reasonable rates for short or longer periods. 

Facility updates  

With our replacement fencing now in place (as far as we are going for now), we’ve cleared the revised storage area outside and have now prepared the ground and relocated most of our boats into the new storage space. Obviously, a lot of the boats are now out on the water too, as we are actively using them for activity bookings and training. So, it’s all looking a bit more like an active activity centre once again! 

Training Courses 

We had no applications for the courses planned in June, so they have been postponed until a later date. 

So, for anyone who is eager to take part in a training course, for sailing, powerboating, or paddling, please get in touch at and we will add your details to enquiries so we can arrange appropriate courses to match. 

Community Engagement 

As well as providing opportunities for young people covering a wide range of water activities, Longcraig is also actively involved within the local community in South Queensferry, Dalmeny and the surrounding area. 

Examples of this over the past year or two including the COVID lockdown periods include: 

* Support to the Queensferry Guild for a number of their events 
* Lending tables for Dalmeny Kirk Fayre 
* Lending cutlery to various events at Queensferry Parish Church 
* Lending lifejackets and maritime waterproofs etc to  a children’s care centre 
* We provided numerous lengths of old and good rope etc to one of the charities supporting COP26 in Glasgow last October.
* Whilst all of our assets are potentially able to be borrowed or hired, we do tend to take a view on requests from other local charities to decide if we simply seek a hire charge fee or whether we can support other charities, especially if they are also involved in their own fund-raising events, by simply lending them any equipment which can enhance their event or activity. 
* And, this Spring, we were delighted to pass over a pile of surplus items of guttering and drainage and other stuff to Carrick Knowe Primary School to help them develop an activity facility for young people within their own scope of activity. 

Important Gang Show News!

Important Gang Show News!

Main Gang Rehearsals Underway!

Rehearsals are now well underway for the Edinburgh Gang Show 2022. 

Over the next month, the Gang will learn, set and rehearse most of the items in Act One. With over 100 new members of the cast, they are working together brilliantly to support each other as they bring the show to life!

Tickets for the Edinburgh Gang Show 2022 will go on sale in July but please keep the dates free and consider bringing your Pack, Troop or Unit to the Festival Theatre in November. Save this information:

Edinburgh Gang Show 2022
Tue 1 to Sat 5 November
Festival Theatre
Evenings 7pm
Sat Matinee 2pm


Junior Gang Auditions

The Junior Gang have for 25 years been a highlight of the Edinburgh Gang Show and this year we are looking to recruit as many Cub Scouts as possible to be part of the show.

This year, in a first for Edinburgh Gang Show, the Junior Gang will also have an extra bit to do in the show. How exciting is that?!

Please encourage older Beaver Scouts who will be Cubs by November and Cubs who will still be Cubs by show week to give the Gang Show a go.

Junior Gang Auditions
Sunday 26th June
Blackhall St Columba’s, Columba Road
Cub Scouts – Cub Scouts – 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Further Details and Activity Forms: Auditions 2022 | Edinburgh Gang Show

Gang Show 90

It is 90 years since ‘The Gang’s All Here’, a revue starring 100 London Scouts and written and produced by Ralph Reader, was staged at the Scala Theatre. 

To celebrate this remarkable anniversary 160 young people from 39 individual Gang Shows from all over the UK will come together to perform ‘GANG SHOW 90’, a special one-off show at the Eventim Apollo in London on Saturday 9th July 2022.

We are delighted to announce that Edinburgh Gang Show is involved with the show and our representatives in the cast will be Ruben Binney, Honor Dobbie, Matt Knowles and Jess Lyall.

Alan Hunter, Regional Adviser, Gang Show: “We are delighted that the Edinburgh Show will be represented in the celebration of 90 years of Gang Show. I am sure this is an experience our four will never forget. I thank the organisers for the opportunity for Edinburgh to be involved and wish them every success for the Show.”

Andy Johnston, Edinburgh Gang Show Director: “We are very proud indeed to be sending four of the Edinburgh Gang to take part in this unique celebration at the famous Eventim Apollo at Hammersmith. This show celebrates the inspiration of Ralph Reader that still drives Gang Shows across the country and for our young people will be an experience they will never forget.   The pride in both Edinburgh and Scotland that flows annually from the King’s stage will soon be sweeping across London and this talented foursome will represent us with great panache and passion. 

I’m actually quite jealous that I’ll only get to watch the show!”

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at

There is also the opportunity to join The GS90 Club which offers exclusive benefits and will help fund the show. GS90 – GS90 Club.

For more information about Gang Show 90 follow them on all socials and the website GS90 – #GangShow90