A Reminder: Are you up to date with your safety training?

A Reminder: Are you up to date with your safety training?

Did you know that it is a mandatory requirement for all leaders in Scouting to have completed safety training?


Safety is at the forefront of all our minds just now after the fatal accident in North Wales, and we will be criticised very heavily if we have not done the training. Safety training is mandatory in Scouting.

Have you done the safety training? And is your safety training up-to-date on your own personal record on Compass?

Please can you make sure that you have had safety training in ‘Getting Started’ training, and then in ‘Running Safe Activities for Section Leaders’, or the ‘Safety module’ of the Managers and Supporters training. You can also do safety training online and it only takes 30 mins.

If you are not sure what you should do, please can you ask your GSL, your Training Adviser or your Assistant District Commissioner Adult Training (ADC AT.  In addition, you can seek advice from Mary Dick, Assistant Regional Commissioner – Adult Training.

I am going to ask for a check to be run on all leaders’ Compass records in two months’ time to ensure everyone is up to date. I will then discuss with District Commissioners what action to take, should we still have leaders who have not completed their mandatory training.

Please do the training as soon as possible – more details were provided in the January Regional Newsletter.


Start the safety ongoing training e-learning.

Ongoing Safety Training FAQs.

Margery Naylor
Regional Commissioner, South East Scotland Scouts

Scout Experience Survey 2020 and prize draw

Scout Experience Survey 2020 and prize draw

A message from Tim Kidd, UK Chief Commissioner

Get involved in the annual Scout Experience Survey to help us understand and improve support for all volunteers. Previous feedback has helped us develop new digital services, improve programme materials and training resources. See the results from 2019.


Share the survey with others

Please complete the survey yourself and then share onto three other Scout volunteers you know. There’s also a save button so you can continue later. The survey is designed for any adults currently involved in Scouts, as well as any who may have left in the last 12 months:                          


Our guide will help you to promote the survey. Please share on local Scout social media platforms. The more people we hear from, the more accurate and refined our research and analysis will be, and the more we can help you.

Prize draw
As a thank you, everyone taking part will be entered into a draw for an individual to win £500 to spend at Scout Store or Scout Adventures. The two Districts that secure the most responses will also be entered into a similar draw for £1,000.

The survey closes on Thursday 2 April 2020.

If you have any questions, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in this guide or email info.centre@scouts.org.uk.

Booking process for The Howling 2020 at Fordell is now live

Booking process for The Howling 2020 at Fordell is now live

Bookings for the Howling – The Scottish National Cub Camp will be run at Scout Adventures Fordell Firs between Friday 4th-Sunday 6th September 2020 – are now live via the following link


The Howling is open to Cub Packs from across Scotland, who come with their leaders. It is in its 3rd consecutive year and was so popular that it sold out within 12 hours in 2019!!!

Richard Fairbairn
Camp Leader
The Howling 2020


Braid 100 Years

Braid 100 Years

28th Braid Scout Troop (formerly Liberton, Salisbury and Blackford) are celebrating their Centenary year. If there are any former 28th Scouts out there that have not been contacted about the celebrations, please get in touch with Alan Dickson alanjdickson@live.co.uk

Are you helping people and our environment?

Are you helping people and our environment?

We want to start keeping a record of the events or activities which our young people in South East Scotland have already done in 2019/2020 and going forward, to help other people and our environment.

We would like to ask all Sections to review what Community initiatives, activities, fundraising etc you have completed since July 2019 and for each complete the survey which can be located via the attached link – it only takes a couple of minutes to complete the survey.

South East Region – making a positive impact on our local communities

This will help us to better understand and promote the great work going on across the South East Scotland region in supporting others and the environment whether that be here or abroad

Looking forward to seeing all of the Community activity you have undertaken.

Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner

Community Impact across the Region

Community Impact across the Region

We need help to start keeping a record of the events or activities which our young people in South East Scotland have done to help other people and our environment in 2019/20.

Could you assist us to keep a record of all these activities and help promote what we are doing? We would like someone to help us get a better picture of the difference we are making; for example, how much money is being raised or what environmental projects were undertaken.

We are already doing fantastic work in our sections and units to help other people or our environment:

  • Beavers running coffee mornings for people with disabilities,
  • Cubs cleaning local community signage and doing beach cleaning
  • Scout Group cleaning up the banks of the River Tweed or raising money for Social Bite
  • Explorers supporting the Walk for Autism or clearing Salmonberry
  • Network members helped upgrade the national Madagascar national scout campsite

So now, we want to take stock of all that we are doing. We will get a head start by asking all Sections to complete a survey for any community event/activity they have done in 2019/20 – see separate article.

This would really suit someone who likes engaging with people and helping to make parents and the public more aware of the tremendous benefits of Scouting in our communities. This is called our ‘Community Impact’.

If you think you could spare some time to help us to collate and promote the great things we are already doing and will be doing in our Region, please could you get in touch with me, by email or telephone: margery.naylor@blueyonder.co.uk or 0131 312 8956 or Mike Treanor, Scouting Support Officer, Michael.Treanor@sesscouts.org.uk

Margery Naylor
Regional Commissioner