Non Member Children Insurance

Non Member Children Insurance

Non-member children Public Liability and Personal Accident insurance

South East Scotland Region has purchased the above policies on behalf of all Districts and Groups.  These will be renewed annually.

This is a scheme for children (under 18 years old) who are not Members of The Scout Association, but who attend, or take part in, weekly meetings or events because they are accompanying their parent(s), or with other adults. This can also cover crêches opened by groups.  The types of cover included are public liability and personal accident insurance.
If you require further information then please email regionalsecretary@sesscouts.org.uk for copies of the policies.

Craigalmond District Review

Craigalmond District Review

First, a warm welcome to everyone reading our 2017-18 annual review report.  As you will see, our various groups have being providing fantastic opportunities for our young people throughout the year. It has been a year of highs and lows, though. The highs are self-explanatory but the major low is that we desperately need more adult volunteers (both uniformed and non-uniformed) to be part of our fantastic team with the sole aim of ensuring that our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers can fulfil their Scouting dreams. No experience necessary! If you are able to make a contribution, no matter how small, please let myself, the District Commissioner or any member know.

Congratulations must go to Graham Cullen, GSL at the 82nd who received the Chief Scout’s Commendation for Meritorious Conduct in recognition for his positive attitude to Scouting.

Congratulations also to Fraser Dunmore a Young Leader at the 30th who was one of 300 Queen’s Scouts being honoured by international adventurer Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, at Windsor Castle for gaining their Queen’s Scouts Awards on Sunday 22 April.  Bear was joined by Princess Beatrice of York.

On the international front, I am pleased to say we have really moved forward. More Groups are camping overseas. We have 2 patrols plus leaders at the Blair Atholl Jamborette in July for the first time in many years. Also, in 2019 we have Scouts and leaders selected for the World Scout Jamboree in the USA and an expedition to Madagascar. Concerning Youth Involvement we have appointed Katie as the Youth Involvement Commissioner and she has been working closely with the Groups to deliver the Youth Approved programme. Many sections now have their Foundation level and are working towards Bronze. We have started a District youth forum and soon they will appoint a Youth Commissioner to work in the District team.

Adult recruitment will remain a key focus for us and with increased house building in the Maybury and Kirkliston areas the demands for Scouting within the District are likely to come under significantly more pressure.

Russell Shoulder, District Chair

Beavers

Beavers practise circus skills

Circus skills

In December 2017 a Magic Show was held at Craigsbank Parish Church in Corstorphine. This was attended by almost 200 Beavers from most colonies in the district. The magician was Tricky Ricky who put on a Christmas- themed magician show, being that it was a December event! Tricky Ricky involved some of the Beavers during his performance and overall the event was a great success, feedback was that both adults and Beavers enjoyed themselves.

In April 2017 nearly 150 Beavers and adult helpers descended upon the Museum of Flight for a day of activities to gain their Air Activities badge. This included creating paper planes, going on Concorde at the museum (sadly only stationary!), learning about the history of flight and different types of plane on display from one of the museum staff. We were very fortunate with the weather considering the event was held in April with lovely sunny skies, the Beavers had lunch in groups among the displays.

Beavers with fire engine

Seeing a fire engine

Overall, the Beavers have had fantastic opportunities to broaden their horizons and learn new skills in the last year. Activities included (to name but a few):

  • A sleepover at the City Chambers
  • Learning the phonetic alphabet
  • Making pizza
  • Climbing at the Edinburgh International Climbing Centre
  • Learning circus skills
  • Camping
  • Supporting the Forth Hedgehog hospital
  • Road Safety

The leaders of each colony will be meeting in the next month to discuss and arrange district events for the coming year.

Sue Sibbald, ADC Beavers

Cubs

Last year at this time we were happily reflecting on the centenary of Cub Scouting and the hugely positive impact it had on youth numbers.  Cubs continue to be the biggest section and Increasing youth numbers are very encouraging but do bring issues around adult support too and pressure on leaders to contribute even more of their valuable time. Leaders have risen to this challenge and a very big thank you is due to all volunteers supporting Cub packs across the District, their time and effort is highly appreciated.

Cubs on spider frame

Cubs tackle spider frame

The District team (Kathleen Pullen, Niall Cockburn and Iain McBride) have been happy to roll our sleeves up and help leader teams throughout the year, supporting a number of packs to enable them to continue operating or go to camp.  This temporary support gives Groups breathing space to recruit and begin training new leaders and prevents section closure. Currently three packs are being supported in this way, allowing GSLs to focus on recruitment.

Inevitably, after the excitement of the centenary, this has been a more “business as usual” year, consolidating success. Congratulations to the 21st South Queensferry pack in winning the annual District Cub Football Competition.  and a District Cub camp in September.

Cubs at Bonaly

Awards at Bonaly

Offering more Cubs the chance of everyday adventure and now discovering Skills For Life, are The Scout Association’s unique selling points and thankfully there are positive signs of new adults joining to support established Cub leader teams in Craigalmond. Most packs operate parent rotas and the impact of these can’t be underestimated either.

Cubs in canoe

Cubs at Lochgoilhead

Numbers aren’t everything, and the District Cubs team have been bowled over by the many enthusiastic and dedicated leaders that we have met in the last twelve months, at meetings, Cub camps and events.  The quality of Scouting can only be increased by offering young people more outdoor activities, great programmes and the opportunity to influence the content through Youth Shaped Scouting.   It is great to see Cubs enjoying not only so many fun-packed programmes, exciting outings and amazing activities but also contributing to their communities, too (see the photos) – for example:

  • from swimming to rock climbing
  • from fox falls to fire lighting
  • from balsam bashing to beach clean ups
  • from electronic adventure at the Applestore to messy and fun super-Science nights
  • from visits to Warhammer to Hobbit-themed winter camps
  • camping at Canty Bay, Bonaly, Fordell, Barrwood, Meggernie and many more

It is heartening to see a steady stream of new and talented volunteers attracted to Cub Scouting to help the existing successful pack teams. Thanks are also due to a small but select band of Young Leaders who assist packs and greatly contribute to their success. Whilst there are a very small number on temporary closure, particular mention should be made of a new pack recently opened in the District, the first for a few years.

We are confident that Craigalmond Cubs will continue to grow from strength to strength and we also offer Cub leaders a challenge or three for the year ahead – go for an award in the Youth Shaped Scouting scheme, channel your Cubs towards more Chief Scout Silver Awards and (most importantly) enjoy your Scouting!

Iain MacBride, ADC Cubs, Kathleen Pullen, Ian Hunter, Niall Cockburn (DCSLs)

Scouts

Campfire - almost a bonfire!

District Camping Competition

I am extremely grateful to all the leaders who pulled the District Camping Competition together and made it possible. Special thanks must go to Jackie for leading and co-ordinating the event on top of her GSL responsibilities. They say its quality and not quantity that matter and its very true in this case.  What a great weekend it was with 12 teams entered and a large leadership support team from across the District all working together. They even let the DC camp with them and clean a few dixies. It would be good to see all troops represented next year.  The eventual winners were the 71st (WELL DONE) who will now go forward to represent the District at the Scottish Zonal camp in June 2018. During the camp we also tested out the new District necker concept and following universal approval we will be introducing this across the District in the 2018/2019 session.

Scouts at camp

Patrol at camp

Troops have been very active with numerous camps and expeditions. The Group reports provide more details. I am always amazed when reviewing the NAN forms that everyone keeps coming up with new sites to use.

Many Thanks to all the Scouts and their leaders for the great things they are doing.

Mark Hesketh DC

Explorers

A major focus for this year has been international Explorer Scouting – after a period when the District was not represented it is great to see two Patrols attending the Blair Atholl Jamborette in July, and Craigalmond Explorers are well represented in the South East Scotland World Scout Jamboree contingent with training and fund raising going ahead full steam for next year.

Explorers by reservoir in Pentlands

Explorers on DofE expedition

The international theme continues at Unit level – with a joint camp between the Pink Panther ESU and 122nd Craigalmond Scouts who attended a Danish Jamboree, Granton ESU who hosted Italian Scouts at camp in Loch Tay, and the Douglas Brown ESU who held a camp with the 10th Craigalmond Scouts in Italy which featured a trip up Monte Bianco by cable car, white water rafting through glacial run-off rivers and a whole variety of other adventurous activities.

More locally, the Pink Panthers challenged themselves to stay awake for 36 hours, eat a litre of ice cream and have bacon with every meal at Canty Bay at a Christmas camp while the Douglas Brown ESU went wild camping at Tynningham, followed by a visit to Foxlake Water Adventure, and are in the final preparation stage for a team of Explorers to complete the West Highland Way this summer.

Explorers playing Hungry Hippos

Pink Panthers play Hungry Hippos

The Craigalmond DofE Unit had a successful beginning last year – 13 Explorers undertook Bronze Expedition training and most have now completed their Bronze Awards, with many also achieving their Platinum Scout Award.  This has led on to a group of 15 Explorers who are well advanced with Silver expedition training leading to their 3-day Practice Expedition in the Peebles area. Meanwhile a second cohort of 8 Explorers has commenced Bronze and completed a successful 2-day Practice Expedition in the Pentlands in April in preparation for their Qualifying Expedition in the Lammermuirs in June. This group has made a huge difference boosting the achievement of both DofE and the core Scouting Awards within a year – and I’d like to thank Janet and her team for the huge amount of effort involved in getting this off the ground.

Explorers on DofE expedition

DofE group on expedition

Explorer Scouts continues to grow year on year – from 134 Explorer Scouts in 2017 to 146 Explorers this year including 15 in the Young Leader Unit, supported by 32 adults. This adult team are the often-unsung heroes who deserve great credit and recognition for their commitment and energy providing such a fantastic range of opportunities to Explorer Scouts in the District.

In terms of development, Youth Involvement is being driven by adoption of the Youth Approved Award and representation in the District Youth Advisory Group. The Pink Panther ESU successfully completed a move to Blackhall St Columba’s – to accommodate the expanding membership in a more central location for their catchment area and with more opportunities for outdoor meetings in the nearby Ravelston Park and Woods.

And finally, congratulations to Fraser Dunmore of the Pink Panther ESU on his fantastic achievement in completing his Queen’s Scout Award – he joined 200 Scouts to celebrate at Windsor Castle with Bear Grylls.

David Newton, DESC

Network

The term started out on a glamorous note as the Network suited up for a James Bond-themed casino night. The dress code at the snooker and bowling nights that followed was somewhat less snazzy – we just let our mad skills speak for themselves. But, more than anything, this term has been marked by a number of highly successful appearances at a local pub quiz. Knowing a little about a lot goes a long way, it seems!

In a very proud moment for our leader team, 5 of our number were selected for the 2019 Madagascar trip, attending an icy Bonaly selection camp in December and the first training camp in Angus in March. In preparation for the drainage works they’ll be carrying out on the expedition, the team tested their mettle against the rigors of ditch-digging(!), as well as quizzes, team building, hiking and fun with silly hats. Fact: You’re never too old for fun with silly hats.

Craigalmond Network is also delighted to be sending representatives to the 36th Blair Atholl Jamborette for international antics in July-August 2018. We’ve also been exploring the possibility of closer ties with Pentland and Braid Networks, and hope to hold an all-Edinburgh football game in the coming months. As always, we’re looking forward to the Scouting year to come!

Lisa McCreadie, DSNL

Youth Involvement

The role of ADC Youth Involvement is new to Craigalmond and to Scouts Scotland, so it’s been interesting and exciting to get to grips with something brand new. The role of the ADC(YI) is to make sure all the young people in the District get the opportunity to have a say in how their sections are run, and how the district works as a whole.

One key part of that is setting up our District Youth Advisory Group, a team of Explorers, Young Leaders and Network Scouts who meet regularly to share ideas and opinions, plan events within the District, and represent the opinions of all our youth members to the leaders on the District team. Over the year there’s been a reasonable degree of interest from our Explorers and we have had an initial exploratory meeting to work out how our own ‘DYAG’ will run. We expect to have it up and running next year, and to elect our own District Youth Commissioner who will join me in representing our young people in the District Team.

The other part is to support the sections and groups within the District to achieve their Youth Approved Awards, and to ensure that the District are working towards the same. Nearly all of our sections meet the standards for the Foundation award, and many are already working towards their bronze. Once all the sections in a group have achieved the Bronze Award, The Group can then go on to work towards their Silver and Gold level awards. So far in Craigalmond, we have achieved 10 Foundation awards, and one Bronze award. I’m looking forward to dropping in with sections a lot more next year to help them meet the standards and apply for their awards.

The role of ADC Youth Involvement is new to Craigalmond and to Scouts Scotland, so it’s been interesting and exciting to get to grips with something brand new. The role of the ADC(YI) is to make sure all the young people in the District get the opportunity to have a say in how their sections are run, and how the district works as a whole.

One key part of that is setting up our District Youth Advisory Group, a team of Explorers, Young Leaders and Network Scouts who meet regularly to share ideas and opinions, plan events within the District, and represent the opinions of all our youth members to the leaders on the District team. Over the year there’s been a reasonable degree of interest from our Explorers and we have had an initial exploratory meeting to work out how our own ‘DYAG’ will run. We expect to have it up and running next year, and to elect our own District Youth Commissioner who will join me in representing our young people in the District Team.

District Youth Advisory Group meet

Youth Involvement in action at the DYAG planning meeting. The Explorers wanted something to do with their hands while we talked, so we dug out the Knex from the cupboard!

The other part is to support the sections and groups within the District to achieve their Youth Approved Awards, and to ensure that the District are working towards the same. Nearly all of our sections meet the standards for the Foundation award, and many are already working towards their bronze. Once all the sections in a group have achieved the Bronze Award, The Group can then go on to work towards their Silver and Gold level awards. So far in Craigalmond, we have achieved 10 Foundation awards, and one Bronze award. I’m looking forward to dropping in with sections a lot more next year to help them meet the standards and apply for their awards.

Katie Goudie, ADC Youth Involvement

Diane Ross MBE

Diane Ross MBE

Congratulations to Diane Ross on being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of her service to Scouting and to the community in Edinburgh.

Diane was a Leader for the Cub Scout 80th Birthday item in the Edinburgh Gang Show 1996, was instrumental in the organisation and running of the Junior Gang when it was established in 1997 and remains an ardent Gang Show supporter.

Her leadership and commitment to Gang Show, as well as many other responsibilities in Scouting, is inspirational. Thank you Diane for your service and here’s to many more years of Scouting fun!

From the Gang Show Facebook page

In Touch

In Touch

Are you keeping in touch?

Do you know about the InTouch system?

It is important that there are communication systems in place throughout all Scouting activities, allowing leaders to contact parents/carers and parents/carers to contact leaders. This is done through having an InTouch system in place, a system designed to be flexible and suit the needs of your activity, from a section meeting through to summer camp and trips aboard.

We used to have the Home Contact system, but now that (almost) everyone has mobiles, we can use them to keep in touch with everyone.

The Factsheet FS120075 includes a step-by-step approach guiding you through the process of setting up an InTouch system as well as further guidance on areas and issues to look at within this and suggestions on how these can be managed.

Key questions to ask yourself and your leadership team

  • How will you and the other leaders hold the details of all those taking part in an event, and the contact details of their parents/next of kin, so that they can be accessed as required?
  • What contact details of the leader or leadership team will you give to the parents?
  • What advice or guidelines will be given to parents as to the how to contact the event and when / why communication is expected or appropriate?

Please read the Factsheet to understand how the system works. It really is important to have one in place!

And let’s hope you will never need to contact your Commissioner or their designate in the case of an emergency (as per POR Chapter 7 – Emergency Procedures) at any point during your events.

Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner, South East Scotland

Making an impact

Making an impact

Do we make an impact? Yes, we do!

Scouting in our Region has never been stronger or made more of an impact. Leaders and supporters report higher life satisfaction, self-esteem and mental wellbeing. The latest figures and research show this dramatically.

Adventure is at the core of Scouting, and we actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society. We offer over 200 activities from abseiling and coding to drama and archery. All made possible by the efforts of more than 2,000 adults in our Region.

We now have 7037 young people and 2313 adults – leaders and supporters – according to the latest annual membership figures released in the 2018 Census. This is nearly 1,000 more young people and a 75% increase in adults since 2013. In every section we have increased our numbers, particularly Explorers whose numbers have grown by 28% to 682 in 2018.

So, we now have 9350 members in our Region. What an achievement! Well done all of us!

And new research from the Scout Association also shows a strong correlation between volunteering and mental wellbeing. The vast majority of adults believe their life satisfaction (70%) and self-esteem (66%) have improved since signing up to volunteer, with reduced feelings of loneliness (42%) and stress (33%) also reported. Nearly two thirds (65%) of adults also stated that since beginning volunteer work they have developed useful work skills, with 59% saying they feel more confident and 54% feeling more motivated in their jobs.

Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner for South East Scotland, said:

“It is great to see such a positive picture for Scouting in our Region, for young people, leaders and supporters. It is a huge achievement.

And most of this is down to our amazing leaders. As one of the Scotland’s leading youth charities, we’re acutely aware of the importance of all the leaders and supporters in South East Region who give up their time every single day to help others. With the majority of volunteers saying they feel more motivated, confident and more skilled as a result of the work they do with us, it’s not just those they’re helping who benefit.

But we have over 1,000 young people on our waiting lists. That’s a great testimony to how popular Scouting is in our Region. We are now going to do our best to involve more adults as leaders so that we can offer excellent opportunities for adventurous activities to even more young people.”

Adam Bennett, Assistant Regional Commissioner (Youth Involvement) for South East Scotland, said:

“When I first joined Scouts, I was incredibly worried that I didn’t know anyone and wouldn’t make any friends. After 7 years of Scouting, some of my greatest memories are with my Scout friends. And as a leader now, my role is quite simple – to try and give young people the amazing opportunities I had. With Youth Involvement, it is even better because it’s always constantly talking with young people in the Region. They lead me as much as I help and guide them and together we all have much more fun and learn more skills which we can use in life.”

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, said:

“I am so proud that The Scout Association UK continues to see so many young people and adult volunteers signing up to not only have fun, experience adventures but also learn skills for life. And that applies to both the young people and volunteers! Even though we have had record numbers of adults joining the Movement we still have 57,000 young people who want to join and gain new skills but are unable to do so. If you want to make a difference to the lives of young people, feel more motivated and confident and learn some new skills, then please give Scouting a go.”

So we are doing a great job and we plan to keep on doing just that from 2018 onwards!

Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner, South East Scotland Scouts

New logo consultation

New logo consultation

New logo for SES Scouts

Message from Martin Elliot, Deputy Regional Commissioner

Thank you to all who took part in our consultation on a new Regional logo. We have now received clarification that local variations to the logo are not permitted, which means that Logo 1 will become the new Regional logo. From the responses received to the consultation so far, Logo 1 was the most popular.

As your Regional team we are keen to engage with the Regional membership as much as possible so we encourage you to let us know your ideas and opinions on how to take South East Scotland Scouts forward and to look out for other opportunities like this in the future.

Original article below

As you will have hopefully seen, the Scouts last month released its new strategy, Skills for Life, and to support the strategy they have released updated branding, including a new logo.

The Regional Commissioner and Regional Chair along with their teams are currently working on how we implement the new Strategy locally and will be looking to engage with members across the Region to make sure that our Regional Strategy supports the Groups and Districts who provide Scouting for young people across South East Scotland.

However, one change that we are looking to make is to update the Region’s logo to reflect the updated brand. Thanks to the work of Adam Bennett, Assistant Regional Commissioner (Youth Involvement), we have created 3 possible logos for the Region and would like your views on which we should use going forward.

 

SES Scouts Logo 1

Logo 1



 

SES Scouts Logo 2

Logo 2


SES Scouts Logo 3

Logo 3


To participate, you have 3 possible options:

  1. E-mail communications@sesscouts.org.uk with your feedback on the logos.
  2. Feedback on Facebook by adding to the Thread on the Region’s Facebook Page.
  3. Feedback on Twitter by replying to the Logo tweet.

The consultation will remain open until the end of June with the new Regional branding being rolled out in the new term.