Building the Future Together

Building the Future Together

On Jan 11 we held an event called ‘Building the Future Together’ for the Regional Leadership Team, the Regional Executive Committee and the Regional staff team. It is a serious topic, but nevertheless we had a great evening. ‘I think things are going to be different in the future and I can be part of it’, said Adam Bennett, Assistant Regional Commissioner (Youth Involvement).

Our objectives were to:

  • improve awareness, understanding and communication, between these different teams
  • share our understanding of the challenges, future direction, and strategy for our Region.

Over 50 people, including our President, Dick Allan, and two of our Vice Presidents, Ken Thomson and Douglas Allan, were present. Everyone fully joined in the complex and challenging ‘getting to know you’ exercises devised by Graeme Robertson. These included Who’s Who Bingo and Speed Dating. The comment most frequently heard was ‘I met people I didn’t know, even after all these years!’

Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner, outlined the Scottish Scouting Strategy 2018-23 which focuses on three pillars: People, Programme and Perception. The main aims of the national strategy are to improve support for leaders, extend adventurous activities for young people and improve the public’s perception of Scouting by us being more involved in our communities. She went on to explain what it meant for us and how we could all work together to develop Scouting in the Region over the next five years. She stressed the importance of the Districts coming forward with their own development plans because they would be the key drivers of the Regional strategy.

John Cannon, Regional Chair, talked initially about his first 100 days in the role and all that’s been going on. John then highlighted what he saw as the Regional Executive Committee’s priorities. He stressed that the role of the Executive members was to support the Regional strategy and summarised their activity under three headings: Governance, Infrastructure & Engagement. John felt there was a need to create a new overarching committee to lead the development of an infrastructure strategy with responsibility for developing our existing activity centres to meet the future needs of the Region, including supporting the 2018-23 strategy, and to find ways to support and promote further all our activities across the Region. John also believed they have work to do to encourage greater engagement across the Region and said he would be working with Martin Elliot to find ways to make this a reality.

Martin Elliot, Deputy Regional Commissioner (Adult Support), then followed John and spoke about the importance of engagement across the Region, emphasising his determination to develop effective communication and – as importantly – engagement within the Region, between all our members, young and older, emphasising the need to have engagement that is two-way, provides multiple communication channels and encourages members to be vocal.

We appreciated the displays set up by the Bonaly Centre and Longcraig ASUs and the detailed logistical work organising the evening, put in by so many people especially John Bruce. And we rounded off the evening with Diane Marshall thanking Graham Coulson for all his years as Deputy Regional Commissioner (Adults). Margery presented him with a gift to express our appreciation of the enormous contribution he had made to the Region, in his many roles.

At the end of the evening there was real buzz in the room with people agreeing that they had achieved greater awareness of members in other teams, an improved understanding of the challenges we face and a commitment to supporting actions to move the Region forward. We left thinking that Scouting in South East Region was going to be different – and more fun – from now on!

So, what will happen next? We will be working together to develop the Regional strategy and we will let you how you can get involved. We are also seeking volunteers to help with improving engagement and developing the infrastructure plan. If you interested or know of someone not currently involved in the Region that you think could help, please could you let Margery or John know.

Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner

New Year’s Resolution

As we start 2018, could the Scouting Training Scheme feature in one of your New Year’s Resolutions?

2018 - Some options for your Scouting Training

To support adults in Scouting, the Scout Association provides a comprehensive programme of training to build on existing skills and knowledge and develop new competencies. Whether you are new to Scouting, changing role, part way through your training or have completed the training required for your role, please consider one of the following as a resolution for the year ahead.

1 Move your role from Provisional to Full

If you have a role that is currently at Provisional status then you must complete the Getting Started Training modules for your role before you can be issued a full appointment. These should be completed within 5 months of receiving your Provisional appointment. The Getting Started modules are:

For all roles

  • Essential Information (or Essential Information for Executive Committee Members)
  • Personal Learning Plan

For Section Leaders

  • Tools for the Role (Section Leaders)

For Managers

  • Tools for the Role (Managers and Supporters)

These modules are run by Districts, but you are welcome to attend any course that is convienient for you. For information on when these modules will be run please contact your ADC (Adult Training) or your Training Adviser, or check our website.

2 Complete Required Learning

If you have identified Required Learning as part of your Personal Learning Plan, then check what methods are available for completing it on the Module Matrix. If you wish to attend a course, then most modules are run regularly by South East Scotland Region and the most up to date availability can be found on the website .

3 Validate your Training

To complete any of the training required for your role, the module must be validated. Validation is the process by which you show that you can put the knowledge skills and understanding into practice in your role in Scouting. There are a number of different validation methods which you will be able to choose from. Guidance on what you can do to validate each module is given in the Leader’s Training Guide and you should agree with your Training Adviser what methods you will use.

4 Complete your Ongoing Learning

Even though you have completed your Wood Badge, there will still be opportunities to learn new skills through on-going learning. Our needs as leaders are constantly changing, so to do a good job for our young people it’s important that we are always learning and refining our skills. Leaders are expected to complete a minimum of 5 hours of on-going learning each year. These can include the required ongoing learning for First Response, Safeguarding or Safety, practical skills training or personal development. If you would like to find out more about available Ongoing Learning opportunities please speak to your ADC (Adult Training).

5 Become a Training Adviser

If you have completed your wood badge, why not consider helping other leaders with their training by become a Training Adviser? Training Advisers are a key element of the Adult Training Scheme. They provide support and guidance for those working towards their Wood Badge, helping individuals draw up and complete their Personal Learning Plans. If you think you could take on this important role then you should speak to your district’s ADC (Adult Training) and look to attend the Assessing Learning Training module.

Andrew Green, Regional Executive member

Getting to know the members of the South East Regional Executive Committee

Andrew Green has been the Chairman of East Lothian District for four years. Prior to that, he was on the Executive Committee of the Haddington Group, and in the last century was a sailing Instructor at Longcraig Water Activities Centre. He is the father of two Scouts.

Andrew Green, member of Regional Exec

Andrew Green

During daylight, Andrew is a Health & Safety Consultant, working primarily in the rural sector on large landed rural estates. Andrew is a member of the South East Regional Executive Committee and plays an important role in keeping the Exec focused on the needs of young people.

Christmas message from the RC

Christmas message from the RC

By the time this goes out, most of you will have started worrying about the Christmas shopping, wrapping the presents, planning the menu and will you have any time for yourself over Christmas. Some of you may even have finished all your preparations! Hopefully, you will all have a few minutes to sit back and relax over Christmas.

Photo of the Regional Commissioner, Margery Naylor

The Regional Commissioner

Although I don’t feel I have had any time to do that just yet, as the newly appointed Regional Commissioner, I have begun to realise how strong are the connections that bring us together all over the Region, across Scotland and indeed all over the world. We are small part of the world-wide family of Scouting, but each and every one of us is important! Without your commitment and enthusiasm week in, week out, young people would not have the opportunity to be part of this great game of Scouting. I would like to thank you for all that you do for all our young people and for your communities.

I wish you, your families and friends peace, health and happiness at this time and all the very best for 2018.


Margery Naylor

Lauderdale Scouts for Doddie Weir

Lauderdale Scouts for Doddie Weir

Doddie Weir isn’t just a hero to rugby fans all the way from Carter Bar up to John o’Groats. The rugby legend also holds a special place in the hearts of all associated with Lauderdale Scout Group as without the former Scotland international’s help, it might well not exist.

Text courtesy of The Southern Reporter – read the full article on their site.

Five years ago, the Group was struggling to attract both members and adult helpers, with fewer than 20 of the former on its books. Group Scout Leader Andy Beaumont turned to Doddie, dad of two of the group’s members at the time, for help, and the 47-year-old was only too happy to oblige and set up a group executive, taking the role of chairman. “The group began to thrive, and in 2013 it was presented with an award for the highest percentage growth in the whole of Scotland.  The group now has 150 youth members, with 38 adults helping at its daily meetings.”

Doddie stood down as chairman in April this year, and a couple of months later he revealed he had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease. To thank Doddie for the role he played in reviving its fortunes, the group held a sponsored walk through Lauderdale to his farm near Blainslie, drawing a turnout of about 200. It raised more than £3,000 for Doddie Weir’5 Discretionary Trust.

Read the full story in The Southern Reporter.