Could you Suggest South East Scotland’s Regional Ambassador – and be in with a chance of a £25 prize?

Tim Peake

We can’t all be like UK Scout Ambassador Tim Peake, but there are people in our Region who could do a great job of raising Scouting’s profile in South East Scotland.

Could you win a prize for suggesting the name of someone who would be happy to become our Regional Ambassador? You don’t need to approach them – we will do that. Just send us the name of someone whom you think could promote Scouting in our Region.

And if they agree to be a Regional Ambassador, then you will receive £25. We have two prizes of £25, given to us by an anonymous donor, on offer for one young person and one adult volunteer. So why not start thinking now and then please email me at

Scout Ambassadors are committed to raising awareness of Scouting’s invaluable work, helping young people develop skills for life. They help raise our profile, extend our reach and gain influence.

Best known for spending 186 days on the International Space Station (ISS), ESA Astronaut Major Tim Peake is also a former Cub Scout and an advocate of the power of Scouting to help young people develop skills for life.

“Scouting set me on the right path at a young age because I loved the outdoors and I loved adventure. It gave me the opportunity to discover new interests, explore new boundaries and build the confidence to achieve new goals.”

Closing date for suggestions is 1st December 2018.

Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner

Regional Staffing Review

With reference to previous updates in this Newsletter regarding a Regional staffing review, we are delighted to announce that the review has completed.

This review has been conducted over the summer months and has been led by the Regional Chair’s committee and has involved a number of people to help explore what the best solution for the Region should be.  A number of operating principles were established to ensure that the proposed solution could be sustainable and affordable meeting the needs of the Region as reflected in our 2018-23 strategy.  Further needs were gathered from discussion and consultation through a number of sources including meeting with SHQ and also from the most recent engagement sessions that have been held.  We have also been fortunate to have had John Bruce, Regional Secretary, in an interim manager role and his daily interaction with staff, members of the Region and customers of Bonaly has all added to the process of identifying what we believe is right for South East Region.

The Regional Executive have therefore approved that the vacant Regional Operations Manager post is not filled, and that instead two key appointments are made:

  • Centre Manager
    a permanent full-time appointment, with overall accountability for the management and operation of Bonaly Outdoor Centre; also responsible for provision of centralised facilities management across the Region’s estate, and of financial and administrative support – to the SESRSC Trustees, and to the Regional Commissioner’s leadership team
  • Scouting Support Officer
    a full-time appointment, funded for an initial period of 2 years, with responsibility for providing practical advice and support to the Regional Commissioner’s leadership team, and to volunteers delivering Scouting across the Region; likely a home-worker, with significant out-of-hours work.

These new appointments will enable proper focus to be placed on both the longer term management and development of Bonaly Outdoor Centre but also provide necessary separate resource to support the “game of scouting” that has been somewhat neglected in the recent past.  The agreed 2 year funding for the Scouting Support Officer role will allow for a period of evaluation of impact before committing to an extension of funding but also give time to implement a refreshed business plan for Bonaly under the management of the new Centre Manager.

To manage the effective implementation of both roles, the Scouting Support Officer role will be advertised in November 2018 with the Centre Manager being advertised in December 2018.  It is intended that both positions will be filled by end of February 2019. Both roles will be advertised through the Regional Newsletter as well as targeted external recruitment websites.

Finally, our thanks go to everyone who has contributed to this review.

John Cannon, Regional Chair

Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner


Regional Scouting Support Officer Vacancy

Starting Salary: 26,000 – 28,000 p.a.
Status: 37 Hours per week
Starting: Two year fixed term commencing from January 2019
Location: South East Scotland Region

Help us support leaders and adult volunteers to develop Scouting in South East Scotland!


Scouting in South East Scotland: Across generations, Scouting has proved a powerful force for good, bringing communities together and contributing to society. It has always had one aim above all others: to prepare young people for the future. Scouting plays a key role in helping young people to develop the skills they need to succeed in a changing world.

We do this by offering a broad programme that offers fun, challenge and adventure. Our programme has a combination of opportunities for outdoor learning and adventure, as well as indoor activities. We believe that our programme gives young people opportunities to develop key capacities such as confidence and resilience, as well as learn new skills, achieve relevant qualifications and develop a love for the Scottish outdoors.

We have a thriving membership of adults and young people in our Region – over 2,100 adults and 7,200 young people. The young people are members of the Explorers, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers sections. Our leaders and the Regional Leadership Team members are all volunteers and work incredibly hard to support the membership.

Why we are recruiting a Scouting Support Officer:  We wish to support leaders and assist them in maintaining  and developing Scouting in the Region. This person will assist us to recruit and support more adult leaders. We have made significant progress with a re-invigorated Regional Leadership Team and there is a great deal more that we want to accomplish, particularly to ensure that young people can have more opportunities for camping and outdoor activities, since we know that this is the biggest attraction for young people.

Scouting Support Officer: We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced individual to support, instigate and deliver focussed support to leaders and growth plans and opportunities across the Region.  This role requires you to have Scouting or similar uniformed organisation experience and enables you to work closely with existing Scouting structures to provide support to leaders. Home based, you will be a self-starter and an excellent communicator.

The successful candidate should demonstrate a commitment to the fundamentals of Scouting and experience in a volunteer environment and be able to work under pressure both independently and as part of a team. You must be willing to work unsociable hours to include evenings and weekends, using a flexible approach. The successful candidate will be line managed by the Regional Commissioner and employed by the South East Scotland Regional Executive Committee.

For further information contact:

Closing date: 5pm on Wed 21 Nov 2018. Interviews will take place on Sat 8 Dec 2018 in Edinburgh.

South East Scotland Scouts Region is committed to Equal Opportunity.

Annual Review Highlights Successful Year for SE Scotland

Alan Duff Presentation

October saw members from across the Region as well as invited guests come to hear the good news about what had been happening in South East Scotland in 2017-18. Our Annual Report highlights a number of the Region’s achievements.

A varied and full programme for the evening included the Regional Chair’s report, which highlighted what a year of change it has been with

  • new members in the Executive committee,
  • a new subcommittee being established to look at improving and sustaining our infrastructure, (such as lots of positive progress with Longcraig) and
  • plans to review our staffing structure

just some of the highlights.

There were lots of thanks and recognition too for all the work and commitment given by those in the Regional Executive Committee as they support the Region. The election of Trustees to the Regional Executive Committee took place and if you want to know who our Trustees are they can be found on the newly updated Regional Executive Committee page of the website. The financial report was presented by Malcolm Cutt, our new Regional Treasurer and we were pleased to hear that our finances are relatively healthy!

We were very sorry that John Cannon, our Regional Chair, could not be present because of the serious injuries he sustained in a recent cycling accident. We are pleased to report that John is on the mend and was back in the chair’s seat at the latest Regional Executive meeting at the end of October! Graeme Robertson, Regional Vice Chair, conducted the Annual General Meeting with aplomb and great time-keeping, ably aided by John Bruce, Regional Secretary.  He also read out the Chair’s report which is available to view here.

Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner, stressed the way that the Region was going from strength to strength and how many great achievements had been made over the past year – including recruiting a Regional Leadership Team with District Commissioners for every District. Margery focused on the role of the DCs, because they are the engine room of Scouting in our Region. She thanked them and all the leaders for their commitment and hard work. Read her report here.

We were very fortunate to have Katie Docherty, Chief Executive of Scouts Scotland, and Stuart Imrie, Deputy Chief Commissioner for Scotland, with us. Stuart presented awards to some of those who have worked so hard for our Region, including Alison Thomson, our Regional Appointments Secretary; Martin Browne, District Commissioner for Midlothian; and Alan Duff, Group Scout Leader at 103rd Braid Scout Group (above). Well done to you all! Stuart spoke very positively about all the developments in our Region, and all of us were grateful that he and Katie were able to come to support us.

The Annual Review, chaired by Marin Elliot, DRC, focused on the range of activities undertaken by young people over the past 12 months. Diane Marshall, DRC, gave a very upbeat presentation about the 2018 Blair Atholl camp; Alan Hunter, Manager of the Gang Show, spoke passionately about the Gang Show (and urged us all to buy tickets); Malcolm Leckie, Manager of the Longcraig Active Support Unit (ASU), spoke equally passionately about the fantastic opportunities for water activities offered by Longcraig; and Ronnie MacDonald spoke – most entertainingly – about the work of the Bonaly ASU.

We then enjoyed an opportunity to socialise with new and old friends in the restaurant at Queen Margaret University. It was an excellent venue, and we are grateful to Malcolm Cutt for giving us the opportunity to go there. We also want to thank everyone who worked so hard to organise the evening, especially Diane Marshall, Brian Morrison, Graeme Robertson and Martin Browne.

And thank you to everyone who came and supported the Region – it was a most enjoyable evening!

Annual Review 2018

Shaping Scouting in South East Scotland

Edinburgh Engagement Workshop

September saw members from across the Region taking advantage of the opportunity to share their priorities for Scouting in South East Scotland and ideas for how the Region can best support its adult volunteers. Three events were held in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian which allowed adult volunteers to meet others from across the Region as well as take part in a number of different activities designed to identify key areas of focus for Scouting in South East Scotland.

Midlothian Engagement Workshop

The Regional Leadership Team and the Regional Executive are very grateful to all those members who took time to contribute to these events, the output of which will feed into the work currently going on to agree the future priorities and structure of South East Scotland Region.

Whilst initially scheduled to only run through September, it has been agreed to add two further events to ensure that as many people as possible can contribute. The two additional events are:

In order to organise catering, if you plan to attend one of the events please register using the links above or contact Martin Elliot, Deputy Regional Commissioner at

Recognise Member’s Contribution in Awards

Do you know someone who deserves a special THANK YOU?

by Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner 

Bear Gryllis with Scouts

If you do, please recommend them for an award. There is a range of awards in Scouting and I can assist you to make an application for someone who has made a real contribution to working with young people. The awards include the Silver Wolf, the Silver Acorn, the Award for Merit and the Medal for Meritorious Conduct. In 2017, we were 4th in the level of awards given out to our members – 9.33% of our members, compared to 14.5% in South West Scotland, which had the highest level of all 8 Regions. We can do better in recognising the impact of our adult volunteers!

The Association has a national awards system for recognising good service, length of service and special acts of heroism and bravery, courage or endurance, and devotion to duty under suffering. Because it is a national system, it has prestige and allows all applications to be considered objectively according to national criteria. Except in the case of recognition of length of adult service, awards are not made automatically. Proper, detailed justification must be made in every case.

Bear Grylls writes, “For many years our Association has had a scheme providing formal recognition of good adult service. It also recognises special acts of bravery, quick thinking in the face of danger, courage and endurance for all young people and adults involved in the Movement. There is no mystery in the way our awards scheme works. The scheme is governed by rules laid down in POR which are administered by the Awards Board on my behalf. Applications have to be made through the Regional Commissioners to the Awards Board, whose members are charged with maintaining consistent standards across the United Kingdom”.

Find out more at: or just email me to ask about making an application:

Let’s give a real thank you to all those who work so hard in our Region!