As lockdown measures start to ease, UK Scouts/SHQ are working with youth sector partners and other Government bodies to understand what a safe return to face to face Scouts may look like when the readiness level reduces from red.
A framework and set of guidance on how elements of face to face Scouts could take place and the safety measures we would need to take into account has been produced.
You can also watch a webinar explaining more on how you can re-start Scouts.
Please remember, face to face Scouts is still suspended as the readiness level for Scotland is still red – but this is guidance to help you prepare for a for a time where restrictions may ease enough to allow it.
If you wish, you can review this guidance now and start to make local plans for how you would implement some face to face activities oncethe readiness level in the nation is reduced but please ensure you adhere to the guidance and the associated sign off processes BEFORE engaging young people in any indoor or outdoor face to face Scouting. In addition, please check with your Group/District about other local requirements e.g. who approves risk assessments.
However, please do not feel pressurised to take any action at this stage if you prefer not to.
We will continue to update you on advice given going forward.
Governance – including help for Executive Committees to consider how best they can support Scouts locally during this time
Programme – information on how to deliver activities to young people in a safe and interesting way – this is updated on a regular basis
Regional Office and Regional Scout Centres – including who and how to contact Regional staff at this time, and the status of Bonaly and Longcraig Scout Centres
Training – advice on how you can progress and keep your training, including mandatory requirements, up-to-date – please see Assistant Regional Commissioner Mary Dick’s article and this link also provides helpful advice: https://www.scouts.scot/members/training/scoutin/
Supporting adults and young people – advice on how to maintain your physical and mental health at this time – see separate article within this Newsletter
If you need any further information or support at this time please let us know. You can contact Mike Treanor, Scouting Support Officer at email@example.com
ScoutFest is Scouts Scotland’s festival for adult volunteers and Network Members held over a weekend in September at Scout Adventures Fordell Firs. It’s a great opportunity for attendees to catch up with friends, pick up some new programme ideas, learn some new skills and have fun.
When is ScoutFest?
Who is ScoutFest for?
Any member of Scouts who is over 18 is welcome to attend. It’s particularly recommended for new leaders, who are looking for learning and development opportunities.
Why should anyone go?
It’s an opportunity to learn new skills or complete training.
You can hear from experts in Scouting, who can answer questions face to face
You’ll pick up fresh programme ideas from a wide range of exhibitors.
It’s a great weekend at Fordell Firs, catching up with friends, meeting new ones and trying out some fun activities.
There will be food, drink and evening entertainment!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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!