Welcome to our new District Commissioner for East Lothian

Hilary Cartwright

I am a volunteer that had absolutely no relevant previous Scouting experience or Scouting skills 10 years ago. I found my way into Scouting in North Berwick like many volunteers do by stepping forward to ensure a section didn’t close, so my sons’ could get involved.

I joined the movement in 2009 as Beaver Scout leader and persuaded some friends to join me whilst away camping to secure the colony’s future. Then I moved on to being Cub Scout leader in 2014.

It is through both of these roles that my passion for Scouting for All was nurtured as I have a genuine passion to enable young people to do more, learn more and be more, through fun and adventure, as I have seen first-hand that we do make a difference and do have a positive impact on many young people through our shared Scouting adventures.

I have been Group Scout Leader with 1st North Berwick since Jan 2017. I recognise the key to successful local Scouting is continuous recruitment programmes and then active support of leaders and executive group members in their roles. 

So I became a District Training Advisor and a Regional Safeguarding Trainer in 2017. Later in the year I was persuaded to accept the role of Deputy District Commissioner (Adult Support) in 2017, which has enabled me to meet and support many leaders across the large geographical area of our District. 

I am very honoured to be appointed to the role of the District Commissioner for East Lothian. I will continue to be a passionate advocate for young people and for the adults who volunteer to support them 

But Scouting is far removed from my day job as a Chartered Physiotherapist, having worked for many years in NHS  and then subsequently in the private and charitable sectors in various clinical and managerial roles. When I’m not working or Scouting, I am the CEO of my growing family but I do find time for a good book, a box set or a kayak in the North Sea, but couldn’t do any of the above without the enduring support of my family. 

Hilary Cartwright

 

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of our new District Commissioner for East Lothian. I am very confident that she will bring enthusiasm, energy and a real commitment to working with leaders and supporters to enabling young people to have a great time in Scouting.”

Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner.

A busy night at Cubs learning to tie the Reef Knot and Round Lashing

A busy night at Longniddry Cubs learning to tie the Reef Knot and Round Lashing. The Cubs then had to capture an escaped lizard, make a flagpole higher than the Bowling Club’s one, drop a tennis ball into a space on the roof and make a 4 metre selfie stick! As you do!

Another successful sleepover for Pencaitland Beavers!

Despite the wet weather, the 6th Annual Pencaitland Beaver Sleepover went ahead on 9 August at the Carriage House in Pencaitland.

Thirteen beavers, some of them spending their first night away from home, bunked down at the Carriage House after an evening comprising a barbecue, a (very muddy) nature walk in the Winton Estate, making mini clay monsters and cooking: ‘smores’, chocolate bananas and toasting marshmallows.  We also made get well cards for our assistant Beaver leader, Bede, who was badly injured in an accident over the Summer; get well soon Bede! 

The evening was brought to an end with a campfire and enthusiastic renditions of ‘Heads, Shoulder, Knees and Toes’ and, rather appropriately, ‘Singing in The Rain.’ 

After an early breakfast, the Beavers played team games in the Carriage House courtyard between showers, before a few rounds of the obligatory camp game  ‘Are these your socks?’ Once packed up, the Beavers devoured a snack of juice, fruit and crisps and we split into two groups for crafts (printing and making bookmarks) before coming back together to put up a tent. 

Parents arrived to pick up their charges just as the rain stopped.  Another successful sleepover to kick off a new term of Beavers in Pencaitland was in the bag!

David Donohoe, Beaver Leader, East Lothian District

Iain Gray, MSP for East Lothian visits East Lothian Beavers

Iain has risen to the challenge and has agreed to complete the Scouts Scotland Youth Advocacy Award which is an award from Scouts Scotland exclusively for MSPs who are committed to raising issues related to young people in the Scottish Parliament.

He is working towards his Youth Advocacy Award by completing a number of activities in the same way all Scouts do for their badges. These actions have been chosen and designed by young people in Scouting.

He visited and joined in helping with 1st North Berwick Scout Group – Monday Beavers on 3rd June 2019 which is one of activities towards his award.

He helped our Beavers with their camp preparation which included, learning some songs with actions around our indoor campfire, helping the Beavers Scouts decide what to pack for camp so that the  Beavers can “Be Prepared“, how to unpack and pack their sleeping bag, learning how to make a reef knot and the tradition of having a Scout camp blanket. Some Beavers discussed in detail with what activities they did to earn their Personal challenge badge.

# skills for life packing up your sleeping bag 

His visit also took place during National Volunteers Week and it was a great opportunity for him to find out about the work that all our volunteers do on a weekly basis across East Lothian.

As an East Lothian MSP, he was presented with an East Lothian District Scout Necker by Hilary Cartwright, Group Scout leader, 1st North Berwick and Deputy District Commissioner of East Lothian Scout District.

1st North Berwick Scout Group wishes him well as he continues to raise issues on behalf of young people in East Lothian in the Scottish Parliament and as he strives to achieve his award.

1st North Berwick Beavers and Cubs raise over £2,000 for Summer Camp

The 1st North Berwick Scout Group has been busy recently raising much needed funds towards its annual camp.

The camp is taking place at PGL Dalguise in June. The 1st North Berwick Scout Group needed to raise money towards the cost of transport to and from the camp as 2 buses are needed for almost 100 Cubs, Beavers, leaders and the parent helpers who are expected to attend.  The annual camp is always one of the highlights of the year for the Cubs and Beavers. They will be spending 2 nights away and are able to take part in water sports and other activities that are not available locally.

In order to raise money towards the bus hire, 43 Cubs and Beavers, aged between 6 and 10 years, completed a sponsored hike on 17 March from Yellowcraig Beach back to their base at North Berwick Scout Hall.  The youngsters proudly carried their Scouting flags the entire way, helping to raise awareness of the Scout Association too.

On Saturday 30 March, the Group also held a coffee morning at North Berwick’s Hope Rooms.   The Cubs and Beavers served tea and coffee along with home baking. There was also a tombola, raffle and some lovely Mothers’ Day gifts, which all contributed towards the fund raising. The event was a real success, raising over £900, and was supported by some of the founder leaders of Beavers in East Lothian.  

Thank you to everyone within our local and scouting community for your amazing hard work and support for both these events.  We have been able to pay for the transport for the camp, meaning each child’s payment has been greatly reduced. 

With the money raised we were also able to purchase camp blankets for all the Beavers and Cubs, and had a commemorative camp badge made. We ran a design competition for it, with the winning design created by one of our Cubs, Austin Walker. Well done Austin!

Laura Hill, 1st North Berwick Beaver leader

Super Summer for North Berwick Bear Cubs

The 1st North Berwick Bear Cubs had a fun filled, action packed summer term spending most of their sessions outside. They visited the North Berwick RNLI station where the RNLI volunteers spoke about the work they do and the equipment they use. The Cubs learnt how to enjoy the water around North Berwick safely and hopefully we have some future RNLI volunteers amongst us.

North Berwick Scouts at RNLIThis image requires alt text, but the alt text is currently blank. Either add alt text or mark the image as decorative.

The pack also went on a number of hikes along beaches, through woodland and around lakes. They learnt about the Countryside Code, local wildlife and health and well-being. They made some fantastic dens thanks to a storm that brought down lots of branches just before our session! The Cubs also went to Auchengillan Camp with over 100 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from North Berwick, visited Concorde and built volcanoes on the beach.

North Berwick Cubs on the BeachNorth Berwick Cubs Building Dens