Could you lead Scouting in Midlothian?

Could you lead Scouting in Midlothian?

We now need a brilliant volunteer manager to continue to take Scouting forward in Midlothian.

Martin Browne has been Acting DC for one year, as he agreed with me. He is now moving on to become Assistant Regional Commissioner, Communications. He has worked hard to support leaders and I would like to appoint someone who can continue to help Scouting in Midlothian grow and develop. 

Could you be the next DC? Or do you know someone who could be the next DC?

As the District Commissioner, you will offer support to Scout Groups, Explorer Units and the Network, and their leadership teams. You will manage adults, setting objectives and holding regular one-to-one meetings. Most importantly, you will ensure that Scouting offers an enjoyable and attractive programme for young people in Midlothian, helping prepare them for a bright future.

Although no Scouting experience is necessary, you will know how to motivate people and can produce a local development plan. You will have the charisma to inspire your District Team. And you will be well supported by the Regional Leadership Team.  Above all, you will believe passionately in Scouting for All: helping Scouting grow, becoming more inclusive, more youth-shaped and making a positive impact in local communities.

It’s a challenging role, but the rewards are huge, improving the outcomes for hundreds of young people in Midlothian. Scouting offers fun, friendship and life-changing adventure to over 7,500 young people in South East Scotland Region. But this is only made possible by our talented teams of volunteers – and you will become a member of our Regional Leadership Team!

If you are interested or want to know more, please contact me at 0131 312 8956 or margery.naylor@blueyonder.co.uk or look at the info on https://sesscouts.org.uk/. You can also obtain more information from the generic Role Description issued by Scouts Scotland – please see the link below – or just fill in the application or nomination form below.

I hope that you will also want to circulate all the attached information to other leaders and parents as widely as possible, if you can.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Margery Naylor
Regional Commissioner, South East Scotland Scouts 

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Volunteer vacancy pack

Letter to parents

Letter to leaders

Application form

Nomination form

Welcome to Richard Fairbairn, the new DC Midlothian (Acting)

Welcome to Richard Fairbairn, the new DC Midlothian (Acting)

I am very pleased to announce that Richard Fairbairn has agreed to be the new District Commissioner (Acting) for Midlothian. Martin Browne has worked very hard as the DC and is now moving on to become the Assistant Regional Commissioner, Communications. We will be going out to open competition for the post of DC Midlothian and the advert is in this month’s newsletter and on SES Scouts website home page.

Richard Fairbairn has 28 years adult service within Scouting, during that time he has always been involved in 14th Midlothian Bonnyrigg Scout Group, where he is currently the Group Scout Leader.

He is also on the District Executive, is a Nights Away Adviser as well as a Training Adviser.

In addition Richard is involved at a Scottish level, as Camp Leader of The Howling, Scotland’s National Cub Camp at Fordell Firs, and on the Camp team of Scotjam at Lochgoilhead.

Previously Richard has been Deputy District Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner (Cubs) in Midlothian.

Richard said “I’d like to thank Martin Browne for his last year covering the role of District Commissioner. I know we are all extremely grateful for the hard work he has put into the role, and we look forward to working with him, in his new role.”  

Richard can be contacted at richard.fairbairn@midlothianscouts.org.uk 

I would like to thank Richard for agreeing to take over the reins as Acting DC and I know that he will do fantastic work in that role. I’d also like to thank Martin for the way that he has given so much time, energy and commitment to working with leaders in Midlothian and giving them support and advice whenever they needed it. He has done a great job!

Margery Naylor
Regional Commissioner, SES Scouts

Midlothian District Scouts, Adelboden, Switzerland 2019

On Wednesday 24th July, 11 Leaders, 16 Scouts and 16 Explorers from throughout Midlothian District set off for Adelboden, Switzerland.  We arrived safely after spending 28 hours travelling by coach and ferry.

On Friday we enjoyed a leisurely walk to Engstligenalp where Switzerland’s second largest waterfall can bee seen.  The young people spent some time exploring the area, climbing rocks and enjoying the views.  We also celebrated Damian and Linda’s wedding anniversary with cards, gifts and cake.

Saturday saw us visiting the Schilthorn where we invested seven new Explorers, a Cub Scout Leader and handed out a 10 year service award.  On the way back down we visited Murren village and Birg where the young people and some of the braver adults attempted the sky walk.

On Sunday it decided to rain, a lot, so we adapted the programme to suit.  Frutigen indoor swimming pool, then in the afternoon back at the chalet everyone took part in a bin bag catwalk, which was great fun for all.  Ron and Gravy our coach drivers kindly judged the entries.

Monday 29th we visited the Top of Europe, Jungfrau, after a brief walk out onto the glacier which we had to evacuate due to several people suffering from altitude sickness.

Tuesday the sun shone very brightly, we all enjoyed some sightseeing and shopping in Thun.  We also met some Swiss Scouts and helped them with their Monopoly game.  We travelled to Spiez by boat and met up with Ron and Gravy who took us to Interlaken to visit the chocolate factory.

Wednesday was Kandersteg day.  We took the gondolas to Oeschinensee, walked to the lake and some brave Scouts went for a swim before heading to the toboggans.  In the evening we went to Swiss night, and one of our Scouts, Struan, kindly played the bag pipes and we sang Flower of Scotland, to about 200 other Scouts and Guides.

On Thursday 1st August we celebrated Caroline’s birthday, she thought we’d forgot. Caroline tested herself by taking part in the zip wire activity at the Adventure Park.  We continued the birthday celebrations with a Luau and as it was Swiss National Day we were treated to a fireworks display at night.

Our last day, Friday, we visited Niesenbahn, Swiss Pyramid travelling by funicular to the top, the clouds lifted enough for us to get some spectacular views. 

Saturday 3rd we said a sad goodbye to Adelboden, arriving home on Sunday.

Jo Whiting, Cub Scout Leader, Midlothian District

Want to know more about stars and planets?

Then go to the Midlothian Science Festival  at Newbattle Abbey on Monday 7 October from 7-9pm. Five Scouts from 12th Midlothian (Dalkeith) Scout Troop are presenting a session on astronomy. The presentation has been put together with an astronomer from the Royal Observatory Edinburgh and is suitable for all ages (and parents too).

Booking will soon be open at https://midlothiansciencefestival.com/ Please come along with your Colony, Pack, Troop or Unit and support the Dalkeith Scouts in learning about the night sky and enjoy some space-themed fun.

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Martin Browne, District Commissioner, Midlothian. martin.browne@midlothianscouts.org.uk

Midlothian District Scouts, Adelboden, Switzerland 2019

On Wednesday 24 July, 11 Leaders, 16 Scouts and 16 Explorers from throughout Midlothian District set off for Adelboden, Switzerland.  We arrived safely after spending 28 hours travelling by coach and ferry.

On Friday we enjoyed a leisurely walk to Engstligenalp where Switzerland’s second largest waterfall can bee seen.  The young people spent some time exploring the area, climbing rocks and enjoying the views.  We also celebrated Damian and Linda’s wedding anniversary with cards, gifts and cake.

Saturday saw us visiting the Schilthorn where we invested seven new Explorers, a Cub Scout Leader and handed out a 10 year service award.  On the way back down we visited Murren village and Birg where the young people and some of the braver adults attempted the sky walk.

On Sunday it decided to rain, a lot, so we adapted the programme to suit.  Frutigen indoor swimming pool, then in the afternoon back at the chalet everyone took part in a bin bag catwalk, which was great fun for all.  Ron and Gravy our coach drivers kindly judged the entries.

Monday 29th we visited the Top of Europe, Jungfrau, after a brief walk out onto the glacier which we had to evacuate due to several people suffering from altitude sickness.

Tuesday the sun shone very brightly, we all enjoyed some sightseeing and shopping in Thun.  We also met some Swiss Scouts and helped them with their Monopoly game.  We travelled to Spiez by boat and met up with Ron and Gravy who took us to Interlaken to visit the chocolate factory.

Wednesday was Kandersteg day.  We took the gondolas to Oeschinensee, walked to the lake and some brave Scouts went for a swim before heading to the toboggans.  In the evening we went to Swiss night, and one of our Scouts, Struan, kindly played the bag pipes and we sang Flower of Scotland, to about 200 other Scouts and Guides.

On Thursday 1st August we celebrated Caroline’s birthday, she thought we’d forgot. Caroline tested herself by taking part in the zip wire activity at the Adventure Park.  We continued the birthday celebrations with a Luau and as it was Swiss National Day we were treated to a fireworks display at night.

Our last day, Friday, we visited Niesenbahn, Swiss Pyramid travelling by funicular to the top, the clouds lifted enough for us to get some spectacular views. 

Saturday 3rd we said a sad goodbye to Adelboden, arriving home on Sunday.

Jo Whiting, Cub Scout Leader, Midlothian District

Bonnyrigg Scouts’ Extreme Survival Camp

Seven Scouts and one Explorer from Bonnyrigg took part in an Extreme Survival Camp over the weekend 8-10 February.

Five of the group assembled at Currie Wood, across the river from the Midlothian District campsite at Borthwick, on the Friday afternoon. Leaders Peter Hyde from Bonnyrigg and Adrian Marchant from Penicuik were on hand to show the Scouts how to survive the weekend without many of the camping aids which Scouts might take for granted.

Scouts crossing the river to their first night’s campsite

The first task was to build a shelter for the night by stretching a rope between two trees and covering it with a tarpaulin to make it keep those sleeping under it dry all night.

Then the Scouts were shown how to start a fire without matches and they soon learned to gather enough wood to keep it going in order to cook their dinner and keep them warm all evening.

Dinner was squirrel which was supplied by a specialist game dealer. The Scouts were shown how to prepare the squirrel and cook it into a stew with vegetables to make a good evening meal. Fortunately, they managed to achieve this during daylight hours although this meant that the rest of the evening was spent keeping each other’s company around the fire until an early night beckoned.

Saturday morning saw a 6am start with the fire restarted and breakfast underway. Striking camp, the Scouts had to work out how they were going to walk cross country to Saturday night’s campsite on the edge of Fala Moor.

Scouts planning their route from Borthwick to Fala

The Scouts set off in good heart and hiked across farmland for a distance of 4 miles. Permission had been obtained from the farmers en route and at least one helped the Scouts on their way.

Scouts reach the second night’s campsite

Arriving at the edge of Fala Moor the Scouts found that their second night’s campsite was in a forest with plenty of tree cover. This time the Scouts could choose to bivouac under the trees and together they set up camp in the forest.

Three Scouts and Erika joined the group for the Saturday night 

Three more Scouts joined the group for the Saturday night. One 10-year old had only been a Scout for three weeks and this was his first camp. Leader Erika Pryde from Bonnyrigg also joined the group for the second night.

Two fires were quickly lit and dinner prepared. On the menu tonight was woodpigeon which was prepared after instruction from the leaders and cooked into a stew with vegetables. S’mores followed for dessert and the fire. Scouts quickly learn that a spoon does nearly everything!

Dinner was interrupted by a visit from the District Commissioner who found the 8 young people in good heart and enjoying their survival experience. The Scouts found that this sort of camp is very demanding at times and at other times, especially in the evening, they had to amuse themselves as a lot of time was spent doing nothing. None of this deterred any of the Scouts from enjoying the experience.

Spelling “Scouts” with sticks from the fire

The Scouts all learned essential survival skills over the weekend. They camped outside without tents, used knives to gut and prepared meat for stew, and they learned to light fires without matches. They planned their route across country to wild camp on the Saturday evening.

The weather was kind to the Scouts this year but in past years the camp has taken place in several feet of snow. Who knows what weather next year’s camp might experience? The Scouts learned how to keep warm and dry and also the importance of gathering sufficient wood to keep a fire burning. Water is a precious commodity which had to be collected and used sparingly.

The Scouts learnt a lot and were encouraged to think outside the box. Information came thick and fast and the Scouts were encouraged to bring a small note book and pen for the day when they find themselves teaching these skills to other Scouts. Peter still has his notebook from his survival skills training and he still refers to it regularly.

Big thanks go to Peter Hyde for organising the event and getting permissions from the landowners involved. Thanks too to Adrian and Erika for supporting the event and giving eight young people the opportunity to earn their Survival Skills Badge. Photo Credits: Adrian Marchant

Martin Browne, District Commissioner, Midlothian District