13,800,000,000 – the number of years travelled in time by the 80 Beavers who took part in a sleepover at Dynamic Earth in May. It was a great experience to explore this popular attraction after all the visitors had disappeared.
6.4% – the increase in young people in the district since the 2017 census.
4 – the number of special awards that have been presented in Pentland. Well done to Ben Walker (19th Scouts) and to Stewart Nicoll (98th Scouts) in receiving the Commendation for Good Service Award, Claire Dallas (Active Support) for being her Award for Merit and to Natalia, who is a Cub at the 92nd who was presented with a Meritorious Conduct Award.
11.6 – the number of kilometres that the 40 Scouts who took part in the Pentland Hills Expedition Challenge hiked over 2 days.
530 – the number of sausages cooked for breakfast for the 180 Scouts, 60 adults and 10 Explorers at the Brass Monkey camp at Bonaly in February. The wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits for those taking part in the Monopoly themed event and a great time was had by all. Well done to the winning team who were from the 100th.
10 – the numbers of days that 2 patrols from Pentland spent at the Blair Atholl Jamborette taking part in a variety of activities and meeting Scouts from all over the world.
5 – the total number of goals scored in the final of the Pentland District Football Cup which was held at the World of Football in May. The winner of the trophy were from the 19th as they overcame tough opposition in the final from the 107th.
50 – the number of Cubs who came along to Bonaly for the Sixers and Seconders camp in September. During the camp the Cubs learned some of the skills they needed to be effective leaders as well as having a shot on the challenging high ropes course.
265 – the number of fantastic adults who make Scouting happen in the District. Without all their hard work and support, the young people would not get the amazing experiences that have been offered to them over the past year.
485 – the score of the winning team from the 9th at this years District Flag camping competition.
200 – the number of cars that were raced at the first ever Pentland Cubs Pinewood Derby in November. Cubs designed and build their own cars from kits given to them and over the space of a day in November, raced them on the specially designed track.
12 – the number of action packed months that have taken place in the District
1 very happy outgoing Acting District Commissioner!
Over 180 Scouts made the trip to Bonaly for the annual Pentland District Brass Monkey Camp. Despite the constant Saturday rain and cold temperatures, everyone had a great time taking part in all the activities.
The Scouts took part in a Monopoly-themed activity where they had to go round 36 activities that were on their board to earn either a house, hotel or skyscraper depending on how well they did. Activities included minefield, space hopper racing, sushi sweeties, and a bush tucker trial. The winning team came from the 100th troop and received a special Brass Monkey hat for their efforts.
A huge well done to those who were responsible for planning the camp and making sure that the event ran so smoothly throughout the weekend. Also, well done to the nearly 60 adults and 10 Explorers who were there to help with running activities, cooking meals and keeping all the Scouts safe and happy.
Neil Hogg DDC
Almost 8 months ago the Jamboree journey began for the South East Scotland unit when our four Unit Leaders were selected from applicants across Scotland.
Leading the unit is Alan Gibson who is an Assistant Explorer Scout Leader with South Morningside Explorer Scout Unit (SMESU), Braid District. Making up the leader team are: Mark Petrie Cub Scout Leader 16th Craigalmond, Gillian Swarbrigg Assistant Scout Leader, West Region and Rhona Robb Assistant District Commissioner (AT), Clyde Region.
All our unit leaders have a vast amount of Scouting experiences under their belts, including many International events and World Scout Jamborees including Japan, Sweden, UK and South Korea. We believe we have a strong leadership team ready to support the unit of 36 young people when they embark on their adventure of a lifetime to the 24th World Scout Jamboree to be held in West Virginia in the summer of 2019.
November saw our selection weekend at Bonaly where we welcomed around 60 Scouts and Explorer Scouts over the weekend. Each had submitted an application that included a personal statement and testimony from their own sections leaders. The calibre and enthusiasm of the young people made for a most enjoyable weekend for the volunteers from the Region who came along to run team building bases and help in the incredibly difficult task of selecting just 36 young people to be part of the unit. We are very pleased to say we have representatives from the following Districts:
Borders, Braid, Craigalmond, Edinburgh North East, Midlothian and Pentland.
The first of five training weekends will take place in February when the unit will gather again at Bonaly for the weekend. This will be an opportunity for all the unit members to get to know each other, start forming their unit identity, plan different aspects of their training prior to the Jamboree and programming for the Jamboree experience itself.
You can follow the unit’s progress over the next 18 months on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/sescotlandwsj2019/ where the young people will have the opportunity to share stories of this life-changing experience.
2017 was an exciting time for Explorers in Pentland District with the establishment of two new Units within the District.
Along with the Bore Stane Unit set up in August to provide Explorer Scout provision in the Bruntsfield area of Edinburgh, the DEPEVAK Unit was set up in Juniper Green in October to try to combat the number of Scouts from their partner group, the 31st Pentland Scout Group, who were leaving the movement when they reached Explorer age.
The DEPEVAK name was chosen by the current Explorers and perhaps demonstrates some of the ambitions of the new unit as it is made up of the highest summits on the seven continents! The Unit held its first investiture in November, overlooking the District and wider Region on the side of Allermuir Hill in the Pentlands.
Both Units have full and varied programmes planned for the upcoming term, as they aim to give their Explorers the opportunity to continue their Scouting adventure.