Upcoming Scout and Cub Events

Upcoming Scout and Cub Events

The Howling 2020

The Howling – The Scottish National Cub Camp will be run at Scout Adventures Fordell Firs between Friday 6th – Sunday 8th September 2020.

The Howling is open to Cub Packs from across Scotland, who come with their leaders. It is in its 3rd consecutive year and was so popular that it sold out within 12 hours in 2019!!!

We are currently reviewing the booking process, if you would like details emailed, when they become available, please send an email to thehowling@scouts.scot

You can also visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/thehowlingcamp

Richard Fairbairn
Camp Leader
The Howling 2020



Booking for ScotJam 2020 is now open!!

ScotJam is Scouts Scotland annual summer residential experience for Cubs and Scouts at Scout Adventures Lochgoilhead.

ScotJam for Cubs runs from the 13th to 17th July 2020. The cost is £250.

ScotJam for Scouts runs from the 18th to 25th July 2020. The cost is £299.

A £60 deposit secures a place.

 For more information and for booking instructions just follow this link.

A Sparkling Showcase for Scouting!

A Sparkling Showcase for Scouting!

Our Annual Review and AGM 2019

On Tuesday 1 October, we saw fantastic presentations about Scouting activities in our Region over the last year. North Berwick Beavers told us about their great year of fun in the most entertaining way!

The most memorable part of their presentation was their song and throwing a bucket of water (actually confetti) over our distinguished guests who included four Lord Lieutenants!

In the photo (top) with Sharkey, Chief Commissioner for Scotland, are Lucas, Zander, Elliot, and Ted.

In the photo with Beaver leaders, Laura Hill and Caroline Danks, are Lucas, Zander, Elliot and Ted.

Midlothian Scouts showed us an entertaining video of their expedition to Adelboden in Switzerland. The video was put together by Jo Whiting, Cub leader and ADC Cubs; together with Brian McGuff,  Midlothian District Administrator.

Three Cramond Scouts told us about their individual journeys through Scouting and Sharkey, the Chief Commissioner for Scotland, presented them with their Chief Scout’s Gold Awards.

 They are Ruairidh (left), Ellie (right), Reuben ( below right) and Mike Treanor, Scout leader, Cramond Scouts (below left) with the three Scouts.

Three members of the Region’s contingent to the World Scout Jamboree in North America entertained us with all their adventures – from left Nina, Scott and Archie.

They told us the story of the way they had joined in with 40,000 other young people from around the world.

What a Scouting adventure!

Sharkey presented Alan Gibson, leader of the Region’s contingent to the World Scout Jamboree with the Award of Merit, in recognition of the fantastic job he had done in looking after 36 Explorers, together with three other leaders, including Mark Petrie from our Region.

Well done, Alan!

Finally, Matthew Wilson, Fraser Ewen, Joe Sinclair and Sam Praetcher, members of the Network expedition to Madagascar, told us about the sterling community work they had achieved and the fun they had. Brian Donoghue, from Craigalmond District and volunteers from Scotland went to Madagascar to help rebuild a girls’ refuge at Akany Favarohita, in Tana, Madagascar.

Sharkey also presented top awards to leaders, who have done so much for Scouting.

From left: Graeme Robertson – Silver Acorn, Irene Bonthrone – Silver Acorn, Judith Wood – Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service.

Our Regional AGM was then conducted most effectively, thanks to the excellent chairing by our President, Dick Allan (left).

John Cannon, Regional Chair, gave a very positive speech about all the Regional Executive Committee’s achievements in 2018-19. You can read it here

It was a great evening and very well attended by about 80 people. The  Annual Review was hosted by Rob Whitelaw, DC for ENE District, and compered by Mark Hesketh, DC for Craigalmond and Hilary Cartwright, DC for East Lothian. Our thanks to them for their cheerful approach to organising the evening!




Recruitment Fairs

Recruitment Fairs

In our August Regional Newsletter we told you about a number of upcoming events we were attending to support our adult volunteer recruitment activities.

To date we have attended the Napier University Freshers Fair attended by circa 4,000 students and the Edinburgh Volunteer Fair attended by over 1,000 potential volunteers. 

The stands were supported by a number of people from across our Districts and through their efforts and engagement we have nearly 100 leads to follow up which will hopefully result in some additional volunteers to support our existing sections. 

Thanks to those who supported the events and to those who are doing the follow-ups – we will report on any successes going forward.

On the 10th October we will be attending the Edinburgh University Volunteer and Careers Fair – thanks to those who are supporting this event.

Mike Treanor, Scouting Support Officer

Key dates for your diaries for training and the Annual Review

Please save the dates now!

First Response

Sunday 6 October @ 10:00 – 16:30

10th Craigalmond Scout Hall, 31 Corstorphine High Street, Edinburgh, EH12 7SY + Google Map

No charge for Adult Training in SESR – 5 spots left

Basic first aid training is required for all leaders in all sections in Scouting. Tea and coffee will be provided – please bring a packed lunch. Uniform is not required. If after booking you need to cancel, please email training@sesscouts.org.uk so someone else can use your place.

More dates coming soon.

Safeguarding Workshop

Tuesday 27 August @ 13:00 – 15:30

Bonaly Scout Centre and Training Hut, 71 Bonaly Road, Edinburgh, EH13 0PB United Kingdom + Google Map

No charge for Adult Training in SESR – 24 spots left

All adults who have regular contact with young people must attend a Safeguarding Workshop and these are offered each term.   Our Region strongly recommends that adults should attend these within one year of validating Module 1 and then every three years to maintain an awareness of the latest guidance offered by the Scout Association. This event will be at Bonaly, in Forth Lodge.

More dates coming soon.

Annual Review and Regional AGM – Tuesday 1 October

Not 28th October as mistakenly advertised in last month’s newsletter. The Annual Review and AGM will start at 7.00pm and be over by 9.00pm. They will be held at 28 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EP (aka the Police Club). More details to follow in the September newsletter.

Are you prepared?

“Be Prepared.” “Be prepared for what?” “Why, for any old thing,” said Robert Baden-Powell

“…Owl was explaining that in a case of Sudden and Temporary Immersion the Important Thing was to keep the Head Above Water…”
Winnie the Pooh

Are you prepared for our Regional Annual Review and AGM on 1 October at 28 York Place Hotel, EH1 3EP at 7.00?

Do come and hear all about the great activities that our young people have been enjoying. South East Scotland Scouts offer fantastic opportunities to young people to have fun and adventure. As leaders and supporters, we also aim help young people learn new skills and to make a difference in our communities. And we want to share our experiences more widely, so there will be a variety of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers telling us all about what they have been doing.

Sharkey, the Chief Commissioner for Scotland, will be present to meet you and answer your questions.

The AGM will be very brief – no need for long speeches as all the relevant information, such as minutes, accounts, etc, will be put on the SES Scouts website from Sept 2019. We want to focus on what our young people have been achieving through Scouting!

Do come and have a good evening meeting old and new members of our Association.

Margery Naylor
Regional Commissioner, South East Scotland Scouts

Get ready for our Regional AGM 1 Oct 2019

The Scottish Contingent to the World Scout Jamboree 2019

Save the date – NOW!

On Tuesday 1 October 2019, starting at 7.30 pm, we’re planning to hold our Regional AGM at 28 York Place Hotel EH1 3EP, taking time to tell you about all the exciting things that have been happening in our Region in 2018-19 and hearing from the young people at the World Scout Jamboree in USA and many others from around our 7 Districts.

We’ll follow that with some refreshments.

This will be a good opportunity to meet old friends, make new friends, ask questions and to
have fun!

More details to follow, so please put the date in your diaries NOW!

Look forward to you joining us.

The Scouting Showcase will be held at Bonaly in Spring 2020, when all the developments have been completed.