Many Groups would like to be able to hire and drive minibuses to give young people amazing adventures in the UK and abroad. However, the rules around who can or can’t drive minibuses can vary according to different circumstances, vehicle size, location or organisation.
Please remember that if you are driving a minibus on behalf of Scouting, you will need to follow The Scout Association’s guidance, as they may differ from rules you are familiar with for other organisations. Also, if you are driving a minibus overseas, you may need to check that you are eligible to do so, even if you are permitted to in the UK. The Scout Association says:
All visits [abroad] with minibuses must follow the advice of the Community Transport Association (CTA).
For more information, please click here: https://www.scouts.scot/media/1758/minibusfaqs.pdf or contact Graham Carrington at email@example.com or Tasha Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The 24th World Scout Jamboree will take place at the Summit Bechtel Reserve between 22nd July and 2nd August 2019. You can take a helicopter tour of the site here.Continue Reading World Scout Jamboree 2019
This summer is gearing up to be a great one for trips abroad in the region, ranging from Jamboree visits to Explorer Belts, and much more in between.
Continue Reading What’s Up this Summer?