Longcraig Scouts Centre Update August 2020

Longcraig Scouts Centre Update August 2020

COVID update

Like all other activity centres, Longcraig has had to temporarily stop activities and any meetings with our members, until instructed otherwise. We have now started to generate some of the necessary Risk Assessments both to allow our own team in to the centre to do some maintenance activity, and thereafter to prepare the way for scouting activities to get started again.

Longcraig will be back just as soon as we are allowed to and enabled to, we just don’t know exactly when! Meanwhile, we all keep a close eye on the Scottish Government announcements, and watch out for updates from SHQ, the Regional Executive Committee, and of course the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) and BC (British Canoeing).

One thing is certain though – we will be having more hand washing, cleaning, and disinfecting – not that we expect that to be any surprise to anyone!

A couple of important Anniversaries coming up in the near future:

National Marine Week (and a bit)

https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/national-marine-week-2020/

Running from the 25th of July to the 9th of August, to take advantage of the tides, National Marine Week is a chance to celebrate the wonderful wildlife found in the seas around the UK, and our relationship with this incredible habitat that surrounds us.

Wildlife Trusts around the UK will be holding sea-themed events, from snorkelling through the waters of Wembury Bay in Devon, to exploring the rockpools of Yorkshire’s Boggle Hole on a seashore safari, or even picnicking with a porpoise on the clifftops of North Wales.

National Coastguard Day

Celebrated annually on August 4th, Coastguard Day commemorates the anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Coast Guard as the Revenue-Marine in 1790. On August 4th, 1790 Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton established the Revenue-Marine to serve as an armed customs enforcement service. In 1894, it was renamed the Revenue Cutter Service. In 1915, it merged with the U.S. Life-Saving Service. Thus, the United States Coast Guard was formed.

This is a US celebration day, but let’s all take a moment to remember the UK Coastguard too, who protect and preserve lives around our coasts 365 days of the year!

LONGCRAIG – Can you help us operate the ‘Longcraig of the Future’ after Lockdown?

As we start to plan our way back into operation, we have identified a number of specific roles that we would like to recruit suitable candidates for. Three key roles are outlined below, but as well as that, we are on the lookout for anyone with water skills, and also for anyone who simply has an interest to help young people develop and take advantage of the facilities and expertise that we can offer. Water skills not necessary – we can either teach you or indeed you may not be a water-nymph and happy to provide some of the support ashore – all necessary roles!

Media and promotional generation

One of the activities we have focussed on is updating, rationalising, and improving our PR material, in all forms. We’ve now defined what different sets of material we want to move forward with, and are seeking someone with digital creative skills who could help us create eye-catching material to cover both recruitment and to attract new customers once we are fully open again. These would be both digitally generated material, which could be printed, web-based and also for use on social media and other platforms.

If you have a skill or an interest in this, please get in touch – getinvolved@longcraig.info.

Support for Young People

As you will read elsewhere, we are working behind the scenes to resurrect an Explorer Unit based at Longcraig, providing both some support for Longcraig as an activity centre, and also a programme for Explorer age young people, wo might have a particular interest in water-based activities. We’ve identified a potential Explorer Leader to head this Unit up and coordinate what goes on, but to make it fully functional and practical we seek one or more Assistant Explorer Leaders to join this team. These people would also by default become part of the Longcraig ASU but could focus purely on the Explorer Unit or could take part in other aspects of the Centre as well. We’re very flexible!

If you have a skill or an interest in this, please get in touch – getinvolved@longcraig.info.

COVID support 

When Longcraig opens, we may well have to do things slightly differently, as part of our response to help keep the virus at bay. One possibility is that we may well need a few more people around the Centre when we are operating, to help with potential cleansing, disinfecting, preparation and stow away, not to mention perhaps having to keep the scouts and guides at safe distances as well! We anticipate these will be very much shore-based roles, and will provide what may become a very necessary extra part of the running of an activity centre in the future.  

If you have a skill or an interest in this, please get in touch – getinvolved@longcraig.info.

Facilities upgrade

The Planning Application for Longcraig’s facilities Upgrade was lodged on time, before the end of June. It is currently working its way through the City Planning Department and we anticipate a decision on this by around the end of August.

These improvements cover our changing, toilets and showers. Whilst these have come a long way from the initial facilities back in the 1970’s and 1980’s (for those who can remember)

Re-imaging of original toilet at Longcraig

the current facilities were built around 1990 and are showing their signs of age as well as not being entirely appropriate for the 2020’s and beyond.

That will of course require a second stage of approval from the Regional executive and we all hope for and encourage their support in this step later in the year.

During the more recent period of lockdown, we have successfully taken advantage of Longcraig being unoccupied, and more importantly, DRY inside! So, we’ve re-painted some of the floors, as the photo of our boathouse shows (where we keep the two safety boats).

 

Temporary Storage Required

Providing that this all falls into place, we will need to remove some of our boats and equipment over the winter, to enable the builders to get access to the bits that are being upgraded. We are, therefore, seeking some temporary storage space to free up some room over this time. It could be to store some boxed up equipment or it could be for some boats on trailers – either way, it needs to be secure, but could be either indoors or outdoors. It might just be a shed; or a loft’ or a storage container; or simply a secure outdoor space which we can access.

If you have, or know of anyone who has, any such space available from around October/November through to end of March, please get in touch!

Permit Assessments

Whist we plan Longcraig’s return to active Scouting, we are aware that a number of people may have a need for permit assessment (or even for early stages of permits)

If you fall into that category, please get in touch. Whilst we make the bigger wider plans, we also need to plan in appropriate assessment days, whether that is later this year (if we can) or into 2021. Remember too that there is some grant funding available to help with any training or assessments for activity permits (not just water ones!) so if you have any questions or queries please get in touch and we will do what we can to help.

Everyone leading a water activity for Scouts MUST hold an appropriate Activity Permit for that activity and location!

Ian Harrower
Longcraig Scout Centre Active Support Unit
Getinvolved@longcraig.info

Longcraig Scout Centre Update

Longcraig Scout Centre Update

Longcraig Scout Centre, like all other activity centres, has had to temporarily stop activities and any meetings with our members, until instructed otherwise.

But that doesn’t stop Scouts from thinking about water activities, and participating in a variety of digital material which may be of interest.

 

Forty-Five Paddling Films To Watch While You’re Off The Water

A range of videos from the RYA – aimed at kids but we’re all young at heart!!

Kids Fun Lockdown Activity – SAIL SMARTS with Jake – Learn and have fun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRYeYlyaQdI

SAIL SMARTS 1 – KIDS ACTIVITY – OH BUOY! WHAT COLOUR? SAIL FROM HOME

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrTB53EGuAQ

SAIL SMARTS 2 -TIDES – KIDS LOCKDOWN ACTIVITY – SAIL FROM HOME

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2yCy2YdejA

Longcraig– Recruiting for the future

 

Although the Centre is currently closed, we continue to think towards a day when we will be open again and out in boats on real water!

What better time to think about how you might be able to help us in the future! If you have any inkling to get involved either on or off the water, but with assisting the operation of a busy water activity centre, now could be a good time to get in touch. We can do quite a lot of preparatory work remotely, and in particular, explore with you where your skills or aspirations lie.

This is not confined to adults or leaders – we are happy to encourage anyone from Explorers, through our Network section, to also include (of course) any adults whether you are an existing leader in a section, a group supporter, parents and carers, friends, wider family and work colleagues. We do appreciate that at the present time, volunteering may not be top of everyone’s agenda, but if you have room on your agenda, have a think about it.

We can kick things off with one of our Coffee and Cake meetings on Zoom so we can explain a bit more about what we do and how we go about it, and why we need more folks to help out.

As a reminder, here are some of the role categories we are interested in supporting:

Water skills instructors/leaders:

Anyone who holds a recognised paddle sport, sailing or powerboating qualification is welcome to get in touch. We operate up to five evenings a week during the summer season, and every weekend, so we need a lot of volunteers to cover all of these. If you have a passion for sharing your skills with young people and help them develop their own knowledge, then this would be an ideal role for you.

Some water skills:

As above, but we can help you develop your skills and experience first of all to gain a formal qualification, which you can then share with others once you have the confidence level needed. In the meantime, you would be able to gain some of that experience by simply helping out with some of our activities, as well as separate dedicated improvement time for yourself.

Land based activities:

As well as our extensive water based programme, we have a number of resources (but not enough people to deliver) to support additional activities off the water which we can utilise either if the weather conditions are not ideal, or to supplement water activities on some occasions when we have to cater for large numbers. These can include indoor and outdoor activities, covering all ages of the Scouting programme. Ideal candidates might also help take some responsibility for organising and maintaining, and expanding, this sector of our operation.

Support activities:

We can split these into two parts – we have a small group who assist our water based instructors with preparing and running safety checks for young people before they go out on the water; escorting groups to their boating activities as required; then assisting with folks when they come off the water to help ensure everything is cleaned, stored and that the participants get suitably warmed up and into dry clothes if necessary. This can also include kitchen support – we have a comprehensive kitchen facility which can provide hot drinks, and can expand to barbeques and on occasion to meals and snacks.

The second part of this is simply (but obviously quite extensively!) the support needed to just operate an activity centre – from running repairs, to fuelling up boats and the tractor, to mowing the grass, cutting roadside verges, and some straightforward painting, woodwork, electricals and any skills that people can bring to this support role.

For all of these – getinvolved@longcraig.info and we’ll take it from there!

2020 – Scotland’s Year of Waters and Coasts

 

Clearly, due to the lockdown, most if not all of the events planned in the near coming months are now cancelled. It is not yet clear what the future plan is for this nationwide, year-long event – partial resurrection, or postpone until 2021, or something else?

We’ll try and keep everyone updated each month.

Ian Harrower
Longcraig Active Support Unit

Temporary Closure of Longcraig Scout Centre

Temporary Closure of Longcraig Scout Centre

All Leaders will be aware of the recent email from Tim Kidd, UK Chief Commissioner, instructing that ALL face to face Scouting activities are suspended until further notice due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Schools have also been instructed to cancel planned events and as a result we have decided to close the Regional Scout Centres until 30th June 2020 to ensure the safety of our customers, volunteers and staff.

All customers with a booking during the period 16th March to 30th June will be contacted by our teams over the course of the next month and will be offered the choice of transferring to an alternative date or a refund.

Please be assured that we continue to monitor the situation to determine the earliest possible date when we can safely reopen for business as determined by the National Governments and The Scouts.

In summary,

  • Bookings planned between 16th March and 30th June 2020.

Customers will be contacted and offered an alternative date or a refund.

  • Bookings planned from 1st July 2020 onwards

Customers can request a change of date without any financial penalty however bookings cancelled after 30th June 2020 will not be offered a refund of their deposit if within 21 days of the booked activity.

  • Bookings for the autumn term

As bookings are being rescheduled, availability will be limited during this period. We encourage everyone planning an event later this year to contact the Longcraig teams or check on-line to determine our availability.

We understand this may cause disappointment for you and your young people who were planning to attend, but we are sure you appreciate we are in unprecedented times. If you have any queries please contact bookings@longcraig.info.

The Longcraig team is preparing some ‘Scouting Indoors’ ideas with a specific water activity twist, to help provide some aspect of activity training over the next few months. These will most likely be prepared and issued as a ‘drip feed’ (water term!) throughout the closure period. 

And finally, although we are closed to activities, we do seek to continue our search for new volunteers throughout the period, so any leaders, adults, Network, Explorers or parents/friends who might have some time available once we are back to normal, please do get in touch at getinvolved@longcraig.info. We have opportunities for water skilled folks, water un-skilled folks, ground team who might never need to get their feet wet, and people with specific technical skills that they might be able to share / impart.

In the meantime, we wish you, your families, Scout groups and young people well especially during these difficult times.

Malcolm Leckie, Longcraig ASU Manager and all the Longcraig Team
https://www.longcraig.info/

 

Longcraig – Recruiting for the future

Longcraig – Recruiting for the future

Seeking out all members of Network in the Region:

This applies to everyone between the ages of 18 and 25. This is what Network is, even if you don’t actively participate in Network meetings or events. You are still members of Network!

And Network members are particularly suited to helping out and supporting the work we do at Longcraig – this can be alongside your current Scouting roles; it could give you an opportunity to participate in something completely different; or it could provide you with a new belonging which you haven’t had before.

We have a number of roles and ways in which you can support our activities and experience. You can gain yourself a qualification (if you wish) or you can simply support and supplement the work we cover. You can just make tea, or you can apply your skills to boatbuilding, engine maintenance, or gardening / coastal protection work. Take a look at some of the roles we are seeking support for below:

Water skills instructors/leaders:

Anyone who holds a recognised paddlesport, sailing or powerboating qualification is welcome to get in touch. We operate up to five evenings a week during the summer season, and every weekend, so we need a lot of volunteers to cover all of these. If you have a passion for sharing your skills with young people and help them develop their own knowledge, then this would be an ideal role for you.

Some water skills:

As above, but we can help you develop your skills and experience first of all to gain a formal qualification, which you can then share with others once you have the confidence level needed. In the meantime, you would be able to gain some of that experience by simply helping out with some of our activities, as well as separate dedicated improvement time for yourself.

Land based activities:

As well as our extensive water based programme, we have a number of resources (but not enough people to deliver) to support additional activities off the water which we can utilise either if the weather conditions are not ideal, or to supplement water activities on some occasions when we have to cater for large numbers. These can include indoor and outdoor activities, covering all ages of the Scouting programme. Ideal candidates might also help take some responsibility for organising and maintaining, and expanding, this sector of our operation.

Support activities:

We can split these into two parts – we have a small group who assist our water based instructors with preparing and running safety checks for young people before they go out on the water; escorting groups to their boating activities as required; then assisting with folks when they come off the water to help ensure everything is cleaned, stored and that the participants get suitably warmed up and into dry clothes if necessary. This can also include kitchen support – we have a comprehensive kitchen facility which can provide hot drinks, and can expand to barbeques and on occasion to meals and snacks.

The second part of this is simply (but obviously quite extensively!) the support needed to just operate an activity centre – from running repairs, to fuelling up boats and the tractor, to mowing the grass, cutting roadside verges, and some straightforward painting, woodwork, electricals and any skills that people can bring to this support role.

We welcome visitors at any time to come and see for yourselves!

For all of these – getinvolved@longcraig.info


Training Courses

In the early part of the year, we have planned in a number of training courses for water related topics.

If you have a desire, a need, or just an idle curiosity for something different from these ones, please get in touch. We can support training for most aspects of dinghy sailing, power boating and paddlesports activities, or we can help put you in touch with someone else who can! We just need to know what you want to do!

Here’s what is in the calendar just now:

May 9th  – Permit assessments: sailing, kayaking, rafting & Powerboat

May 10th Permit assessments: sailing, kayaking, rafting & Powerboat

These assessments are aimed at candidates who have already had a relevant amount of training or experience, and are carried out within the one day.

June 13/14th – L1/2 Sailing, Kayak skills

Sep 5/6th – L1/2 Sailing, Kayak skills

These courses will benefit those who want to learn a sailing or paddling skill, and are aimed at a full weekend training opportunity.

Note that it is possible to arrange training courses over a series of evenings, or days, to cover most of the paddlesports, dinghy sailing and powerboating syllabii.

We are also able to offer training in Watersports First Aid, Radio Procedures, and a number of the ‘off-water’ aspects of each of the water activities, covering such elements as tides, weather, navigation, and such like. These can be tailored to suit your needs, and are well suited to a series of evening events in the earlier or later parts of the year.

For more details please check on the Longcraig website or e-mail to: getinvolved@longcraig.info


2020 – Scotland’s Year of Waters and Coasts

Events planned in the near future:

You can find further information on the VisitScotland website: https://www.visitscotland.com/info/events/


John Muir My Boyhood And Youth

Dunbar

Find out what life was like for John Muir (father of modern conservation and the national park movements) growing up in Dunbar in the mid 1800s.

How did exploring the surrounding area, including the seashore, influence his later life? Lots of hands on activities for all ages. Visit our den for under 5s.

1-29 Mar 2020 10am-5pm

Keepers of the Light: 25 Apr 2020 8pm

 

“This lighthouse is home to a mystery…One of Scotland’s darkest tales.”

December, 1900. Three keepers disappear from their post on the Flannan Isles lighthouse, 20 miles west of the Outer Hebrides. What happened to the men has never been answered

Festival Theatre Edinburgh, 13–29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT

Marine Fest: 1-30 Jun 2020 Times vary

 

An interactive festival running throughout June to celebrate Scottish marine wildlife with walks, talks, science shows and craft activities.  Explore the wonders of Scotland’s marine environment at the Scottish Seabird Centres’ Marine Fest 2020.  An interactive celebration of Scotland’s amazing coastal habitats and wildlife. The Scottish Seabird Centre (North Berwick)and partners will host a series of events throughout June 2020.

Edinburgh International Film Festival: Scotland’s Shores: 6-28 June 2020 Times vary; Film Fest on the Forth: 6 -7 June 2020

 

Edinburgh International Film Festival presents Scotland’s Shores, an exciting programme showcasing some of the greatest moments in Scottish film history.

Film Fest on the Forth will be a totally unique outdoor cinema experience, where audiences can swap the multiplex for the sandy shores of the Forth, and dip their toes into a programme of classic films celebrating the many beautiful landmarks and locations on Scotland’s coasts and waterways that have featured on the big screen.


RowAround Scotland 2020 is a relay in open rowing boats around the coast of Scotland. It is organised by Scottish Coastal Rowing Association whose 70 member clubs will all take part, joining up their communities and promoting Scotland’s wonderful coastline and waters along the way.

Over 60 community coastal rowing clubs will pass a commemorative baton around the coast of Scotland in a unique relay taking six months.

This non-competitive, collaborative event will involve a total number of at least 1,000 rowers of all ages, and take over six months to complete the 1,000 miles, allowing for the vagaries of weather and tides.

4-30 Apr 2020, 1-31 May 2020, 1-30 Jun 2020, 1-31 Jul 2020, 1-31 Aug 2020, 1-30 Sep 2020, 1-24 Oct 2020 Times vary

Scotland’s freshest festival: Fringe By The Sea is back in North Berwick from 7 – 16 August with over 160 music, comedy, family, film, drama, literary, conversation, wellbeing and exploration event.

7-16 Aug 2020 Times vary

Explorers indoor training evening – Pink Panthers

In February members of the Pink Panther Explorers met for a pool session to cover some aspects of the necessary safety equipment and issues and risks surrounding water activities. This included a review of different types of buoyancy aids / lifejackets, including a demonstration of an automatic inflate one; various exercises in the pool to encourage teamwork and steps to be taken in the event of accidental immersion; and experience of trying to swim efficiently while hampered by clothing (in this case lightweight only due to restrictions in what could be used in the pool)

Explorers will then continue on a training programme to learn water skills, understand safety and risk assessments, gain some skills in boat maintenance and repair, and support the general operations of Longcraig during the busy season. So, if you are visiting Longcraig and you see some Explorers there being helpful and getting engaged, please say ‘Hi!’

Ian Harrower

LONGCRAIG – Planning into 2020 and beyond: Can you help?

LONGCRAIG – Planning into 2020 and beyond: Can you help?

Following on from last month’s newsletter, we now have some more details of the sorts of roles and activities that we are seeking additional volunteers for.

Water skills instructors/leaders:

Anyone who holds a recognised paddle-sport, sailing or powerboating qualification is welcome to get in touch. We operate up to five evenings a week during the summer season, and every weekend, so we need a lot of volunteers to cover all of these. If you have a passion for sharing your skills with young people and help them develop their own knowledge, then this would be an ideal role for you.

Some water skills:

As above, but we can help you develop your skills and experience first of all to gain a formal qualification, which you can then share with others once you have the confidence level needed. In the meantime, you would be able to gain some of that experience by simply helping out with some of our activities, as well as separate dedicated improvement time for yourself.

Land based activities:

As well as our extensive water based programme, we have a number of resources (but not enough people to deliver) to support additional activities off the water which we can utilise either if the weather conditions are not ideal, or to supplement water activities on some occasions when we have to cater for large numbers. These can include indoor and outdoor activities, covering all ages of the Scouting programme. Ideal candidates might also help take some responsibility for organising and maintaining, and expanding, this sector of our operation.

Support activities:

We can split these into two parts – we have a small group who assist our water based instructors with preparing and running safety checks for young people before they go out on the water; escorting groups to their boating activities as required; then assisting with folks when they come off the water to help ensure everything is cleaned, stored and that the participants get suitably warmed up and into dry clothes if necessary. This can also include kitchen support – we have a comprehensive kitchen facility which can provide hot drinks, and can expand to barbeques and on occasion to meals and snacks.

The second part of this is simply (but obviously quite extensively!) the support needed to just operate an activity centre – from running repairs, to fuelling up boats and the tractor, to mowing the grass, cutting roadside verges, and some straightforward painting, woodwork, electricals and any skills that people can bring to this support role.

So, who is this for?

Well, obviously you are now reading this article! But we appreciate you have probably got your hands full or at least half full. So, look around at your parents/carers in your group. Do any of them have what it takes and would they be interested to find out more or get involved? Or your work colleagues. Or your friends and family…….. there are many people you know, so please assist us by just mentioning the opportunity to them. We can follow up soon after once we know who they are.

Or we welcome visitors at any time to come and see for themselves!.

For all of these – getinvolved@longcraig.info

Bookings for 2020 open

We’ve now been able to do the homework on tide times and other external influences for our 2020 season and our online booking tool is now open.

As always, you will note that there are certain dates that are unavailable, although we do always aim to minimise these, we have to stay on the side of safe working for tides and suchlike. We also have a few significant big events during 2020 which have also been factored in.  And finally, as you will read elsewhere, we are investing some session times this year to allow us to focus more time on training and assessment opportunities, both for our own instructor team but also for any leaders seeking to take on board some skills training or permit assessments. This will enable use to offer more activities in the future, and to consider the option for some slightly larger numbers of young people on our activity sessions.

2020 – Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters

Following on from the initial notification last month, here are more details of events local to South East region which may be of interest to our members. You can find further information on the VisitScotland website.

 

St Abbs Marine Station Talk: 6 Feb 2020 7:30pm-9:30pm

St Abbs Marine Station is a charity dedicated to marine science, conservation and education. A speaker from the station’s staff will give a talk about the work they undertake.

Duns Parish Church, Castle Street, Duns, Scottish Borders, TD11 3DD

Seabirds on the Isle of May Talk: 5 Mar 2020 7:30pm-9pm

David Steel, Reserve Manager on the Isle of May, gives an illustrated talk.

Duns Parish Church, Castle Street, Duns, Scottish Borders, TD11 3DD

Keepers of the Light: 25 Apr 2020 8pm

“This lighthouse is home to a mystery…One of Scotland’s darkest tales.”

December, 1900. Three keepers disappear from their post on the Flannan Isles lighthouse, 20 miles west of the Outer Hebrides. What happened to the men has never been answered

Festival Theatre Edinburgh, 13–29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT

Marine Fest: 1-30 Jun 2020 Times vary

An interactive festival running throughout June to celebrate Scottish marine wildlife with walks, talks, science shows and craft activities.  Explore the wonders of Scotland’s marine environment at the Scottish Seabird Centres’ Marine Fest 2020.  An interactive celebration of Scotland’s amazing coastal habitats and wildlife. The Scottish Seabird Centre (North Berwick) and partners will host a series of events throughout June 2020.

Edinburgh International Film Festival: Scotland’s Shores: 6-28 June 2020 Times vary; Film Fest on the Forth: 6 -7 June 2020

Edinburgh International Film Festival presents Scotland’s Shores, an exciting programme showcasing some of the greatest moments in Scottish film history.

Film Fest on the Forth will be a totally unique outdoor cinema experience, where audiences can swap the multiplex for the sandy shores of the Forth, and dip their toes into a programme of classic films celebrating the many beautiful landmarks and locations on Scotland’s coasts and waterways that have featured on the big screen.

The final end of the Anniversary Year at Longcraig Scout Centre

The final end of the Anniversary Year at Longcraig Scout Centre

A small crowd of ASU members assembled at Longcraig at the end of December, just like we did on 1st January, this time to close off the anniversary celebrations and reflect on how busy but fulfilling a year it has been.

Our final cake for the year was kindly baked and supplied by Zoe Harrower, home for a few days of the Christmas/New Year break, and the obligatory candle was lit this time by Steve Bordwell, one of the latest and newest recruits to the Longcraig team. We shared with everyone the short presentation prepared to convey the aims, aspirations, and outputs of the Anniversary Year which was well received.      

We would like thank everyone who helped in any way to make our anniversary year a success, from all of the ASU members who went the extra mile to all our sponsors who helped fund all the extra activities, so we did not impact on the fees we have to charge for Scouts and Guides to use the Centre, to all the folks behind the scenes and to the team at Bonaly for their contributions as well. Together we made a great event through the year, and we are so grateful to everyone for making this happen.

LONGCRAIG – Planning into 2020 and beyond

Our focus for 2020 is one of recruitment – we seek to expand our ASU team in several directions – covering water based folks with appropriate qualifications; others who have some skills but need  a step up the appropriate ladder; folks who can provide support on land for some of our land based activities and to support the rest of the team – in a wide range of ways; and importantly, folks of all ages from Explorers through to Network members through adults younger and older alike.

If you have a desire to help pass on your skills to others, please get in touch. If you don’t have so many skills, please get in touch. We can utilise your help just as it comes, or we can help to upskill you. If you can support the many jobs that we have behind the scenes, get in touch!!

We can also come out and meet up with you individually or even as a small or large group of people, talk through what we do, explain the roles you can fill, and suggest or offer a development plan or route to a plan that you can work to. Just let us know and we will help fulfil any arrangements.

For all of these – getinvolved@longcraig.info

2020 – Scotland’s Year of Waters and Coasts

 

VisitScotland has declared 2020 as its Year of Waters and Coasts. We at Longcraig are well placed to help support this and provide guidance into some of the events that are planned, and indeed to help you, within Scouting, your own opportunity to ‘get involved’. Alongside our wealth of wonderful attractions, scenery and wildlife, Scotland hosts an exciting array of events that put our coasts and waters in the spotlight. Here is just a sample of some of the things that are planned across Scotland in 2020; more details for all of these can be found on the VisitScotland website:

Annual gems such as the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival at Portsoy and Crail Food Festival will be joined by The Fife Regatta, an expanded Clydebuilt Festival, and Edinburgh International Film Festival will present Scotland’s Shores, featuring classic film screenings and a special outdoor coastal experience.

The RSPB will celebrate Aberdeen’s status as one of the few cities in Europe where dolphins can regularly be seen from the shore at DolphinFest 2020. Scotland’s Boat Show and Kip Marina will make a splash with a brand-new special event ‘River of Light’ and The National Theatre of Scotland will deliver Ferry Tales, an exciting new production, celebrating Scotland’s surrounding waters and the journeys over them made by thousands of residents and tourists.