Ask the Advisor Sessions

Ask the Advisor Sessions

UK Scouts are holding 5 Ask the Advisor Webinars on Saturday 27th March when their section advisors will be providing attendees with ideas, answers and practical knowledge to help deliver amazing programmes in these challenging times.

The webinars are as follows:

  • Q&A with Barbara about the Beavers Programme – 10am to 10.45am
  • Q&A with Matt about the Cubs Programme – 11am to 11.45am
  • Q&A with Will about the Scouts Programme – 1pm to 1.45pm
  • Q&A with Jonathan about the Explorers Programme – 2pm to 2.45pm
  • Q&A with Lewis about the Network Programme – 3pm to 3.45pm

You can register for your preferred time slot now via this link:

Be inspired and help 104th ENE Fundraise for new Scout Hall

Be inspired and help 104th ENE Fundraise for new Scout Hall

The 104th ENE Scout hall in South Trinity Road, Edinburgh, was opened in 1957 by Lord Baden-Powell, the son of the founder of the Scout movement and has been an excellent home to our Scout group ever since. Given the age of the building, we need to undertake a major refurbishment project to support scouting in the 21st century and to make the property more accessible to a wider range of community users. Plans for this exciting development have already been approved and include renewal of the roof, improved insulation, upgrading of toilets and new storage areas for camping and adventure equipment.

 Our Scout Group has already raised some of the major funding needed for this project, but much still needs to be done. We have two major initiatives underway which you can get involved in:

Inspiring talks series – we are delighted to present an Inspiring Talks series which will feature people who have excelled in their fields and achieved success in tackling and overcoming significant challenges. Each event will last up to 1 hour which includes the talk and a live Q&A session. Our first talk is on 25th March at 7pm where we will hear from Derek Spence who has completed the infamous Marathon des Sables (MdS) three times – a multistage ultra-marathon in the Sahara Desert described as the “toughest footrace in the world”. Last year Derek rowed across the Atlantic in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – the toughest rowing race in the world!  Derek will share some of his experiences and talk about the challenges of endurance events and what motivates him.

To register for the talk, visit:

Voluntary donations are gratefully received and can be made at:   Funds raised from this series will contribute directly towards our Group hall refurbishment project. If you are joining and donating from another Scout group, part of the funds will be shared with them. Please enter your Group name when making your donation.

You will need zoom video calling software to participate in the webinar which can be downloaded for free at:

Buy a Brick – another way in which you can support us is by ‘Buying a Brick’.  Donor names will be recorded on a Roll of Donors which will be displayed in the new hall and on our website to allow future generations of Scouts and hall users to appreciate the help provided by benefactors. To find out more and to make a donation, please visit: 

Thank you for your support. 

Water Classification

Water Classification

We have updated the guidance classification for waters in South East Region – see

The main reasons for the changes were

  1. to remove some inconsistencies in classifications of rivers and to remove waters we are not familiar with – if you would like waters to be added then please contact Bruce Macdonald to discuss,
  2. to remove an exception for Longcraig and Cramond that treated water in their area as B1 under certain conditions – these waters are now B2 (see below),
  3. to add the Forth Canal to class C,
  4. to emphasise the responsibilities of the permit holder in notes that form part of the guidance.

The water activities assessors are contacting B1 permit-holders that we think are affected by the changes at Longcraig or Cramond to see if a restricted B2 permit could be granted (restricted to when the centres are open with safety cover operating).   If you have not been contacted and would like to be considered for such a permit please contact me. 

Bruce Macdonald
Manager of the Activity Permit Scheme

Getting in touch with the South East Scotland Region

Getting in touch with the South East Scotland Region

To make it easy for members of South East Scotland Scouts, the public and third parties to make enquiries about a specific Scouting topic, we have developed a new query system which is available via the SES Website. 

Enquirers will be provided with a range of topics to select from and will then be direct to relevant web pages which will hopefully help answer their query and, if required they will be given the opportunity to submit a specific question for reply. 

The system can be accessed via this link:

 Please note that the previous Bonaly telephone number for Regional Enquiries is no longer in use.

Mike Treanor
Scouting Support Officer

Queen’s Scout Award Winners

Queen’s Scout Award Winners

In the last couple of months Finlay Paterson & Lewis Bright from Craigalmond District and Robert Bathgate from the Borders District achieved their Queen’s Scout Award.

The Queen’s Scout Award is the top achievement for Explorer Scouts and Scout Network. Like the Chief Scout Awards, the QSA is comprised of a variety of activities which fall in to three main categories: International, Community & Values. As well as nights away, an expedition and residential.

Finlay Paterson has already achieved his Gold DofE which ticks off a large part of the QSA. For his international he went to the 2019 World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA. Finlay said, “It was an incredible adventure and I met Scouts from all over the world.” He also took part in many activities under both community and values ranging from leading a faith walk for the beavers to producing a promotional YouTube video about his experiences in scouting and why others should join.


Finlay – Expedition Hiking

Finlay – WSJ 2019

Lewis Bright also achieved his Gold DofE, once again ticking off a large amount of the QSA. As well as this, he also attended World Scout Jamboree, spoke to the beavers about scouting values and the scout promise, taught mandarin to the cubs and ran the environment badge with the cubs. Lewis spent his residential canoeing near Loch Ness.

Lewis (third from left), at annual Sea Scout Regatta

Lewis led a Chinese culture night with the 82nd Cramond Cubs

Lewis at WSJ in 2019 with his friend David and two army doctors,

In January, Robert Bathgate from Borders also completed his QSA award. Robert was a volunteer with Borders Water Rescue Team, improved his rock-climbing skills, and attended the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden. He did his expedition on a sailing boat, crossing from Norway to Inverness, and completed his Explorer Belt as part of the award.


Rob – Expedition – part of a “Watch” – crossing the North Sea from Norway to Scotland 

Congratulations to Finlay, Lewis and Robert from everyone in South East Scotland Region.

If you, or someone you know, are aged 18-24 and interested in completing your Queen’s Scout Award, please get in touch with the ARC for Network: She can put you in touch with your local network and help you to get started.

Fraser Ewen
Craigalmond District Scout Network Commissioner