25 World Scout Jamboree

25 World Scout Jamboree

25 World Scout Jamboree – Korea 2023

1st August – 12th August 2023

Are you interested in being part of our journey to Korea in 2023? Let’s hear you roar….

It’s time to roar! We’re so excited that South East Scotland Scouts has been allocated three patrols to become part of the UK Contingent to the 25th World Scout Jamboree in Korea during 2023 joining more than 40,000 Scouts from all over the world.

The next World Scout Jamboree will be held from 1st to 12th August in 2023 in Saemangeum, Jeollabuk-do Province – Korea. This is the second time the Korea Scout Association will be the Host, as the 17th World Scout Jamboree was held in the country back in 1991. It will also mark the 100th anniversary of the Korea Scout Association, a milestone we will all celebrate together in 2023.

Whilst it might seem a long way off, and foreign travel right now just a dream, planning is already underway for the 25th World Scout Jamboree, taking place in Korea in 2023.

We now have our Regional (Unit 8) Contingent Leadership Team together led by Steven Maclennan, Unit Leader. Now, it’s time to look for young people who are interested in joining us. To be eligible to attend in 2023 you will need to be between 14 and 17 at the time of the Jamboree in August 2023 (you must be born between 22nd July 2005 and 31st July 2009).

South East Scotland Scouts are proud that we will be taking 3 patrols totalling 27 young people aged 14-17 alongside one GirlGuiding Scotland patrol and leaders. We’re pleased to confirm local planning is underway, applications are currently open for youth participants. Background will be no barrier, our group of people will represent the diverse communities we live in.

We’ve got a lot to achieve in a short time, but we’ll leap at the challenge as we… Think big. Dream wild. Act Together. 

We don’t just dream. We act.  

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World Scout Jamboree 23 Eligibility

For Scouts and Explorers. To be an eligible youth participant at the 25th World Scout Jamboree, you must have been born between 22 July 2005 and 31 July 2009.  

South East Scotland wishes to be as inclusive as possible to ensure those young people who are going to get the most from attending are able to participate regardless of background or circumstances. The Regional Executive Committee will look at how we can ensure there are no barriers to participation.  

Note your interest

If you know of young people who may be interested in being part of our contingent, please encourage them to attend one of the unit’s upcoming roadshow webinars to find out more about the Jamboree and how they can become part of the unit. They can sign up for these here 

Roadshow: 25th World Scout Jamboree Webinars

Join us at one of our virtual Jamboree roadshows and find out about our plans for the 25th World Scout Jamboree and how you can register your interest to join our county jamboree unit. These are open to all who may be interested in attending together with parents, carers, family, and leaders.


Zoom meetings planned

October webinars – Tuesday 26th October (7PM)

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October webinars – Sunday 31st October (7pm)

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What will the roadshow provide? Find out more about the 25th World Scout Jamboree to South Korea in 2023 and how you can become part of the South East Scotland Scouts Unit.

During the Roadshow, our WSJ Adult Leadership Team will cover:

  • What is the World Scout Jamboree?
  • Hearing Young people sharing their experiences of attending a previous World Scout Jamboree.
  • Explaining the selection process, what happens after selection and the build up to Korea 2023.
  • Any questions that you may have at this stage.

Who is the roadshow event for? For Scouts and Explorer Scouts born between 22nd July 2005 and 31st July 2009 your parents/guardians need to join the zoom too!

Tips on your application

The formal application form must be completed by a young person with adult support as a photo, DOB, medical and dietary needs and more will be required. The closing date for all Young People applications is noon on 20th November 2021. The formal application will be an online form.

Tips for your application

  • To help you with your application, we are looking for young people who:
  • will benefit the most from attending
  • will give back to local Scouts & the community
  • can work as part of a team
  • can Think big on key global / local issues
  • can Dream wild on how to tackle these issues
  • can Act together as a unit and as a worldwide movement

At the selection day we will be looking out for:

  • Communication Skills (incl. listening, empathy, respect)
  • Teamwork / Networking
  • Creativity / Problem Solving
  • Leadership / Taking Responsibility
  • Positive Attitude/Mindset

Background will not be a barrier!


What is the World Scout Jamboree?

The 25th World Scout Jamboree experience will enable young people to realise their dreams, make friendships with people from different cultures, and take part in a safe, inclusive, and sustainable programme. The Programme is designed around several core elements: Scouting for Life, Smart & Scientific, Safe & Secure, Sustainability, and ACT: Adventure, Culture, Tradition.


More information

There is general WSJ 2023 information on the UK Scout website HERE

Costs – We are working on a ‘not more than fee’ which will be confirmed Autumn 2021’. More information will be shared once finalised.

COVID – The 25 World Scout Jamboree is planned for the summer of 2023; given this, we have the best possible chance of this event going ahead.

The World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) Organising Committee are working hard to ensure that the event will proceed as scheduled and are putting in place plans if certain restrictions remain.

The UK Contingent’s Leadership Team are working closely with the organisers around their plans.

As a UK Contingent, we are looking at travel and insurance policies and once these are secured, we will update participants and their supporting Counties / Nations / British Scouting Overseas.

The online application will be available and open by Friday 22nd October.

Here are the key dates

  • Roadshow/webinars – see above
  • Closing date for all Young People applications – arrive by noon on 20th November 2021. Send by e-mail to – Unit Email address which will be confirmed 22nd October in meantime you can send to maclennan@sesscouts.org.uk . The formal application will be an online form.
  • Young People Selection Day – 09:00 – 18:00 on Sunday 27th November (location expected to be Edinburgh). Please keep this day free as we are only holding one selection day.

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Meet Our Volunteer: Scott Goddard, Regional Executive Committee

Meet Our Volunteer: Scott Goddard, Regional Executive Committee

Across South East Scotland we’re proud to be a single family of Scouts. But to make sure everyone gets the support they need, we are arranged in different Groups and Districts across our Regions. The Executive Committee in Scouts is like a board of governors in a school. Basically, it makes sure that the young people get the best possible experience. The volunteers that make up the Committee give their time to ensure that the Group or District or Region continues to meet its charitable purpose: safely and legally. 

Next in our South East of Scotland Scouts ‘Meet our Volunteer’ series, we’d like to introduce you to Scott Goddard who is not only a Cub Leader but also a Member of the Regional Executive Committee.

Read Scott’s story below.

And find the perfect volunteer role for yourself. Are you a decision maker, direction setter and general arranger? We have several Executive Committee positions available – see below.

Name – Scott Goddard
Group and District – 21st Craigalmond (South Queensferry), Craigalmond District
Role – Cub Leader and Member of the Regional Executive Committee
Fun fact – been involved in the Region since c1983

In the photograph – Scott is sitting down on the left of the picture

What made you agree to be on the Regional Executive? 

Over the years I have become better at saying ‘no’ when asked to take on new Scouting roles or responsibilities! However, this time around it felt really nice to be asked, and this role felt like one where I could make a real difference offering a voice for Leaders working hard on the ground as the Region looks to bounce back from a challenging 18 months. I have a genuine passion for us all to be focussed on offering better Scouting for more young people and hopefully I can help the Regional Executive support our growing team of adult volunteers across the region to collectively achieve this.


Why did you start volunteering with Scouts?
My experience of Scouting began on my 8th Birthday as a Cub at the 82nd Inverleith, now Craigalmond, back in 1983. (Nineteen Eighty Three) By the time I was 12 I had begun my journey as a leader at Cramond and throughout the last 35 years I have had the privilege of volunteering alongside some brilliant people, so many of whom are still supporting Scouting in the Region today. After a few years when my children were younger I took a step back but kept involved delivering a few modules for the Region’s Training Team. More recently I am enjoying being a Cub Leader in my home town of South Queensferry where my girls are now in the Cubs and Scouts and I am relishing the opportunity to contribute to the work of the Regional Executive.


What is the best thing you’ve done while volunteering with Scouts/group?
Volunteering with the Scouts has taken me around the world to Iceland, Sweden and even as far away as China & Mongolia (twice).  Despite these amazing experiences, the best thing I have done is, along with others, maintained for 26 years the annual tradition of offering a week long green field summer camp at the side of a Scottish loch for every Scout in the Troop. Some of the features have evolved and improved over the years but the basic formula of patrol cooking, water activities, hikes & fun competition would be recognised by Scouts and Leaders involved 3 or 4 generations ago.

Have you learned anything new as a volunteer?

I would argue that I have learned more through my involvement in Scouting than I did at school or university combined! I’ve spent the last 15 years running my own businesses and the people who work for me are constantly amazed at how often Scouting comes in useful whether it be a skill or a handy contact.

How do you think volunteering helps in your life?
There was a time when I spent more time volunteering than I did working! Now that I am my own boss I’m afraid it doesn’t quite work that way. I count myself lucky to have an incredibly satisfying job, but the sense of satisfaction from volunteering with the Scouts is very different, not just from working with young people but in being able to help other adults get the same out of Scouting as I have over the years and help the Region grow and support it’s volunteers.

What would you say to anyone who is thinking of volunteering with Scouts/group?
There are several ways to look at this. I expect for some people volunteering today might seem even more daunting than it looked 20-30 years ago with the ever growing list of rules, guidelines, hoops etc to jump through. For others these same hoops act as a reassurance that this is a dynamic organisation with it’s finger on the pulse. Whatever your view, I would encourage anyone to grab the opportunity that Scouting offers adults. There are far more flexible ways to give your time these days too. The hard work and rules to follow are soon far outweighed by the fun and strong lifelong friendships and memories created.

Thinking of becoming a volunteer?

Why not take get in touch to discuss volunteering opportunities. We need your help.

Volunteers make Scouts happen at a national level as well as a local one. From our Chief Scout and Chair of our Board to the incredible volunteers who support young people as leaders and occasional helpers at our local groups, these are just some of the superstars who’ve stepped up to inspire a generation.  

We’re proud that Scouts is a volunteer led movement. That’s where you come in. 

Volunteer roles

There are lots of ways you can get more involved with Scouts as a parent, carer or family member. From helping out occasionally on a family rota or playing a vital role behind the scenes, to stepping up as a leader, our volunteering activities are as varied as you.

We’re talking tidy uppers and tea makers, session planners and Zoom navigators, fundraisers and treasurers, and all round team players to support our young people.

The good news is you shape what you do and the time you have to give. Scouts happens when a lot of us give a little (and no, you don’t have to be a Scout or outdoors expert to volunteer).

Regional Executive Committee and Other current vacancies include:

If you wish to also become a Cub Leader we have opportunities across our Region including in Border District, Braid District, Craigalmond District, East Lothian District, Edinburgh North East District, Midlothian District, Pentland District.

What to expect:

  • A warm welcome
  • Flexibility to get involved in a way that works for you
  • Easy access to training and resources online
  • Friendly ongoing support from local volunteers

No two weeks are the same, but the impact you make is always great.

Make a difference, volunteer today

To find out more about helping out, speak to the leader at your local group or use our volunteer enquiry from which can be found using the option below. Share your details and a volunteer from your local team will be in touch soon.

Enquiry form

Let’s find the right fit for you

Share your contact details and select the opportunities you’re interested in below. We’ll pass them on to the appropriate member, who’ll be in touch shortly:

Enquiry form


South East Scotland Scouts – A year in review

South East Scotland Scouts – A year in review

Welcome to the South East Scotland Scouts Highlights.

We take a look at some memories from April 2020 – March 2021. Even a global pandemic could not stop the Game of Scouting!

South East Scotland is one the eight Regions that form Scouts Scotland. The Region includes the local authority council areas of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and Scottish Borders. 

We celebrate each of our Districts: Borders, Braid, Craigalmond, East Lothian, Edinburgh North East, Midlothian and Pentland.

There are over 6,000 young people enjoying Scouting in this Region. They are led and supported by almost 2,000 adult volunteers. Scouting offers young people aged 4-25 years an exciting, adventurous programme of activities which encourages interests in outdoor, creative, community based and inclusive activities. Most of all, Scouting is fun.

And, there’s always room for more volunteers. Please come and join one of our 92 Groups! Volunteering | SE Region (sesscouts.org.uk)

We are proud of all that our young people achieve and thank our adult volunteers for your continued commitment and support.

You can also read the Regional Commissioners Review by clicking on the Regional Annual Report 2020-21.



Wood Badge Training Courses

Wood Badge Training Courses

Volunteers are the heart of Scouts and we want you to get every bit as much out of it as you put in. We know that Scouting is not only about young people, but also about the development of our volunteers. To support Scout volunteers, you are required to complete a training programme made up of mandatory, role specific and ongoing learning.

The training programme builds on your existing skills and knowledge and some elements count towards externally-recognised awards.

We provide our volunteers with the tools and tips to help you feel trained, supported and happy in your role. 

If you have a question please contact your Training Advisor or email training@sesscouts.org.uk

Mary Dick
Assistant Regional Commissioner (Adult Training)

Module Date Start End Venue Booking Link
Introduction to Residential Experiences 21/10/2021 7pm 9.30pm Zoom https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/182046715627 
Skills of Leadership 26/10/2021 7pm 9.30pm Zoom https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/182053024497 
Running Safe Activities 28/10/2021 7pm 9.30pm Zoom https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/182040878167 
Working With Adults 03/11/2021 7pm 9.30pm Zoom https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/182050085707 
Scouting for All 04/11/2021 7pm 9.30pm Zoom https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/186187109657 
Fundamentals of Scouting 11/11/2021 7pm 9.30pm Zoom https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/188705773047 
Supporting Young People 13/11/2021 9.30am 12.00pm Zoom https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/189039782077 
Promoting Positive Behaviour 13/11/2021 1.00pm 3.30pm Zoom https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/189040985677 
Skills of Leadership 14/11/2021 10am 12.30pm 31st Pentland Hall https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/186179757667 
Working With Adults 14/11/2021 1pm 3.30pm 31st Pentland Hall https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/186180820847 
Administration 15/11/2021 7pm 9.30pm Zoom https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/191353051127
Growing the Section 16/11/2021 7pm 9.30pm Zoom https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/186202706307 
Introduction to Residential Experiences 21/11/2021 10am 12.30pm 31st Pentland Hall https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/182055481847 
Running Safe Activities 21/11/2021 1pm 3.30pm 31st Pentland Hall https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/186177551067 
Delivering a Quality Programme & Programme Planning 22/11/2021
7pm 9.30pm Zoom https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/191355558627 

International Scouting news

International Scouting news

Following the long shutdown and cancellation of many International Scouting events due Covid, it is great to welcome two of these great opportunities back to give superb opportunities to the young people of South East Scotland Scouts. 

Blair Atholl Scout Camp Returns in August 2022 

This unique opportunity for Explorer Scouts is set to return in August 2022. This camp pairs a patrol of Scottish Explorer Scouts with a patrol of Explorer Scouts joining us from all over the world. The Districts will soon pull together their selection and training camps to develop their patrols for the camp, so it would be great to see as many Scouts from all over the region applying to attend the camp. It is a truly life changing event for many scouts that attend and a chance to forge lifelong relationships with Scouts all around the globe. 

World Scout Jamboree – South Korea in August 2023 

We are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the South East Scotland Unit Leader and their Assistant Leaders that will take 27 Scouts and 9 Guides on the next episode of the World Scout Jamboree that is in 2023 being held in South Korea. Following their huge success of the 2019 WSJ in North America, the WSJ in South Korea intends to develop and further enhance the world of Scouting. We will soon be asking for applications from Scouts and Explorers to join the unit for this fantastic opportunity. This time we hope to ensure that our Unit highlights the diverse and inclusive nature of our Region, so we are hoping to get applications from all district of the Region. 

YouShape Award

YouShape Award

The Scouts new YouShape Award is here!

At Scouts, young people learn how to speak up and take the lead. But they told us that the programme didn’t recognise this enough. That’s what the new YouShape Award is all about.

The YouShape Award makes it even easier to embed being youth shaped into your programme. At the same time, it’ll help young people work with their leaders to learn leadership skills that they’ll use for the rest of their lives. 

The journey so far

By 2025, Scouts goal is that 250,000 young people will have the opportunity to shape their experience at Scouts every year. This award helps us get there. It makes it even easier to embed chances for young people to speak up and take the lead right into our programmes.

The award is split into four badges. Young people will earn the central badge first and then choose the order they earn the rest. They can choose which requirements (and how many) as well as what they want to do, and work with their leader to decide when they’ve met each requirement.

Meet the badges

Beavers YouShape Award

Cubs YouShape Award

Scouts YouShape Award

Explorers YouShape Award

The elements of each badge are:

Central badge – This badge is all about thinking about what you want to achieve, setting a goal and making it happen.

Plan – This badge is all about thinking creatively, working together and planning some exciting activities for your programme.

Lead – Now it’s time to take the lead – think supporting others, delivering your programme and nights away.

Represent – Think about how you’ll represent your group – you could engage your community, invite some friends to join the fun or chat to your Executive Committees.


Got a question? There is much more information about the award on the HQ Website – take a look.