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.
2017 was an exciting time for Explorers in Pentland District with the establishment of two new Units within the District.
Along with the Bore Stane Unit set up in August to provide Explorer Scout provision in the Bruntsfield area of Edinburgh, the DEPEVAK Unit was set up in Juniper Green in October to try to combat the number of Scouts from their partner group, the 31st Pentland Scout Group, who were leaving the movement when they reached Explorer age.
The DEPEVAK name was chosen by the current Explorers and perhaps demonstrates some of the ambitions of the new unit as it is made up of the highest summits on the seven continents! The Unit held its first investiture in November, overlooking the District and wider Region on the side of Allermuir Hill in the Pentlands.
Both Units have full and varied programmes planned for the upcoming term, as they aim to give their Explorers the opportunity to continue their Scouting adventure.
Assault courses, tying themselves in knots and lots of biscuits are some of what the Young Leaders in East Lothian were up against. They all came out on a snowy Sunday to learn how they could take their Young Leader skills to the next levels with some Module A and E training.
“Lots to do, never sitting around”
Fun was had by all as they took a rollercoaster ride through the training, but the most important part was how engaged they were even during the serious issues they were considering and that they all really care about the role they have – an incredibly important one.
“I understand how to handle different situations.”
Young Leader training is back in East Lothian with a great bunch of young people. We can look forward to seeing them taking away the skills they learned and applying them.
Adam and Kirsty, YL trainers
Apply by Friday 4 May
The National Camping Competition (Zonal Qualifiers) will take place over the weekend of Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June 2018. The locations for this year’s Zonals are:
Jock Neish Scouting Centre, 2 Hayloft, Tannadice, Forfar DD8 3PZ
Auchengillan Outdoor Centre, Blanefield, Glasgow G63 9AU
Districts are invited to submit one Patrol (of up to 6 Scouts) to take part in either Zonal location, and the winners of each Zonal. As well as the top scorers from around the Zonals, up to 10 of the top scoring Districts will be invited to the National Final to be held Fordell Firs from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 September. The cost to enter a Patrol is £150, which includes site fees and activities. Food for Friday supper and Sunday Breakfast is the only food provided by the camp team.
The ADC Scouts or DC should enter the patrol for their District into one of the Zonals by completing the Zonal entry form available from this link https://tiny.cc/provisionalncc2018
Closing date for receipt of the Provisional Entry Form is Friday 4 May – Once you press SUBMIT you will be re-directed to PayPal where you can pay your fee of £150 by debit or credit card, or by using your PayPal account should you have one. If you wish to pay by another method please contact Scouts Scotland on 01383 419073 (option 1).
Closing date for the Detailed Entry Form is Friday 1 June – Once your Provisional Entry Form has been received, a link to a Detailed Entry Form will be e-mailed to the email address provided by you, asking for the contact details of the Troop who will be representing the District. This year we are wishing to increase on the 23 Districts which entered in 2017.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact David Love, SHQ Commissioner (Scouts), at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Scouts Scotland at email@example.com or by calling 01383 419073 (option 1).
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