Scout Group helps school

Scout Group helps school

The Comely Bank Scout Group (122nd Craigalmond) volunteered twice in 2017 to help improve the school playground at Flora Stevenson Primary School, in collaboration with the school’s Parent Council. Over 50 of our Young People across all sections – Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts – participated at one of the two events in May and then again in November, on Remembrance Sunday. Activities included sweeping and topping-up bark, clearing litter, painting benches and tree surrounds, and rehoming wandering sand. Moreover, outdoor play equipment was repainted at the nursery which is attached to the school. Our Young People thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and demonstrably felt a genuine sense of accomplishment; many outstayed their allotted time slots and braved inclement weather, fuelled in part by refreshments provided by the Parent Council. Although many of them do attend Flora Stevenson Primary School, the events saw Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts from other local schools volunteer, in line with the sense of community spirit we strive to encourage in our Group.

Nikola Popovic, ACSL

Pentland Brass Monkey Camp

Pentland Brass Monkey Camp

Over 180 Scouts made the trip to Bonaly for the annual Pentland District Brass Monkey Camp. Despite the constant Saturday rain and cold temperatures, everyone had a great time taking part in all the activities.

The Scouts took part in a Monopoly-themed activity where they had to go round 36 activities that were on their board to earn either a house, hotel or skyscraper depending on how well they did. Activities included minefield, space hopper racing, sushi sweeties, and a bush tucker trial. The winning team came from the 100th troop and received a special Brass Monkey hat for their efforts.

A huge well done to those who were responsible for planning the camp and making sure that the event ran so smoothly throughout the weekend. Also, well done to the nearly 60 adults and 10 Explorers who were there to help with running activities, cooking meals and keeping all the Scouts safe and happy.

Neil Hogg DDC

WSJ journey begins

WSJ journey begins

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.

National Camping Competition for Scouts

National Camping Competition for Scouts

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 scoutsection@scouts.scot or via Scouts Scotland at shq@scouts.scot or by calling 01383 419073 (option 1).

Regional Youth Advisory Group

Regional Youth Advisory Group

On Sunday 26 November in the 71st Craigalmond Scout Hall, we had at least one youth representative from each district in South East Scotland come along to be part of the first meeting of the Regional Youth Advisory Group.  The meeting lasted three hours, a vast amount was discussed and lots of pizza was eaten. Continue Reading Regional Youth Advisory Group