Edinburgh Gang Show 2022

Edinburgh Gang Show 2022

NEWS! We are very excited to announce that plans are well advanced for the return of the Edinburgh Gang Show!

A different theatre – same Gang Show energy!


The Edinburgh Gang Show is a large-scale variety show with a long, fascinating history and an exciting futureThe cast is made up entirely of young people from South East Scotland Scouts and Girlguiding Edinburgh and is supported by over 100 adult volunteers. 

It is a fabulous experience participating in a show with very high standards in a professional working theatre and involvement offers the opportunity to make new friends, work towards various awards and gain life skills whilst having fun! 

Edinburgh Gang Show 2022 will be staged at the Festival Theatre because the King’s Theatre is closing for a major redevelopment in 2022.  

Being in Gang Show requires a significant commitment to rehearsals, the show week as well as to weekly Scouting and Girlguiding. This year we are looking to recruit new members to join both Gangs. Please share the dates with your section, share on social media and encourage as many young people to try out for the show. 

Main Gang Auditions (Scouts, Guides, Explorer Scouts, Rangers, Scout Network) 

  • Sunday 3rd April – Venue to be advised. 

Junior Gang Auditions (Cub Scouts and Brownies) 

  • Sunday 19th June – Venue to be advised. 

Details of the format and times of the auditions will be announced in the new year and communicated through Scout and Girlguiding channels. 

Please follow the Edinburgh Gang Show on FacebookTwitter and Instagram #EGS2022 

Edinburgh Gang Show 2022
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Tuesday 1st to Saturday 5th November 2022 

Tickets on sale early 2022. 

Training Update

Training Update

And We’re Back! 

The great progress during November is that we have dipped our toe into the world of face to face training.  We’ve had multiple First Response courses – both the combined 10A and 10B, and also 10B only.  From other modules, we’ve delivered skills of Leadership, Working with Adults, Introduction to Residential Experiences and Running Safe Activities in a face to face environment.   

The first day of module 10B produced 4 shiny new Wood Badges as it was the final requirement for those concerned, the first 10A / 10B combined also produced a Wood Badge.  Huge congratulations to those concerned. 

It’s generally accepted that the benefits of face to face training are so much wider than just the training material being presented.   On the first day this came to life when I mentioned OSM (no shock to those of you who have been on courses I’ve led!) and one of the participants had never seen it.  At the lunch break I was able to give them a very quick tour of the main features and the leader went away to enquire if it’s used in their group, and if not, to start the process.   Two leaders from the same district who had never previously met have been in contact outside of the training to compare notes and share transport – the possibilities are endless.   

All that said, we recognise that face to face isn’t always realistic for everyone depending on geography, family commitments, work etc. and so the intention is that every module will be run at least once per term via Zoom, plus at least once per term face to face.  If new leaders aim for 2 or 3 per term they’ll complete the Wood Badge in less than 3 years with no problem.  If you’re a bit behind schedule you can do a few more each term to catch up.  

Module 17, Running Safe Activities.  A few questions have come up around this module.  Firstly, if it’s in your Personal Learning Plan (PLP) as X017 Running Safe Activities – Discontinued, your Training Adviser needs to add it to the live PLP as the module is definitely required.   For leaders in their first adult role in scouting the learning is always required.  I have been unable to think of any previous experience that would cover the material in this module.  Young Leader training does not cover all you need as an adult, nor does any other course I’m aware of.   If a TA marks it as previous experience recognised I’ll be asking for evidence of that before any Wood Badge is awarded.   Your expectations (and those of your Training Adviser) are being managed! 

Finally – we use Eventbrite as the tool to manage bookings for courses run by the Region, if you ‘follow’ the South East Scotland Scouts Training Team you’ll get automatic notification of any new events we post.  We already have a few courses lined up for 2022 live on the system and more will be added as each trainer can confirm their preferred dates.  International (Zoom, on 08/12) went live recently, and the first person to book isn’t in SE Region!  Click on this link to follow:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/south-east-scotland-scouts-training-team-33113629115 

Please let me know of any questions you may have around training. 


Mary Dick 

ARC (Adult Training) 

DofE Expedition in 2022

DofE Expedition in 2022

Do you know any Explorers thinking of doing a DofE Expedition?

South East Explorer Expeditions (SEEE), formed to provide expedition opportunities across the Region where Units and Districts cannot do so on their own, are recruiting for 2022.  We are asking Explorers who might be interested to sign up now using our Expeditions Form.  There is no commitment at this point and we will use the replies to develop our plans and offer expedition places by January.

It is important that Explorers should sign up now if they expect to continue to their next Award level with SEEE, perhaps by doing a canoe or bike expedition for Silver and/or Gold.

We are still accepting registrations of interest, so please encourage all Explorers to consider this.  

Adults interested in helping are also warmly welcomed to contact us.

The SEEE team

More information:

South East Explorer Expeditions (SEEE) is a team of over 60 volunteers from across South East Scotland Region who run DofE expeditions.  Over 250 Explorer Scouts successfully completed expeditions with us in 2021 at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

South East Explorer Expeditions are preparing DofE expedition plans for 2022.

Are you looking to do a Duke of Edinburgh Expedition in 2022? Sign up before November 30th!

Whether you are starting out on Bronze or carrying on from a previous level, South East Scotland Scouts Region – South East Explorer Expeditions (SEEE) – offer Silver and Gold Hill, Canoe & Bike expeditions & Hillwalking for Bronze.

Want to know more? Watch our short videos on Hillwalking, Biking and Canoeing – at https://see-expeditions.org.uk – to get a flavour of what to expect and enjoy! They are great!

Note your interest via the registration sign-up form before November 30, 2021.

Got a question – read some handy FAQs. You can also email the team – enquiries@see-expeditions.org.uk 

  • Full training is provided 
  • Learn new skills you may need for biking and canoeing, special gear is provided 
  • Try something new if you want – no previous experience needed 

Please spread the word!

South East Scotland Casual clothing range

South East Scotland Casual clothing range

We are pleased to provide quality South East Scotland branded clothing. Please select your item(s) of choice and email communications@sesscouts.org.uk regarding your order. We will try and group orders together for efficiency reasons. Thank you.

Name: South East Scotland Scouts Zipped Hooded Top

Colour: Oxford Navy/Heather Grey

Sizes: S (36″), M(40″), L(44″), XL (48″), 2XL (52″)

Price: £21.78 plus PP (includes VAT)

Delivery cost: TBC

Description: Twin-needle stitching detail. Contrast raglan sleeves. Double fabric hood. YKK plastic zip. Contrast flat lace drawcords. Spilt kangaroo pocket. Ribbed cuffs and hem. Soft cotton faced fabric creates ideal printing surface. Simple tear-out label makes it perfect for rebranding. Brushed inner fleece. Machine wash 30 degrees. Do not bleach. Tumble dry possible at low heat. Cool Iron. Do not dry clean. Wash dark colour separately.

Name: South East Scotland Scouts Hooded Top

Colour: Oxford Navy/Sun Yellow

Sizes: S (36″), M (40″), L (44″), XL (48″), 2XL (52″)

Specification: 80% Ringspun cotton, 20% Polyester; weight is 280gsm.

Price: £17.34 plus PP (includes VAT)

Delivery cost: TBC

Description: Twin needle stitching detailing, double fabric hood with contrast inner, contrast flat lace drawcords. Kangaroo pouch pocket. Ribbed cuff and hem. Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certified production. Soft cotton faced fabric creates ideal printing surface. Simple tear out label makes it perfect for rebranding. Brushed inner fabric. Machine wash 30°. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low heat. Low iron. Do not dry clean.

Name: South East Scotland Scouts Poloshirt

Colour: Royal blue/White

Sizes: S (37″), M(40″), L(42″), XL (44″), 2XL (47″), 3XL (49″)

Specification: 100% Ringspun combed cotton. Heather/Navy: 85% Ringspun cotton, 15% Viscose; weight is 200gsm

Price: £15.30 plus PP (includes VAT)

Delivery cost: TBC

Description:  Classic fit polo with contrast colour detail on the placket and under the collar. 2 buttons to the placket. Short sleeves. Side vents. Knitted collar and cuffs. Machine washable at 30c.

New 2021 MSYPs elected

New 2021 MSYPs elected

Following a nationwide election, we are delighted to confirm that Ewan Knight and Niamh Kirkland have been elected as Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) for the 2021-23 term.

“Congratulations to South East Scotland Scouts members Ewan and Niamh on their election. I know that you will both be great representatives for young people in Scouting and I look forward to working with you in your new roles.” said Martin Elliot, Regional Commissioner.

Niamh and Ewan will be MSYP-Elect until they attend their first sitting of the Scottish Youth Parliament when they succeed Morven Bayton and Gregor Mitchell who have represented Scouts Scotland since April 2019.


Ewan Knight

Ewan is an Explorer Scout at Pink Panthers ESU & YL at 23rd Craigalmond Scouts. His priorities for the Scottish Youth Parliament is to increase the recognition of Scouting awards, encourage outdoor education and make sure young people aren’t being left behind in the recovery of the pandemic.

“I’ve got so much out of Scouting, I have made friends all over Scotland and learned skills for life that I couldn’t anywhere else. I’ve also been able to help other people in my community, which has always been something I’ve enjoyed.”

  • I’ll stand up for our Scout values.
  • I’ll stand up for equal opportunities for all.
  • I’ll stand up for quality, no matter who you are.
  • I’ll make sure everyone’s voice is represented.
  • I’ll seek for proper climate action from our leaders.


Niamh Kirkland

Niamh is an Explorer Scout in Pink Panthers Explorers and also a Young Leader with 30th Craigalmond Cubs. Niamh’s priorities in her role within the Scottish Youth Parliament are increasing outdoor education and focusing on mental health support within young people.

Over the years scouting has encouraged me to develop my confidence and teamwork skills through phenomenal opportunities like camps and this. Being a young leader has allowed me to develop my leadership skills and it has been truly amazing to watch the young cubs develop their skills and grow.”

  • I am enthusiastic and hardworking.
  • I have experience representing Scottish scouting from the UK contingent impact team.
  • I’m passionate about issues that affect all young people in Scotland.
  • I am an experienced debater and enjoy discussing a variety of issues.
  • I understand the amount of work required to successfully represent you.

Youth Guidance Update: Scout Readiness Green Level

Youth Guidance Update: Scout Readiness Green Level

With immediate effect, November 11 2021.

As we continue our route through the Scottish Government’s revised Strategic Framework and broader reopening within society, some additional Government restrictions have now been relaxed for school and youth work visits and trips. This will enable Scotland to move to Green readiness level, with immediate effect.

The full updated guidance document is available here.

In summary, there are no changes to the guidance that was previously in place, in particular:

  • no limits on numbers at meetings indoors or outdoors
  • no requirement for physical distancing
  • no restrictions on camping and residential experiences within the UK, subject to Scout ratios
  • face coverings must still be worn in indoor locations and on dedicated or public transport, by those aged 12+
  • COVID mitigations should now be incorporated within general risk assessments.

The change does mean that international travel is now also permitted. However, organisers should consider carefully whether such trips would be appropriate in light of their local circumstances and wider guidance on international travel, which is available on the FCDO website.

This should include a risk-based assessment of the following:

  • The health and other risks associated with current international travel, including any public health advice for the destination country.
  • The potential benefits to the health, wellbeing and learning of young people which may be offered by the trip, and would be difficult to achieve through other means (such as travel to a UK destination).
  • Specific testing and isolation requirements, both in the UK and for any destination country.
  • Whether or not adequate insurance is in place, including financial protection for possible cancellation or other costs.
  • The age and number of young people and volunteers involved in the trip, and how this may affect the associated transmission risks and/or implications of someone contracting COVID during the trip.
  • Any additional transmission risks associated with specific activities during the trip.

All groups must follow the Scouts Visits Abroad process and ensure that COVID risks are considered in risk assessments and critical incident plans. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that groups will find insurance that includes cancellation due to COVID, including Government advice not to travel, which is a risk that parents and trustees should be aware of from the outset. This is now an exclusion is most travel insurance policies.

As ever, we should continue to act responsibly and pay due attention to:

  • good hand hygiene and surface cleaning
  • continued promotion of good ventilation
  • requirement for face coverings in certain settings (e.g. public transport)
  • continued compliance with Test and Protect, including a register of attendance at every meeting.

My thanks for your continued support in keeping members safe and promoting our Scouting recovery.


Graeme Luke
Chief Executive Officer