Training Update October 2020

Training Update October 2020

You’ve probably seen emails from Gilwell about changes to training requirements.  Getting Started now MUST be completed within 5 months of the appointment start date, but the good news is that almost all can be done online, and better yet, all the online resources are in one place on the Scout website,     

There are changes to what is required for various roles, but in summary:

  • All of Getting Started must be completed within 5 months of the role start date.
  • Every adult member (not PVG only) needs to do the following, all are available online and no further validation is required:
    1. Essential Information
    2. Safety
    3. Safeguarding
    4. GDPR
  • Section Leaders, Assistant Leaders and Section Assistants also need:
    1. Personal Learning Plan (usually blank apart from Getting Started for Section Assistants)
    2. Tools for the Role (Section Leaders).
  • GSLs, Deputy GSLs, DCs, Deputy DCs, ADCs, DESCs, ARCs, ASU Managers etc. also need:
    1.  Personal Learning Plan
    2.  Tools for the Role (Managers and Supporters).
  • Executive Committee members (including Section Leaders who sit on Group Execs) also need:
    1. Trustee Introduction. 

Tools for the Role – both varieties – can be done online, via Zoom or similar, or can (when we’re green) be done face to face.  Your Assistant DC (Adult Training) will be able to share local plans with you.

It’s not strictly a training issue, but to move your role to Full you also need to have satisfactory references, PVG and Appointments Committee approval within the first 5 months.  If your District Appointments Secretary has been in touch about any of these please do get back to them.

Gilwell are really pushing on compliance with completion requirements for Getting Started, Safety, Safeguarding and GDPR, so if these are not up to date, or your PLP, Essential Information and Tools for the Role are not validated in Compass PLEASE speak to your Training Adviser, GSL, or ADC (Adult Training) for help with moving it forwards.  Ignoring the emails from Tim Kidd is not an option.

For those who have Full appointments, the next challenge for most roles is the Wood Badge.  It should be completed within 3 years of appointment start date, so if the clock is ticking, or you are already over 3 years please have a look to see what’s outstanding and how you can fill the gaps.  SHQ has produced a guide to validation while we’re in some form of lockdown, have a look and see what you can validate now

I think every district in the Region is short of Training Advisers, so if you know anyone who’s good at communicating with adults please point them towards the Assessing Learning module on 20th October.  I’m not saying it’s popular, but I see someone from Carnoustie has booked a place!  We also have a Region-wide shortage of training Advisers for Managers and Supporters (TAMS), so if you would like to help support people new to these roles please let me know.

If you have questions please contact your ADC (Adult Training) in the first instance – they are all full of useful information.

Mary Dick
ARC (Adult Training) 

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Annual Review and Annual General Meeting 2020

Annual Review and Annual General Meeting 2020

We hope many of you are going to be able to join us for our first ever virtual Annual Review and Annual General Meeting of the South East Scotland Regional Scout Council, held using Zoom technology on Tuesday 13th October 2020. 

The Regional Leadership Team have been working hard to put together an interesting and engaging Annual Review, which will involve members from across the Region and give you a chance to hear about some of the wide range of experiences the young people and adult volunteers in South East Scotland Region have enjoyed. These include reviews of Longcraig, the Gang Show, the Network, District and Regional Virtual Camps, Braid’s international trip to Les Menuires and more. This will be followed by the Annual General Meeting. 

All are welcome to attend and the papers are available online. Joining instructions have been sent out by e-mail to all members on the Regional Mailing list. If you do not have these or are not a member of the Region then please contact the Regional Secretary for joining details.

If you would like to submit a question to the AGM, it would be helpful if you could send this in advance to the Regional Secretary before the end of Saturday 10th October 2020.

John Bruce
Regional Secretary 

Thank You to Margery

Thank You to Margery

Margery Naylor, our Regional Commissioner for the last three years recently resigned due to ill-health. Here we highlight her achievements over this period with contributions from a number of members who worked closely with Margery in this role and in her role as Cub Leader for the 82nd Craigalmond Cubs. Before becoming RC, Margery was the Regional Safeguarding Awareness Coordinator for 5 years and the ARC Adult Training for 2 years.

In her time as Regional Commissioner, Margery worked hard to be approachable at all times in order to develop a positive culture. She has a leader and supporter-centric focus, whilst stressing that Scouting was all about assisting over 7,400 young people to have fun and adventure.   

One of the most visible signs of Margery’s success during her term as RC is the strength of the Regional Leadership Team which she has built up. Margery was adept at appointing, motivating, leading, and managing an effective leadership team of volunteers to support the Region, including an impressive group of seven District Commissioners, as well as a full and still growing team of hard-working Assistant Regional Commissioners and Regional Advisers. 

Margery instigated a Bonaly Business Planning Group in 2019, working with the group members to improve activities and reduce costs. Latterly, Margery led on the formation of the Bonaly Review Group, which has now streamlined the functioning of the centre. She also led on the decision taken by the Regional Executive Committee (REC) to reverse the decision to close the Longcraig Scout Centre and on its recent decision to improve the showers and toilets.  

Margery recognised the importance of effective communication to make sure that all members of the Region were kept informed of what was happening. For many months, Margery personally produced the Regional Newsletter before setting up the Regional Communications Working Group which has been very successful, improving further still our Regional messages, newsletters, social media and website. 

Margery is passionate about the importance of Scouting awards as a way to recognise and thank our leaders and volunteers. As a result, we significantly improved the numbers of awards achieved with twenty awards at the Regional level, and a total of 106 across the Region in the last year.  Moreover, 935 Top Awards were achieved by young people last year.  

In line with her overall vision of Scouting in the Region, Margery worked hard to ensure that the REC has been able to focus in a positive and a collaborative way on its key role of underpinning grass roots Scouting activities, or as Margery likes to call it the “Game of Scouting”. She recruited John Cannon as Regional Chair, and Bruce Macdonald as Regional Treasurer, and many more members of the REC, which strengthened it enormously. 

She has represented the uniformed volunteers strongly on the REC, ensuring that it invested Regional resources to support young people and our adult volunteers, including funding for the Longcraig Scout Centre and the recruitment of a Scouting Support Officer to support adult volunteers in the work that they are doing. She also led the development of the Regional Strategy 2018-23, setting out a clear direction of travel. Much has been achieved including in the last year, more leaders (up by 7%), more Young Leaders (up by 6%), and over 75% of Groups having Group Scout Leaders.  

Throughout her time as RC, Margery wanted to make sure that all members, young people and adult volunteers, were able to get the most out of their Scouting experience, so she worked hard to ensure that the Region was run effectively, and that Scouting developed in line with the rules and policies of The Scouts. She kept on top of the ‘grunt work’ including lots of admin, as well as dealing with complaints, and ensured that challenges within the Region were resolved so that excellent and safe Scouting was being provided to young people. A great example was the Regional Model Risk Assessment for restarting Scouting that Margery produced, which has made the process of restarting much simpler and easier for leaders.  

She has always taken great pride in the many successes of South East Scotland Region and made sure that these were recognised whenever she represented the Region, for example with the Chief Commissioner, the Scouts Scotland Commissioners’ Team, the Head of Scouting Operations, and other members of the Senior Leadership Team at SHQ, as well as promoting Scouts to the wider world. 

We have received a number of messages from various members including those who were close to her during the 18 years she served as cub leader at the 82nd Craigalmond Group and members of REC and SHQ. We wish Margery well and a speedy recovery and we look forward to perhaps seeing her back in Scouting in some capacity in the future. 

John Cannon, Regional Chair, South East Scotland Region

I was asked by Margery to become Chair nearly three years ago having not really known her before.  Our paths hadn’t really crossed.  Interestingly though her husband John was the new GSL of the 82nd when I was DC of Inverleith District, so I did know the family! 

Having been convinced by Margery it was a good idea to take the role on for a year 🙂 I soon discovered Margery had quite a plan and an incredible knack of getting people involved to help make it happen! She was often heard to say, “it’s not a problem – leave it with me, I’ll find someone!”

Margery was the master of the email and like many others was amazed by her capacity to send emails well before I was out my bed in the morning!  I think that was her way of helping us reprioritise our daily to do lists! Many a morning I was crafting responses on the bus into work!  Margery was also often quickest to the keyboard after meetings to summarise the actions just in case we forgot who agreed to what!  Margery also preferred using her home phone rather than mobile and I think I know why.  Rather than take calls randomly, if you did call her without warning, her husband John was always on hand to answer and check if she was expecting a call from you! Nice bit of PA screening! 

Margery’s drive and enthusiasm has certainly been a significant factor in the progress made across the Region these past 3 years and I’d like to thank her for taking such a strong lead.  There is a very capable team now ready and willing to pick up in her absence and hope it won’t be too long before we see her out and about again in the Region. 

Graeme Robertson, Vice Chair, South East Scotland Region

As well as serving on the Regional Executive Committee and the Regional Chair’s Committee with Margery, I had the privilege and pleasure of being her Training Adviser for the Managers & Supporters training scheme, to support her in achieving her Wood Badge as Regional Commissioner.  This gave me a ringside seat to witness the many challenges faced by Margery in her role, and I never ceased to be amazed by her capacity for spinning so many plates, and not letting any of them crash to the floor.  I’ve lost count of the number of times Margery’s husband John popped his head round the door to offer us a refill of coffee, when our TA meeting had overrun (again!). 

Margery also has an amazing capacity for something I’ve never mastered myself – the “pre-breakfast email”; on many occasions I’ve settled down to my morning coffee to find I already have 5 or 6 emails from Margery in my inbox – even though I’d last seen her leaving a meeting at 10pm the previous evening!  I’ve not done a thorough audit, but the earliest I could find readily was a budget email sent at 05:54!

I’d like to wish Margery every best wish in the coming weeks / months, and very much look forward to seeing her back in uniform soon – who knows, perhaps even before we return to Green status!  And for those of you itching to hear about the time when Margery had to ask the newsagent to fetch her copies of Zoo and Nuts from the top shelf, as she couldn’t reach them, you’ll have to buy me a pint when the Coronacrisis is over!

Gillian Caldwell, Depute Chief Commissioner (People), Scouts Scotland

I would like to thank Margery for everything she has achieved as SAC, ARC(AT) and most recently RC in South East Region. She has given superb service and, never one to resist a challenge, has embraced each of these major roles with enthusiasm and determination. My congratulations to her on everything she has achieved. 

Graham Cullen, GSL, 82nd Craigalmond (Cramond)

I have had the pleasure of working alongside Margery for 20 years and throughout all that time, she has been dedicated to Scouting at the 82nd and more recently across the Region.   Wonderful with the youngsters as a Cub Leader for nearly 18 years and a true team player, she was always available to offer sound advice and guidance to fellow leaders across the Group and District.   She has been at heart of making Scouting in Cramond such a success over the past two decades, in a community she is passionate about, and has worked tirelessly for in several roles.  I am truly grateful for the personal support and encouragement I have received from Margery throughout the years and wish her all the very best for the future.

Sarah Gordon, fellow Cub Leader at 82nd Craigalmond (Cramond)

Margery and I were leaders of the 82nd Friday night Cub pack for more than 17 years (18 in Margery’s case) and during that time I can honestly say that I looked forward to every planning meeting, every Friday night and especially every Cub Camp we did.

I remember at one camp we had been double booked and had to move out of the accommodation, her answer to this was “we will make the best of this so that the Cubs don’t miss out” and of course we did.

Margery is the epitome of a Scouter, leading in a quiet selfless way, always putting others (and in particular the Cubs), before herself, she has been an amazing Regional Commissioner, a fabulous Cub Leader and is, and always will be to me, a true friend.

Could you be our next Regional Commissioner?

Could you be our next Regional Commissioner?

Application for the role of Regional Commissioner, South East Scotland Scouts

Do you have the drive, passion and skills to lead Scouting in South East Region?  

We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to take on the role of Regional Commissioner in South East Scotland Region. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to build on the successes within the Region over the past few years, and take the Region forward.

As Regional Commissioner you will provide strategic leadership across the seven Districts – Borders, Braid, Craigalmond, East Lothian, Edinburgh North East, Midlothian and Pentland. This is a large and diverse Region covering major towns as well as rural communities, each with their own unique opportunities and challenges. 

You will be responsible for ensuring that the Region is run effectively, and that Scouting in South East Scotland develops in line with the rules and policies of The Scouts. You will also be responsible for supporting a positive Scouting experience for thousands of young people and adult leaders in the Region and promoting Scouts to the wider world.

Download the Role Description for all of the details about the role.

I’d love to hear from you if you think this could be you! Equally if you would like to talk to me about someone else that you think would be the ideal person then please let me know.  Feel free to contact me for an informal chat about the role.  

Closing date for applications is 12pm on Friday 23rdOctober 2020. Applicants will be informed if they have been selected for interview by Friday 30th October 2020. Interviews will then take place during November 2020.

If you would like to put yourself or someone else forward for the role, please fill in the application form and send it to John Cannon, Regional Chair via Please make sure you have read the Role Description and make it clear in your application how you or your nominee meet the criteria. 

If you require any further information about the role please contact the Chief Commissioner of Scotland, Andrew Sharkey on

John Cannon
Regional Chair 

Save Your Outdoor Centres

Save Your Outdoor Centres

Outdoor residential centres across Scotland are at risk of closing. Once they’re closed, they will be gone for good. We need your help to #SaveYourOutdoorCentres.

What can YOU do to help?

  1. Sign and share the petition…
  2. Share your stories on the impact of camps and residential experiences on your own social media including #SaveYourOutdoorCentres hashtag
  3. Write to your MSP using the template here 

Thank you!

Could you be our next Regional Commissioner?

Could you volunteer some time to support our Regional Office?

If you have some time on your hands, would like to use your skills and expertise, and would like to support Scouting in South East Scotland, then read on to find out about our amazing volunteering opportunities.

Scouting in South East Scotland Region

We are one of the largest Regions in Scotland supporting over 7,300 young people with 2,300 volunteers – leaders and supporting adults – spread across seven Districts. We have two outdoor centres: Bonaly Scout Centre and Longcraig Scout Centre. Our members are supported by a Regional Leadership Team and a Regional Executive Committee.

Our Mission

To actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society and giving them Skills for Life.

Regional Office Support

We are looking for a number of volunteers to support the functioning of our virtual Regional Office which provides a range of important services, ensuring that we effectively support our adult volunteers and young people.

Specifically, we are looking for:

Finance Volunteers – Good with numbers?

We are looking for a volunteer(s) interested in assisting the Regional Treasurer to record the Regional finances. You don’t need formal financial qualifications – just a capacity to work effectively with finances and be able to give up to 3 hours per week of your time volunteering from your own home.

Admin Volunteers – Good at getting things done?

We are looking for a volunteer(s) interested in helping the virtual Regional Office to function well, answering queries from members and the public; engaging suppliers; supporting the Regional Team. You don’t need formal qualifications – just good planning and organisation skills and be able to give up to 3 hours per week of your time volunteering from your own home.

Training Support Volunteers – Good at helping to develop others?

We are looking for a volunteer(s) to support our training function, helping with admin around the training we provide as well as ensuring our training equipment is fit for purpose. You don’t need qualifications – just a desire to help ensure our adult volunteers have the training they need to support our young people and be able to give up to 3 hours per week of your time.

Archivist – interested in preserving the past?

We are looking for a volunteer archivist to help ensure we accurately assemble, maintain, record and store our Scouting archives. You will preferably have some experience of archiving as well as a desire to preserve our range of artefacts, records and other material. The role can fit the time you have available to devote to the work.

If you are interested in any of these roles, know someone else who might be or if would like to discuss them further please contact John Cannon, Regional Chair via

You can help make a real difference to young people in South East Scotland – give it a go!!!