Volunteering at The Tattoo 2018

Volunteering at The Tattoo 2018

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is the most spectacular show in the world, enjoyed by an international television audience of 100 million.  But there’s no substitute for being there, as part of the 217,000-strong audience over its three-week season at Edinburgh Castle. As a member of Scouting you can become part of it.Continue Reading Volunteering at The Tattoo 2018

Fraser gets QSA at Windsor

Fraser gets QSA at Windsor

Chief Scout Bear Grylls recognises 300 young people as Scouting’s top achievers

Fraser Dunmore of Craigalmond was one of 300 Queen’s Scouts being honoured by international adventurer Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, at Windsor Castle for gaining their Queen’s Scouts Awards on Sunday 22 April.  Bear was joined by Princess Beatrice of York.

The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest honour in Scouting and is awarded for outstanding personal achievement.  This honour is achieved by young people aged between 16 and 25 who have completed a range of challenges, including service to their community, completing an expedition in wild country, undertaking a five-day residential project in an unfamiliar environment and learning a new skill or developing an existing talent.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said:

During their time Scouting, all these young people have worked incredibly hard to learn new skills and achieve their Queen’s Scout Award and I am so full of admiration for their spirit, grit and determination.  They have served their community, led others and undertaken expeditions in the UK and around the world. As Queen’s Scouts, they are leading lights and an inspiration to over half a million Scouts in the UK and I am so pleased that Scouting has honoured them today. I am just so proud of all they have achieved.

Fraser says of his Award:

I really enjoyed completing my Queen’s Scout Award as it got me to really challenge myself. It really pushed me to do more for the community and inspire others to do the same! I would totally recommend anyone to complete the award.

Going down to Windsor was an experience I will never forget! Everyone was really kind and we were all there as we have all overcome some great challenges. It was amazing to hear all about other people’s experience while completing their award. It was really special to have talks from Bear Grylls and was even more amazing that they managed to get a video of Obama saying congratulations to all of us. The day was really hot and everyone was getting dehydrated but the QSWP looked after us all so well. My favourite part was getting a selfie with Bear Grylls! I would totally recommend anyone to complete the award so they can get the opportunity to go down to Windsor Castle too!

Queen's Scout Award badge

Queen’s Scout Award

 

Presentations at Windsor

The annual Windsor Castle event has been held regularly since 1934 on the Sunday nearest to St George’s Day (23 April).  St George is the Patron Saint of Scouting. Since the Queen’s Scout Award was instigated, over 100,000 of these awards have been presented to young men and women for outstanding personal achievements and service to their local communities.  They have learnt new skills and taken part in many of the 200 different activities on offer by Scouting across the UK.

The Queen's Scout Award

The Queen’s Scout Award is achieved by completing the following requirements:

  • Providing service to the community for 12 months. Briefing and training should be given in order to gain the necessary skills.
  • Learning a new skill for 12 months, and show progress and lasting interest. The skill can be the development of an existing interest or something entirely new.
  • Completing a four-day and three-night expedition in open or adventurous country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy. The expedition should involve careful preparation, training, responsibility and review demonstrating leadership and teamwork skills
  • Completing a five-day and four-night residential project in an unfamiliar environment with people who are not known. This project should be environmental work, activity based, service to others or personal training
  • Completing 18 nights away, of which 12 must be camping.
  • Making a presentation, to a suitable audience, of your achievements so far in working towards the Queen’s Scout Award.

The Award is for Explorers aged 16 and over and Network members.  It must be completed by the age of 25.  It is essential to register for the Award.  See details on Scouts UK site.

Gang Show auditions

Gang Show auditions

Edinburgh Gang Show 2018

King’s Theatre – Tue 20 to Sat 24 November 2018

Audition Information for Scouting

The Edinburgh Gang Show is a major theatre production and has been staged annually at the King’s Theatre since 1960. The cast is made entirely of members of Scouting and Girlguiding and is supported behind the scenes by many adult volunteers. Being part of the Gang Show is great fun but hard work and a high level of commitment to the show is expected.

Auditions for Main Gang
Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Scout Network from South East Scotland Scouts
  • Sunday 13 May 2018
  • 1.45 – 6.00pm
  • St Anne’s Parish Church, Kaimes Road, Edinburgh
Boys
  • 1.45 – 3.00pm             All boys aged 10 years & over (by the Dress rehearsal on 19/11/18)
Girls
  • 2.45 – 4.00pm             Girls aged 12 years & over (by the Dress rehearsal on 19/11/18)
  • 3.45 – 5.00pm             Girls aged 11 years (by the Dress rehearsal on 19/11/18)
  • 4.45 – 6.00pm             Girls aged 10 years (by the Dress rehearsal on 19/11/18)
Membership of Main Gang

All individuals who wish to audition for Main Gang must be at least 10 years old at the date of the Dress Rehearsal (19/11/18) and an active member of a Guide Unit or Scout Group at that date. In addition, all who audition for Main Gang must also be an active member of the Guide and Scout Association at the date of the audition (a date which varies from year to year but this year is 13/05/18).

Older Brownies and Cubs at the date of the audition may become members of the Main Gang provided they meet the age and membership criteria by the date of the Dress Rehearsal.

Results of the auditions will be advised on the day.

If successful, further auditions for song, dance and sketches will take place in June with rehearsals commencing for Main Gang in late August. With the exception of a couple of dates, rehearsals will be held every Sunday from then through to show week. Cast members are expected to attend regularly and show a high level of commitment to the show.

After the auditions, a rehearsal schedule and a Registration Form (to be signed by a Section Leader) will be issued to those who have been successful, along with other information.

To aid with registration on the day please complete the Audition Form in advance and bring to the audition along with the Activity Information Form.

Further information available by e-mailing edingangshow@hotmail.co.uk.

Auditions for Junior Gang
Cub Scouts from South East Scotland Scouts
  • Sunday 27 May 2018
  • St Anne’s Parish Church, Kaimes Road, Edinburgh
Boys and girls aged 8 years by the auditions on 27/05/18
  • 4.00 – 5.15pm

Note: Cubs do all performances.

Cubs must be at least 8 and a member of a Cub Pack at the date of the audition (a date which varies from year to year but this year is 27/05/18). As a member of Junior Gang, they must remain with their Pack until after the show week.

Cubs will be told the results of the auditions on the day. If successful, rehearsals will commence for Junior Gang in September.

After the auditions, a schedule of rehearsal dates and a Registration Form (to be signed by a Section Leader) will be issued to those who have been successful, along with other information.

To aid with registration on the day please complete the Audition Form in advance and bring to the audition along with the Activity Information Form.

Further information available by e-mailing edingangshow@hotmail.co.uk.

Blair Atholl training

Blair Atholl training

The first Regional Blair Atholl training took place during the weekend of 23 – 25 March at Bonaly. Seven out of the eleven patrols were able to attend and this gave everyone the chance to get to know each other.

Blair Atholl group meet each other

Blair Atholl group meet up

The camp started off with activities that allowed the patrols to mix and start learning about the different districts in our Region. Late morning saw us pitching the patrol tents and by early afternoon we were confident that everyone would have a roof over their head.

Patrol tents of the BA training group

BA training group

Axe and Saw, Firelighting, and Camp Kitchen Hygiene then occupied us up to late afternoon, followed by preparation and eventual cooking of our evening meal …

Ready to light the altar fire

Fire lighting practice

Some interesting initial versions of mince and tatties but glad to say, when cooked, all tasted good. Saturday evening saw ‘A first taste of Blair – what to expect’ and some pointers about how the camp operates. We then brainstormed ideas for the Country Fair and SE Region has some great options for all to try!  Pizza and some ceilidh dancing then followed, which was good fun, then it was time to turn in after a busy day.

Sunday arrived too quickly – well, we did lose an hour – and breakfast was first up.  You can’t beat the smell of sausages sizzling on an altar fire!

Two Zorb Balls moving about

Zorb Balls in action

Knots and lashings were followed by a fun activity – zorb balls.  Thank you, Meadows Explorers, for allowing us to use them. A quick lunch, then it was time to strike camp and, before we knew it, Sunday afternoon had been and gone and our first time together was over.

Game with Zorb balls in the field

Zorb game

The patrols now have some time to improve their wood preparation, firelighting and cooking skills ready for the next camp in June.

Explorer chopping wood safely

Safe chopping

A big thank you to the Core Team: Amy, Craig, Fee, Neil, Jackie and Barry as well as the Blair Coordinators / leaders Annette, Donald, Katie and David Growden.  Thanks also to members of the Region Team and DCs for joining us and lending your support.

Diane Marshall, Deputy Regional Commissioner

Where snow and water meet

Where snow and water meet

Longcraig in the winter – as seen by Explorers

If you thought that winter maintenance of boats involved cleaning off seaweed and then a long snooze until spring – read on!

Over the winter, the Bore Stane Explorer Unit from Pentland District has been actively engaged in helping the team at Longcraig to carry out an extensive programme of winter maintenance. This has not only involved learning new skills about fixing boats, it also involved fixing trailers with dodgy brakes, clearing out drains clogged by the winter storms, clearing the beach and the land side of washed in debris and seaweed, as well as a range of cleaning and mending.

This winter in particular has been a bit taxing, with nearly all of the work days so far accompanied by snowfalls and freezing temperatures. So, no early swims in the Forth (yet) for this team of hardy helpers, but lots of indoor jobs undertaken.

Longcraig in the snow

Longcraig in winter

So, what’s in it for the Explorers, I hear you say?

Well, firstly, they are learning new skills over the winter about how boats go together, why they need mended, painted and varnished; how they get repaired and put back together for the new sailing season; checking and servicing safety equipment and clothing.

Secondly, they have the opportunity to work together as a team, and to work together with the experienced folks from the ASU who can then pass on their skills.

Then when the spring comes and some warmer weather, they will get involved in preparing and launching boats and start to learn seamanship skills leading on to kayaking, dinghy sailing, and powerboating over the summer months.

There is now a badge available for Scouts who assist and support ‘Activity Centres’ and these guys are working towards that. But more than that – in a year or two those who wish will become the instructors of tomorrow and will then pass on their skills to others – perhaps even to their own Scouts!

This same opportunity is available to other Explorer Units across the Region. Interested to find out more? Contact us on lscmanager@longcraig.org.uk or via Bonaly office on 0131 441 1878.

Ian Harrower, Longcraig ASU

YLs visit Manchester

YLs visit Manchester

On Saturday 3 February, I took four Young Leaders to Manchester to take part in the programme review and development day for the Young Leader Scheme.

There were about 40 people, with majority of them being young people, and 10 Leaders all of whom are helping to deliver the Young Leader Scheme in their Counties or Districts. The day was run by the Programme Team from Gilwell.

The aim of the day was to review some of the changes that the Programme Team has been working on for the last 18 months.

The Young Leaders looked at two modules. Module F – more activities around inclusivity and Module J which currently covers activities on communication partly in Module I and partly new activities about articulating the skills and experience gained as a Young Leader. The Young Leaders reviewed them once they had taken part in the relevant module and said that they really enjoyed them both.

The Leaders during this time were looking at the resources for the Section Leaders, the modules that the YLs were undertaking and information for Section Leaders, GSLs, DESCs and Executives.

The day started with the Leaders and YLs doing Ice Breakers in the morning in order to get to know one and another and break down barriers, so that open communication between the YLs could be fluent. We then came together and looked at the Young Leader log book and the changes to it that included the placement agreement.

The next part of the day’s programme involved the YLs being split into two groups and working on the two modules that had been chosen. The YLs gained a lot from this session, including:

  • Sharing and discussing ideas – “hands on” testing out the activities
  • Meeting new scouts who were passionate about the Young Leader scheme,
  • Opportunity to visit Manchester and learn about the local culture and history
  • Certificates to recognise our achievements and efforts
  • New resources about Scouting.

From a Leader’s perspective, it was brilliant to meet others that are involved with the scheme and how they manage it and make the programme work. What I found was that the ESL YL role is not the model that is commonly followed.

Most of the people there were County people, so they run the YL Programme Modules at that level rather than at District, although this does also happen, depending on the need for the modules.

It was a very positive day!

Allison Gamble