Tourists visiting this year’s Edinburgh Military Tattoo received a good Scottish welcome from a team of Explorer Scouts and Adult members who volunteered to sell programmes and merchandise to the international visitors attending the world famous event at Edinburgh Castle.
As they have done since the first Tattoo in 1950, members from across the Region were able to enjoy a unique opportunity to be part of the Tattoo and help to raise money for scouting in South East Scotland, with volunteers coming from a wide range of roles with Section Leaders, Group Scout Leaders, District and Regional Leadership Team members joining Explorer Scouts to cover performances throughout August.
Cath Jackson, Group Scout Leader at 102nd Craigalmond (St Andrews Clermiston) Scout Group volunteered at the Tattoo for the first time and commented that highlights included “People taking to you about their scouting days in other countries. I got to meet adults from other districts and enjoyed making new friendships.”
If you would like to find out more about volunteering at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo please email Sue Liddle at email@example.com.
An Update From Kirsty Ireland, Regional Advisor – Explorer Scout Young Leaders
As you may be aware the Young Leader (YL) scheme has recently started undergoing some changes including the release of new Explorer Scout YL (ESYL) logbooks. We are excited to announce that the new ESYL Logbooks are now available to purchase from the Scout Shop.
To facilitate the transition from the existing YL training scheme to the new one and avoid any negative impact on our invaluable YLs there will be a phasing in period. The inclusion of the new Module J – “Communicate it” will be phased in and, up until May 2019, any existing ESYLs will not be required to complete this module. After this time this module should be included in the training as a requirement for the completion of the scheme and award of the ESYL belt.
More information on the updated ESYL scheme can be found at: https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/2628/resources-to-support-the-scheme?cat=9,98&moduleID=10 or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
A huge thank you to everyone in the region who continues to help and support our invaluable ESYLs.
The Explorer Scout Young Leaders scheme is undergoing some very positive changes, Scouting is investing in this area to improve the experience for young people and adults alike. Some small, but significant changes have been made to the scheme including new training materials and an updated Logbook. While awaiting the final publication of the Logbook a temporary ESYL Record book has been created for the Region, and this will be issued to all ESYLs. It has been sent to ESL (YL)s and DESCs for distribution.
For new ESYLs this replaces the old Placement Agreement and the Agreement on page 5 should be completed at the start of their placement. For all ESYLs it contains useful information and a place to record the contact details of the Leaders they work with, and their progress with training.
Full information relevant to all section leaders can be found here.
The Region are looking for more volunteers to help out with delivery of ESYL modules. It would be great if Section Leaders of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers who have valuable insights to share, would be willing to commit to delivering a module once every 2 months. This would greatly assist the training of the young people who help in some of these sections. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch with Kirsty Ireland the ESYL Regional Advisor (email@example.com).
Thank you to all the current volunteers who continue to support our invaluable ESYLs within the Region.
Camp includes M&D’s Theme Park
The camp is for Explorers and Young Leaders from all Districts in our Region, even if their leader(s) cannot attend. It will take place from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 September 2018. This is a holiday weekend in most areas. Details of the full camp programme are being decided by Explorers and Leaders.
- At The Barrwood Campsite, Forth Region – highly recommended by those who have visited it
- Saturday visit to M&D’s Theme Park, Motherwell
- Fri evening, Sat evening and Sunday offer many activities on site
- Water activities on Sunday morning
- Chance to bivvy out overnight, counting for Zodiac Award
- Cost £40 per head
- You can still join in, but let us know as soon as possible.
- Ideas still welcome
- Contact John Buchanan firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a chance to meet Explorers from other part of the Region and have fun.