The 85th Braid Scouts enjoyed a night hike at Blackford Hill having not been able to do face to face Scouting for six months

Many thanks for supporting Scouting throughout a

challenging year

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and

Best Wishes for 2021

Simon Cocker and Martin Elliot

Acting Regional Commissioners


John Cannon

Regional Chair

As we come to the end of what has probably been the most challenging year of our lives for the majority of us, we wanted to reflect on how all of us in South East Scotland Region have responded to the challenges presented by COVID-19 but also look forward with some hope for 2021.

We started the year, under the leadership of Margery Naylor, our Regional Commissioner, with the Game of Scouting being driven with energy and enthusiasm by our adult volunteers giving of their time, helping our young people to have fun and adventure

The pandemic presented us with some massive and unprecedented challenges but our adult volunteers and young people responded magnificently, finding new virtual ways to meet and continue with Scouting. It has not been easy but it’s been fantastic to see the Game of Scouting continue to thrive with Virtual Camps, innovative badge work and new ways of engaging each other.

More recently, the response to undertaking risk assessments to allow us to move back to face to face Scouting, initially outdoors and more recently indoors, has been inspiring. It has been great to see the joy of many of our young people, our young leaders, and yes, our leaders at getting back to a little bit of normality. We are also conscious that this has happened at a time when there have been other demands on our volunteers to ensure that we continue to meet Scouting requirements.

As we near the end of 2020, a year few of us will forget, we look forward to a return to more normality during 2021 both in our home and Scouting lives. There are still challenges ahead but we know by working together we will come through this.

We would like to take this opportunity to again thank Margery for the fantastic way that she led the Region for three years and wish her well for the future. We would also like to thank all of you for everything that you do for all our young people and for your communities. 

We wish you, your families and friends, peace, health and happiness at this time and all the very best for 2021.

To everyone who volunteers for Scouting, thank you!

Simon Cocker and Martin Elliot, Acting Regional Commissioners