This page provides the latest guidance and advice on how South East Scotland Scouts are responding to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and will be updated on a regular basis.

  • Last updated: 18th March 2020

Temporary Closure of Bonaly and Longcraig Scout Centre
Posted 18th March 2020

All Leaders will be aware of the recent email from Tim Kidd, UK Chief Commissioner, instructing that ALL face to face Scouting activities are suspended until further notice due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.  Schools have also been instructed to cancel planned events and as a result we have decided to close the Regional Scout Centres until 30th June 2020 to ensure the safety of our customers, volunteers and staff.

The South East Scotland Scouts Regional Office will continue to operate as normal, utilising remote working whenever possible. Telephone calls and emails will continue to be monitored and progressed throughout this period. However please be patient as it will take longer to respond during the next few weeks.

All customers with a booking during the period 16th March to 30th June, be that camping, indoor accommodation or activities, will be contacted by our teams over the course of the next month and will be offered the choice of transferring to an alternative date or a refund.

Please be assured that we continue to monitor the situation to determine the earliest possible date when we can safely reopen for business as determined by the National Governments and The Scouts.

In summary,

  • Bookings planned between 16th March and 30th June 2020. 

Customers will be contacted and offered an alternative date or a refund.

  • Bookings planned from 1st July 2020 onwards

Customers can request a change of date without any financial penalty however bookings cancelled after 30th June 2020 will not be offered a refund of their deposit.

  • Bookings for the autumn term

As bookings are being rescheduled, availability will be limited during this period.  We encourage everyone planning an event later this year to contact the Bonaly or Longcraig teams or check on-line to determine our availability.

We understand this may cause disappointment for you and your young people who were planning to attend, but we are sure you appreciate we are in unprecedented times. If you have any queries:

Simon Cocker, Deputy Regional Commissioner, has agreed to act as a point of contact and source of advice if any adult volunteers have queries about outdoor activities, camps, events or trips. He can be contacted at simon.cocker@sesscouts.org.uk

In the meantime we wish you, your families, Scout groups and young people well especially during these difficult times.

Martin Elliot
Deputy Regional Commissioner


Message from Tim Kidd
Posted 17th March 2020

A message from UK Chief Commissioner, Tim Kidd

The Prime Minister has said that everyone in the UK should now avoid non-essential travel and contact with others.

Suspension of face-to-face activities

Given this guidance, all face-to-face Scout meetings, activities and events must be suspended from Tuesday, 17 March 2020. This suspension applies to young people and adults, and will be until further notice.

We will continue to follow official guidance; the safety of everyone involved in Scouts, both young people and adults, is our number one priority. That is always at the heart of our decision making.

Government advice

The Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage is frequently updated as things develop, so please check it regularly at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Scout trips abroad

We asked the Government (the Department for Culture, Media and Sport) for clarity about youth groups travelling abroad, as the current advice only specifies school trips. We will let you know when we receive an update.

As well as the Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website has the latest information, guidance and travel advice, along with details of any restrictions – which must be followed.

Scouting at home

We are planning to share activities for young people to do at home with their parents if families are faced with self-isolation. We will be communicating more about this soon.

I think we all agree that it’s in challenging times like these, that our Scout values matter most. We are talking to the Government and other community organisations to see how Scouts can support our country during this crisis. We must make sure that we do this in the safest possible way, and don’t put anyone at further risk. We will update you more on this over the coming weeks.

As always, I want to say a big thank you for everything you do for Scouts. By checking and following the latest Government advice and by taking a calm and measured approach, we can continue to ensure that young people and adults stay safe.

Thank you.

Full details are available at https://scouts.org.uk/coronavirus