The Earl of Forfar (who is better known as Prince Edward), met a group of our leaders at a reception in the City Chambers on 4 July for DofE leaders from across Edinburgh and the Lothians. Simon Cocker of Meadows ESU, Sam Dickinson of Borestane ESU and Janet Paterson, DofE expedition organiser, represented Braid, Pentland and Craigalmond Districts respectively, along with John Buchanan, one of our two Regional Advisers for DofE. We were accompanied by the new DofE Manager from SHQ, Calum Lorimer.
At this very pleasant event we were able to report considerable success in organising DofE through Scouting in our Region: 56 young people have successfully completed their Bronze expedition this season and 18 Silvers and 14 Golds look forward to completing theirs. The DofE awards dovetail closely with the Chief Scout’s Platinum and Diamond and with the Queen’s Scout Award.
Those of us present were very conscious that we were representing the many adults who contribute towards this success by helping with administration, training, supervision and assessment. The best model is clearly that of cooperation within and across the Districts, as nobody can run DofE alone.
Training and help are available and interested adults are encouraged to contact the Regional Adviser(s) for advice using firstname.lastname@example.org. Any offers of assistance will be most welcome. It is also worth reminding young adult leaders that they can complete or start the Gold Award, as they have until the age of 25 to do so.
Assistant Regional Commissioner (Explorers)
Bronze Award expedition
Silver Award expedition
Gold Award expedition