Duns Scout Group Information Evening

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Let’s restart Duns Scout Group, together!

Duns Scout Group information evening:

Date: Wednesday 17th May

Time: 6pm-7pm 

Who can attend: Adults

Location: Duns Primary School (head to the main entrance – we’ll meet either in the canteen or a classroom) 

You must pre-register in advance by visiting HERE (please share with your family, friends & colleagues). We need an idea of numbers when planning this event, that’s why. Thanks.

Are you interested to find out more about Scouts? Are you passionate about seeing the young people of Duns and the surrounding area succeed? Are you a team player with a positive, can-do attitude? Do you enjoy fun activities? Do you want to do more for and in your community? Are you more of a ‘behind the scenes’ person? Do you have a skill or hobby you can share? Were you a former Scout? Then this event is right up your street.  Duns Scout Group has the opportunities and is keen to reform with your help. And you don’t need to have any previous Scouting experience but if you do, bonus!

Scouts is where young people aged 4-25 make new friends, have amazing adventures, and learn new skills. Scouts are do-ers and give-it-a-go-ers. Yes, we go camping, hiking, swimming, abseiling, cycling and canoeing. But we also get to hang out with our friends every week – having fun, playing games, working in a team and taking on new challenges. Sounds fun right, it is! And it’s as much for the adults to enjoy as it is the young people. Come and find out more.

Aim: We want to re-start the Duns Scout Group which was paused during COVID. We can only do this with adult volunteers from the local community.  

Our Scouts Evening is open to all adults. That means you. Are you ready to try something new?

We know you are busy people so this event is scheduled to fit in around your family, work and life. It’ll only take 1 hour and will be really informative.

Duns Scout Group

A lot has changed in the last few years since COVID. To re-start the Duns Scout Group we need adult volunteers. You can use your skills to help young people gain theirs.

During COVID the Duns Scout Group had to pause. In order to restart we want to understand the demand by young people to (re)join Scouts in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. AND importantly how many adult volunteers are willing and interested in helping out to provide local Scouting. To accept young people into Scouts and reform the Scout Group we need some local faces to join as new adult volunteers to support them. This could be as a leader, assistant leader, job share or behind the scenes working on fundraising, social media, or even on our Executive. We can’t relaunch without the help of the local community – parents, carers, colleagues, friends etc.

*** If you volunteer to get involved now as a Leader then we can look to get your child automatic entry into their preferred Scout Section#.***

More about the Scouting opportunities

Scouts is only possible thanks to our superstar volunteers – ordinary people, like you, making an extraordinary difference in young people’s lives. So please consider what you can do and if you know anyone who may be willing to get involved and ask them to come along to the event too. It is possible that we may consider a job share if that was of interest to you?

As a Scout Group, we want to offer local children across the Duns area the chance to participate in all the fun experiences and adventures we do in Scouting week to week and in other Scout Groups across the Borders such as camping, fire-lighting, climbing and abseiling, and yes, learning how to tie and use knots (these will come in handy in later life!).

Most of our volunteers work directly with young people aged 4-18 through our Squirrel (our newest Scout Section for ages 4-6 – we can tell you more about this at the event), Beavers, Cubs and Scouts – helping young people gain skills for life through fun activities.

There’s lots of ways you can get involved with Scouts. From helping out as a leader, or being our bookkeeper, our volunteering activities are as varied as you.  The good news is you shape what you do and the time you have to give. Scouts happens when a lot of us give a little (and no, you don’t have to be a Scout or outdoors expert to volunteer). 

You don’t need to have any specific skills or be Bear Grylls to lend a hand. We don’t all know how to tie knots! But if you were a former Scout when you were younger, why not come back and pick back up where you left off? We have lots of different and flexible roles which means you can give as little or as much time as you like, working with young people directly or in a role that may take a couple of hours a month. 

Scouting has a reputation for helping young people to develop resilience, a positive character, respect for others, good community skills, as well as physical and mental fitness. For more than 100 years, our programs have instilled in young people the values and knowledge that they need to become leaders in their communities through developing these Skills for Life. 

Young people are amazing. It’s our role as adults to help them realise this. Are you up for some fun and would you like to enjoy the volunteering benefits?

What next?

We would love to be able to explain more about Scouting, gauge the level of interest from the community for Scouting in Duns and discuss the opportunities we have for you to get involved. Please register to attend this informative bitesize event which will last for one hour.  

PS Go on feel great about yourself. There isn’t a badge for that but there should be!

PPS It’s the best thing you’ll do this week (and that’s a promise).



#Further conversations are required before we confirm.

Please note a decision on the relaunching of Duns will be made pending this event and the level of interest from the local community in volunteering primarily.

Got a question? Please email Kirstie Armsworth, Scouting Support Officer.

Duns is part of the Borders Scouts District. More about Borders Scouts:

  • The Borders Scouts District (part of the South East Scotland Scouts Region) has 13 Scout Groups – see the map below (which is a guide only).
  • * Every week in the Borders we give around 860 young people aged 4-25 the skills they need for school, college, university, job interviews, important speeches, tricky challenges and the big dreams: the skills they need for life.
  • * Our young people are supported by just over 240 adult volunteers, both directly with youngsters and behind the scenes
  • * We have a youth waiting list of 160+ which is more than we’d like!

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, demand for Scouting remains strong across the Borders for Scouts. We hold a District waiting list of some 
160+ young peopleTo provide the best Scouting experience and continuity for our young people across the Borders, Scouts needs volunteers – leaders, assistants, occasional helpers and part of the Executive Committee. If you can’t help in Duns, can you help elsewhere please?