Last Friday night (September 24th 2021), 170 Beavers descended on East Links Family Park, with trepidation and excitement in equal measure, the excitement was palpable from both their parents and Leaders as they gathered and stepped forward into East Lothian Scouts biggest District event for several years.

The overall aim was to have fun by trying out some new activities, making some new friends and enjoy the feeling of coming together – both Beavers and Leaders – to be part of our biggest East Lothian scouting family.


The Beavers went into the park and set off in search of their first activity! They bounced on the jelly belly, climbed through the Fortress, slid down the slides, went in search of llamas, around the crazy golf course, onto the Safari train for a tour around the park, raced on the go karts, grass sledged and played with their friends in the playground – all whilst laughing and chatting together. The general sound of fun was enjoyable for all to hear and watch.

Many Leaders had the opportunity to meet new Leaders, from neighbouring villages and towns, swap contact numbers with other Leaders, enjoy being out with their Beavers encouraging and persuading all to have a go at something new. We were well supported by Martin Elliot our Regional Commissioner and Kirstie Armsworth, Scouting support Officer, who both wholeheartedly joined in with the fun and helped in many ways on the night and spoke with parents and Leaders about their roles and how they can help group and districts across the region.

No birthday party can be a birthday party without cake and no scouting event can be without a campfire and despite the unrelentless East Lothian wind, a campfire and singing concluded our evening. My thanks to everyone who helped us deliver this event from the cake makers, badge designers, risk assessors, Leaders and coordinators of the grand plan and I think you will agree these pictures best tell the story of this successful event. Our volunteer Leaders, and helpers are our superheroes, thank you. If you’d like to join in our East Lothian fun as a volunteer – with the young people or behind the scenes – please reach out to Kirstie Armsworth our Scouting Support Officer.  More information can be found below.

Hilary Cartwright
East Lothian District Commissioner

Want to talk to someone directly about volunteering to help?

You can contact Kirstie Armsworth, Scouting Support Officer 
at 07710 703 372 or

Whether you want to work with young people directly or help behind the scenes, there’s something for everyone at Scouts.
She would be very happy to chat with you about what opportunities are available across the whole Region, how much time would be involved and how the leader training could assist you.