And do you know the date when Bear Grylls, the Chief Scout, visited Longcraig?

We have amassed well over 100 photos of Longcraig Scout Centre and the people involved in the Centre over the 50 years. These are all being collated and will shortly be available to look at, laugh at, cry about, and reminisce over, both in hard copy (yes, real photos!) and soft copy (online). Details of how to access these will follow soon! Thanks to everyone who has dug deep and cleared out their cupboards!

And funding continues to roll in!

Another donation towards the costs of our Anniversary Events was received in April, this time from the South Queensferry Rotary Club, to whom we are very grateful for their interest and support.

All of these donations will help ensure that we can celebrate our special anniversary year without any impact on the services we provide to Scouts and Guides through training and water experiences.

We continue to seek donations or sponsorship; if anyone is aware of any potential supported please put them in touch to

Improvements and upgrades at Longcraig

Over the winter months we have continued to see and make a number of updates to equipment and facilities.

These include:

  • The little orange tractor, vital for helping us launch and recover the safety boats, has had a makeover and substantial amount of repair work carried out – (almost) as good as new!
  • We replaced all the old toilet seats with shiny new soft-close ones!
  • The boats damaged in the September storms last year have been repaired and had broken bits replaced – see photos below of repairs carried out in our workshop to one of the Wayfarer dinghies.

Both of these will be colour blended in before use!

The roadway from South Queensferry along to Longcraig has been repaired and levelled, and some modifications made to the drainage.


Push The Boat Out 2019


 This initiative, essentially an open day sponsored nationally by the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) is this year being supported by Longcraig and aimed at leaders and adults.

The are several aims for this day in the calendar –

  • To encourage adults to take part in water activities and perhaps develop a liking for it;
  • to promote the use of our Centre for both adults and young people alike;
  • to seek to encourage anyone who wishes to volunteer, do consider doing so. This can be with a water skill that you can bring, or not. We have opportunities for a range of support both on and off the water.

But the PTBO Day is predominantly to let people see what Water activities is all about.

The date for this year’s event is Saturday 11 May.

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Every District in South East Region was invited to nominate a weekend of activities as part of a wider plan to extend our services out to every Scout Group. In early June, we will be packing up lots of equipment and taking activities down to the Borders for a weekend with the Borders District at St Marys Loch. 

Later in June, we will welcome Scouts and Explorers from North East District to Longcraig, as an integral part of a large District Camp being held at Fordell Firs.

Other events are planned for later in the year which we will elaborate on in later newsletters.

REMEMBER: Were you involved in any way with Longcraig Scout Centre at any time?


Or anyone you know??

As part of this year’s anniversary celebration, we plan to hold an exclusive day specifically for all the folks who have been involved with Longcraig in any way at some point over the last 50 years. If you would like to put them in touch, or even just let us know and we will contact them, let’s make sure everyone is included in all correspondence and invitations to this and other events which will be taking place.

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Please pass this snippet of information on to anyone you know who may not have direct access to this newsletter!