Looking Back As We Plan for the Future – RC’s Update

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Welcome back to a new term of Scouting! 

It was great to see many things that we have not been able to do returning, in particular Summer camps. Thank you to East Lothian District, the 21st Craigalmond Scout Group and Lauderdale Scout Group who invited me to join them for camps over the summer.

These provided a great opportunity for celebration. I enjoyed the opportunity to recognise the service of many of our volunteers by presenting long service and good service awards. I also enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate the centenary of the 21st with a camp attended by all sections, including the new Squirrels section.  


A highlight of the summer was being able to join with volunteers and Explorer Scouts from across the Region and beyond at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo throughout August. This has been one of the parts of Scouting that I have missed most during the last few years as it has been cancelled due to COVID. A huge thank you to all those who took part – you were brilliant ambassadors for Scouting. For all of us who took part it was a great opportunity to meet people (including many fellow Scouts) from across the world and raise valuable funds.

As well as an opportunity to look back the summer has also provided an opportunity to put in place plans for the future. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with management committee of the Edinburgh Gang Show to hear about the exciting plans that they have for the show on its return this year and going forward. I am looking forward to seeing members of Scouting and Girl Guiding back on the stage in November and hope I will see many of you there to support our young people!

There is a lot of overlap between the development aims of the Gang Show and our Regional Skills for Life Strategy. As we prepare for the new term, John Cannon, Regional Chair, and I took the opportunity to gather members of the Regional Leadership Team (including District and Deputy District Commissioners) and the Regional Executive Committee together at Bonaly Scout Centre to review our ambitious Regional Strategy and to identify what support Districts and Groups need to deliver it. I am really excited about our updated Strategy and am looking forward to sharing more about it during our all members meeting on 8th September which I hope you will be able to join us for. 

I hope that you have had an opportunity for some downtime over the summer and are looking forward to what the new term holds. I am extremely proud to be a part of South East Scotland Scouts and to reflect on all that our members – young people and adult volunteers – have achieved. I am excited for what the future holds for our Region and I hope that you are too!  

Yours in Scouting

Martin Elliot
Regional Commissioner