Given the challenges that recent months have thrown at us, it can be easy to overlook the many successes that have been achieved within South East Scotland Scouts over the last year. As we approach our Region’s Annual Review, it is a great opportunity to take time to reflect on these successes and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of so many volunteers and young people in achieving them. .  

Given the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Regional Leadership Team and Regional Executive Committee have made the decision to hold our Annual General Meeting and Annual Review virtually this year. This is scheduled for Tuesday 13th October at 7pm and everyone is welcome to join us to take time to celebrate some of the many achievements from the last year. Further details of how to access the event will follow in due course.

In advance of the meeting I am pleased to share two documents with you:

  • Regional Annual Report 2019-20 – this 36 page document gives a comprehensive overview of what has been achieved across the Region including:
    • reports from the Regional Commissioner and Regional Chair,
    • a focus on Top Awards presented to our young people,
    • highlights from the 2019 World Scout Jamboree,
    • the 60th Gang Show
    • our recent Virtual camps

    as well as features on our Scout Centres at Longcraig and Bonaly. The report also includes updates on progress relating to our communications, training, adventurous activities and of course, our financial position.

  • Building Skills of Life Summary Report – this 4 page document gives an overview on how we have progressed against our three Strategic Pillars – People, Programme, Perception – and the Performance, Governance and Support which underpin them.

Whether you read one or both of these documents, I hope that you get a sense of how much has been achieved during 2019-20.  We have made further progress on each of the pillars of our strategy and we have an effective roadmap to ensure we meet the significant challenges we are facing in 2020-21, allowing us to continue this progress. All of our young people and adult volunteers should be very proud of their role in achieving this progress and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the role you play in actively engaging and supporting our young people in their personal development and in building skills for life.  

Happy reading

Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner, on behalf of all the members of the Regional Leadership Team


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