Our 12 best moments from 2017

Our 12 best moments from 2017

It’s hard to believe it’s already December! This year has flown by thanks to a whirlwind of activity. We’ve seen more growth in Scottish Scouting, even more adventures for our young people, and the launch of exciting new initiatives to help make sure Scouting is shaped by young people in partnership with adults.

Thank you to all our members for helping us have another fantastic year! Before we head into the next one, we want to take a moment to pause and reflect on some of our achievements this year.

Our new website

We started 2017 with a new-look website for Scouts Scotland, showcasing what our movement can offer young people and providing a contemporary, user-friendly resource for our adult volunteers.

Have a browse 

Celebrating youth involvement

February was #YouShape month, highlighting and celebrating our commitment to youth involvement, so what better time to launch our new Youth Approved Awards. So far we’ve given out 100 Foundation-level Awards!

Check out our Youth Approved Awards 

Our award for MSPs

Youth Advocacy Award Scouts Scotland

Our Youth Advocacy Award for politicians was launched. We worked with our National Youth Advisory Group to create an award to encourage elected representatives to learn more about Scouting and the issues that matter to young people.  So far we’ve had more than 30 MSPs sign up!

Read all about it


Following a nationwide election, Logan Fraser and Euan McFadzean were selected to represent Scouts Scotland as Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament for 2017-19. As part of the election campaign, Logan and Euan joined all our MSYP candidates in a hustings event at Fordell Firs.

Find out more about Logan and Euan

Growing and developing Scouting

We were delighted to report another year of membership growth – our 11th consecutive year. We also appointed two Local Development Officers to help grow Scouting in communities where youth provision is currently lacking.

Find out more about our Local Development Officers 
Tips for working with schools to grow local Scouting.

New programme resources

Thanks to some fantastic partnership working with Global Learning Centre Scotdec and RSPB Scotland, we launched some fantastic activity packs for Leaders. We also worked with our activity centres to create a brilliant summer camp planning guide.

Scotdec global activity packs 
RSPB Scotland resources 
Summer camp planning guide

A great place to work

In May we were really proud to join an exclusive group of UK employers by achieving our Investors in People accreditation, in recognition of our commitment to our employees.

Find out more

Summer memories at Lochgoilhead

ScotJAM at Lochgoilhead

Dozens of Cubs made memories to last a lifetime at ScotJAM, the first ever Cubs Jamboree at Lochgoilhead. The event was such a success we’re running it again in 2018 and adding a second week for the Scout Section.

Find out about next year’s ScotJAM

International adventures

We were excited to see so many young people experiencing adventures all over the world this summer. From Romania to Namibia, our youth members travelled far and wide. We were really proud to see more than 70 Scottish Scouts take part in the 15th World Scout Moot in Iceland.

Support for planning your next international trip

Joining Scout Adventures

Scout Adventures

Our three activity centres at Fordell Firs, Lochgoilhead and Meggernie, joined the Scout Adventures network of centres, enhancing the capacity of these fantastic facilities for delivering outdoor adventure.

Find out more 

Planning for the future

We began the journey towards launching our exciting new strategy for 2018-2023, by inviting our members to feed back on our draft strategic plan. Consultation closed last month, and we’re now looking forward to reviewing your feedback to finalise the strategy and rolling it out next year.

Check out the draft strategic plan 2018-2023 

Supporting inclusive education

TIE campaign and Scouts Scotland

As part of our ongoing work to make sure Scouting is welcoming and accessible for young people and adults from all backgrounds, we showed our support for the TIE campaign, which seeks to address all forms of homophobic bullying through inclusive education.

Find out more about TIE 

Share your highlights

Thank you again for all you do to support young people in Scotland. We know many of you have been achieving fantastic things in your groups, districts and regions so we’d love to hear about your best moments on our social media.

Scouts Scotland Facebook 

Scouts Scotland Twitter 

Scouts Scotland Instagram