Our favourite moments of 2018
Can you believe we have almost reached the end of another amazing year for Scottish Scouting? Thanks to every one of you for giving our young people such amazing opportunities.
We’ve seen more growth for Scouting, held so many fantastic events, and done so much work to make a difference in our communities.
Before we head into the next year, we wanted to remember and celebrate some of our highlights from 2018. Have we missed anything? Please get in touch if you want to share some of your own Scouting highlights.
Gullane Beavers learn about plastic
Gullane Beavers were joined by Roseanna Cunningham, Scottish Cabinet for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, back in January to clean up their local beach. The Beavers had a valuable opportunity to learn about the devastating effect that plastic can have on marine environments and wildlife.
Celebrating youth involvement
It was great to see so many groups achieving Bronze Youth Approved Awards last year, so we were excited to launch our Silver Youth approved awards during #YouShape month in February, building on some great youth-led Scouting, happening around the country.
Developing outdoors skills
We brought together 120 adult volunteers from around Scotland for our first Outdoors and Adventure Conference at Scout Adventures Lochgoilhead. Volunteers enjoyed taster sessions in a fantastic range of outdoors and adventurous activities, led by Lochgoilhead’s experienced instructor team.
New Chief Commissioner appointed
Back in March, we were delighted to announce that Andrew Sharkey had been appointed Chief Commissioner of Scotland.
Abseiling for Scouts Scotland
We were so proud to see so many brave adventurers descend the Falkirk Wheel and the Aberdeen Tower to raise money for Scottish Scouting.
Speaking up in Parliament
We were delighted to be represented at the Education and Skills Committee, as part of the group’s inquiry into attainment and achievement of school-aged children experiencing poverty. Graeme Young, our Head of Centres, highlighted the work we are doing in Scotland and how we could work in partnership with Government to achieve more.
New strategy and brand
We launched our Skills for Life plan, setting out our mission for Scouting for the next five years. We also launched a new brand to help us highlight the amazing benefits of Scouting.
Royal visitor at Fordell Firs
We were delighted to welcome HRH Earl of Wessex to Fordell Firs in the summer. He officially opened our new tented village and spoke to our young people about the DofE’s Award.
Funding programme launched
We re-launched our grants programme to make it easier for you to apply for funding. You can apply for financial support to help with development, growth, inclusion, adventure, implementing our new brand and more.
The Blair Atholl Jamborette
What another amazing Blair Atholl! We brought together more than 1,000 young people and volunteers from 19 countries. This year’s camp was helped by the heatwave, which brought us lots of sunshine and temperatures rarely seen in Scotland.
Visitors Day also included a special handover ceremony for new Chief Commissioner Andrew Sharkey.
ScotJam at Lochgoilhead
Also benefitting from the glorious summer weather, were the Cubs and Scouts who attended ScotJam at Lochgoilhead. This year we added a camp for Scouts, and it was such a success we’ll be doing it bigger and better next year. Cubs Alasdair and Gregor also received recognition at ScotJam for achieving all the badges in the Cubs programme.
Scouting with Pride
We attended the first Dundee Pride Festival this year, in addition to Pride marches in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Our appearance at Pride festivals all over Scotland helps us spread the very important message that Scouting welcome all young people and adults regardless of what sexuality or gender they identify with.
Our first ScoutFest
This year we launched ScoutFest, our festival for adult volunteers. We welcomed hundreds of volunteers to Scout Adventures Fordell Firs for a jam-packed weekend of skills sessions, networking, activities and socialising.
Ferguslie Park welcomes a special visitor
It’s been open for just over a year, but our group in Ferguslie Park, Paisley, welcomed a special visitor in November when Ken Macintosh MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, came along for a night. The politician joined in with the group's activities, helping everyone achieve their Disability Awareness Badges. The group was set up in 2017 with support from one of our Local Development Officers, who are working to bring Scouting to new communities.
Preparing for the World Scout Jamboree
More than 200 young people had an exciting 2017 preparing and planning for the World Scout Jamboree in North America in 2019, as part of our six Scottish Units. We have loved seeing all the magnificent fundraising efforts of each Unit, especially the fab Oor Wullie woggles and badge sets!
Share your favourite moments
Thank you again for all your help in making 2018 so memorable. We know many of you have been achieving fantastic things too, so we’d love to hear about your best moments too by dropping us a line or sharing them with us on social media.