Midlothian Matters - Scouting is making an impact

Scouting is open to boys and girls.
Scouting is open to boys and girls.

The 14th Midlothian Bonnyrigg Scout Group has been in the town for 104 years, writes Group Scout Leader Richard Fairbairn.

It provides Scouting for 183 young people, and is open to all, girls as well as boys. In Scotland, the Scout Association has a membership of 48,000. The UK membership is 573,000.

Recently we opened a new Friday Beaver Colony and Thursday Cub Pack, and we now have a total of nine sections. The Scout Group meets in its own hall on Eldindean Road, Bonnyrigg.

We have three Beavers Colonies (for six and seven years); three Cub Packs (eight-10½ years); two Scout Troops (10½-14 years) and a Explorer Scout Unit (14-17 years).

The Scout Group is entirely run by dedicated volunteers and its thanks to them that we can offer life-changing adventure to young people. Our membership has grown year on year for the last seven years and without our volunteers that would just not be possible.

Our volunteers fill many different roles – from leaders working each week with young people to committee members working quietly behind the scenes to parents helping out on an infrequent basis.

In addition to making sure that Scouting delivers fun and adventurous programmes each week in a safe environment, these adults also organise and run camps and plan and run a whole range of different activities like abseiling, coding, zorbing and much, much more.

Our volunteers are helping to prepare our young people to be active citizens, to make a positive impact in the community and to embrace and contribute to social change. The Scouts’ award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouting as the young people. To put it simply, Scouting could not take place without our dedicated volunteers.

If you would like to discuss volunteering please email me at gsl@bonnyrigg
scouts.org.uk or call 07791 599 707, where I can discuss the options available at our Scout Group, or elsewhere in Midlothian.

If your child is interested in Scouting at Bonnyrigg, you can register that online, www.bonnyriggscouts.org.uk/join/join/ if it’s for another Scout Group please visit http://www.midlothianscouts.com/join/yp/

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