Group Scout Leader Report 2020

The Following report was given at our AGM on Thursday 17th December 2020. The Annual Report from 2019 – 2020 can be viewed here 2019-2020 Bonnyrigg Annual Report

I’m not sure if I had known what was coming I would’ve taken over the role as GSL in February.  One might think that with a whole country going into lockdown in March it would have made things simpler!

During the initial few weeks of lockdown there was a lot of worrying about survival of scout groups’ in general and how long was lockdown going to last?

Just how could we deliver a programme that would keep the young people engaged?

So what it did do was to make us more focussed as a group to continue to give our young people the best experience possible. With a lot of thinking out of the box as a group I think we have risen to these new challenges.

We needed to embrace technology like never before, use the power of social media and get everyone to engage in online scout manager. Zoom meetings became the normal with various quizzes, treasure hunts and a lot of noise in my dining room!  So much so my daughter actually thought everyone was in our house!

We participated in many virtual events like the JOTT, Hike to the moon, SES-Sleepout, Mid-jam and a wonderful virtual camp fire.  Who knew it would be so much fun doing this in our own gardens and hikes with the family.

With the easing of lockdown came more concerns, how could we keep ourselves and the young people safe and be able to return to some face to face scouting?

As a group and with funding from the government we embarked on making our hall safe, we cleared the hall of virtually all but a few items, we deep cleaned, we  installed hand sanitizers and instituted risk assessments for safe systems for when we could return indoors. We used the time to get many outstanding repairs completed. We achieved such a lot in a relatively short time.

The hall is cleaned before and after each meeting and we now have a deep clean of the hall done monthly.

The Scouts were the first to meet face to face outdoors with continued risk assessments for activities within the government guidelines and indeed have only returned to indoor activities in the last few weeks. The Scout leaders have managed a very full programme since face to face outdoor scouting began in September and have been totally committed to providing these activities for the Scouts.

The Cubs and Beavers returned to the hall in October for face to face scouting.  The leaders have had to do things a little differently, but our young people are still working towards badges, they are still engaged and we continue to have good numbers of young people within the younger age groups.

As we move closer to 2021, we are not sure what to expect (particularly after this year) but we are still here and we continue to thrive as a group.

This would not be possible without all the hard work of all the leaders and the executive team whom I would like to thank for all their support in what has been a testing year.

We continue to look for new leaders to assist with beavers and cubs and would welcome enquiries from anyone who feels they could give us some of their time to help us deliver a balanced programme of activities to our young people.

If anyone is interested in supporting us as a volunteer with Beavers or cubs  please get in touch, details below.

Trish Elder-Gracie
Group Scout Leader
trish.gracie@bonnyriggscouts.uk

 

Scout Group Collects for Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal


The Scout Group are are again collecting items for the Blythswood Care Shoebox appeal. To help us fill up some make up empty shoeboxes for which will be sent to Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Ukraine, Romania and Serbia.

Donations of a few items below, would really be appreciated. The closing date is Friday 1st November 2019. 

All items should be brought to the Scout Hall, in the evening, remember there are no Beavers and Cubs on Monday or Tuesday (21st or 22nd)

We would appreciate donations of the following:

SUGGESTED ITEMS (ALL ITEMS MUST BE NEW):

  • Hat/scarf,gloves  (or substitute one of them for a warm jumper)
  • Small Toy (For Boys and Girls such as Cars, Dolls, Balls)
  • Toiletries (NO TALCUM POWDER) such as: Soap, Shampoo, Face cloth/ Moist wipes , Deodorant, Moisturising Cream or Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Comb/Brush
  • Clothes
  • Underwear
  • Socks/Tights
  • Miscellaneous
  • New Make-up
  • Sewing Equipment
  • Household Candles
  • Pens/Pencils/Sharpeners
  • Notepads/ Colouring books
  • Rulers/Rubbers
  • Sweets( No chocolate or any other food)‘Best Before’ date March 2020 No loose sweets, lollies or undated bags of sweets).
  • (T-Shirts/Pyjamas/Jumpers/Shirts) etc

We would also appreciate empty shoeboxes, with a lid if you have any empty ones

The Categories are : Girl 3-7, Girl 8-12, Girl 13-16, Woman, Elderly Woman, Boy 3-7, Boy 8-12, Boy 13-16,Man                                          

Further details of the appeal and the Blythswood Care Charity are at http://www.blythswood.org/shoebox
Thank you.

Richard Fairbairn
Group Scout Leader
14th Midlothian Bonnyrigg Scout Group

Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal 2018

The Scout Group are are again collecting items for the Blythswood Care Shoebox appeal. To help us fill up some make up empty shoeboxes for which will be sent to Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Ukraine, Romania and Serbia.

Donations of a few items below, would really be appreciated. The closing date is Friday 2nd November 2018.

All items can be brought to the Scout Hall, Eldindean Road, Bonnyrigg (Behind the GP Surgery) Mon – Friday, 22nd Oct – 2nd Nov. Mondays – 6pm – 9pm; Tuesdays 6pm – 8.30pm; Wednesdays 6pm – 9pm; Thursdays/Fridays 6pm – 7.30

We would appreciate donations of the following:

SUGGESTED ITEMS (ALL ITEMS MUST BE NEW):

Hat/scarf,gloves (or substitute one of them for a warm jumper)
Small Toy (For Boys and Girls such as Cars, Dolls, Balls)
Toiletries (NO TALCUM POWDER) such as: Soap, Shampoo, Face cloth/ Moist wipes , Deodorant, Moisturising Cream or Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Comb/Brush
Clothes
Underwear
Socks/Tights
Miscellaneous
New Make-up
Sewing Equipment
Household Candles
Pens/Pencils/Sharpeners
Notepads/ Colouring books
Rulers/Rubbers
Sweets( No chocolate or any other food)‘Best Before’ date March 2019 No loose sweets, lollies or undated bags of sweets).
(T-Shirts/Pyjamas/Jumpers/Shirts) etc

We would also appreciate empty shoeboxes, with a lid if you have any empty ones

The Categories are : Girl 3-7, Girl 8-12, Girl 13-16, Woman, Elderly Woman, Boy 3-7, Boy 8-12, Boy 13-16,Man

Further details of the appeal and the Blythswood Care Charity are at http://www.blythswood.org/shoebox
Thank you.

Yours faithfully

Richard Fairbairn
Group Scout Leader
14th Midlothian Bonnyrigg Scout Group

Adult Information Evening

The Scout Group wants to continue to deliver Scouting to as many young people as possible. To meet the demand, we are reaching out to the local community to see if we can achieve this together.

We are inviting any adult who is interested to come along to a informal meeting to find out more about helping the Scout Group in a volunteer role, and how that could benefit them.

Children of parents who volunteer for the Scout Group will be given priority on the waiting List. Volunteering can also be flexible to fit in with you. So please do come along on
Thursday 3rd May at 7.30pm at Bonnyrigg Scout Hall, 13 Eldindean Road, Bonnyrigg. EH19 2HJ  Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/cdsnrEDUvnw  to find out more

If you cannot make that evening, you can contact Richard Fairbairn, Group Scout Leader direct, email gsl@bonnyriggscouts.uk or phone 07791599707