Annual Reports 2019-2020

Grid of varied Group photos

This year has been busy, varied and memorable for many reasons. As I write this, it is exactly one year since the recently re-started Scouts and Cubs started a joint camp at Canty Bay with Jedburgh Scout Group. Now, our Cubs are Zoom’ing , while our Scouts are meeting outdoors and practising being socially distant while learning some fantastic new skills.

We have seen the lockdown affect our Group in many ways and it has given members both young and older a chance to take stock and assess where their future paths shall take them. It is with this in mind that we wish the very best to Cheryl Scott (our former Chair) and Jayne Findlay (our former Treasurer) as they retire from their roles with the Executive Committee and the Scout Group. We will miss them and the years of service and hard work they have dedicated to us. Galashiels Scout Group really wouldn’t be here without them. Our Vice Treasurer, Martin Rudge has agreed to take on the full Treasurer role and we will shortly be announcing our new Chair.

We also wish the very best to Lindsay our long-standing Beaver Leader as she moves into a District based role. Our ABSL Vicki has taken up the reins as BSL and we are all supporting her in this next exciting chapter for the Turquoise Ninjas!

Cubs continue with Kat at the helm and have had another active busy year, managing to gain around 250 badges with our most recent Chief Scout Silver Award being awarded live during a Zoom meeting! Our highlights for the year have included camping at Canty Bay with Jedburgh Scouts, a visit from our former MP Calum Kerr, our Scout Post and Panto visit in December, bug hunting, litter picking, cooking and making our mark on the Welcome Panels for the Great Tapestry of Scotland. Zoom didn’t stop us with virtual camps, dens and sleepovers, map skills learnt and our @Home activity packs to keep us busy.

Scouts was temporarily closed in Easter 2019 and following her successful application, Jude Cormack started as our new Scout Leader in August. Bringing together the new Scouts along with some patient older members, she was invested by her sons, one a Scout and one an Explorer and has focused on getting the Scouts camping and learning outdoor skills. Starting at Canty Bay and managing to enjoy Hawkhirst in January, they really have hit the ground running. Continuing through lockdown, the Scouts have managed to complete over 50 badges recently and are now enjoying a socially distant outdoor based programme, again concentrating on outdoor skills having recently walked to the ROC post, built a monkey bridge and had a go at cricket and a combat workout in the rain.