Adult Training

SE Scotland Region are running a serious of Woodbadge Courses and First Response courses via Zoom in February and March. Full details of these and how to book are now on the District Website.
We have also created a page to clarify what Volunteers training requirements are. This can be found here
Any questions, please contact your Training Advisor, Assistant District Commissioner (Adult Training) or Group Scout Leader.

Take part in Big Garden Birdwatch

Our members can this weekend, take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch between Friday 29th – Sunday 31st January.

They can do the Birdwatch for 1 hour at any point this weekend.

The birdwatch should be done from the safety of your own home, either overlooking a green space, such as your garden, greenspace or courtyard next to your home.

Full information is in the attachments below.

  1. Pick a time
    You can choose any hour between 29 and 31 January. So whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, you can still take part.

  2. Tell us what you see 
    Count the birds you see in your garden or from your balcony*. Ignore any birds that are still in flight. To avoid double-counting, just record the highest number of each bird species you see at any one time – not a running total.

    *This year our advice is to take part in the safety of your own home. This could include a birdwatch from your window if you overlook a green space or courtyard.
  3. Submit your results
    OnlineYou can submit your results online at from 29 January until 19 February.
    By post: If you’d rather send your results by post, you can download a submission form below. Please post your results to us before 15 February.

Every count is important so, if you don’t see anything, please still submit your result. Finding out which birds don’t visit your area is as important as understanding those which do!

COVID-19 Important Update

The following email was sent to adults within Midlothian Scouts on 05/01/2021

No Face to Face Scouting is permitted until further notice this has been the case since 26/12/2020. With yesterday’s announcement by the First Minister, the earliest we can possibly get back to Face to Face Scouting would be 1st February 2021. This is subject to further decisions and announcements by the Scottish Government and the Scout Association.

I would appreciate if you could update everyone within your Section / Group / Unit, if you had been meeting Face to Face.

Zoom meetings are still available for Leaders to use with their young people. Please do get in touch if you would like any help with this.

Further resources can be found at our updated COVID Resource page, including accessing the 1st Virtual Facebook Group

Borthwick is also closed until further notice.

Leaders can still go through the process to have COVID Risk Assessments ready for the restart of face to face Scouting. Those that have done them already, do not have to redo them

The previous announcement from Scouts Scotlaand is available here, when this is updated we will share the information.

I’d like to thank all our volunteers, young people and parents for all that we’ve achieved throughout this pandemic.

Should anyone have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Richard Fairbairn
District Commissioner

Annual General Meeting

Midlothian District Scouts will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 29th October 2020, 7.30pm on Zoom.

Zoom login details will be sent to all Adult Midlothian members in due course, including the Regional Commissioner and Chair

  • all Explorer Scouts;
  • A representative of the Troop Leadership Forum, selected from amongst the membership of the Forum;
  • all parents of Explorer Scouts;

Will be able to obtain the AGM Login details via their Local Leaders

District Scout Network Commmisioner Appointed

Callum Anderson

Callum Anderson has been appointed as District Scout Network Commissioner for Midlothian District.

In his new role Callum will be responsible for the re-establishment of the Scout Network section within Midlothian. He will plan a way forward and engage with potential members.

Scout Network connects 20,000 18-25 year olds across the UK, and gives them the opportunity to take part in a huge range of exciting projects and events centred on the themes of ‘Adventure’, ‘Community’ and ‘International’.

Richard Fairbairn Midlothian’s District Commissioner said

“I am delighted to appoint Callum as our District Scout Network Commissioner. It will be a significant task to re-establish the Scout Network within Midlothian, but there clearly is interest locally in doing this.

The intention is to work with other local Scout Networks to offer as broad a range of activities as possible, whilst at the same time encouraging local participation.”

Callum has a range of experience within Midlothian holding roles at his Scout Group, Explorer Leader, Group Executive, District Executive and Deputy District Commissioner.

Callum will be in touch with potential members in due course, if you would like to contact him him, his email address is


Midlothian District is launching the #Midtrail Badge, a great way for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers to do 3 Hikes Away and other badges at the same time.

Designed to keep young people occupied throughout the Summer during the lockdown, it runs from 22nd June and 2nd August 2020.

Full details are available by Clicking Here ,

All badgework should be recorded locally with your leaders, who will be able to request the badges once completed.

We will have the badges made from the 5th August, so there will get to you 3/4 weeks after that.