Motion Picture License for Groups and District

Midlothian District Scouts has secured a blanket license for the District and all 8 Scout Groups within Midlothian to show Movies, TV Programmes on any entertainment video on DVD, Blu-ray, video cassette, downloads that are available for rental or purchase

The licence does not however cover performances where you charge entrance, or advertise the film showing publically.

The MPLC Umbrella Licence is the comprehensive yearly blanket licence provider for over 900 studios and producers which include covering major studios such as Walt Disney, Buena Vista, Dreamworks, Touchstone, Twentieth Century Fox, Hollywood Pictures, MGM, United Artists, Miramax, Paramount, Pixar and Universal Studios. MPLC also represent independent producers including Lionsgate, Momentum Pictures, HIT Entertainment, Ealing Studios, Metrodome, Eros International and Sony Pictures Classics as well as the major TV producers, including the BBC.

Further information

Full list of rights holders here.

Any further questions email

Midlothian District AGM 2021

We are delighted to invite you to our Annual General Meeting of Midlothian District Scout Council, which will this year be held Face to Face and on Zoom.

The AGM will be held on Thursday 7th October 2021 at 7.30pm in Bonnyrigg Scout Hall, Eldindean Road, Bonnyrigg EH19 2HJ

Those that wish to join by Zoom, you will need to Register Online by Clicking Here by Tuesday 5th October, to receive the login details.

For those attending in person:

  • If you have symptoms, test positive for coronavirus or feel unwell you must stay at home.
  • You must wear a mask indoors (unless exempt)
  • There are Hand Sanitising stations around the hall
  • The Hall will be ventilated, please ensure you have a Jumper / Jacket
  • Being back together face-to-face is still new, and we will all be at different stages of feeling comfortable around other people. Please be respectful of other people’s space.
  • Tea / Coffee and biscuits will be provided.

The AGM is open to all Adult Midlothian members. 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. President, Vice Presidents and invited guests.


Blair Atholl 2022

We are delighted that Scouts Scotlands the 38th Scottish International Patrol Jamborette will take place in Blair Atholl from Monday 18th July 2022 until Friday 29th July.

500 Scottish Explorer Scouts will camp alongside scouts from around the world, working as a dual patrol of 12, in one of six subcamps.  There is an exciting programme of activities and the opportunity to form lasting international friendships.

Blair Atholl is open to Scouts and Explorers who are 14 – 17 on the first day of the camp. The Jamborette is hugely popular and unfortunately not everyone can attend so selection events will take place locally.

The camp itself costs £350 per participant for all the activities, catering, evening entertainment etc. Training Camps / Transport will be additional, and we will do our best to get grant money and fundraising opportunities to help with the cost.

Should you wish to Register Interest for your Midlothian Scout or Explorer in the Midlothian Patrol please can you complete the form below by Friday 1st October 2021

Click Here to complete the form to Register Interest

Midlothian District AGM

The of the District AGM is Thursday 7th October 2021 at 7.30pm. It will be held in person at Bonnyrigg Scout Hall, with the option of logging via Zoom.

Futher information and papers to follow.

District Explorer Scout Commissioner Appointed

I am delighted to appoint Keith Black as Midlothian’s District Explorer Scout Commissioner (DESC).

Keith has recently been helping coordinate Midlothian District elements of the Duke of Edinburgh expeditions with the South East Explorers Expeditions Team (SEEE Team). It has been a logical progression to widen his remit.

Initially his remit will be to support our 3 Explorer Units, but will include development of our Young Leader Scheme, Duke of Edinburgh Scheme & Blair Atholl Jamborette.

Keith is a holder of the Queen’s Scout award, the top achievement for Explorer Scouts and Scout Network and has 13 years as an adult leader, including Section roles at Scouts and Explorers and a period as District Scout Network Commissioner.

I am looking forward to working with Keith developing Explorer Scouts in the District. Keith can be contacted at

Richard Fairbairn
District Commissioner
Midlothian District Scouts

Important COVID Update 10th Aug 2021

Scouts Scotland have published today a significant Youth Work guidance update since the First Ministers Annoucement of ‘beyond level zero’.

You can find out the full information by following this link.

Should you have any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact me.

Richard Fairbairn
District Commissioner

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