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Our young people and volunteers regularly contribute and achieve in their communities, even further afield. 

Here are some of the stories which have featured in the local and national media. Please send us links to Scottish Borders scouting news via the contact page.


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Border Scouts help protect Golden Eagle future

ITV Borders - 18/01/2019

Be prepared might be their motto, but nothing could have prepared this Scout group from the Borders to come face to face with a Golden Eagle.

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Innerleithen youngsters go for gold to back eagle project

The Southern Reporter - 21/01/2019

Youngsters in Innerleithen are keeping an eye on the sky to show their support for a project to boost southern Scotland’s golden eagle population. The town’s scout group has been signed up by the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project as its first champions as part of an initiative to help safeguard the future of the birds of prey in the region. The scouts will get the chance to learn all about the iconic birds and will design a badge to display their champion status.

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Borders Scouts work to safeguard the future of golden eagles

Peeblesshire News - 18/01/2019

SCOUTS in Innerleithen have launched a new initiative to help safeguard the future of golden eagles in the UK. Working with the the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project, the youngsters will become the county's first ever 'Golden Eagle Champions'. The Innerleithen Scout Group's new role will allow the children to discover how golden eagles live and survive as well as learning from wildlife experts as they get out and about in the countryside. It is also hoped that the initiative will further the Scouts' knowledge of the local environment and the abundance of wildlife on their doorstep.

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Scottish Scouts become Golden Eagle Champions

Scottish Field Magazine - 18/01/2019

A Scottish Scout group is launching the first ever Golden Eagle Champions initiative to help safeguard the future of Golden Eagles in the UK. Working closely with the groundbreaking South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project, the Scottish Borders Innerleithen Scout Group will become the UK’s first ever Golden Eagle Champions, learning from experts and getting to see some of these iconic birds themselves. The Borders’ Scouts will also be designing a special badge that the group can earn as part of their work on this project.

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Unique bid takes flight to help protect Scotland's golden eagle population​

The National Newspaper - 19/01/2019

A Scottish Scout group is set to play a unique part in safeguarding the future of golden eagles in the UK. Working with the groundbreaking South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project, the Scottish Borders Scouts Innerleithen Scout Group is launching the country’s first Golden Eagle Champions initiative. Group members will learn about golden eagles from experts and get to see some of the iconic birds. They will also design a special badge that the group can earn as part of their work on this project.

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West Linton Scouts take off on trip to coast!

Peeblesshire News - 25/12/2018

West Linton Cub Scouts recently took off on their tour of East Lothian. The youngsters were given the chance to board Concorde at the Museum of Flight. And they enjoyed spending time at the beach and climbing North Berwick Law. Cub Scout leader Linda Gray told the Peeblesshire News: “The weather was great and an excellent time was had by all 26 Cub Scouts and their leaders!”


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Scouting for Christmas… don’t miss the last post!

Border Telegraph - 30/12/2018


SCOUTS across the Scottish Borders are preparing to provide a first-class Christmas. The youngsters are creating everything from colourful greetings cards to festive table decorations, as well as learning lots of carols along the way. The Scouts are also well known for their Christmas post service and this year is no exception with groups in Galashiels, Peebles, West Linton, Selkirk and Hawick already organising their sorting offices.

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Innerleithen Scout Group - Give a little, change a lot

Peeblesshire News - 21/09/2018

The Peeblesshire News caught up with Chris Kennedy from the Innerleithen Scout Group to find out more about his role as a volunteer Beaver Scout Leader. This is the second feature in a new series from Tweeddale Volunteers showcasing the positive contribution volunteers are making throughout Tweeddale.

There is no live link for this feature which appeared in the Peeblesshire News.

Peebles Scouts celebrate opening of new hall

Peeblesshire News - 03/09/2018

AFTER more than 15 years of waiting, the Peebles Scout Group is finally announcing the opening of its new hall. Trading in their 106-year–old building for a new one, the Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and Explorers will begin their session this month in their recently constructed activity hall. The group has raised more than £120,000 for the new hall – with £50,000 coming from the Scout Association.

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Lauderdale Scout Group beavers away at hall refurbishment

The Southern Reporter - 16/08/2018

A Borders scout group aiming to completely refurbish its hall is celebrating its appeal being bolstered by its biggest donation to date. A £9,760 payout from the National Lottery’s Awards for All Scotland scheme will help Lauderdale Scout Group fund improvements to its hall, enabling it to be used more by the wider community.

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We're Scouting for Hospital Comforts!

Border Telegraph - 12/07/2018

SCOUTS from Jedburgh are bringing some essential comfort to patients at Borders General Hospital. Emergency patients at the hospital regularly find themselves without the basics. And many of their loved ones who also have unexpected sleep-overs aren't always able to bring the basics. But the Scouts have made sure nobody in the future will be caught out with a donation of comfort bags.


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'We're so proud of him', parents of Galashiels scout with ADHD hope to inspire others to join group

Border Telegraph - 25/06/2018


The parents of a Galashiels Scout with ADHD hope others will be inspired after the youngster won a prestigious award. After weeks of working hard to complete an array of challenges and tasks, Blair Valentine took home the Reiver Award at the Gala Scout Group annual general meeting last month.

The 10-year-old, who attends St Peter’s Primary School in Galashiels, received the award in recognition of his hard work after being nominated by numerous members of the Scouts.

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West Linton scouts have a sizzling time at camp

Peeblesshire News - 19/05/2018

THE sizzling weather proved fantastic for 36 Scouts from West Linton as they held their annual camp at Scout Headquarters at Fordell Firs in Fife at the weekend, writes Linda Gray, cub scout leader of West Linton Scout Group.

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Scout group awards are a celebration of young talent!

The Hawick Paper - 12/05/2018

BEAVERS, CUBS, SCOUTS AND VOLUNTEERS who have demonstrated great commitment and hard work were presented with awards at the Hawick Scout Group annual general meeting  in their Union Street headquarters last Tuesday.

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You'll be shouting for more!

The Southern Reporter - 23/03/2018

FOR THE YOUNGSTERS, it’s one of the highlights of the year – and it is a fantastic occasion for anyone who is lucky enough to witness it, as well. The annual Selkirk Scouts and Guides concert took place last week over two nights... and this year they outdid themselves yet again.

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Youngsters fly the flag for Fair Trade in Melrose

Border Telegraph - 17/03/2018

YOUNGSTERS have been flying the flag for Fairtrade in Melrose over the past fortnight. And on Thursday an audience packed into the Ormiston Institute to hear from a group of Earlston High pupils, who delivered a presentation on ethically sourced products.

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Scout master wins public vote to feature in flood artwork

Border Telegraph05/03/2018

A LONG-SERVING scout master from Selkirk has won a public vote to be immortalised in a mosaic artwork. Graham Coulson won the three-way vote held by artist Svetlana Kondakova to feature in her flood defence designs.

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Borders Scout to represent region in America

Border Telegraph 27/12/2017

CHARLES MUNNIS, from the Cardrona Scout group, will fly the flag for the region at the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia in 2019. The 13-year-old, who attends Peebles High School, will be one of five scouts from the Borders to cross the pond for the month-long event, which involves more than 50,000 Scouts aged 14 to 16 from around the world every four years.

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Beavering away to become Cubs in Innerleithen

Peeblesshire News - 10/12/2017

A presentation evening was recently held by Innerleithen Scout Group when Bronze Chief Scout’s Awards to beavers who had ‘swum up’ from Beaver to Cubs. An investiture ceremony was held on the same evening for new Beavers where they made their Beaver Promise.


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Lauderdale Scout Group goes the distance to raise cash for Doddie Weir

The Southern Reporter - 26/11/2017

Doddie Weir isn’t just a hero to rugby fans all the way from Carter Bar up to John o’Groats. The rugby legend also holds a special place in the hearts of all associated with Lauderdale Scout Group as without the former Scotland international’s help, it might well not exist.

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Band's celebrations reach new heights!

The Hawick News - 22/06/2017

HAWICK's SCOUT PIPE BAND hit new heights to mark their centenary by performing a gig at the top of Ruberslaw on Sunday. Blessed with beautiful weather for their trek, 14 band members, ranging from around 11 years old to their mid-seventies, enjoyed spectacular views as they entertained a crowd of around 50 walkers on Ruberslaw’s summit.

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