Scouting in Ratho

November 2014

Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people (boys and girls) in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.

Ratho is fortunate to have a thriving scout group with over 60 active young members between 6 and 14 years, supported by an enthusiastic team of leaders, young leaders and supporters. 

We have a long waiting list and the only way we can further grow our group is through the help of adults in the community. Adult involvement needn't be a major commitment, with a range of roles to suit. You don’t need to have a Scouting background and training is provided.

We have an AGM on the 25th November 2014 at Ratho Community Centre, we welcome anyone from the community who may be interested in learning more about scouting. The AGM will start from 7pm with refreshments provided.

We asked a couple of our leaders to answer the question, “what do you enjoy about Scout Leadership?”  

Ben Johnson – Young Leader (Beavers)

“My name's Ben Johnson and I'm 15 years old. I'm an Explorer with the Balerno Wildfire Explorers and a Young Leader in the 9th Ratho Beaver colony. I've been in scouts since I was 6 and have experienced everything scouting has to offer - from camps in this country and abroad to learning skills such as orienteering, fire lighting, first aid and general survival skills. 

What I like about helping at Beavers is being able to pass these skills on and watching them learn. I can see how it helps with their confidence, whilst having fun at the same time. The Beavers love having Young Leaders helping as they see us like a big brother or sister. I would recommend it to everyone.”

Jon Waters – Assistant Scout Leader

“Despite being a remote cousin of Baden Powell I didn't think I'd inherited any of his scouting DNA and was never a cub or scout. Six years ago my wife (Annette Wilson) became an assistant cub leader in Ratho and each of my three children have slowly been passing up the ranks since then and are now an explorer, a scout and a cub. Friday nights for me up until last summer were spent having a "quiet night in" while they all did "their thing". 

Then the plea came from Ratho scouts for an assistant leader and I thought I would hold up my hand and volunteer. In the two months since then I have enjoyed a district camp in Fordell, shelter building in our local woods and a Corbett climb above Calendar. I now look forward to scout nights every Friday and don't miss my quiet nights in for one second. So maybe some of that DNA made it my way after all.”

If any adults or young people (boys and girls) would like to get involved in scouting, please contact us on the details below:


Telephone: 07764237446

Niall Phillips, 9th Pentland, Ratho Scout Group

Beavers (6 to 8) Tuesday, 18:30-19:30

Cubs (8 to 10½) Friday, 19:00-20:30

Scouts (10½ to 14) Friday, 19:00-20:45