Our focus is on offering new opportunities to Explorers interested in water activities, expeditions, developing their leadership and gaining more #SkillsForLife.
Places on our DofE canoe expeditions for 2022 have now been finalised and our training sessions have started! Follow the progress of the new paddlers and see the expedition adventures they have on the Longcraig Explorers Facebook page.
Places on our 2023 expeditions will be available for sign-up from late October.
Through a partnership with the Longcraig Scout Centre, we have access to an extensive fleet of kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, sailing dinghies, pulling boats and powerboats, enabling Unit members to develop their boating & paddlesport skills and extend their experience under the supervision of qualified Leaders and Instructors.
Through their membership of the Longcraig Unit, Explorers in South East Scotland Region from any District or those who’ve chosen to enroll with South East Explorer Expeditions receive all their training, practice and support for their Duke of Edinburgh and Platinum/Diamond/Queen’s Scout expeditions by canoe, kayak, paddleboard or possibly even sailing dinghy.
Members are able to work towards achieving the water-based Scouting Activity Badges & Zodiac Challenges, Instructor badges and Personal Permits in a variety of craft along with Royal Yachting Association and/or British Canoeing qualifications.
Members also have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in an Adventurous Activity context and gain credit for volunteering to support the Longcraig Scout Centre’s watersports activities with young people in Scouting from across Scotland.
The Unit intends to host an annual waterside camp for Explorers to undertake challenging activities and further develop their Scouting and watersports skills. Members can attend the National Regattas and participate in joint activities organised with other Units in eastern central Scotland and more widely across the UK.
We are based at the Longcraig Scout Centre, on the shore of the Forth in Dalmeny near South Queensferry.
Our programme is organised to meet the interests of the member Explorers (who principally join us as their 2nd Unit), with events calendared on occasional Saturdays / Sundays and some weekday evenings throughout the year, enabling Explorers to maintain their commitment to their ‘home’ Unit and achieve what they want to do with the Longcraig Unit.