Longcraig Explorer Sea Scout Unit

Longcraig Explorer Sea Scout Unit

About Longcraig Explorers…

Our focus is on complementing the programmes of Explorer Units across the Scout Regions of eastern-central Scotland, by offering new opportunities to Explorers interested in water activities, expeditions, developing their leadership and gaining more #SkillsForLife. 

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 can receive all their training, practice and support for Duke of Edinburgh or Platinum/Diamond/Queen’s Scout expeditions by canoe, canoe & kayak 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.  

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.  

You can become a Skills Instructor or get your Personal Permit in:

  • Powerboating
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Paddleboarding
  • Rafting

Activity Badges that can be achieved by members of the Unit include:

  • Water activities (powerboating)
  • Nautical skills
  • Paddlesport
  • Sailing
  • Lifesaver
  • Leadership
  • Activity Centre Service
  • Activity Plus
  • Instructor

Zodiac Award Camp Challenges you can do with us include:

  • #6 With another Unit
  • #9 On a beach/waterside
  • #11 In a bothy combined with #25 On an island
  • #18 As part of an expedition
  • #19 As part of a training experience
  • #23 On or above water
  • #24 Under sail
  • #25 On an island

The support we provide for DofE Canoe/Kayak Expeditions covers all aspects of the Training Frameworks, including:

  • Knowledge development for expedition planning, navigation and staying safe
  • First aid
  • Paddling skills
  • Campcraft
  • Teambuilding

You’ll train and practice on a variety of local water bodies including stretches of the Union Canal, reservoirs in the Pentlands, lochs, the Forth from Longcraig, as well as in the pool!  Our Practice Expeditions take us further afield to locations such as Loch Lomond, lochs of the Trossachs, and the Tay Valley, as we work towards being ready for the Qualifying Expedition, which is supported by resources from Longcraig.  

Interested and want to join us?

Click on the link to our Register Interest Form, provide your details and we’ll get in touch with you.

If you have any questions or want to contact us, please email longcraig.explorers@yahoo.com

Steve Hankin, ESL