Five reasons to take part in the Scottish National Scout Regatta

The Scottish National Scout Regatta is an annual event bringing together Scouts, Explorers and Network members from all over Scotland to take part in a series of water sports event for fun or for some friendly competition!

This year’s event will be held at Lochgoilhead National Activity Centre, so we asked Senior Instructor Liam to tell us why you should get involved. He came up with not one, but five reasons!

1. Giving young people new opportunities

Sailing isn’t always the most accessible sport to try for young people but the Regatta is open to all levels of experience including beginners. By attending our Regatta, in many cases you could be introducing young people to a brand new opportunity. They might discover a new passion and continue sailing for the rest of their lives. Who knows where that might lead? You could have the next Ben Ainslie in your Scout Troop or Explorer Unit!

2. Attend a ready-made camp

We all know that Scout Leaders are pushed for time so what can be better than a camp where everything is organised for you. All you need to do is turn up with your group and the accommodation, food and activities are all arranged for you. Unless, of course, you want to get involved in the action yourself!

3. Make new friends

The Regatta can be a great opportunity to meet other Leaders and groups from all over Scotland. We know plenty of groups who have met through coming to Lochgoilhead and have remained in touch, visiting each other and attending camps together.

4. An opportunity for programme planning

I’ve been a leader myself and remember sometimes feeling daunted by the prospect of planning the next term. To get around this I used to look at what events were being run locally and then use this to influence my program.

You could do this with the Regatta, and use it to plan a sailing and water sports focus for your autumn term. For example, you could run an evening looking at sailing kit or sailing knots and use some of the Royal Yacht Association (RYA) resources (available on their website). You could also book a short weekend camp at Lochgoilhead or another water sports facility to do some practice sailing before the main Regatta weekend. You could also get in touch with your local sea scouts unit who might be able to help.

5. It’s fun!

Maybe the best reason of all. It’s a fun weekend and lots of groups who attend our Regatta keep coming back!

Take part in this year’s Regatta

This year’s Scottish National Scout Regatta takes place at Lochgoilhead National Activity Centre from 30 September to 1 October.

It costs £69 per person including accommodation, food and activities.

To book get in touch with the centre: