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10th Perthshire Scout Group was established way back in 1909. It is testament to the enthusiasm and commitment of our young people, leaders and volunteers that well over a century later we are still going strong, now welcoming as many as 250 girls and boys aged 6 to 18 to Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer groups every week.

We are led by a hard working team of male and female volunteer leaders and supported by a great group of young leaders.  The team organise fun, challenge and life-changing adventure for our young people, with events including weekly meetings, day trips, weekend camps and even the opportunity to travel abroad to international events.



Typically, all groups meet weekly during school term time. The groups are based in our Scout Hall, but visits to local attractions and institutions are regular features on our calendar, with the occasional trip further afield too. Highlights of our calendar include scaling the climbing wall at Perth College, visiting our local fire station, cycling around Loch Leven and attending a pantomime in Edinburgh.

In addition to weekly activities, there are regular camps, starting with short overnight camps for our Beavers, often indoors, and extending to large scale week long events in other parts of Great Britain for our Scouts. We know some of our younger members can be wary of staying away from home, so we start with tiny adventures which give our young people the confidence to take part in longer, more exciting trips.

Meet the team

Our Group is fortunate in having excellent volunteer leaders in all sections who give up a tremendous amount of their free time to provide Scouting for the 200 or so members.  None of the leadership team are paid for their efforts.  The fact that the youngsters come back week after week and many spend 10 or more years in the group testifies to the quality of the leaders efforts.  

Our leaders manage and lead the operation of the Section. In particular, the planning and delivery of the Balanced Programme, with the help of Assistant Section Leaders, Section Assistants, Young Leaders and members of Scout Active Support as appropriate.

We are always looking for more adults interested in helping and working with youngsters.  If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering, please contact our Group Scout Leader, Chris Kirk

From time to time Leaders need parental help with some activities and sectional meetings. Parents are expected to take their turn to support the leaders. 

Chris Kirk
Group Scout Leader

Chris has been with the 10th for “many years”.  He was initially our Scout leader for 15 years before taking on the P&K District Commissioner job, returning to the 10th as our GSL in 2002.  He still holds a District post as Deputy District Commissioner.  His role as GSL involves coordinating and supporting the sectional Leadership teams, working with the Group Executive Committee and other Group supporters.  Chris was awarded the MBE for services to Scouting in 2018.  In his spare time, he is a keen angler and sports spectator – mainly football and cricket.

Jenny Shek
Squirrel Leader

Keen to include 4-6 year olds in the 10th Perthshire section Jenny helped to start up the Squirrels Drey and began her role as leader in 2023.

As a local primary teacher with a passion for learning outdoors and the environment, as well as her three children being in the 10th Perthshire, it was the perfect time to volunteer.

Jenny is excited and enthusiastic to give our Squirrels their first experience of Scouting.

Bev McNab
Beaver Leader

Our Beavers leadership team is headed by Bev McNab who happens to be a Principal Teacher at a local primary school. Bev, who has been involved in Scouting since she was a young girl has the perfect mix of kindness, organisation and discipline – not to mention a sense of humour – everything required to help our young Beavers get the very most from their first years in Scouting.

Jill McConnachie
Cub Leader

Jill volunteered to join the 10th Leadership Team in 2009 as a Beaver Leader when her oldest son came into the Beaver Colony.  Both her sons are now Young Leaders in the Group.   In 2016 she agreed to move over to Cubs and take on the Cub Leader role, managing a team of leaders to provide programmes over 2 nights.   A busy working mum, Jill is a Librarian with P&K and hubby Mark is our Group Secretary. 

Ian Heywood
Scout Leader

 A very experienced Scout Leader, Ian who hails from the Bolton area, came to us in 2007 when he re-located to Perth. By then he had already clocked up 25 years leadership experience (he started young!)  An engineer with S&S, Ian has terrific experience but somehow retains his huge enthusiasm for Scouting.  In his spare time (?!) he’s an archery Instructor and keen fan of Bolton Wanderers – so he knows how to handle disappointment!

Steve Barbary
Explorer Leader

Steve took over the running of the unit in 2019 and one of his first acts has been to forge a closer link to the 10th Group.  Prior to taking on the current challenge, Steve was an Assistant Leader with the 10th Troop for several years.  A father of teenagers (daughter and son) he understands the mindset of the explorer age Group and is keen to give the Explorers a huge range of experiences and opportunities.  Steve is a Physio working as a civilian employee with the Parachute Regiment at their Arbroath base.   

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