104th Edinburgh North East Scout Group

Help Protect the Legacy of the WW2 generation

Our hall was built as a result of fund raising by generations of the scouting family before, during, and after the WW2. To honour their legacy we are undertaking a major upgrade of the property they created.
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The 104th Edinburgh North East Scout Group started in 1912 (known as the 4th Leith prior to 2012 when Leith and Portobello Districts merged). The Groups Rover Scout section was established in 1918. This was then the senior section of the Scout Movement, with Scouts joining at the age of 17. Rovers continued until the late 1960s and was replaced by Venture Scouts, and now by Explorers.

The 4th Leith Rover Crew became a tight knit bunch of friends, several of whom attended the first World Rover Moot in 1931 in Kanderstag, Switzerland. They became famous locally for their popular Variety Shows. These were used to help raise money for local charities, as well as helping to raise funds to build our current hall. Funds were raised to buy the cottage which still sits in the corner of our grounds. This became their meeting place, affectionately known as Loves Abode.

Throughout the Second World War, many Rovers were called up, or volunteered for service in the armed forces. Members served in all branches of the forces, as well as serving on the home front.

Rovers were sent all over the globe and, to retain contact with each other during the war years, each member was asked to send a monthly update letter to Loves Abode. The content of these letters was then distilled into a monthly newsletter, which was distributed to each person. And so, the 4th Leith Rover Bulletin was born, the Facebook of its day!

The first one was published on the 26th September 1941 and monthly newsletters were sent out until December 1946. These were regarded by all members of the Crew, wherever they were, as a great morale booster.

To celebrate, and remember the spirit of the Crew, we intend to publish each copy of the bulletin on our website/social media approximately 80 years to the day after it first appeared. These can be found at: -


They are remarkable documents, following the fortunes of a remarkable group of people, and offer an insight into the lives, hopes, and fears of those at home and abroad during trying times.

Help us protect the legacy created by these remarkable people by donating to help our Group maintain and refurbish the building that meant so much to them.

Thank you!

About the charity

The Group was founded in 1911 and has successfully helped generations of young people achieve their potential. Part of the legacy inherited from previous generations is a hall and grounds in central Edinburgh. We manage this property for the benefit of both the local community and our young people.

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