My involvement with Scouting started when my elder son joined Beavers in 1994. It did not seem long before I changed from being an Occasional Helper to Beaver Leader.
After that I became a Group Scout Leader regularly supporting the leader team with Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. Following my support of Young Leaders, I was appointed DESC before taking my current role as District Commissioner.
I became involved in Scouting in the early 1960’s as a Cub Instructor. Over the years the Cub Section has been my favourite; holding a variety of roles from Cub Instructor up to ACC Cubs. During this time the Wolf Cubs became Cub Scouts so every Section had ‘Scouts’ in their title.
After 10 years as DC I moved to a supportive and admin mode. Less time spent with young people and more in supporting adults with their appointment and training. Currently I am ADC General Duties and it is interesting how many ‘jobs/tasks’ that title seems to cover. I produce the monthly District Newsletter, help prepare the Annual Report, oversee the census and so on. As Appointments Advisory Committee Secretary I deal with appointments both new, changes and cancellations. District Administrator role means dealing with DBS, inputting info onto Compass and the County database. Training up Group Administrators to do the DBS role for their Group has been most useful – less work for me!
I believe in what Scouting can offer both to young people and adults. As long as everyone has fun and enjoyment in what they undertake the future of Scouting in Blackdown District is ensured.
I’ve been involved in Scouting since my eldest son started as a Beaver with Trinity Scout Group where I pretty quickly took up the role of Beaver Scout Leader.
After 2 years there I was asked to take on North Taunton as they were loosing their Beaver leadership and were down to just a few Beavers. Meanwhile, my son moved on to Cubs at Wilton. North Taunton Beavers took off and we were inundated with new Beavers getting up to 24. After helping to start another Colony at North Taunton to ease the waiting list I decided to take a break from the weekly meetings and that’s why I’m currently a District Beaver Leader! My eldest son is now moving into Explorers and my youngest starts Beavers in September when I’m hopefully going back to being in a Group again whilst also staying in this role.
I started with the 7th Reigate as a Cub, then went through Scouts and the local Venture Unit and Scout Fellowship, before moving to Cornwall to become qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in the Civil Service, and getting my 1st set of Wood Beads by working with a small Troop in Grampound – a Troop so small that at times you could fit all of them in the back of the car with their seat belts on.
I moved to Taunton in the early ’90s, and have been with Staplegrove since, in both Scouts or Cubs. I helped Steve Mitchell start the first Explorer Unit, and have had roles as a Training Adviser and Trainer in Somerset.
Outside Scouting I enjoy cycling – touring and road – and woodwork on the lathe.