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.
After many years of service to the Scout Movement, I was surprised and privileged to be asked to be the President of Blackdown District.
It is good to know that Scouting is still in good form and is moving with the times…and has embraced the 21st Century. I may not now be on the forefront of working with youngsters but still appreciate seeing the way Scouting is progressing and I thank all those who lead from the District and those who lead from the various sections.
From little acorns mighty oak trees grow (Lord Baden Powell)
Charlie Back MBE
I’ve been in Scouting since 2006 when I re-opened the Cub pack at the 25th Southampton Sea Scout Group. As well as the Cub pack I worked with the Scout troop and Beaver colony at various points.
I’m delighted to be back working with the Cub section where my role is to support the adults and young people in this section across the District.
Andy and I moved to Taunton in November where I work at a primary school. In my free time I’m enjoying exploring my new home county!
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.
My Scouting began with North Taunton Beavers in 2001, before moving across to Staplegrove whilst in Cubs with a group of friends. I progressed through the sections to adult leadership and am now an ACSL with Staplegrove, as well as an ASL with a group in Bristol, where I studied at University and now work as a Graduate Surveyor.
I am passionate about raising the profile of Scouting and encouraging more people into the movement, which can be achieved by showcasing the life changing opportunities we are providing to young people and adults every week.
Outside of Scouting I am involved with the Somerset Carnivals, being a member of Harlequin Carnival Club based in Ilminster.
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.