I came into Scouting with very little knowledge or previous experience, although I had been a Brownie in the 1950’s. When my older Grandson joined Beavers, I could see the Group needed extra help and I started by doing the paperwork for Cubs. I had been a secondary school teacher so I had some experience of working with young people.
I really appreciated the opportunities my Grandsons had in Scouting, both gaining their Queen’s Scout Award and their Gold DofE, and watched their progress through Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers, and both becoming Adult Leaders. During this time (getting on for 20 years now) I have been Group Secretary, Group Scout Leader (yes, I moved into uniform) and for the past almost 6 years, District Secretary.
During those years, we have faced many challenges but we have always kept in mind our aim to give the Young People the best opportunities we can and to have a process of strong governance to work within the regulations of the Scouts and the Charity Commission. One of our ongoing challenges is always Recruitment and encouraging new people to take that first step to volunteer with us, either as a Uniformed Leader of as a Trustee on our Trustee Board.
It’s not just about volunteering your time: it’s an opportunity to develop new skills, make new friends and have a great time. It’s time now for a new District Secretary to step up – please contact me to have a chat about it.