Assistant District Commissioner (Activities)
I started at 7 in Cubs then Scouts and Venture Scouts which were new then. I was an ASL (cubs) at 14 running the Cub football team and at 15 was running a cCb pack and organising Explorers and a Guide troop program-all unofficially of course! All this was in Essex .
At 21 I left Scouts and became a full time outdoor pursuits instructor for 7 months for a Boys Brigade centre in Poole. I then moved back to Essex and took on a job travelling away. After a further 5 months I got a local job and I took on ASL Scouts and ADC scouts in Essex moving to a Sea scout troop as SL when they became leaderless. After 18 years as SL Sea Scouts, I moved to Bath and then had another year out of Scouting whilst I did up my home in Clandown, Radstock.
I joined Midsomer Norton as ASL then SL then added AGSL. Work took me away from home so I handed over the troop but stayed as ASL at MSN. When Clutton had no leaders I moved there as ASL where I am currently temporary SL. I also hold roles as ADC Activities Wansdyke, Senior Instructor Avon County Sailing Team, and Coach at Avon Scout and Guide Canoe Club.I have been around in Scouting 61 years and have held roles in scouting 54 years; 52 officially.
Scouting has taken me places I would not have had the opportunity or confidence to go. It has certainly given me Skills for Life and I hope to keep on passing these on.