Almost all adults in Scouting, including uniformed leaders, are volunteers. They give their time for free. But they are trained volunteers – the Scout Association has a thorough training programme that all Leaders undertake. All leaders have to undergo a full Criminal Records Bureau check, supply personal references and be approved by an Adult Appointments Committee before their first appointment. Appointments are also subject to regular review and renewal.
Each section has its own leadership team and runs its own programme but there are close links between the sections. The Group Scout Leader, Tony, provides support for all the sections.
Robert (Akela) is our Cub Scout Leader working together as a team with Iain (Rama) and Adam (Thuu). We also have a fantastic couple of Young Leaders (14-18 yrs) – Hugo (Chil), Oliver (Kaa) and Oscar (Rikki) – who help us run the Cub Pack.
Here is a little bit of information about each of us;
After joining the scouting movement as a cub and working my way through the sections including Young Leaders and a world jamboree, I’m pleased to be taking on my first leadership role at the 14th Highfield Cub Pack. Outside of scouting I currently work at the University of Southampton as fundraiser in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations and my hobbies include the love of theatre and an obsession over theme parks and roller coasters.
Since I was 6, I have been involved in scouting, and was a young leader in Devon for the Beavers before moving up to Southampton at the end of 2012 in order to study Chemistry at the University of Southampton. I got involved in the 14th Highfield Cubs almost as soon as I arrived! In additon to being involved in scouting, I am also a keen sportsman, competing at county level in athletics, and also enjoying squash and swimming.
I am too old to have been a Beaver (they didn’t exist back then 🙁 ) but I was a Cub and then a Scout back in the 1980s. I was lured back in to scouting when I was co-opted to help out with some climbing activities. I started attending so regularly as a parent helper with the Beavers that it seemed an obvious move to become an Assistant Leader, first with the Beavers and now with the Cubs. By day I run my own IT management training and consultancy company and, in my free time, I enjoy running and rock climbing.