The Executive are the poor souls that no-one in the sections seems to know much about, and that's as it should be, but they run all the mundane and sometimes not so mundane functions of the group setting diary dates discussing the incoming policies of the scout movement running the finances and maintenance schedule and reporting to the parents, members and helpers at the AGM.
The executive committee is comprised of scouters, elected members and leader nominated individuals normally from associated sections or interested individuals and we are again fortunate to a variety of experienced people with a long background with the group and a constant welcome for new members with
Started my scouting as a Beaver in Abbots Langley (1st Abbots Langley, 3rd North Watford) where I worked through all age groups finally becoming a Senior Patrol Leader in Scouts and attaining numerous badges including my Chief Scout Award. When Explorers arrived I stayed in the group and was in Abbots own explorer group for 1year until it needed to close due to lack of leaders, this group has now re opened as ABBOS. At this stage i was given the oppourtunity to attend the 20th WSJ in Thailand with 4 more Scouts/Explorers from my District to be part of the 80 sent out by Herts County. I moved to Omega ESU based in Langleybury where they offered me my Gold Expedition and in my short time here i completed my Gold Duke of Edinburgh and also my Queen's Scout Award.
Then came my university Years down in Portsmouth where I helped train Gold Duke of Edinburgh and whenever back in the areas came down and helped run evenings.
After University I had to moved to Oxford for my job and subsqently ran in to my old Explorer leaders on a camp and they scripted me in to be a leader for Shackleton ESU in King Alfred District, Oxford where I managed to complete my Wood Badge in December 2008. After a year in Oxford I moved to Aylesbury and became an Duke of Edinburgh Advisor for both Matrix ESU (also a ESL) and Cerberus Network.
Whilst in Aylesbury I have undertook the job of managing the Admin for the whole of the Network in Buckinghamshire and along wil helping run and organise several events like Endurance 80 and Braidwood Regatta. I have hellped out at County Running many Camps and trips and now decided to take on the role of Group Scout Leader here at the 12th Aylesbury (1st Buckingham Park) in 2016 and start the group from the begining
I have been in scouting since starting as a Beaver at 1st Bierton. I moved up through the group, becoming a young leader, as well as being an explorer scout at Matrix ESU. Once I turned 18 I became an assistant cub leader and joining the Cerberus Network. Most of my time has been as a Scout leader. One of my other roles at 1st Bierton was leading the firework display team for of yearly firework display. I can also proudly say I still have and wear my 1st Necker/scarf from when started at Beavers.
Scouting has played a large part in my life ultimately leading me to my chosen career path. Working in outdoor education/adventurous activities and climbing walls. My free time is then taken up with other outdoor activities regularly taking trips to the peak district/Wales/Lake District.
One of my goals as DGSL is to get the group to do more adventurous activities by supporting the Section leaders
I am also neurodivergent (autistic and dyslexic) Souts again was a key factor growing up helping me. I now actively work toward helping better inclusion in society
I spent my teens as a St John Ambulance cadet, learning together and experiencing life as a group, we had camps and outdoor adventures. Later rising to run the Cadet division and then the adult division in St Albans. I came to scouting late, joining the (as it was then) Venture Scouts (now Explorers) when I was 17, enjoying such events as 40-mile hikes and European navigation events as well as the gruelling “peak assault”. Above all the greatest thing was the family feel of belonging to a group. And now as an adult, volunteering is in my blood, and after a time away and having moved to Aylesbury, I have returned as I know how important it is to our communities and the people involved, especially our young people! Even more so now that I have my own young family. I want them to experience the same adventures and experiences I did. The socialisation, the outdoors, the fun, all of it. That’s why I joined the team here, working together to deliver “skills for life”.
I look forward to meeting you all and welcoming you into the 12th Aylesbury family.
I have very fond memories of being a Brownie and a Girl Guide when I was growing up and my husband was a member of the Air Cadets, so we were keen for our children to join the scouting movement. My son joined the Beavers at Aylesbury 12th in 2018 and has recently moved up to the Cub section. It’s really wonderful to see him growing in confidence, making friends, learning new skills and getting the opportunity to try new things that he probably wouldn’t be able if he hadn’t joined. Our 4 year old daughter Amber also can’t wait to join!
I was a Girl Guide until I was well in my teens and I hope that my son and daughter will choose to continue with Scouting for a long time to come. It therefore made sense to me to volunteer, to help support the section that they would be a part of. As well as being in the exec, I also help out on an ad-hoc basis, helping to run sessions for both the beavers and cubs when I can.
As a child I remember enjoying being a Cub & then a Scout and while I enjoyed the experience I was often left with the impression that our group was missing out on a lot of events & activities in comparison to other groups that we spoke to.
Now having 3 children of our own my wife & I have encouraged them to get involved in scouting and I figured that getting involved myself would be a great opportunity to contribute to the group and to help ensure that they get the most from their experience. When the opportunity to become treasurer came along it felt like a great fit as it enabled me to share my professional skills & experience in a volunteer capacity.
While my biggest contribution to the group may involve sitting behind a spreadsheet I'm equally as happy to help out at the occasional weekly meeting or any other event that my boys might be involved in.
My background is in acting, I first appeared in Grange Hill, & have always had a huge love for the arts, I love just getting lost in a show. After many years of trying to crack the industry and many auditions later, I felt it was time to hang my theatre shoes up and travel Europe to see what was next! I then found my next love, radio! I have now worked in audio & media for 15 years, having worked for regional and national stations, now I’m the station director for Heart Hertfordshire where I’ve been for the last 12 years.
I have a 9 year old son who adores being a member of Kingsbrook Cubs and enjoys the activities, as a mum I love the discipline, opportunities & skills that it brings and how it the develops the children Because of his love for the cubs and the fantastic team I felt compelled to support
As a child I was a member of my local Brownie group. I thoroughly enjoyed attending the weekly meetings, making friends and working towards a new badge to sew on my sash!
In all honesty, I hadn’t thought about volunteering for my local Scout group as I didn’t believe I had anything to offer, especially as I had no experience of Scouting. However, through my partner Peter a Scout Leader, I became aware of an opportunity to apply my professional skill set. I provide Health and Safety advice to 12 th Aylesbury Scouts and ensure all Risk Assessments are undertaken and circulated.
Unfortunately, both my children are too young at the moment to join. But, I know once they turn 6 they will love being part of 12 th Aylesbury Scout Group.
My scouting life began as a cub at 1st Ault Hucknall scout group ‘Up North”, but my love for the outdoors was sparked climbing in the Peak at 8 years old.
I worked my way through Scouts, Venture Scouts and a Young Leader whilst at the same time working at Walesby Forest Scout Centre as an activity instructor.
This sparked my career in the Outdoor Industry and whilst taking ‘a year out’ before starting university I worked for a number of outdoor activity centres in the Peak District as well as Center Parcs and PGL Adventure.
Needless to say, the call of the great outdoors outweighed the appeal of Uni life, and I subsequently worked as an Adventure Instructor, Chief Instructor and Centre Manager for the best part of 15 years.
Eventually ‘proper work’ took over, falling back on my trade but I always maintained a love for the outdoors with wild camping and bushcraft- both of which are great for the mindset.
I’ve been looking for a way to share my passion for a long time since my two sons have come of age, and as life is a circle, I’ve come back into the Scout fold.
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