I have been a member of the 62nd Fife (Crossford) Scout Group since joining as a Beaver Scout at the age of 6 and been a Scout leader for over 10 years. I made my way through Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venture Scouts achieving my Queen's Scout Award in 1999 - the highest award in Scouting.
During my time as a youth member of the Scout Association I thoroughly enjoyed myself and undertook many activities, learned many new skills and visited many places I would not have had the opportunity to otherwise. I now feel it is my responsibility to give something back to the Group which has given me so much so that the next generation of young people can have the same opportunities that I have had.
I have formed very good relationships with the young people and through my involvement in the Scout Group I have also got to know many other people in my local community. There are currently approx 80 youth members in our Scout Group who benefit directly from the programme of training and activities we provide.
Scouting gives the young people more confidence, responsibility, a broader set of friends, adventure, an extended family and a chance to pursue things they might not get to do otherwise.
Some of the young people who have been through the group in my time have now left school and it is very satisfying to see what successful and well rounded individuals they have become. I like to think that the experiences they had as Cubs and Scouts have helped them achieve their goals.