One of the biggest myths about Scouting is that Groups are closing down due to a lack of young people wanting to become Members. Nothing could be further from the truth; Scouting in the UK is a growing Movement and we currently have 30,000 young people on our waiting lists simply because we do not have enough adults to help out.

All our leaders that run our four busy sections are volunteers. Adults become Leaders for all kinds of reasons; to give something back to the community, because volunteering is a ‘good thing’, to spend more quality time with their child, to develop their own skills or just to enjoy and rediscover adventure.

  • None of our Leaders are paid – they are all volunteers.
  • The majority of our Leaders have full time jobs and a family.
  • Leaders get involved because they want to have fun and make new friends themselves.
  • Leaders don’t have to be ‘superheroes’ who know everything. They are given training on the job and learn new skills as they go along. The one thing that unites our Leaders is the energy and enthusiasm they have for giving young people the adventure of Scouting
  • Whilst all our volunteers are passionate about what they do, many help out on a flexible basis due to other commitments. Some may help out once a week or fortnight whereas others help once a term or at summer camp.
  • 27% of volunteers help out in Scouting as they are a parent of a current Member. Many were not Scouts when they were young but have learnt new skills and made new friends through Scouting.
  • Not all volunteers have to wear uniform.
  • Many of our adult volunteers say they are more confident in their everyday lives as a result of their involvement with Scouting.
  • Not all adults who volunteer for Scouting work with young people. There are a variety of other jobs that need to be done such as gardening and general DIY, organising events, doing the accounts and writing press releases. This means that adult Leaders who do work directly with young people do not have to spend all their time doing paperwork.
  • All our Leaders are covered by a comprehensive insurance policy while taking part in Scouting.
  • New Leaders in Scouting go through a criminal records check to ensure they are fit to work with young people.

Group Leadership Structure

Group Scout Leader: Andrew Holland

Assistant Group Scout Leader: Mandy Seddon

Quartermasters: Des Bradder and Jim Holland

Beaver Scout Leader

Mandy Seddon

Rowallan Cub Scout Leader

Simon Vale

Maclean Cub Scout Leader

Craig Graham

Scout Leader


Assistant Beaver Scout Leaders

Daniella Martin, Ian Edmunds-Parrington

Rowallan Assistant Cub Scout Leaders

James Davies, Nicola Wylie, Mike Marsden, Luke Gallagher

Maclean Assistant Cub Scout Leaders

Judith Hunter, Adam Swarbrick, David Shelton

Assistant Scout Leaders

Clare Burrows, Paul Burrows, Scott Prichard, Des Bradder, Tony Routh, Luke Gallagher

Colony Assistant

Claire Wilson

Pack Assistant

Emma Snell, Dan Hall, Lucy Hutchinson

Pack Assistant

Daniella Martin

Troop Assistant


The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is currently made up of: Abi Mills (Chair), Nigel Davis (Treasurer), John Gedge (Secretary), Rev. Michael Gisbourne (Group President), Andrew Holland (GSL),  Jim Holland, Craig Graham (CSL), Mandy Seddon (AGSL, BSL), Simon Vale (CSL), Clare Burrows (SL),  Des Bradder (QM), Katherine Forrest, Trish Holland, Tracy Livesey, Mark Parsonage-Kear, Lisa Patterson and Steve Quayle.

Parents are encouraged to join the executive committee and represent parents views, from the viewpoint of their child’s section.

The purpose of the executive committee responsible for, the maintenance of the Group’s property and equipment, the raising of funds and the administration of the Group’s finance, the insurance of persons, property and equipment, Group public occasions; and assisting with the recruitment.

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