‘Scouting: it’s in my blood!’
When the opportunity came up to start a second Scout Troop in Littleport, Ben Barrett jumped at the chance to be the leader. Here he tells us why.
Please can you tell us a little bit about your Scouting background?
I’ve been involved with Scouting for about 17 years now. My adventure started as a Cub Scout in Little Downham. As soon as I hit 18, I became a leader – first for Witchford Scouts, and then for Explorer Scouts (which is for young people aged 14 – 18). I’ve done this for six years, and now I’m starting my next chapter as the leader of the new Lightfoot Littleport Scout Troop.
What are your best Scouting memories?
Probably gaining my wood beads, which you get on completion of your leadership training. I received these while on a Scouting trip in Austria, but first I had to run and jump in the lake before I was given them! Also when I received an award for good service. I was at ‘Clip and Climb’ in Cambridge, and I had to climb the wall first, before I was awarded this. I also met my wife in Scouting. I proudly proposed to her in front of 2,000 kids at a large camp called Camjam – it was amazing.
Why have you chosen to become a Scout Leader in Littleport?
I love starting a new group, building up from a few members to a room full hopefully!
What activities do you have planned for your Troop?
It is early days, because the group only started in January, but we will be taking part in Jambowlree, which is a huge camp with bowling as the focus, it’s really good fun! The Scouts also can take part in this year’s CamJam, a camp that brings Scouts from all over the county together for a week of activities and entertainment. During our meetings we will be showing Scouts how to safely chop wood, light a campfire and plenty of hiking.
What are you top three attributes of Scouting?
Firstly, I would have to say friendship. Fellow Scouters really are always there for you.
Secondly gaining lifelong skills. I am forever learning and I am fortunate to able to share my skills with young people.
Lastly is the opportunity to go to places I might not otherwise visit. I have been on five international trips with the Scouts – Denmark, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and France.
How can young people find out more?
We meet on a Tuesday night from 7.30pm – 9pm at the Scout Hut in Camel Road.
We would love to welcome more young people aged between 10 and 14 to join our adventures!
Scouting is growing in Littleport.
There now are two groups for each section – Beavers, Cubs and Scouts – providing opportunities to learn new skills, get active and have fun for young people in Littleport aged between 6 and 14.
Leaders have a great time too – there are opportunities to learn new skills, make friends and encourage local children to flourish.
If you are interested in finding out more, either about how you can get involved or on behalf of a young person in your care, please email: email@example.com