Each month we will sit down with a member of the County Team and find out a little more about them. This month we sit down with our County Youth Commissioner, Rio Groves and ask her why Scouting is #GoodForYou.

What’s your role / roles in Scouts? I am currently County Youth Commissioner,  Assistant Explorer Leader and member of Network.

When and why did you start volunteering for Scouts? I started volunteering for the Scouts in 2019 after attending the World Scout Jamboree and realised the amazing opportunities Scouts provides our young people.

What’s the best thing about volunteering at Scouts? Seeing the smiles on the young people’s faces and providing them with the opportunities to try new things

What skills have you learned or passed on to others? I have passed on my skill of Makaton signing via making videos on how to sign the promise. I also hope I have passed on my skill of leadership, communication, cooking, planning and cultural awareness to my Explorers via the programme we carry out.

How have Scouts helped you in your personal life? Scouting has allowed me to grow in confidence and push me out of my comfort zone. Scouting has also taught me some great games and bushcraft activity which I now use within my forest school in my working career.

What are some of your highlights? The biggest highlight so far was having the privilege to hand out the young people awards on stage at the last County Awards Day.

What’s your favourite activity in Scouts? I personally love a good campfire with campfire song and of course a smore.

What other goals would you like to achieve at Scouts in the future? I would like hope to provide activities which the young people have chosen at the next Camp Together. Also, personally I hope to achieve my Queen Scout and Gold DOfE.

Is there anything that would have improved your volunteering experience?

Not to start to volunteer at 18 (the years have been lost and scouting could have a huge impact) The getting start processes however this is changing in the new updates from The Scouts.

What would you say to people who are skeptical about volunteering at Scouts/about Scouts in general?

Just go for it. Scout really can change your life for the better if you let it.


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