We start today and over the next four weeks to welcome and get to know our Birmingham Jamboree Contingent Leader team.

In their own words they will give us a little bit more information about them, their Scouting life and anything else they feel will give us a bit more of an insight into this soon to be very busy team. We start today with our Contingent Leader Richard Berry… ( apologies these are long but they are a great way to get to know the team)…

“I started my Scouting in West Mercia County (then West Mids) in 1972 becoming a Cub Scout with 20th Walsall. I gained my warrant at 18 and took over as Scout Leader the same year and completed my Wood Badge Training. I attended two Welsh Jamboree’s on the service team, in my early 20′s and left the group when I was 23 to attend college. In my time there I also completed my Queen Scout and Gold D of E.
I worked in Massachusetts for 3 years in the late 80′s early 90′s and was an ASL with 1st Harvard Troop BSA which I really enjoyed. There was a small lapse in Scouting when I returned to the UK, but when my Son was 6 in 2004 I joined the 209th, 17th All Saints Sea Scouts Sutton East as ABL and then Beaver Leader shortly afterwards. We have a Colony of 30+ Beavers with a healthy waiting list feeding our Cub pack and Scout Troop ultimately. I assist where required with the other sections and man one of the safety boats during the Summer when we train the Scouts to Kayak and sail.
I met my wife, Mel, through Scouting some 35 years ago, we have two boys, Callum who is 18 and Cameron 15. Both boys are still in Scouting and have gained a wealth of skills and knowledge. My eldest Son is now taking a degree to enable him to work in the Adventure Sports Industry as a result of interests developed through Scouting.
I have worked in the Landscape industry since I was 17 and currently employed as a Commercial Manager with a landscape maintenance and construction company based in Stratford-upon-Avon. I enjoy most outdoor pursuits, though coarse fishing is the most enjoyable and where I relax.”

Richard Berry Contingent Leader #WSJ2019