We’re delighted to announce the appointment of our two amazing new Assistant Regional Commissioners for Youth Involvement who will lead our efforts in the area over the next few years. As well as providing direction in the Region for Youth Involvement they’ll also be providing support to Districts and Groups over the coming weeks and months. Why not get to know them a bit better?
Our two new ARCs are Martin Browne and Adam Bennett, who will be sharing the role and working closely together to make Youth Involvement a reality in South East Scotland.
Martin came through the movement as a Cub, Scout and Venture Scout. He spent 7 years as an Assistant Cub Scout Leader and then 7 years as Venture Scout Leader in the 23rd Inverleith before taking the role of ADC (Venture Scouts) in Inverleith District for another 7 years. More recently Martin has been GSL of the 23rd and 150th Craigalmond.
The role of ARC(YI) is a natural extension of Martin’s passion for youth involvement in Scouting. As a VSL Martin encouraged young people to make their own decisions about their programme and activities.
Martin told us about the role, “As a GSL, I’ve seen the visible difference on each section where young people take ownership of their Scouting experience and I’m keen to show that increasing this involvement is the future of Scouting.”
Adam joined scouting as an Explorer Scout, having never had the chance to be a Beaver, Cub or Scout. Explorers allowed Adam to visit Iceland as part of his Explorer Belt. Shortly after becoming an explorer, Adam became a Young Leader, initially working with Beavers and then Cubs. Adam’s first leadership appointment upon reaching 18 was with the Cub section, where he was a section leader for 2 years. Adam is currently the AESL at Edge Explorers in Pentland District.
“Youth Involvement is a great passion for me”, Adam told us. “It’s not only allowed me to help plan and host the Regional Review and AGM, and have a meaningful impact on local Scouting. I really hope to give others the opportunity to speak up as part of both the Regional Advisory Group and other activities that help young people make decisions that matter to them.”