Meet the Cub Team for 30th Warrington Scout Group!

Vicky Couch
Cub Scout Leader

I started as a Section Assistant Leader with Cubs in September 2021. Growing up, I was a member of the Penketh Methodist Brownies and Guides. When my son was old enough to join Beavers, I was keen to bring him to the 30th. Having previously worked as a Science teacher I was keen to use my skills to work with young people and decided to join as an Assistant Leader. I later became Cub Section Leader and since then I have had a great time working with the Cubs and the other leaders at the 30th. I have also been busy completing all my training and I was so proud to gain my wood badge in November 2022. I really enjoy seeing the Cubs develop, make new friends and achieve their badges. I also work with a great team of leaders who go above and beyond to try to make meetings, events and camps as interesting, engaging and memorable as possible for all of our Cubs.

Gill Gornall
Cub Section Assistant

I’ve been involved in scouting and guiding all my life, with my Dad being a Scout leader (Skip) and Mum being a Brownie leader (Brown Owl).  I personally was a Brownie, Guide, Ranger and then a Venture Scout – I gained my Queen’s Guide Award and Bronze, Silver and Gold D of E awards.

It was inevitable that when I had two boys they would be involved in Scouting also, so Matt joined Beavers at the 30th when he was 6 in 1997 followed by Ollie 5 years later, both boys went through Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and both achieved the Gold Queens Scout award.

I have always been involved as a parent and in 2014 became a member of the Fundraising Team.

In January 2015 it was brought to my attention that the Cub section needed an extra helper so I volunteered to be a Cub Section Assistant with the view to taking out my warrant (which I will be doing in 2016).

I really enjoy spending time with the children and am looking forward to sharing all the knowledge and fun I got out of Scouting when I was younger and hope that all the Cubs move forward with very happy memories of their time in Cubs and look forward to their new adventures in Scouts.

Jim Harris
Cub Section Assistant

I have two children in Warrington 30th Scouts. I have previously been an Occasional Helper with the Beavers. I volunteer in Scouting to assist the other leaders who have run the group for many years. This includes overnight stays away at camp and amazing opportunities like the Chamboree festival where the Cubs get to be in a group of 1000s of fellow Scouts. 

I enjoy seeing the young people making friendship groups outside of school. It’s a great opportunity for them to take part in activities indoors and outdoors that they wouldn’t be able to do normally. It’s rewarding to see their personalities develop especially as they are helped by other Young Leaders who are Scouts themselves.

I volunteer to make sure this fine organisation continues and other young people get to be part of a wonderful organisation and being a small part of it myself is really rewarding.

Janet Smith
Cub Section Assistant

I have always had an interest in Beavers and Cubs, Brownies and Guides as my own children loved to be part of it, helping previously as a parent helper.

Last year I was fortunate to foster a young man with autism who now attends Warrington West 30th as a Cub. The enthusiasm of the leaders and the Cubs is fantastic and I find myself really enjoying being part of it all again. The confidence, skills and friendship that they build on each week is lovely to see and I’m growing in both skills and confidence whilst helping the Cubs. In my day job I am an education swim teacher, so really enjoy being with the children and watching them learn new skills;  hopefully I can transfer my knowledge and skills to the Cubs.

My time so far with Warrington West 30th has been very enjoyable and long may it continue

Lewis Wilson
Cub Section Assistant

I started my Scouting journey as a Beaver in 2008 before joining the 30th Warrington West as a Cub two years later. I went through Cubs and Scouts with the group before becoming a Young Leader with Beavers, whilst I was in Explorers. I went on to achieve my Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards. I am currently on a year out from my time at university so have returned as a leader in the Cub section. Scouting has helped me to grow my confidence, develop teamwork skills, and most importantly has created unforgettable memories. I am delighted to have the opportunity to give back to the group that gave me so much whilst growing up. My favourite part of the role is going away on camps where I play my small part in giving our Cubs the chance to make memories and bond together more than they would in everyday life.

Ian Archibald
Cub Section Assistant

I’m Ian and I am married to Clare, we have one daughter Shania, who is now at university. Shania is a leader with 30th Beavers when she is home from university. She has been involved with the group since she was six years old when she joined as a Beaver herself. Shania got a lot from being involved with the group and Clare and I feel that being a Scout certainly helped with her application for university. Clare and I decided that once we had a bit more time on our hands we would like to give something back to the group, which over the years has been such a big part of all our lives. I was in Cubs and Scouts in Great Sankey, where my father was a leader and it’s at Scouts where I made many lifelong friends. On a personal note, I work as a Landscape Gardener. I also enjoy gardening as a hobby. I am a big reader, enjoy cooking, walking, and camping. I enjoy watching all sports, my big passion however is Liverpool football club.

Clare Archibald
Cub Section Assistant

I’m Clare and I am married to Ian. Ian and I commenced volunteering with the cubs in October 2022, once Shania our daughter had gone off to university. We have made a lot of friends within the group over the years and wanted to remain in contact. I was a Brownie and Girl Guide myself and as an adult I was a Rainbow Leader and Guide Leader. I work as an Attendance and Finance Administrator at an SEN school for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Issues, which is challenging, fulfilling and enjoyable and tiring all rolled into one. When I have free time, I like crafting and have a craft shed which Ian calls my dumping ground and I call my chill out creative space! I enjoy genealogy and researching family history. I belong to a modern WI group where I run the book club. Like Ian I enjoy walking and camping, particularly when we do this as a family. Ian and I have really enjoyed the time we have spent at Cubs and look forward to getting to know the young people better and watch their journey through the group and the Scouting movement.

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