New drive to open more Scout groups

Family of Scouts - district commissioner Andy Cowper-Johnson with wife Martha and sons Harry, Joshua and Alfie. SG27015-172TW
Family of Scouts - district commissioner Andy Cowper-Johnson with wife Martha and sons Harry, Joshua and Alfie. SG27015-172TW
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Scouts district commissioner Andy Cowper-Johnson is spearheading “a massive recruitment drive” to find new leaders so more groups can open in South Holland.

Following his appointment last May, Andy set his sights on founding a new group in Long Sutton – an ambition that’s just been realised – and now he wants to open groups in Crowland and Donington within 18 months.

Andy (35) and his entire family are walking adverts for Scouting.

His wife, Martha, is group Scout leader with the 2nd Pinchbeck.

Their eldest son Harry (14) is a member of South Holland Explorer Scouts and passed a selection panel to represent the East Midlands at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan this summer.

Middle son Josh, who is nearly 11, is a Scout with the 2nd Pinchbeck and youngest son, Alfie (6) is a Beaver with the 2nd Pinchbeck.

Andy said: “Scouting is all about adventure and trying something new.

“The only things we don’t do are bungee jumping and banana boat riding – everything else can be covered, caving, rock climbing, white water rafting, they can do pretty much anything.

“Obviously it’s all tailored to the individuals and tailored to the individual groups.

“I think it’s amazing.”

Andy, a manager with Lidl in March, Cambridgeshire, returned to Scouting five years ago when Harry wanted to join and “they were crying out for leaders”.

As a child, he was a Cub Scout in Durham and a Sea Scout while living on the Isle of Wight.

“It’s something I absolutely loved as a young person,” he said. “I always thought it was fantastic.”

These days he enjoys working with the leaders who give up so much of their spare time – and helping to provide opportunities for youngsters who want to try to achieve and do things with their lives.

Andy said: “If Scouting was a paid job, it would be my dream job.”