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National Kea Leader - Caroline Perry

“Originally from the UK, I began my involvement with youth organisations as a Brownie, then a Guide and then helping as a Young Leader until I left to travel and go to university at the age of 18.

In 2003, whilst working as a volunteer coordinator trying to get university students to volunteer I thought I should practice what I preached and volunteer again myself. A local Scout group was advertising for help with Cubs so I joined. I stayed with 33rd Huddersfield (Slaithwaite) Scout Group until mid-2011 when I left the UK and moved to New Zealand. At Slaithwaite I started as an Adult Helper, and then got my warrant to become an Assistant Cub Leader, then Cub Leader until 2008 when I had to take some time out for study. In 2009 I went back as an Assistant Beaver Leader (aka Keas) from 2009 until 2011.

In addition to being involved at group level I was involved at District (Zone) as part of the Scout Centenary Committee between 2006 and early 2008, planning our events to mark the centenary. I was also on the Appointments Committee, which interviewed all potential new Leaders in the District, from 2009-2011.

After moving to New Zealand and settling in Auckland, I joined St Chads Scouts as a Kea Leader and then became Group Leader in late 2014.

Scouting provides such fantastic opportunities for young people and at Keas I love seeing them try new things and start to gain new skills. I look forward to working with Kea Leaders around the country, supporting them in their role and supporting their Kea Clubs.

Outside of Scouts I live in Auckland and work for Brake, the road safety charity.”    

National Cub Leader - Jocelyn Gardner

"Scouting has been a huge part of my life for many years. As part of my service to the community for my Gold DOE, our Leader suggested I come along to Cubs one night. I instantly knew this was something I was really going to enjoy.

I have been a warranted Cub Leader in many packs - starting at St. Mary’s Levin, Waterloo Lower Hutt, Silverstream Upper Hutt and Cockle Bay in Howick. I held the position of Zone Cub Leader in Manukau for 14 years until I became Assistant National Cub Leader, then National Cub Leader in 2014.

I have the Bar to the Silver Tiki Award and am a Life Member of Scouts Manukau.  I was a member of the Uniform Task Force involved in designing our new SCOUTSNZ uniform and I really enjoyed this work.

The highlights of my time in Scouting are getting to know the youth members and watching them grow into well-rounded young people. I am always proud when I see their achievements and successes later in their lives, knowing that they were one of my Cubs.  

As part of my role I am lucky to get to meet many Leaders from all over New Zealand who share the same passion for Scouting as I do, and to encourage and support them in their roles. I support the Zone Cub Leaders to provide training programmes, Sixer Leadership Courses, Kea-Cub, and Cub Scout Link Camps.  I am involved in keeping the Award Scheme, Personal Challenge Badges and the National Programmes current.

I also get to meet so many Cubs who I enjoy chatting to about their badges earned, the adventures they are about to have or had, the fun times at camps, getting outdoors and their ideas on making Cubs FUN."

National Scout Leader - Andy Smith


National Venturer Leader - Lucy Corrigan


Acting National Rover Leader - Andrew Kenny