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Richard PowellGroup Scout Leader (GSL)
Debra BaughBeaver Scout Leader
Deb has been involved with uniformed youth organisations for the majority of her life. Staring in Girl Guides and later leading a combined Guide and Scout section at just 21 years old. Luckily for us (sorry Guides), she joined us to take charge of our youngest section, just before her son (Alex) was about to join. Alex is now one of our Scout leaders! Away from the Beaver section she has been heavily involved in our fundraising and is the friendly face at the gate during our largest event in September every year.
Deb has worked at Alder Coppice primary school in both the upper and lower schools until she retired in 2019. However, she still provides her immense experience with residential activities to the school when they are required.
Scouting continues to be one of the most rewarding aspects of Deb’s life. She takes great satisfaction in seeing the personal growth of the children as they go through Scouting; endeavouring to provide them with positive experiences that give them the skills and belief to continue into Cubs and beyond.
Helen WhitehouseCub Scout Leader
Helen was first involved with Walsall Leo’s and then West Bromwich Lions Club which is part of an international service organisation Lions Clubs International. During her 20 years helping the Lions, she took on the roles of Treasurer, Secretary, and President whilst serving the local community. After moving to Dudley, she became involved with the Girls Brigade, after her daughter joined, and was a leader for the Junior Section until 2014.
In 2002 she became involved with 1st Sedgley Scouts following her son joining Beavers. After volunteering as an occasional helper in the Cub section, Helen completed her Wood Badge (Scout Leader Training) and became an Assistant Leader. Taking over the role of Akela, Cub Scout leader in 2015 she now co-ordinates our entire Cub program. However, Helen’s influence extends beyond 1st Sedgley in her role of mentoring Young Leaders (aged 14-17) across all the Scout Groups in Dudley.
Both of her children went through Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and became Scout Leaders. She believes the Scouting Movement has not only been hugely beneficial for her son and daughter but also herself. Helen enjoys witnessing the young people grow and become confident, inquisitive, and thoughtful throughout their time as Cubs. Her leadership prepares each of them with the skills for life, obtainable only through adventurous and creative activities, ready for their progression to the Scout section.