David Brown (dbrown@PCUG.ORG.AU)
Wed, 22 Feb 1995 10:02:38 +1100
My name is David brown and I am new to the list. I am taking the
opportunity to introduce myself.
I am an Australian - I say that so you will forgive me for all the rest!
Sort of an explanation ;-)
I joined Scouts when I was 10 and went through Seniors and Rovers, finally
leaving Rovers when the army invited me to join...(National Service).
I returned to Scouting about 11 years ago when my eldest son's cub pack was
under threat of closure. (How many of you came in under similar
persuasion?) I ran the pack for 3 years, achieving my first wood badge. I
then started a Venturer Unit for that same group. About two years later I
moved to the south of Canberra and joined another Venturer Unit. I ran that
Unit for a further two years and gained my Venturer wood badge.
I have been interested in caving all my life (since about 16 anyway) and in
'91 I was given the job of Branch Commissioner, Rock Related Activites.
Despite a long standing tradition, I did not lose my humanity when I became
My major interest in the rock area was to up the standards. I developed a
sound course structure and formalised a training program that has become
well respected in the ACT and wider. So much so that outside organisations
such as private schools and even the military have attended some of my
courses. Needless to say I did a commissioners wood badge!
The real highlight of my time as BC was to lead the ACT Contingent on the
first Australian Scouts Expedition to Russia. This was a month long trip
where we worked with scouts in Moscow, Dubna and St Petersberg assisting
them to re-introduce scouting. I also gained great knowledge and some
Late last year I went to the Jamboree of Far Horizons in Perth and
re-discovered young people in Scouting. I had so much fun that I changed my
warrant again. I have been reborn as 'Gramps' and am now running Wirrina
Scout Troop at North Kambah Group in Tuggeranong in the Australian Capital
I am a passionate bushwalker, cross country skier (yes we do have snow in
Australia), caver and canyonier, and have tried most other outdorr pursuits.
I have strong views on getting scouts out of the hall and on giving females
the opportunities scouting has given me. I also worry a bit that Australian
Scouting is becoming too middle class and not moving quickly enough to meet
the challenges of today's youth. I am quite outspoken and from time to time
get the 'poobas' (Branch Commissioners) off side.
I intend to contibute where I can to this list and look forward to learning
from your experiences and offering support from my experiences.
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