I was a Cub and Scout in my native New Zealand and came back to Scouting as a leader in Potters Bar when I heard of a need for more adults.
I truly value the life skills and confidence Scouting gave to me as a child, and I wanted to be sure those opportunities were there for my children.
My role as District Commissioner is to manage other volunteer leaders in the District to ensure good quality Scouting is available for children and adults alike.
I have been involved in Scouting since 1964 as a young person in Potters Bar & District, becoming a Leader in 1976. I have been a Scout Leader, Group Scout Leader, Assistant District Commissioner (Scouts), Assistant County Commissioner (Scouts), National Scout Team Member and County World Scout Jamboree Leader (WSJ 1995 – The Netherlands). Lots of valuable experience but I still believe that the Movements greatest assets are our young people. We lead and empower them but it is their ability to use this training to accept the challenges we give them and their ability to make things happen that is what makes Scouting the great organisation that it is today. Our Young People are the greatest advert that we can produce.
My name is Margaret Roper and I have been part of Scouting in Potters Bar for almost 30 years. I was Beaver Leader for 10 years at 5th PB then a District Scouter for 2 years before taking on the ADC role in February 2000.
I am the Local Training Manager for the District and oversee the training of new leaders and support existing leaders in their ongoing learning.
I am also on the Appointments Committee which interviews prospective new leaders and those members wishing to change roles. As part of the DART (District Adult Recruitment Team) I assist in the recruitment of adults to help maintain existing sections or to start new sections within a group.
Having grown up passing through the ranks of the 5th Potters Bar Scout Group, I became a leader with the Group’s Scout Troop at age 18 and then ran the Tartan Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit following my return from University in 2011. I am honoured to have been made a Queen Scout in 2015, following completion of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.
In 2008, I represented the United Kingdom at the International Scouting and Humanitarian Aid Conference in the United Arab Emirates and have attended a number of the fantastic international expeditions on offer within Scouting. In 2018, I will be part of the leadership team on a National Explorer Belt Expedition to Oman.
Scouting is a bright light in a world which can be particularly daunting for young people. Our business is in building confidence, skills and friendships and so I am proud to be ensuring that 14 to 18 year olds within the District have a very beneficial Scouting experience.