Group Scout Leader
My name is Paul Tozer. I am the Group Scout Leader at the 1st Harrow Weald Group.
I joined the 8th Ruislip Cub Pack at the age of 7, went through Cubs and Scouts and attained the 1st Class Scout badge at the age of about 15. During this time, the 8th Ruislip became Sea Scouts, and I learned to sail on Ruislip Lido. We also raced canoes (kayaks) and I was canoe champion at Longridge when I was 15. Our main competition, however, was the Devizes to Westminster canoe race (125 miles with 77 portages). I never did well in that – it was usually won by the army. I then became a Cub Instructor, and eventually ACM (Assistant Cubmaster). We camped for 10 days every year, usually packing our gear into canoes and paddling down a river.
Unfortunately, I was on Ruislip Gardens Station, which overlooked our hut, going to an interview for University, when I saw that the hut was on fire. Following the fire, the 8th Ruislip and 7th Ruislip combined to form the 15th Ruislip but, by that time, I was in Aberystwyth University.
When I graduated, I returned to live in Harrow, and answered an advertisement asking for Scout Leaders and so, in 1973, I joined the 1st Harrow Weald as ASL.
Since then, I have been SL of the 1st Harrow Weald, GSL of the 1st Kingsbury, then ASL, and now GSL, of the 1st Harrow Weald. In all, I have been a Scout Leader for over 50 years. (One day, perhaps, headquarters will catch up with that and give me the 50 bar.) I organised, or helped to organise camps every year, and many other activities. We even took the older Scouts flying.
During my Scouting career, I have spent hundreds of nights under canvas, and I still prefer the Nijer patrol tents to modern tunnels, even if they do take longer to pitch.
Away from Scouts, I have crewed for a friend of mine with a yacht, when he circumnavigated England, then a year later, around Ireland. I also crewed the support boat and fed a channel swimmer in a (failed) attempt to swim the channel. (The swimmer was stung in the mouth by a jellyfish.) I now have a small boat of my own.
Justin comes from South Africa, where he attended Cubs then become a Sea Scout. He achieved many awards, such as First Class Scout, Patrol Leader, and later on becoming a Scout Master at the age of 18. He has traveled extensively in Africa and the Middle East, including Borneo and India, and some parts of Europe.
He is a qualified Master Diver and Medic and has been on numerous survival training courses. He has attended a Ray Mears course, and applies the skills he learnt to teach Scouts. He has also served in the British Army.
He has been scouting in the UK since 2005.
Justin enjoys all things outdoors, including wildlife. He enjoys extreme sport and rugby. He has amazing Scout knowledge and loves the great outdoors.
Assistant Scout Leader
Tracy has been in the scouting movement for 15 years and has run a succesful Cub pack for most of it. She has recently moved into the Scouting section to help her husband Justin to grow the group.
She has travelled extensively all over the globe, from Europe to the Caribbean and Malaysia. Tracy is a fantastic cook and is regularly seen at camps cooking up some fantastic meals for the Scouts.
She loves wildlife, especially birds of prey.
Assistant Scout Leader
Tom has been in Scouting ever since joining 1st Harrow Weald Scouts at the age of 12. He began training as an adult leader as soon as he turned 18, after 4 years as a young leader varying between the Beaver Colony and Scout Troop. His favourite activity in Scouting is camping, having travelled to Gibraltar, Kandersteg, Jersey and Edinburgh.
Thomas studied Law at the University of Portsmouth and is currently our Assistant Scout Leader (ASL) on Friday nights, and he is also involved with Duke of Edinburgh training for our group and district.
Dirk was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and first joined his local cub group in Harare in 1980. Much of
his childhood was spent on the Zambezi River and on Kariba where he developed a love of the outdoors and nature. His favourite place on earth is in a game park in the south of Zimbabwe called
Gona-re-Zhou (the land of elephants) on the edge of the Runde River with the beautiful Chilojo Cliffs towering above.
Dirk arrived in the UK in 1996 and after quite a bit of travelling settled down in Harrow Weald. He started helping out at the cub group in 2017 and then took on the Cub Leader role when his predecessor Ian left to go home to New Zealand. He absolutely loves working with the cubs as they learn a whole host of new skills. Team building and team work games are at the core of the programme, as well as camp fires, roasting marshmellows and campfire songs!
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