Today marks a new era for Leicestershire Scouts, with our first female County Commissioner. To mark this landmark occasion, the County Young Media Team were sent out to interview the successful candidate. With lots of improvements and changes to come, Carol Black is excited about entering her new role.
Having experience from every section, and as a Group Scout Leader and District Commissioner, there are very few more qualified for this role. To start with, we found out the answer to the question everyone wanted to know – Custard Creams or Bourbons? The answer was… “Custard Creams!” So if any of you would like Carol to come to any of your meetings, be sure to bring along a packet!
Moving to a more serious note, her “number one priority” is to look after the new District Commissioners. With 10 years of experience as DC under her belt, she knows of the challenges that a manager in Scouting can face, and is the perfect line for support. Looking towards Vision 2018, she would like to see more under 25’s take up roles within the County, mirroring the key roles but still with real influence on decisions. Carol also wants to introduce a Youth Forum to the County to give young people more of a voice.
Carol Black is looking forward to progressing in her new role of County Commissioner, however she also plans to stay close to her own group, still leading at her Cub Pack, ensuring that she will never forget “this is what we do for fun”.
Carols best experience to date was going Kandersteg. These amazing experiences are something she wishes to bring to the County.
As her new role focuses on adult support, she plans to help develop the training within the County. This includes the current Young Leaders Scheme, which is starting to impact more at group level, with Adult Leaders realising how much of an asset the Young Leaders are. She hopes to use the Young Leaders more across the County.
The next four years are an exciting time for the Movement, and with Carol at the County’s helm, we certainly wont miss out!