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Anthony Dakin - ALVAR Troop Scout Leader ( Monday)
Sept 2010 to Present (previously ASL 1972 to 2010)

Anthony started his Scouting in 1960, as a Cub in the 26th Sutton Coldfield Cub Pack (Birmingham), where he gained proficiency badges and the old Leaping Wolf - at that

time one of the highest Cub awards. At the age of 11 he joined their Scout Group.

In 1967 with his parents, he moved to Ware and joined 1st Great Amwell Scouts. He participated in many competitions and became Patrol leader of Bulldogs. In 1970, he moved to the recently formed Lygean Venture Scouts Anthony walkingUnit, before returning in 1971, as an Instructor to Great Amwell Scouts. In 1972, he became an Assistant Scout Leader and over the next few years completed Leadership training and gained his Wood Badge in 1975.

Anthony has in the past specialised in canoeing activities, such a white water racing, canoe polo and canoe surfing. He has built many fibreglass canoes and in the mid 1970's was a key team member organising canoe activities, training events and demonstrations to promote canoeing within Ware scouts groups


In 1978 Anthony joined an American Scout group while working in California for 5 months. He exchanging knowledge of running scout camps and events with Long Beach Troop 74

Anthony also enjoys teaching key scouting activitiesAnthony in uniform such as hill walking, pioneering and camping skills. Over his scouting service he has attended many weekend events and summer camps and has lead numerous groups across challenging countryside in North Wales, Derbyshire, Scotland and England

In June 2010, Anthony was asked to lead and set up a new ALVAR Troop to cater for our expanding numbers. This also involved recruiting and training a new enthusiastic leader team.

In December 2018, Anthony was asked to take on the Group Scout Leader (GSL) role at 1st Thorley (St James) Scout Group, Bishop's Stortford. Thorley GSLThe Group had not had a permanent GSL for many years. Thorley Scout group is much larger than Great Amwell, with 2 Beaver colonies, 3 Cub packs and 2 Scout Troops. In total there are 200 young members enjoying scouting looked after by 60 Adult Leaders and Young Leaders. Anthony is still continuing his scouting role at Great Amwell Scout Troop.