As part of #YouShape month, Scout Network member Kimberley Clarke swapped roles for the day with Caroline Pearce, UK Contingent Leader for the 24th World Scout Jamboree. We caught up with Kimberley afterwards to hear all about her Wear Their Necker experience.
How did you first get involved with Scouting, and what is your current role?
I joined my local Scout Network, MK Network, after completing my law degree and moving back home. I thought it would be a great way to meet people the same age as myself. I have subsequently become a Leader in training at my local Scout Unit in Olney where I help every Thursday evening and some weekends. The Scouts have made paracord bracelets, done scuba diving, and taken part in community action activities, night hikes and camps.
What does ‘Youth Shaped Scouting’ mean to you?
Youth Shaped Scouting meaning the young people in Scouting get a voice and an opportunity to make decisions about Scouting, and this enables it to stay relevant to young people.
How did you first hear about Wear Their Necker, and why did you want to be involved?
I found out about Wear Their Necker from a post on the Scout Association Facebook page. I was interested in finding out about the other opportunities that Scouting offers at high levels.
What made you want to swap roles with the UK Contingent Leader?
I wanted to swap roles with the UK Contingent Leader as I am heading off to the World Scout Moot in Iceland this year and wanted to find out what is involved in planning, organising and running such a complex event with so many contingent members.
What did you hope to learn from the role swap experience?
I wanted to find out whether I would be suitable to become a UK Contingent Leader one day in the future, and what commitment the role would require.
What was the most rewarding part of the swap?
It was great to meet some of the Jamboree Executive Team for the 24th World Scout Jamboree in North America in 2019, and to speak to them about how they first got involved in Scouting. It was interesting to find out the differences between Scouting in North America and in the UK.
What was the most challenging part of the swap?
Organising myself to get there on time, especially coming all the way from Milton Keynes.
Did the swap help you learn anything?
That it takes over four years of organising and commitment from the UK Contingent Management Team to organise a single event such as a World Scout Jamboree. The great opportunities it gives to Scouting around the UK but also the world that no other organisation does.
Would you recommend other young people try the swap? Why?
Yes – it gives young people a different perspective of the effort and time that go into these large events they attend.