Meet Keith…

Keith Coote is a newly appointed Local Training Manager. We caught up with Keith to find out a little more…

Brief history into your scouting career

I was an Akela at the 1st Tower Hamlets in the 1980’s but family life took over and apart from helping at a pack in Tottenham for a short while I did not return to scouting.

I moved to Norfolk from Enfield in 2016 and my granddaughters joined the 2nd Runcton Holme and Watlington Beavers and Cubs. My son Jim became a Beaver Leader and I was asked to be the Group Exec Chair. Whilst at conference this year I heard of the vacancy for local training manager. I expressed an interest and the rest is history.

Who inspires you and why?

Francis of Assisi – Francis was born into a comfortable life. He was a soldier and a prisoner of war.

He gave up the rich life to help others. He developed a close affinity to nature and animals.

He set up two religious orders, one for men and one for women.

If you were stuck on a desert island – what one of each of these would you take and why:

Book – The Bible (a modern version like The Message))

CD – James Taylor’s greatest hits

Camp Gadget – Leatherman multi-tool

Sweet – Wine Gums

What are you most looking forward to in your new role (no more than 50 words)?

Meeting with Leaders in Scouting across the District and County.

Supporting those who are providing good leadership to the young people of Norfolk.

Ensuring that any unnecessary waiting time is reduced to allow Leaders to achieve their full potential and be equipped with the skills they need as volunteers in Scouting.


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