The Scout Association announced this week that Manx Scout Izzy Dorman has been appointed UK Scout Network Commissioner. Izzy will be reporting directly to the Deputy UK Commissioner for Programme (14-25) and will be responsible for shaping, organising and promoting Scout Network projects and activities. ‘Giving all 18-25 year old’s in scouting opportunities and adventures. Whether they are leaders or have never been members, live in rural Scotland or inner city Manchester (or even on an Island like ours),’ Izzy said.
Izzy has been a Scout since she was 11, and says she fell in love with Scouts as soon as she walked into her Scout Hut! She has since gone on to be Beaver Scout Leader and Assistant Scout leader for 1st Malew, and is a member of the Ellan Vannin Scout Network. It ‘is run by our Island Network Commissioner Adam Killip. Being 22 myself, I am still in the Network age bracket and Ellan Vannin Scout Network gives me the opportunity to be a member and leave all the hard work to Adam!’
She explains: ‘The UK Scout Network gives even more young adults like me the opportunity to join in and have exciting adventures, international experiences and the opportunity to give something back. It will be the base for some of the bigger projects as well as being somewhere Network members from all over the country can join together to achieve awards and have adventures. Network provides the opportunity to achieve awards, such as the Queens Scout Award and the Explorer Belt, gain valuable skills and join with others to have some incredible adventures. ‘
Scout Network is just one of five sections for girls, boys, men and women aged 6 to 25. There are groups all over the island, but unfortunately most groups and sections have waiting lists because of a shortage of volunteers.
Chief Scout Bear Grylls said, ‘One of my big missions is to encourage people who have the time, enthusiasm and ability, whatever it is, to put something back into their communities. It’s about a lot of people doing a little. I don’t want to hear any more about kids who can’t join because of a lack of leaders. We’ve got a brilliant, talented people here and I want some of that talent to be used to support young people.’
‘I encourage anyone in the age bracket to give Scout Network a go,’ says Izzy. ‘The opportunities to be gained are incredible!’ Visit manxscouts.com/get-involved and find out about the Ellan Vannin Scout Network. Come and join the adventure.