A dedicated teenager has spoken of her pride and delight after becoming the Scout movement’s youngest District Commissioner in the UK.
And now, Beth Wyld is making an appeal for volunteers to join the ‘truly rewarding’ organisation to help change the lives of young people in the area.
The 19-year-old, who lives besides the New Moor House Crossroads where the A697 meets the Alnwick-Rothbury road, was appointed District Commissioner for Mid-Northumberland District Scouts.
It is a culmination of her commitment and love for the movement and she has described becoming the youngest District Commissioner in the UK as an honour.
Her time in the Scouts has been rewarding, travelling to Africa, completing young leader training, achieving her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and securing the highest accolade in Scouting – the Queen Scout Award.
And she hopes that her experiences will inspire others to come on board to give more youngsters the chance to experience Scouting.
Beth, who is doing a degree in animal sciences at Newcastle University, said: “Scouting is my passion and I would not be the person I am today had I not had the opportunity and experience that this incredible organisation has given me. Because of this, I feel so strongly about giving the same to others, but I can’t do it on my own. Scouting in Mid-Northumberland provides many incredible opportunities to young people in our communities, with our district ranging between Felton, Alnwick, Rothbury, Longhoughton, Amble and everywhere in between. We currently have members planning an expedition to the Czech Republic.
“The potential to change the lives of young people and the opportunity to enable these incredible experiences is enormous within our district, but we need your help. It is an understatement to say it is a privilege to see the joy and happiness on the faces of Beavers tearing down the beach scavenging for treasure, right through to the pride of an Explorer receiving their gold Duke of Edinburgh from Royalty at St James’s Palace. There is a role to suit everyone and volunteering in our district is flexible – we appreciate anything you can give. No experience is required because full training and support is given. So many young people already benefit from scouting in mid-Northumberland, but there are many that don’t, so let’s work together to make this opportunity available to all.”
A drop-in session takes place on Friday, May 13, at St James’s URC Church Centre, on Pottergate, Alnwick, from 7.30pm until 9pm for people to find out more. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org