We have exciting news! This summer has been a busy one at ScoutsCymru, we have been recruiting new volunteers to add to Team Cymru. We are extremely excited to have two of our Young People join our team of commissioners! We would like to introduce you to Callum Jones, who is 20 and one of our two new Youth Commissioners!

We caught up with Callum to learn a little about him and his new role.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from East Sussex but I moved to Aberystwyth for university.

Are you studying/working?

I’m currently studying Zoology.

How long have you been a Scout?

I have been a Scout since I was six years old.

Why did you want to become involved in Scouting?

Both my father and grandfather have been involved in Scouting for most of their lives, so it was natural for me to follow in their footsteps. One of my first memories is singing campfire songs under a tarpaulin in the pouring rain at summer camp!

What will your role as Youth Commissioner involve?

I will be working with other Youth Commissioners across areas and Districts to help make Scouting across Wales as youth shaped as possible.

What do you hope to achieve in your new role and for Scouting in Wales?

We will work to empower as many young people as possible to decide, plan and run their programs, camps and activities regardless of their age. We also want to make sure at least 80% of areas and districts have youth commissioners and all Scouts Cymru events will have a significant youth involvement.

What attracted you to becoming a YC?

I was originally attracted to becoming a Youth Commissioner because I really believe in the ideas behind ‘youshape’ and I think that it is something that should be as integral to a young person’s experience of the movement as camping is. Becoming a Youth Commissioner was a way to make great changes for future generations of Scouts.

What’s the best bit about being a Scout?

The best thing about being a Scout is definitely camping. Nothing beats waking up on a slightly chilly, dewy morning to the sound of sheep or birds or people chatting and cooking breakfast.