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 Kris Hall, who is 21 and one of our two new Youth Commissioners!

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

Where are you from?

I’m from Connah’s Quay in Flintshire, North Wales.

Are you studying/working?

I work in Pizza Express.

How long have you been a Scout?

I have been a Scout since I was six years old, so for 15 years.

Why did you want to become involved in Scouting?

I initially joined Scouts because I wanted to gain new skills and make new friends. My two older brothers were Scouts at the time and my Mum and Grandma were also in Girl Guides, so it was a family tradition. I have Dyslexia so I struggled during my time in school, but Scouting provided me with so much support, so I wanted be able to give the same type of support to other young people.

What will your role as Youth Commissioner involve?

In my role I will be supporting the District and Area Youth commissioners and the Youth Commissioner team in Wales. I will be visiting as many Sections across Wales as possible to support everyone involved in Scouting, ensuring that our fantastic young people have input in shaping their Scouting adventure.

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

I would like to see more young people having a real say in their Scouting by taking the lead and helping them to feel empowered, enthusiastic and proud that their voice is powerful.

What attracted you to becoming a YC?

I wanted to be able to give back and ensure that our young people are heard and are given the opportunity to develop team building, leadership and communication skills. I also wanted to support the adult volunteers who do such an amazing job.

What’s the best bit about being a Scout?

The best bit about being a Scout is how we are constantly evolving as an organisation but always ensuring that the key aspects that Lord Baden Powell founded Scouting upon are at the forefront of what we do. The opportunities that Scouting provide you with are amazing, from gaining skills that help you throughout your life to going on your first international adventure – Scouting is an open book you never know what’s on the next page.