Hi I’m Lewis,
I have been in scouting now for 18 years starting out in 3rd Wokingham Cubs. I am currently an Assistant Explorer Leader and the Berkshire County climbing assessor. 3rd Wokingham have given me some fantastic memories and amazing opportunities which gave me the tools and skills to to do some of the things I do today.
My proudest achievement was to achieve my Queen Scout Award in 2016. Having all the elements come together and culminate in the Award and the day of celebration was fantastic (even got to shake Bear Grylls hand and have him wish me well done!)
Something that is a massive part of my life is climbing and mountaineering. I’ve been climbing for many years now and gained both my RCI (rock climbing instructor) and ML (mountain leader award). My passion for these activities started through Scouts and has now continued so that I am now a fully qualified climbing and mountaineering instructor.
My advice to anyone reading this would be take every opportunity you have to get involved in things. When I first started climbing I hated heights but I have gone on to climb all over the UK and even climbed Mont Blanc in 2018. Make the most of every moment because anything is possible if you try hard enough!
At the summit of Mont Blanc in 2018. Lewis is the one in blue!
In 2017 we were awarded the Mike Nightingale Development Award for being the most proactive Group within the District.
We currently have 2 Beaver Colonies, 2 Cub Packs and 1 Scout Troop. We are also home to the Red Kites Explorer Unit and the District Young Leaders Unit.
Back in 1979 one of our Leaders – Brian Greenham along with Tim Cornish broke the non-stop course record for the Devizes to Westminster canoe race. This record still stands nearly 40 years later at 15 hours 34 minutes. Brian is at the front in this photograph.