Robert Smith has been involved with Scouting for 50 years and a leader for 40 of those in the same group. He has dedicated his life to children in the local area, inspiring them in a love for the outdoors and everything Scouting.
What has been your journey so far?
My scouting journey started in June 1971 when I joined Cub Scouts at 1st Sutton (Wirral) with the wonderful Thelma Stockton as leader. My Mum and Auntie tell the story that Thelma came to our house and they both told her that I could go but I wouldn’t stick at it! I went on to Scouts and Venture Scouts before becoming a leader in 1981. The rest is history and I haven’t left the group since.
What have been the biggest obstacles you have encountered?
The main obstacle is probably time management in ensuring I can give each young person the attention they need to achieve their potential.
Who inspired you to find courage and determination in the tough times?
My parents gave me the most amazing support to carry on through the most challenging times.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you so far?
The most important thing I have learned in my life is that respect has to be earned and never demanded. I also strongly believe that the basic needs of young people has not changed over time e.g. outdoor fun and learning, back to basics skills and life skills.