Cub Leaders

Our Cub leaders are a truly amazing team: multi-talented and enthusiastic, they work hard to bring us an exciting programme of Cub activities each term.  Our leaders undergo training through the Scouts Association, are first-aid trained and DBS checked.  Find out more about them below…

 

Adrian Mullen (Assistant Leader, Wednesday - ‘Kaa’): Adrian works as a self-employed general builder and is a father of two small children.  He joined the group in January 2013 as an Assistant Beaver Leader and now helps to lead the Hyena Cub pack.   "I really enjoyed my time as a Scout and have many happy memories of taking my three younger brothers along.  Throughout my time at Scouts I was awarded the Queen's Scout Award and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award.  I am working through the training programme and enjoying finding my feet!"

 

Ali Garwood (Assistant Leader), Wednesday: Ali is a mum of two, works part-time as a bookkeeper for a local space planning company. In 2010 she joined as an occasional helper, supporting the new leaders with the administration and organisation of the evenings.  The ‘occasional’ part turned very quickly into ‘every week’ and she is now an official Assistant Cub Leader, completing the scouting training in 2014.  After four years with Cubs she moved over to help out in the Scout section for the majority of 2015. Due to changes in roles for some Leaders she is now back with Cubs and loving it!

 

 Sandie Mann (Leader, Wednesday): Sandie works as an administrator with an independent fostering company. She originally joined us as a volunteer with her nephew who was already a Beaver  but enjoyed her time with the Thursday Beavers so much she started to undertake her training as an Assistant Leader.   When the previous Beaver Scout Leader left in the summer of 2014, Sandie took over as leader for both colonies, leading on Friday nights and joining Thursday when required. In 2019 Sandie moved up to be a Cub Leader and says  "I love my nights in Scouting it is fun, very noisy and busy but thoroughly enjoyable.  What better way to spend an evening!" 


 

 

Simon Robinson (Cub Leader), Friday: Simon's first public appearance for the Scouting Movement was in about 1977 when 1st Broughton Brownies had a trip to Scunthorpe Fire Station which featured on Look North news.  Brown Owl (aka Mum) then decided Cubs would be a better fit for him and he stayed within Scouting until his late teens. A pincer movement by Claire Stone (Scout Leader) and Zoe Richardson (ex-Lindfield Beaver Leader) brought him back into Scouting in 2014.  So far, "it's a lot more fun than I expected it to be and immensely satisfying seeing how the cubs develop during the 2 and a bit years they're with us". Simon has two sons, currently in Lindfield Cubs and Scouts.  In between Scouting activities and being a dad, Simon tries to squeeze in a few hours at his day job as an actuary.

Jo Broom (Assistant Cub Leader, Friday): Jo joined 1st Lindfield in September 2017 when her previous Scout Group didn't have a Scout Troop for her son to move up into after Cubs.  So she brought herself and Thomas over to 1st Lindfield so that Thomas could continue with Scouting. She has a daughter who is a cub with another pack and she loves it as much as her son. Jo wasn’t involved in guiding or scouting before she became a leader so would say to anyone who regrets not getting involved when they were younger, it’s not too late to join.  When Jo's not being a mum and Cub Leader she volunteers as an adviser at the Citizens Advice bureau.

 

 

 


 

 

 

The team say…

“We love every minute of cubs, the planning for the term is exciting, the evenings are great fun and watching the cubs grow in confidence and learn new skills is what it is all about. We run a lot of activities based on team-work so that they learn to work together to complete the task: a very useful life skill! There is a huge amount that goes on ‘behind the scenes’ but it is all worth it when the cubs have an arm full of badges and a smile on their faces.

We all work so well as a leadership team, we have wonderful enthusiastic cubs and supportive parents.  What an amazing combination!”