Meet Trish, an Assistant District Commissioner who has been a member of Scouts for 27 years


How long have you been involved with Scouts?

I have been a leader since the early eighties. Over this time I have been a part of many Groups, with Districts as far east as Kalamunda and as far north as Butler.

Were you a Youth Member?

No, but I was a Girl Guide in the seventies. I loved many aspects of the experience which included camping, the fellowship and the social and life skills that are taught to you.

Are there roles in Scouting to suit people who are interested in working with other adults rather than youth members?

Yes, there are many roles. These include Group Leaders, Group committees, and District Commissioners. Working with adults can be just as rewarding as working with youth members.

What does your current role in Scouting involve?

I am an Assistant District Commissioner (ADC). I help out the District Commissioner and I am responsible for training Leaders in the District and supporting them in their roles.

What made you decide to become a Leader of Adults (LOA)?

I have worked with kids a long time and felt I was ready for a new challenge. I also felt there needed to be more support for Leaders in training at a District Level.

What are some benefits for you of being an LOA?

I love sharing my and other Leader's experiences. I feel a sense of achievement when you watch a Leader you have supported get a warrant (the Certificate of Leadership new Leaders are issued once they finish their training).

What's the best thing about being an LOA?

Being a Leader of Adults, you are able to spend a lot of time with adults and have real conversations with them. It gives you an insider view in the running and the needs of different Groups. As an ADC you have the resources to help assist them in these needs. There is also a lot of satisfaction when someone that you have trained and supported receives their warrant.

Tell us about one of your favourite memories of being an LOA?

I have a lot of fun on the workbook days. A workbook day is an afternoon where all Leaders-to-be gather at my house with their white files (the paperwork that accompanies Leader training). We sit around my kitchen table and everyone can share ideas while we work through their paperwork. Despite what it might sound like, a lot of laughter is had as well as being able to meet many new people. It is always a successful day.

Describe yourself in three words.

I'm a networker.