We are proud to publicly congratulate and applaud, John Swindells for his 60th year as a Kidsgrove Scout.
John joined the group as a Wolf Cub in 1954 and worked through the ranks achieving his Queen Scout Award in 1962. He became a leader soon after and our Group Scout Leader in 1980. He has positively influenced the lives of many young people in Kidsgrove leading over 20 international camps and many, many more across the UK.
John established the Kidsgrove Scout Marching Band as a competitive unit in the mid 1960’s and has led them to championship titles in a number of different organisations. The Kidsgrove Scout Drum and Bugle Corps now hold many British, European and International records and accolades. John has held the position of Staffordshire County Band Adviser for nine years where he has provided support locally and nationally, speaking at the Scout Association’s HQ, Gilwell Park regularly, most recently in 2012 and has been instrumental in keeping the activity current and available for all youngsters.
John organised and hosted the popular Kidsgrove Town Carnivals in the 1980’s which consisted of parades and competitions at Bathpool. He has brought revenue to the local community in hosting Band Competitions at both Clough Hall Comprehensive School and more recently Northwood Stadium.
John has been active in all areas of Scouting, including kayaking, archery, rifle shooting and he still enjoys to camp whilst supporting activities for all of our members.
His philosophy has always been to provide fun, challenging and interesting activities for all and when the sections have achieved full membership John has opened new sections so that no child has to be entered onto a waiting list.
This year sees John’s 60th year in Scouting and a change of role from Group Scout Leader to Honorary Group President.
The 1st Kidsgrove Scout Group are immensely proud of John’s service to Kidsgrove and Scouting.