The back end January and into February was a busy one for the 12th Scout Troop as they worked towards their Media and Marketing Relations Badge
First they were asked to list important people local to them, and after some thought came up with a list, taking that list on we invited the following
Richard Chambers (Darlington District Commissioner)
Joanne Hennessy (Durham Growth and Development Officer)
Jenny Chapman (MP For Darlington)
Andrew Stobart (Rev. at Elm Ridge Church)
Jaqui (A Scouts Mum, (Everyone’s Mum is important ! to them))
Neil ( An Iron Man - Local to Darlington)
Now knowing the list of people they had to interview came the difficult bit of putting the questions together.
Should we ask Jenny Chapman what her favourite sandwich is? or should we ask whats her take on Brexit ? Has our District Commissioner met Baden Powell? Does Joanne know what the Future of Scouting is for Darlington. What does the Rev. have for breakfast ? Does an Iron Man eat plenty of Spinach ? and most of all is it Cool ! having a Son in Scouting ? all these questions and no answers.
The Scouts were put to work on their questions, and through painful thinking (it's hard to think of questions you know? Were some comments form Scouts) a lot of sighing and gritted teeth we got our questions for our Guests.
The day came and the interrogation tables and lights were put out, I mean the Interview tables and chairs. Our guests arrived and Tea and Biscuits were provided to put the DC in a good mood. After a quick flag break the Grilling (Interviews) began.
The following are some of the Facts that the Scouts found out during the interviews
Richard Our District Commissioner
The Scouts at the 12th found out he was a Scout as a child and is better at Map Reading and Orienteering than Pioneering, he likes to go Camping and really likes Confido, and is yet to attend an International camp, and hasn't met Bear Grylls yet. The most famous person he has met is Face from the A-Team. Apparently this answer got a stone face look from the Scouts, and our DC had to explain that “ If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.”
Joanne Hennessey Growth & Development Officer
Joanne has only been in post for 3 months at time if interview, she was a Brownie as a young child, and her most embarrassing moment was Stuck in a Toilet ? (well that was a answer to a question), Joanne previously worked at Mowden Rugby Club, and likes Netball, Running and walking her dog.
Jenny Chapman MP for Darlington
Before Jenny was a MP she was a full time mum, and worked for a MP, when she was a Child girls couldnt join Scouts. Jenny has met Teresa May, the part of the job she likes is meeting people, and wanted to be a journalist as a child. She also learnt the piano and this year will be taking part in the London Marathon in aid if Darlington Mind
Rev. Andrew Stobart
We found out our Rev. at Elm Ridge is related to Eddie Stobart the Truck owner. His favourite teaching is “Forgiveness” and the best part of his job is meeting people, he did well at school and it takes 17 years to become a vicar. He likes all types of music, but likes Punk and Shed 7
Neil - Iron Man
Neil gets up at 5:40 to go swimming before going to work, he follows up with a routine of Running and Cycling, he's entered many competitions and entered the IronMan competition in Hawaii, he likes many sports and as a child wanted to be a footballer.
Jaqui our Important MUM
Jaqui is a mother of 3 Children, and juggles being a mum and a job in an office. As a Child she wanted to be an astronaut. Jaqui’s typical day is getting up at 6:30 sorting out breakfast and getting the children ready for school (involves Shouting?!). Off to work and telling William (Scout) that its past his bedtime
There were many more questions and answers but to many to report on.
We even got a piece in the Northern Echo
Radio Stars ?
The 12th Followed this up with a visit to a local radio station where the recorded their interest in Scouting & some music.
If you have time follow this link and there will be 36 mins of Scouting Radio Adventure
Above all the Scouts had a blast and earned their well deserved Badge