The appeal of the great outdoors is one of the main attractions to Bernard Moore, our latest Pride in Mann nominee, who has been a volunteer scout leader for the past 30 years.
Nominated by his wife Bernadette but with the endorsement of many of his fellow volunteers, Mr Moore followed in the footsteps of his father who was a Scout leader before him for the same troop in Marown.
‘I was a scout myself and then when my younger brother joined I was taking him down there and ended up getting involved with being a leader,’ he said.
‘I get a lot of satisfaction out of teaching the children, anything from tying knots to bicycle maintenance to taking them to scout camps. We do a lot of stuff during the course of a year.’
When the Scouting movement celebrated its centenary recently, Mr Moore was heavily involved in taking a group from the island to visit the centenary jamboree in Essex.
Currently the Marown Scouts have about 15 to 20 active members and there are Beavers and Cubs in addition to that.
‘We are always looking for new leaders because of the time commitment,’ he said.
Mrs Moore said her husband was away for around three weeks with the scouts who attended the jamboree. She said he put in many hours organising the camping trips and also acted as quartermaster, overseeing all the scouts’ camping equipment: ‘He always seems to be towing a trailer somewhere loaded with tents and other camping things,’ she said.
As quartermaster, Mr Moore not only keeps tabs on equipment in use and in storage but he also has to make sure it is all complete and up to scratch, checking tents are in good repair and fit for purpose.
When Mr Moore, who is 53 and lives in Ramsey, is not involved in the scouting movement, he is also a volunteer coach with the Ramsey under 10s football club. He became involved when his own son was a member, getting on for 20 years ago.
‘It’s rewarding to see the kids enjoying it and they get better and better as the weeks go by, he said.
Mr Moore was nominated in the Community and Voluteers category of the awards which are sponsored by the Steam Packet Company.
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