Blog | 60 seconds with our Scout Network Commissioner

20 June 2018

Nine months into his role as SHQ Commissioner (Scout Network), Angus Gillies shares some of his plans, ideas and vision for the Scout Network Section in Scotland.

Angus Gillies


What were some of the first things you did as Scout Network Commissioner?

I have been speaking to as many Scout Network members as possible. It’s crazy how much things have changed since I was last involved with Network at a national level, so I have been learning as much as possible to make sure I’ve got a good foundation moving forward.

I have recruited a brilliant support team to help me develop Network in Scotland over the next five years. They are phenomenal and the work they have been doing behind the scenes has been brilliant. I can’t thank them enough.

What have been some of your key achievements during your time in the role so far?

I have been working out what I need to focus on and now I have this knowledge it is time to get to work! I have already started planning some adventures and opportunities across Scotland which I hope to share very soon.

What have you identified as some of your main priorities for the Network section in Scotland?

It has become very apparent that there is a need to reinvent Network camps of the past. These will be like the camps I went to as a Networker but with some subtle changes to appeal to the Networkers of today!

I know that in some parts of the country, the Network section faces a few challenges. So, to help grow Network we will be looking to support these parts of the country to overcome the issues they face. With 53 Districts in Scotland, we won’t find one solution that fits everyone, so we’re prepared to work with Districts and Regions to find the best solution for them.  

Top awards will also be a priority. I’d like to see more young people take on the fantastic Scouts of the World Award.

And I will also put in place support for anyone wishing to do their Queen’s Scout Award and Explorer Belt. I can’t do it for you, but I will do as much as I can to give Scout Network members in Scotland the best possible opportunity.

I am also excited about the new Skills for Life plan, which I strongly believe will support the development of the section. The three pillars Programme, People and Perception are the key areas for Network development.

If we enhance the programme through more events and projects this will encourage more young people to get involved. By giving greater support to Districts and Regions, the District Scout Network Commissioners (DSNCs) and Assistant Region Commissioners (ARCs) will feel valued and empowered in their roles, and in a great position to shape and support great District Networks. I am also keen to look at the image of the Network Section in Scotland, and make sure we highlight all the amazing opportunities that the Network offers young people in Scotland.

What differences can Scout Network members expect to see soon?

Networkers can expect to see more opportunities whether that be top awards opportunities, events, projects or international opportunities. Scout Network members will see more support from their local DSNC who will help to grow and shape Network in their local area. You will also see a Network Commissioner that is easily accessible and willing to listen to the issues on the ground, so I can directly help where it matters the most.

What are you most looking forward to delivering as Scout Network Commissioner?

I am most looking forward to seeing Networkers involved in more events, projects and international opportunities and eventually creating their own adventures. Someone recently told me that being the Scout Network Commissioner is a challenging job but the most rewarding and I wholeheartedly agree! I can’t wait to help provide opportunities that will leave our young people in Scotland with memories that will last a lifetime!