Novocastrian scout lifer leads the way 

THE preparation that goes into catering a dinner for more than 10,000 people is huge feat.

Imagine doing it in the peak of summer for 10 days straight for thousands of hungry teenagers.

While he might not be cooking, organising dinner for starving scout members is both a passion and reality for self-confessed lifelong scout Bill Brown.

No longer in the running for the many badges and awards on offer, Mr Brown has spent the better part of two decades volunteering his time, and now as the Hunter and Coastal Scouts regional liaison leader.

Mr Brown ensures that growing men and women across the Hunter have an opportunity to learn a range of life and adventure-type skills.

This follows on from his efforts "back in the day", which saw him win a string of important badges, most notably the Queen's Scout award.

"I can't see myself ever leaving the scouts," Mr Brown said.

"Giving back to the community and teaching the skills that scouts taught me is an easy and enjoyable way to do it.

"Volunteering in a leadership position at the scouts is a viable and current way of imparting values to young community members."

These values were highlighted most recently after months and countless hours were put in to ensure the 23rd Australian Jamboree, which was held in Maryborough, Queensland, in January, was a success.

The Jamboree saw thousands of young men and women rally together and develop their skills in cleaning, cooking and preparing meals, as well as indulging in bush walks, canoeing and other recreational adventure activities.

For Mr Brown, being a scout is more than just a hobby, it is a lifestyle.

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