I’m really it’s Monday, the main reason because it means its another edition ofCampfire Chat. I love this section and it’s so nice getting to know Scout Volunteers from around the world and this week we head to Leicester in England.

If you haven’t joined in with Campfire Chat before it’s a weekly online interview celebrating Scouting. From Leaders, to County Commissioners to volunteers the other side of the world, every Monday we share a few minutes to discuss Scouts!

So, if you would like to take part in next week’s Campfire Chat, drop me an email.

Campfire Chat with… Andy Stone


What’s your Scouting Role and how long have you been involved with Scouts for?

I am an ACSL, assistant cub scout leader, for my main role, but also workshare the ADC Cubs role, and am a shooting instructor as well. Currently approaching 5 years in formal post, however, I did 2 years as an occasional helper before I decided to take up scouting on a “full time” basis 

Name 1 random fact about yourself.

I Sometimes worry that I like sitting round a campfire a bit too much!


Where you in the scouting movement yourself when you were a child?

Yes, I was a scout, but unfortunately my group couldn’t offer the venture scouting opportunity so my childhood scouting experience was restricted. 

Are you a Camper or glamper?

Absolutely a camper, love to spend time out in the woods, however, I do love my pop-up tents!

What do you always take with you on camp? I’m not talking about the essentials such as tent, sleeping bag.

Good friends! I am fortunate enough to work with great friends in scouting and this makes the whole experience a joy. 


What is the best piece of advice you can give to fellow Scout leader?

Enjoy it!! Scouting is meant to be fun for everyone concerned – make sure that you find the enjoyment in it, it rubs off on the kids! If they see you having fun, then they invariably have fun too!


How do you relax/ spend your ‘free time?

Chilling in my garden sat next to my fire pit with a beer in hand, and generally being outdoors in the sunshine!


What’s your funniest Scouting memory?

Way too many things to pick out a favourite, however, it makes me laugh that on a daily basis, and often on multiple occasions, Cubs still scream across the campsite that they can’t find their socks!


Where is your favourite place to camp?

John’s Lee Wood Scout campsite in Leicestershire, it’s an unspoilt woodland with all the amenities, close enough to civilisation to get in and out without any major issues, yet far enough away to be “away from civilisation”.


If you could have dinner with anyone? Dead or alive, who would it be?

Adam Ant! Despite being in his sixties, the man still rocks a stage and has fun doing it! Big respect to anyone who gets to spend their life doing a job that they clearly love and enjoy, and he interacts with his fans and clearly wants them to enjoy his shows too!


Thank you to Andy  for agreeing to be interviewed by me. 

If you would like to take pat in next week’s Campfire Chat please drop me an email titled “Campfire Chat”