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As Scouts, we believe in preparing young people with skills for life. We encourage our young people to do more, learn more and be more.

Sadly due to the current Covid pandemic we are unable to run face to face Scouting meetings, events and camps.

Some groups are running online meetings and we are starting to look at a return to face to face in very small groups.

More details can be given by your Group.

Following the sad news of the sudden death of our Friend and Scouter, Pete Kearley, we are creating a memories book. If you wish to send a memory and some photos, please email memories@tacehamhundred.org.uk

Pete was, first and foremost, a Scouter. By which, I mean that he knew how to encourage and nurture the development of practical Scouting and life skills in young people. His infectious enthusiasm, vast experience and firm but caring style created a sound foundation and abiding memories for the thousands of Scouts that he led, encouraged and supported over almost half a century. Several people who we have heard from this last week - now in their twenties, thirties and even forties - still remember him as Skip, or as the Leader who taught them to shoot a bow and arrow.

But Pete was also a Leader of Leaders, first as a great District Commissioner for Thatcham and then providing support, encouragement and ideas for new Leaders and new Groups as a Training Manager and as a Deputy Commissioner with my wife Caroline. He also made many friends further afield in Berkshire and at National Scout events. I know that one of his fondest memories was welcoming many of the 30,000 young people that came from around the world to the 2007 Centenary Scout Jamboree in Essex. Pete was responsible for the main entrance to the Jamboree site and I will never forget finding him late one night – or perhaps very early one morning – with a collection of late arrivals from around the globe sheltering from the pouring rain in his welcome marquee at that entrance.

A life of memories, of developing young people to take their place in society and supporting other Leaders in doing their best to grow Scouting.

Our sadness can be eased in the knowledge that Pete made such a difference to the lives of so many young people by his care and devotion. Rest In Peace dear friend.