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I started Scouting as a Beaver Scout in London, Ontario in 1985 at the age of 5 years old. In 1987, my family moved to Dorchester, Ontario a small community, 10 minutes east of London. Where I continued to participate in Scouting from Beaver Scout all the way through to Rover Scout. Between 1995-1996, I was a member of the Reginal Youth Council and was the Youth President for Thames Valley District. Between 1998 - Present, I have been a Member of both 1st Dorchester Group Committee and Camp BEL, Camp Committee. Between 1993 - Present, I have been volunteering at the Dorchester International Brotherhood Camporee (DIBC), which is the largest annual scout age camp in Canada with approximately 3000-4000 campers per year. Currently, at DIBC I manage the Camp Store. Between 1997 - Present, I have been volunteering off and on at the Dorchester International Cub Camporee (DICC). This Cub Scout age event is one of the largest annual Cub camps in Ontario with approximately 1000-1500 campers per year. For the past 10 years, I have been volunteering as Monkey Sub-Camp Chief. In 1998, I co-created a Venturer Scout-age event called Genesis Ventmoot for, over the past 20 years, I have been the Camp Chief. Currently, Genesis is one of the largest annual Venturer age camps in Canada with over 600 campers per year. In 1999, I was part of the planning committee for an International Summer Jamboree at Camp BEL called Amarkaro, it brought together scouts from as far away as the United Kingdom, and I was in charge of the Environmental Program. Between 2012-2014, I was the Mindaamin Area Deputy Commissioner for Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts. In 2014, I was appointed as Area Commissioner for Mindaamin Area. Between 2016 - Present, I have been volunteering at Buckys Beaveree, as the mascot Bucky. This year (2019), I am part of the planning committee for the HOHO Camp at Camp BEL, which is a camp to host contingents from the United Kingdom after they have been to the World Jamboree in West Virginia. 1st Dorchester and Camp BEL also host smaller non-camping events. Since 2014, I have been apart of the planning committee for a Summer Community Carnival and Touch a Truck Event, which brings hundreds of youth and families from the surrounding area to learn more about Scouting. Also, Since 2018, I have been apart of the planning committee for the Earth Day Community Camp Fire, which is held at Camp BEL. This event helps promote the environmental aspects of Scouting to the public and Scouting Campfire traditions. As a Scout, I was able to travel across Canada and around the World. In 1993, our Scout Troop traveled to Kananaskis, Alberta for the 8th Canadian Scout Jamboree. In 1995, our Venturer Company along with the Scout Troop traveled to Tennessee to camp over at the Lost Sea Caves. Finally, in 1997 once again our Venturer Company and our Scout Troop traveled Leamington Spa, England to participate at Amarkaro International Jamboree. In 1992, I was awarded my Chief Scout Award. In 2007, I was awarded the Commemorative Centennial Medal. In September 2013, I was awarded my Good Service Award. In September 2014, I was awarded my Bar to the Medal of Good Service. In September 2016, I was awarded my Medal of Merit and in November 2016, I was awarded my Bar to the Medal of Merit.