County Commissioner Anthony Roberts with HRH Princess Anne visiting Corf Camp earlier this year. Picture by Robin Crossley.
THE Scout Commissioner for the Isle of Wight, Dr Anthony Roberts, is stepping down next March after five years in the role.
Isle of Wight scouting is now looking for someone who can step into the role, to ensure Isle of Wight young people can gain access to the best scouting experiences, a spokesman said.
The Isle of Wight is one of the fastest growing counties in the UK in terms of scouting, with more than 1,500 scouts, 28 per cent of which are girls.
Retired reconstruction surgeon Dr Roberts, 75, recently returned to the Island after a mission to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, where he was provided medical care in the wake of the disaster.
Scouts and leaders from the West Wight district will be in Newport on Saturday raising money for Philippines support.
They will also be available between 10am and 3pm at their High Street shop — formerly Carphone Warehouse — to answer questions about the commissioner’s role or other roles in the Isle of Wight scouting.
To find out more about the commissioner’s post and to download an application, visit the website www.isleowightscouts.org.uk