Meet Kate; our new Assistant County Commissioner for Cub Scouts.

We've managed to catch up with Kate Barwise, our new Assistant County Commissioner for Cub Scouts and asked her all about herself; here's Kate's Q&A.

How are you feeling about being the new ACC Cubs?

I am really excited about taking on the role and looking forward to getting started. I am looking forward to being able to support our leaders and young people across Merseyside in the delivery of programmes focused on skills for life. I am also excited and slightly nervous for what is to come over the next few months, as this year is Wingding year but I am looking forward to getting stuck in and meeting our volunteers and young people. 

What motivated you taking on the role?

The thing that motivated me to take on the role of ACC Cubs is my passion for the Cub Scout section. I have witnessed first had the difference scouting can make to our young peoples lives, this role is centred around helping and supporting our volunteers to provide these life changing opportunities to our young people. I was also motivated to take on the role as it is a new challenge for myself and I strongly believe that even as adults we should continue to challenge ourselves to learn and develop our skills at every opportunity.

Tell our members a bit about yourself?

I have been involved in Scouting since the age of 14 when I became an explorer scout, which only feels like yesterday.  Before that I was a Rainbow, Brownie and Guide. I have been a Cub leader in Wallasey for the past 11 years.

In my everyday life, I work at Clatterbridge cancer centre in the cytotoxic pharmacy preparing chemotherapy treatment for our patients and helping to transform cancer care in the region. 

I am a lover of travel, performing arts, animals and all things outdoors. I love nothing moor than going on an adventure with my husband and our puppy Basil.

What have been your highlights as a member yourself?

I feel so lucky to have so many scouting experiences that could be a contender for my scouting highlights.  Firstly, would have to be attending the World Scout Jamboree in 2007 in Essex as a participant, this experience ignited my passion for scouting even more and this was where I realised that scouting really can change the world.  Last year I was then lucky enough to take my jamboree experience full circle as I took on the role of deputy unit leader for the 24th world scout jamboree in West Virginia. This truly was an adventure of a lifetime, which I got to share with 36 incredible young people and 3 fabulous leaders.  Having been a participant myself I thought I knew all about the magic of a jamboree but this experience took my breath away.

Other highlights include achieving both my Queens Scout Award and Explorer Belt.

You’re stuck on Desert Island. What three things do you take with you?

My giant inflatable flamingo, factor 50 sun cream and my husband.

Last album you listened to?

The lost songs - Mcfly

Favourite Movie?

Angus, thongs and perfect snogging or nativity! I know for most people its a Christmas film but for me it is a all year round guilty pleasure.  

If you could choose any meal what would it be?

It would have to be Paneer from Mowgli.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?

I am a total shopaholic! My favourite item to go shopping for is Lulu Guinness handbags and shoes. If there was a medal for that I would definitely be in with a good chance. 

Do you have a claim to fame?

Errrrmmm…….I was once rescued by the life boat whilst on holiday in Devon and it nearly appeared on a episode of seaside rescue, much to my mums horror as when they took me back to her, I took great pleasure in telling them that my mum is a lifeguard.

Ever met a famous person?

Yes, I met Michael Ball whilst performing in hairspray in the West End.

If you could have dinner with a famous person, who would it be?

Cher 100%! She is The Goddess of pop and my go-to karaoke song is “If I could turn back time”. I would probably be cheeky and ask her if after dinner we could car pool karaoke on the way home.

If you could make a 20 second phone call to yourself at any point in your life past or future, when would you call and what would you say?

I would probably call my 18 year old self and tell her, "don’t compromise yourself." You are all you’ve got. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow, it’s all the same day. One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know whom you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.