Who am I?
Hello SSAGO! I’m Jack, a 4th (masters) year Physics student at the University of Liverpool, avoiding having to leave SSAGO by applying for moving on to a PhDs in Nuclear Physics. But probably more importantly for all of you, I’m someone who really cares about SSAGO!
I joined Scouting at 6 years old, and haven’t left yet - having worked my way up through Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, and being a young leader at Scouts, I’m now a Scout leader, occasional Explorer leader, IST for the World Scout Jamboree, and Network member at uni (where it actually exists), and at home (where it doesn’t, really)! Given that background, joining SSAGO once I started university in 2019 seemed inevitable, and only being lightly involved was out of the question.
Since SSAGO has basically already become my life, you might recognise me as the person from Discord who knows far too much about policy, or from me randomly turning up at events you really wouldn’t expect to see a LUSSAGOer at, like North East Freshers camp 2021, MidMad 2022, and Midlands Freshers 2022 (you don’t get up to 65 scouting nights away in a year without putting some effort in). You also might recognise me from my wearing of many (metaphorical) hats, some of which I believe have been good preparation for a term as a member of exec.
What I’ve done so far:
Co-Chair: Rally of Games (Summer Rally 2022)
As Co-Chair of one of the most unconventionally organised SSAGO rallies ever, with a team that met entirely through the Discord server and included no more than 2 people from the same place, I had a lot of responsibilities that translate well to being on National Exec:
Assistant: Centenarally (Spring Rally 2023)
Having essentially made up the assistant role for a rally committee, my job has essentially been keeping track of everything and picking up on things that others have missed in all areas. This has given me a broad range of experience in all areas of rally planning, from logistics, to website design, to finance. I’ve also been responsible for passing on the experience of running Rally of Games where possible, and trying to make our 100th anniversary as special as possible.
President, Treasurer: Liverpool SSAGO (2020-2022)
2 years on my club committee, first as Treasurer then as President, have given me a vital appreciation of the work done and challenges faced by club committees, and spending both years as club rep have helped develop my appreciation of the role clubs play within SSAGO. One of the things I worked to do, quite successfully, during my time as President was to develop the relationship between the club and Merseyside Scouts. This developed from a less than amicable starting point into a positive relationship that the current committee can build on. This is something I’m hopeful will be able to translate to the national level.
Other SSAGO Roles
I was part of the loose collection of people that organised the Isle of Wight Revolution Contingent in 2022, and am currently chairing the team organising it for 2023. I’ve been a member of the Policy Fixers Project for a long time, and the chair of the project since its structure was formalised after the introduction of the Projects Policy. I organised the North West Freshers camp in 2021, amongst some other attempts to encourage joint events within the region. I had the dubious honour of taking a SSAGO member to hospital in another country, while one of the responsible leaders for the international trip to Iceland.
What can I bring to the role?
What do I want to achieve?