I’m Clair, and I’m looking forward to running the Craft Zone at WINGS this time.
My Scouting/Guiding adventures started as a Brownie when I was 7, and I stayed a member of Guiding until I was about 18.
20 years ago, I became a Scout Leader in Salisbury and about a year later, after moving back to the Reading area, I became involved with both Explorers and Cubs. I’ve held various roles and the main ones I have currently are Cub Scout Leader and Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader).
I feel lucky that Scouting has given me the opportunity to travel, I’ve been to Iceland twice with our Explorers; to World Scout Moots in Taiwan and Kenya; the Mafikeng Centenary Moot in South Africa; Eurojam, and the World Scout Jamboree in Essex, and on an Explorer Belt Expedition in Malaysia and Singapore.
My WINGS experience began in 2003, when I went as a leader with our Explorer Unit.
At the following WINGS in 2009, I staffed in the shop (the same IST job as I’d held at Eurojam and WSJ-07). Then at WINGS 2013, I ran a Paracord Arts base as part of the programme at Bears Rails.
Unfortunately, I’m unable to take part in many physical activities due to a disability, but outside of Scouting I do a variety of different crafts, and I often run craft classes, as I enjoy teaching people a variety of different skills, so I am looking forward to sharing some different crafts with lots of people in the Craft Zone at WINGS
When I’m at home I’m generally always doing something crafty. Even while I’m watching TV I like to be doing something with my hands, and every space and storage area of my home is filled with various items of craft equipment!
I love having the opportunity to share my crafting skills with other people, showing them how to achieve something that they didn’t think they would be able to, and ultimately, ending up with an item that they are proud of, and hopefully a new ability.
I look forward to seeing you all in The Craft Zone at WINGS this summer!