It was with great sadness that in January we learned of the passing of our dear colleague, Kaa Cub Pack and Westwood Scout Leader, Tim Fry.
Originally from Surrey, Tim (51), a former cub and scout, moved to Westhill in 2014. He and his son Harrison joined ShereKhan cubs, with Tim taking on the role of Assistant Cub Scout Leader. He had previously been involved with scouting as an adult with the 1st Bougival-Yueline Scout Troop in Paris and was keen to continue with scouting as soon as he moved to Aberdeenshire.
During his time with the Cubs he developed interesting and challenging programmes for the pack including introducing them to basic DIY, fire lighting, recycling awareness, pancake making, athletics, lots of games, disability awareness and of course tent pitching.
In November 2015 Tim further cemented his commitments to scouting when he took the step to become the Cub Scout Leader with the newly formed Kaa Pack.
As well as managing his own cub pack, Tim helped the Scout Group as a whole by supporting the preparation and administration of the group’s family camp and the Gordon District’s ‘Gordon Gathering’.
He also became the group’s technology guru when he championed the introduction of the ‘Online Scout Manager’ computer system which helps leaders manage their sections and badge progress of youngsters.
In 2017 Tim was awarded his ‘Wood Badge’ which marks the completion of full leader training and in 2018 he took on the role of Administrator for the regional training team. This involved arranging leader training events and maintaining electronic training records.
Despite failing mobility, due to Multiple Sclerosis, Tim was a frequent visitor to Kaa cubs and Westwood Scouts supporting badge work and helping celebrate those who gained their ‘Chief Scout Awards’.
Speaking about Tim, Group Scout Leader, Chris Pinnell said: “Tim’s passing is a huge loss to all who knew him especially those from the scouting family at Region, District and across Westhill Group. Our thoughts remain with his wife Nicola and son Harrison.”