Scout Leader


John Pugh (Taz)

John has been in and out of Scouting since 1978 where he was a Cub and Scout at Newtown Scouts, now region H.Q. and transferred to St Anthony's in 1983. Taz completed his Queen Scout Award in 1986 and was a Cub Scout helper then a warranted Cub Scout Leader from 1983 - 1990. Taz returned to Scouting in 2006 as a Parent Helper when his children joined Scouts and as the Group Leader at 2nd Toowoomba in 2007. Towards the end of 2007, Taz stepped down as Group Leader and became the Joey Scout Leader in 2008. Taz's hobbies include music, playing guitar, computers and is a member of the Islamic Interfaith and Multicultural Association of Toowoomba . The Joey's Programs is based on the Joey's Award Scheme and is focused on providing a positive base for our Youth Members in Scouting. Taz can be contacted via the web site


 


Scout Leader

Amanda Digweed (Magpie)

Amanda's interest in Scouts started with her family. Her brother was a Scout and her parents Venturer Leaders. Although never directly involved, she supported any Scout activity and enjoyed seeing the benefit it had on youth and adults alike. She also supported Andrew through his role as Scout Leader over the years and was thrilled when her son decided to join Scouts four years ago. During his time as a Scout she has taken an active role in supporting the Group in fundraising etc. Amanda liked the ideals and fellowship that comes with being involved in the Scouting movement and decided that she would like to be a leader. She chose the Scout section as she enjoys the hands on work involved in the award system for this age group and camping.



Assistant Group Leader


Grant Wood (Zazu)

I joined the Scouting Movement in February 1999 as a Joey Scout with the Withcott Scout Group.I remained a part of that Group until 2012 where I moved to 2nd Toowoomba. My role as Assistant Group Leader allows me to interact with all sections within our own Group either through the Leaders, Youth Members or parents. I enjoy participating in adventurous activities, particularly abseiling, and wish to further my training in this area.



Danni Ward (Gecko)

Since I joined the Scouting movement as a Joey at the age of six it has been a major part of my life. I moved through the sections, taking some time out during the Venturer section. I joined again as a Rover, and helped to start the Sunshine Coast Rover Crew and re-establish the Rover section on the Sunshine Coast. I also took on an assistant Venturer leader role at Kawana Scout Group in 2011. Early in 2012 my life led me back to Toowoomba where I am now a member of the Darling Downs Rover Crew. I wished to continue being a Venturer leader, and am looking forward to working with James to build the 2nd Toowoomba Venturer unit back up to strength. I have a Bachelor degree in psychology, and am hoping to further my qualifications in this field in the future.


 


Assistant Scout Leader

Taylor Digweed (Dingo)

Taylor joined the Scouting Movement at the age of 10. He spent a short time at Oakey Scout Group before settling in at 2nd Toowoomba under the leadership of Ken Windley (Cougar). The 2007 Australian Jamboree in Elmore was one of his best experiences as a Scout. With twelve months to go before he turned 15 - and due to go to Venturers - he decided to work towards his Australian Scout Medallion. Due to his tenacity and hard work, he was able to earn his Adventurer Cord and ASM. He moved into the Venturer Unit with the aim to get his Queen's Scout Award. This was also achieved.

Along the way Taylor has participated in many Standards Camps, Swamp Rats, Cunningham Capers, Nighthawks, Anzac Day parades, Carnival of Flowers parades and numerous camps. His experiance as a Scout and Venturer is making his role as Assistant Scout Leader enjoyable. 



 


Assistant Scout Leader


Dylan Green (Beaver)

I joined the Scouting Movement on the 2nd of August 1999 as a Joey Scout at 2nd Toowoomba Scout Group. I have moved through each section and am currently registered as a Rover. In 2012 I decided to take on the role of Assistant Scout Leader. I really enjoy interacting with the Youth Members and teaching them construction, camp preparations and games.


Assistant Scout Leader

Doug Maddocks (Rufus)

Doug entered the Scouting organisation as the Group Leader at 2TS in 2007.  In 2012 he has been relegated to assisting in the Scout Section.  He is an officer in the Australian Army and works at the Army Aviation Centre, Oakey.  Doug has two children at 2TS and often assist with the activites of the various section.  Doug is looking forward to assisting at Jamboree 2013.  Come along and have a chat.



Group Leaders - Past & Present


John Pugh (Badger) and Robert Vettiger (Kaa)
2nd Toowoomba Scouts over the past few years has been a driving force in Scouting in the Toowoomba area due to the leadership of Rob Vettiger (Kaa). 
I hope to continue this tradition and see our group continue to grow. 
I look forward to reforming our Venturer and Rover sections, training more leaders and most importantly guiding our young people through Scouting. 
Over the next few years I also hope to see improvements to our buildings and grounds. 
Scouting in Australia is for all and is one of the few organisations in the world that is multi-faith and non-gender specific. 
It's fantastic to see our boys and girls at Scouts; they bring a great energy to our group.
Our parents are a fantastic social group who make our group the strength that it is.Lastly,
I cannot go past our leaders, all dedicated people, trained to care for our children. 
These men and women give up their time to be  leaders and the rewards are hard to describe to our group and to themselves.
Thanks to all and I hope to see you soon at 2nd Toowoomba


Cub Leader


Jeff Douglas (Rikki Tikki Tavi)

Jeff has some fond memories of the fun and adventures he had as a boy in Cubs and Scouts in the Newcastle-Hunter region of NSW. Amongst his belongings he still has his old Cub cap (although generations of moths have dined on it).
As the son of Salvation Army Officers (retired), Jeff also spent some time as a member of the 'Boys Legion'. Similar to Scouts but run by the Salvation Army. The Boys Legion motto was 'Purpose with Honour'.  
Jeff is also the Dad of one our Scouts. -  'It was great to introduce Jarrad (my son) to the Scouting movement when he was old enough and I feel that, as a parent helper and now a leader, I can contribute to giving all the kids the same positive experience that Scouting gave me. At the same time, Friday nights have become a highlight of my week as I have just as much fun as the kids' 

P.S. Since many people ask -  'Rikki Tikki Tavi' is a 'Jungle Book' tale about a little mongoose that is adopted by a family in India; He defends his 'family' with his life on several occasions by fighting off some nasty snake characters who would do the family harm. Taipan is safe though !! 


Cub Leader

Jarad Douglas



Ken Windley (Cougar) - Scout Leader



Ken has been a Cub, Scout, Venturer - Senior Scout in his day, and a Rover (13 years). He has also been an Infantry Officer in the Army Reserve (15 years).  Ken became Assistant Scout Leader in Dalby in 1992 and has been involved in Scouts since a Scout Leader at Dalby then at Jandowae, and finally 2nd Toowoomba. 
Ken has skills in navigation, bushcraft, cooking and heavy construction, as well as first aid and canoe charge certificate. He has no skills in craft, singing or playing an instrument. He believes in the principles of scouting and is dedicated to improving the Social, Spiritual, Physical, and Intellect character of all scouts, so they may become better citizen in the future.


Kathy Siebuhr (Possum) - Venturer Leader

Kathy has been involved with Scouting since her daughter became a Cub Scout with 2nd Toowoomba in July 2002 and in that same year her son joined as a Joey Scout within the same group. Since these early days, Kathy has been an active member of the Parent Support Group and has also helped out on many camps and activities through out her children's Scouting life. Two of her favourite annual Scouting activities are Nighthawk and Standards Weekend. Since her daughter was eligible to become a Venturer in September of 2007, and because there was no active Venturer group at 2nd Toowoomba, she decided to become a Leader so that her family could remain at 2nd Toowoomba. A decision she has not regretted as she can see the importance that Scouting has become within her family and the community.



Russell Siebuhr (Barra) - Assistant Venturer Leader

Russell became involved with Scouts when both of his children joined Joey's and Cubs in 2002. Since then he has been actively involved with the Parent Support Group where he has helped on many camps and activities. Russell is heavily involved with the annual Nighthawk weekend and also Scouts Standards weekend. He was also given the opportunity to attend the 2007 Jamboree at Elmore Victoria as an Adult Support Member, where he helped on a daily bases transport over 1500 Scouts to off base activities, all within an hour and a half time frame.  Russell first became a Venturer Leader for 2nd Toowoomba in 2007, but transferred to the Scout section in early 2008 where he has become a favourite with everyone in this section for his problem solving and ability to fix what others think unfixable.




Maree Leschke (Keego)

Gracie recently received her "Grey Wolf" award whilst Laine is working towards his Scout Medallion.

Laine & Gracie were having so much fun at Scouts that Maree decided to help out at some events and with fundraising.

Maree joined the Scouting movement as a Cub Scout Leader in 2010. Scouting is now a major part of Maree's life and, like most Cubbies, Maree is just a big kid at heart. She loves seeing the Cubs learn and achieve their goals.

In September 2010 Maree was an "Activity Leader" at Cuboree where she ran the popular "Rodeo Activity Base".

Maree has now realised that Scouts have more fun and moved up from the Cub Section to now enjoy the Scout Section happenings.

Maree's interest in Scouting began when her two children, Laine & Gracie, joined the movement as Cub Scouts nearly five years ago.


Joey Leaders


Joey Scout Leaders Khadija Clifford Pugh (Koala) & Jay McEvoy (Corelle)

Koala


Koala (Khadija) was born in Melbourne but educated and raised in Toowoomba. She graduated from the University of Southern Qld with a Diploma of Arts in 2006 and is now studying for her Bachelors Degree. Koala is married to Badger (Group Leader John Pugh) and is the stay at home Mum of 5 children, Jadzia, Brittania, Xander, Fatima and Noah. The eldest 3 are youth members of 2nd Toowoomba Scouts. Koala collects teddy bears and has a huge collection of over 400 bears. She also loves singing, and is currently learning to play the Guitar. Her other hobbies include sewing, crochet, scoobies, computers; including Ebay, the internet and watching far too much Science Fiction television!  Koala became involved in Scouting when her two eldest daughters joined Cubs and Joeys at 2nd Toowoomba in 2006.

Corelle

Corelle (Jay) was born and raised in Western Queensland (Charleville District) and educated at Presbyterian Girls College at Warwick. She moved to Toowoomba through her work and family in 1989, and has moved away and back to Toowoomba numerous times since then. Corelle who is married to David (Skip - 2nd Toowoomba's previous Venturer leader) have a son Sean who is also heavily involved with 2nd Toowoomba and is currently a Venturer. Corelle became involved with Darling Downs Scout Review in 1989 and has been involved with Scouting since that time. She became the Assistant Joey Scout Leader prior to the departure of Lorikeet and took over as Joey Scout Leader in approximately 2000. Corelle has been involved with the Darling Downs Scout Review as assistant and for the past number of years as the 'make-up lady', and looks forward to each year's production. Completion of courses and training within Scouting saw Corelle presented with her Warrant in 2003, and he has since completed some training in Venturing as well. After 13 years in the Royal Australian Air Force, Corelle also holds a Defence Service Medal, which she wears on Friday nights at the Den whilst in uniform. Corelle's hobbies include reading, socialising and of course all aspects of Scouting, but particularly developing young minds like Joey scouts, into tolerant, good mannered, open minded young men and women to lead Australia into a fresher brighter world.


Cub Leader

Darrell Wiseman (AKELA)

Vale: 3rd August 1965 - 14th June 2011


Darrell was born and raised in Brisbane. Always a keen outdoors fellow, he cycled, bushwalked and camped a fair bit as a lad. In his early twenties, he worked in rural Queensland as a technician with Telecom for a few years. In 1992 He moved to Toowoomba, bought a house and settled down to start a family. Currently he has two sons (David and Ben) in scouts.

Darrell's main interests these days are: cycling, scouting, amateur radio, bushwalking and studies towards a diploma in Renewable Energy Technologies.

Scouting has become a big part of my life since I began my role as a parent helper then leader in 2003. I really enjoy seeing the children having fun as they learn.




Assistant Cub Leader


Ben Bawden (Honey Badger)

Ben has some rather unique skills and these were put to great use as the Ringmaster at the "Carnivale" activity base at Cuboree.

Ben also runs a successful cockatoo circus and figures if he can train birds then Scouts should be a cinch.

We hope to know more about this mysterious character as time progresses.