Portsmouth scouts bid fond farewell to their popular troop leader

Steve Palmer, back row, centre, with members of the 54th Portsmouth Scouts troop
Steve Palmer, back row, centre, with members of the 54th Portsmouth Scouts troop

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Scouts have bid farewell to their troop leader after 15 years of fine service.

Steve Palmer, 43, of Hayling Avenue, Copnor, has stopped leading the 54th Portsmouth Scouts troop in Baffins because of work commitments.

He will now take a break from Scouting, but will return in the near future as an assistant leader.

Mr Palmer said his time for Scouting has been compromised and he has not been able to give the time to lead a full active programme.

He said: ‘I felt it was time for someone else to take charge and my replacement has the enthusiasm and time to ensure that the group will continue to be a success.’

Peter Adams, also of Hayling Avenue, has been apart of the troop for more than 40 years and will now become its scout leader.

Mr Palmer added: ‘I have had great fun with lots of great memories, and the most rewarding thing for myself is the summer camps that I ran.

‘These were always very well attended and also very competitive.

‘The challenges the Scouts faced were always demanding, and to watch them adapt and grow into young adults was by far the most rewarding aspect of my scouting career so far.’

Mr Palmer was dreading his final meeting, saying it was an emotional day. He thanked his family, leaders and scouts for attending.

He said: ‘During my time as SL I have never looked for any reward or recognition.

‘I have always continued because of the enjoyment that scouting has given me.

‘I was very humbled by the cards, gifts and messages of thanks that I received.’

Information on how to get involved in local scouting can be found at portsmouthscouts.co.uk.