Scout leader retires after 27 years

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on August 16, 2019

ALBANY Scout leader Greg ‘Wombo’ Henderson has hung up his scarf and badges for the final time as he steps down as District Commissioner of the Stirling District Scouts.

Mr Henderson has dedicated nearly three decades of his life to Scouts but has decided it’s time to slow down, finish off a few projects around home, and let some young blood take the reins.

He reflected on his time with Scouts with the Weekender.

Mr Henderson was first introduced to Scouts as a Wolf Cub when he was eight, back in 1967 in Mt Magnet.

His older brother had already joined the group and “blazed the trail” for him to join.

Mr Henderson graduated from Wolf Cub to Scout in his early teens when his family moved to Perth, where he has fond memories of camping and canoeing.

Turn the clock forward a few years after Army Reserves service, a marriage and a few kids later, Mr Henderson found himself drawn back to Scouts.

He served as Cub Leader with the Beechboro West Swan Scout Group from 1992 to 1995.

The Hendersons then relocated to Albany and Mr Henderson continued his work with Scouts.

All three of the Henderson children joined Scouts and the Henderson name became synonymous with the organisation.

Mr Henderson held various leadership roles with Albany Scouts before being promoted to District Commissioner in 2009.

“Probably the highlight for me with Scouts is running the camps,” Mr Henderson said.

“Interacting with kids and making the programs … it’s about just giving back and giving the kids memories of a fun youth.

“We try and instill those memories with their badges too, so when they’re older, they can look at those badges and it will trigger the fun memories.”

Now, after just under three decades of active leadership roles in Scouts, Mr Henderson has decided it’s time to give someone else a go.

“I’m a bit exhausted after 27 years,” he laughed.

But Mr Henderson won’t be completely tied off from Scouts – he and Mrs Henderson have founded the Great Southern Scout Fellowship, to give older and retired Scouts the opportunity to maintain contact.