Our Scout Section Leaders

Our section leadership teams are entirely made up of volunteers! All adult leaders have regular training after passing the mandatory CRB and background checks, and there is always at least one adult present who is first aid qualified.

Group Scout Leader: Ivan Harknett

Ivan took on the role of Group Scout Leader in 2013, to oversee the activities of all the youth sections, support the uniformed leaders and to liaise between the uniform sections of the Group and the Group Executive.

Prior to taking on the role of GSL, Ivan was an Assistant Cub Scout Leader (better known to the Scouts as “Shere Khan”). As GSL, Ivan is active in attending section meetings where possible, and helping out at events and functions. From originally intending to be an Occasional Helper, Ivan has become fully involved in the ongoing development and growth of the 1st Egham Scout Group.


Beaver Scout Leader: Michaela (KANGA)
Assistant Beaver Scout Leaders: Jessica (ROO), Tom (TIGGER)
Section Assistants: John, Tomoko & Lizzie (BAT)

Kanga moved from being one of our Assistant Cub Scout Leaders to being our Beaver Scout leader in late 2013. Kanga was a Scout until her teens at home in the Czech Republic, and brings a wealth of enthusiasm, knowledge and fun to the Beaver colony meetings. Her evenings combine fun and games with constructive educational activities to ensure our Beavers actively achieve their badges.

Roo joined our Beaver colony to work with Kanga, and has been running Colony meetings whilst Kanga has been off on a maternity break.

Tom is our newest recruit as an ABSL, and brings another bundle of energy and enthusiasm to our Tuesday meetings. John, Tomoko and Matthew complete our Beaver leader community offering their unwavering enthusiasm and willingness to get stuck in!


Cub Scout Leader: Hanka (AKELA)
Assistant Cub Scout Leaders: Sophie (BALOO), Alistair (KING LOUIS), Jonathan (RAFFIKI) and Kayleigh (SIMBA)

1st Egham (United Church of Egham Scout Group are lucky enough to have Hanka as their Akela. Originally from Dobre Pole (meaning “Good Field”) in the Czech Republic, Hanka started out in Scouting as King Louis in 2011. She moved to take on the role of Akela when her predecessor moved on..She most enjoys the Cubs honest views of everything, and if it weren’t for Cubs on a Friday, she’d most likely be relaxing at home.

Baloo, King Louis, Kaa and most recently Raffiki have all been supporting Akela and taking the reins whilst she has been off on maternity, and are running a full Cub pack each week. Simba originally joined as part of her DofE award, and has stayed with us ever since.


Scout Leader: Phil Robson (BAGHEERA)
Assistant Scout Leaders: Andrew (THE COMMANDER), James (SCOUSE) & Ellie

Bagheera has been pivotal in getting 1st Eghams Scout Troop started, along with Tree Frog and more recently the Commander. Started most recently in November 2015, the section is flourishing and our busy Cub Pack will soon mean Scouts is burgeoning with young people. The Commander and Scouse have long Scouting backgrounds as youngsters, and help Bagheera run a great Scout section each week,


1st Egham Scout Group are fortunate to have a great supporting network of Occasional Helpers and Parent volunteers, without whom, the Group would struggle to run week on week.

If you would like the opportunity to do something you’d never thought of doing, while having lots of fun and giving back to the community at the same time, please get in touch – we can always do with more leaders, helpers and supporters!