Re-instate Paul Stevens as 38th Bournemouth Scout Leader
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Re-instate Paul Stevens as 38th Bournemouth Scout Leader

    1. Sara Uzzell
    2. Petition by

      Sara Uzzell

      Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Paul Stevens has been in Scouting for 38 years. He is a bubbly, enthusiastic and energetic person who has inspired hundreds of young people. He has led the 38th Bournemouth scout troop for 26 years with regular camps, competitions, hikes and expeditions. In 2010 he took 22 scouts to Uganda to build a vocational training centre - these young people benefited hugely from this life changing experience. In April 2011 Paul was a short-listed nominee for the Bournemouth Mayor's volunteer of the year awards.

In May 2011 at a county camp Paul was involved in boisterous behaviour, which with hindsight, he considers to have been foolish but someone thought his behaviour to be inappropriate enough to submit an anonymous complaint to the Scout Association. This all hinges around a couple of minor incidents on one day with no context of the 26 years Paul has spent as a leader in Scouting with an exemplary record.

Paul was suspended pending investigation during which time he was not told the extent of the allegations or allowed to comment. He was later dismissed with no right of appeal.  Now that Paul has had access to the material supporting the allegations against him he is confident that his dismissal is unjustified.  We urge the Scout Association to review his case and re-consider their decision.

The parents of 38th Bournemouth scouts (past and present) totally support Paul Stevens and the way he looks after and inspires our children. We are fully satisfied that he respects safety and discipline for the good of our children. We want Paul Stevens re-instated as the 38th Bournemouth Scout Leader.

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    • PHILIP BRIGHTWELL BOURNEMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Paul is an extremely fine and energatic Scout Leader, whom I have known for many years. He sets a very good example to his charges, and is very strong on good discipline and behaviour. He is always very polite and helpful to Church Members, and does a lot to help the Church at our own functions and social events. ai have the utmost respect for him, and believe he should restored to the position of Scoutmaster of the 38th Bournemouth Scout Troup as soon as possible.

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    • Colin Cooke BOURNEMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm a Beaver Leader, I see an injustice

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    • simon blake BOURNEMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Paul embodies scouting and in an inspiration to young people and adults in scouting. He supported many and was always willing to give advice from his wealth of experience to both scouts and leaders. He is missed.

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    • Lindsay Hall THATCHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Paul has inspired so many young people and helped many adults during his leadership of the 38th Bournemouth Scouts. I was a scout leader in Bournemouth for 10 years and he is the most enthusiastic and most dedicated scout leader I have ever met.

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    • Julian Baker BOURNEMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Paul is a very good leader and has been unfairly treated

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