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The Director – Rich Coppock

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What is your role in Scouting and Guiding?
My day to day Scouting roles are as Assistant County Commissioner International and also as a member of the Scout County Executive Committee. As Director for Charnwood I have also been a Member of GirlGuiding Leicestershire since 2009.

How many Charnwood Camps have you been to?
Well I believe in one way or another I’ve been to all previous Charnwoods. I think I went to Charnwood 80 as a visitor – I seem to remember going to a big camp that was really muddy. Then in 85 I went as a Scout sporting an early 80’s hairstyle, and yes, there are photos out there! 91 was a great camp and I worked on the Trading Team in the Scout Shop, I seem to remember making badges most of the week. In 96 I was a stand-in Scout Leader, 2001 as joint Organiser with Judith, Chris and Abi(now Regional Commissioner). I was back into the Trading Team for 2006 working in the Peg and Mallet and finally in 2011 as Camp Director and now I’m back for one more time and with a great team already involved in the camp, I’m really looking forward to it.

As Camp Director, what will your week involve?
I will have a very varied time on camp, but the main things will be supporting the Camp Staff and our brilliant Camp Management Team as well as meeting the Campers. To be honest, you never quite know what each hour will bring. The time files, you have to make the most of every hour!

What do you think makes Charnwood standout from other international camps in the UK?
I was asked this the other day, for me Charnwood doesn’t pretend to be the biggest International Scout and Guide Camp. It doesn’t need to be. Charnwood is about being a high quality camp, which is a great, safe and enjoyable environment to be a Scout and Guide, meeting and making new friends, creating lasting memories and taking part in great activities with the camaraderie of Scout and Guide Leaders doing what they do best.

What are you most looking forward to about Charnwood 2016?
At this stage pulling together a great staff team to deliver another fantastic Charnwood experience. At the camp itself, invitations to breakfast with camping groups, all offers welcome!

What’s your favorite activity on camp and do you get chance to join in?
As Director I don’t always get time to take part in activities and the rumours of secret late night Zorbing in 2011, were just rumours, honest! My favourite two memories of the last Charnwood were the Sunday Evening Challenge which was a great experience and it was a privilege to stand on the stage and see everyone at the Charnwood 2011 closing ceremony.