Gill Clay, granddaughter of the founder of Scouting, a man that had a vision and ensured that it became a reality.

Until she was 27, Gill’s home was in Zambia, including rural areas. She came to live in the UK and married Bill Clay and they have a daughter, Daphne, and a son, Rawley, and six grandchildren and some step-grand-children. When Rawley was a Cub he brought Gill into the Scout Movement.

To this day, Gill still visits Scouting events around the world and share her experiences of scouting. Gill is a member of the Trefoil Guild  (Girlguiding “old girls”) and a member of the Olave Baden-Powell Society (the WAGGGS equivalent of the World Scout Foundation of Baden-Powell Fellows for WOSM).

Gill was a Brownie, Guide and Ranger and also she has been a Brownie, Guide, Ranger, Cub and Beaver Leader and through Scouting and Guiding has visited many countries.  She is still a Beaver and a Guide Assistant Leader and still visits Scouting events around the world and shares her experiences of Scouting.  Ultimately she wouldn’t be involved in Guiding and Scouting if it wasn’t fun!

Gill has shared with us a could pf her favourite moments in scouting:

"My most amusing moment in Scouting was when a Beaver, discussing his imminent enrolment, said “When I get involved …”  I thought, “How very true!”

"My most poignant moment in Scouting happened in Hungary, in 1993.  A small group of elderly men had re-started Scouting during the previous five years, despite threats from the Police, and the Movement had grown to 25,000.  We were there for the Memory Camp – a huge international Jamboree near Godollo, where the World Scout Jamboree had been held in 1933.  In Budapest, an elderly woman, who had lived through the days of the Nazis and the Communists, hurried across to us crying, “To see you, in SCOUT uniform!  Now we KNOW that we are free!!”

Gill most recently attended Gilwell Park Reunion 2018 and tied one of the first two neckers, with one of our ambassadors, Dwayne Fields as part of the Scouts recently launched Campaign ‘The Circle of friendship’.

“For many like me, Gilwell Park is the spiritual home of Scouting.  It embodies my late Grandfather Lord Robert Baden-Powell’s dream of a dedicated training centre for Scouts.  With your support and generosity we can continue to preserve our wonderful rich heritage for many years to come.  Thank you on behalf of Scouts Worldwide for your valued support of the Gilwell Fellows programme”. Gill Clay