David Johnson first joined the Scout Movement in 1948 with the 7th Hinckley Troop in Leicestershire and rose to the rank of Patrol Leader.
Called up for National Service in the Royal Air Force in 1955, it soon became apparent that his Scouting experience would stand him in good stead during the rigours of ‘Square Bashing’.
On leaving the R A F he came to live in Paignton, where his parents had come to run the village shop and post office in Collaton St. Mary. Soon after, he met and married his wife Sandra and this year they celebrate fifty years of married life, living in the same house in Chelston throughout this time.
He rejoined the Scout Movement in March 1974 as an assistant Cub Scout leader with the 15th Torbay (Belgrave) Scout Group with whom he still serves as group vice president. He is also a vice president of the Torbay District Scout Association and was awarded the chief Scout’s Medal of Merit in 1990.
As well as writing the Scout Update in the Torbay Times, he also edits ‘The Spur’, the monthly news letter for Torbay scouts.
As members of Scout Active Support, Sandra and David make themselves available to help anyone in scouting as much as they can and have now given 40 years of service to the movement. One place they can often be found is around the campfire circle at Watcombe Scout Campsite (see picture) where they run camp fires weekly during the main camping season and at other times as requested.