Group Leader Interview – Dan

Name: Dan
When Started: 2015

Position Held: Group Leader
Background: Aprentichip in group leading in outdoor education, voluntary work in environment centre
Hobbies / Interests: Mountain Biking, skateboarding, computer games, comic books, dragons, pine cones

What centre do you work at and what’s great about where you  live?

Todmorden Centres, Its hilly and its easy to get to big cities.

Why did you choose Robinwood?

Because its got a good reputation in the industry.

How did you find the selection process?

Interesting. It was different – you don’t usually stay over for an interview, it pushed me out of my comfort zone.

What’s your favourite thing about working for Robinwood?

Work/life balance is good – the holidays are good.

What was the highlight of your training?

I liked all the canoeing.

What’s the Coolest part of your job?

Getting to be outside and doing different stuff everyday –  it’s always different , even though you’re doing the same activities each week.

What is it like working with 7-11 year olds?

It’s interesting, we do loads of fun stuff.

Describe your first group in 5 words.

Nervous, excited, fun, responsibility, exhilarating.

What’s the nicest thing someone has done for you since you started?

People asking how your day is going, being there, being supportive. It’s all I need.

What’s the funniest thing a child has said?

On Crate Challenge, when the children are asking for a bit of loose rope they say ‘cut me some slack’

What’s been your funniest moment?

A teacher asked a child to take something out of their mouth and it was a piece of the floor.

What is your favourite session to run and why?

I really like the Knight’s Quest – you can encourage the children to work together and you can use your imagination, which makes it really good.

Have you been on any social events and what were they like?

Every one since I started I think. It’s fun just going out in Tod with everyone and all the pleasure days are good too. – experiencing new fun things that you wouldn’t normally do.

Have you tried anything new since starting at Robinwood?

Canoeing, mountain biking, climbing, go karting and a water obstacle course.

What advice would you give to someone considering applying?

Do it, Now.

Dan E

You can encourage the children to work together and you can use your imagination, which makes it really good.