Farewell Mick Brown (Skip)

Date: 20th Feb 2021 Author: Sharon Lockwood


Sadly, we have said goodbye to a longstanding member of the group. Michael (Mick) Brown known to many as Skip. Mick died in Colchester General Hospital on Saturday, December 6th 2020 at the age of 82 following a short illness.

Mick was a founder member of the 1st Myland Scout Group, in early 1956, aged 18 he helped
establish the cub pack and later in the same year helped with the formation of the Scout troop.
In 1957 a year after helping to get the Cubs and Scouts started Mick was called up for National
Service, he served for three years in the R.A.F. During this time, he still managed to fit in
helping with some scouting activities such as scout camps.

In January 1960 after completing his National Service Mick returned to the group as
scoutmaster where he remained until 1967 when he was appointed District Commissioner for
Colchester West District. After completing his duties as D.C he again took up a leadership role
in the group volunteering as a scout leader and later as Group scout leader and supporting
both the troop and the Venture unit when needed.

Mick had another absence for a time between 1988 -1989 when he suffered a serious heart
problem and underwent major heart surgery twice, from which he almost died, but being the
fighter he was, he defied all odds and again returned to help in the group. Mick finally retired
from the group as a leader in 2003 aged 65 as at the time this was the retirement age for
leaders, he continued to support the group in many ways including serving on the committee
and was always on hand to give instruction and support to the young people and leaders alike.
Mick was a true scout who will be missed by all that knew him.

Scouting provides a second family to lots of young people. It’s a safe place where they can aspire and grow.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls