Raised in the Warwickshire countryside, James spent his younger days building shelters, hunting and fishing in and around his family’s woodland, inspired by books such as Swallows and Amazons and The Famous Five.
It was back in Warwickshire that James first discovered the Scout movement and enrolled as a Cub Scout, which was his first experience of the organisation that would form a large part of his life through to adulthood.
James moved to the Isle of Man at the age of 12 where his love of the outdoors continued and he made the most out of the easy access to the fantastic Manx countryside and coastline throughout his school life.
James love of the outdoors developed into an enthusiasm for bushcrafting when he attended his first bushcraft course and he has continued to develop his skills in this area, attending additional skills training whenever possible including specialist coastal survival instruction from Fraser Christian of Coastal Survival School.
James now plays an active role in the Isle of Man Scout Association where he is both a Scout Leader with his own troop and Bushcraft & Survival Skills Instructor for the Association teaching outdoor skills to Scouts around the island and visiting Scouts from further afield.
James is a member of the Institute of Outdoor Learning and is currently working towards his Level 3 NCFE Advanced Bushcraft Award.
James is a qualified Outdoor First Aider.