TRIBUTES are being paid to a popular Scout leader from Old Basing who has died.

Ian Collins, pictured, was well-known and loved in the Scouting world and had been involved in the movement since childhood.

He had given around 45 years of adult service before his sudden death at the age of 67 on August 12. Mr Collins was assistant district commissioner of the Scouts in Basingstoke East and group scout leader for the Old Basing group.

A tribute to Mr Collins, compiled by his family, friends and fellow Scout leaders, tells of his commitment to the movement and of his passion for steam trains.

It reads: “Many camps were organised so that Ian had his “steam fix” with the guys on the local steam trains. He encouraged the youngsters in his care to explore their potential and develop an interest to gain new experiences.

“Among these experiences were climbing rocks and walls, swimming, cooking in dustbin ovens, hiking through day and night, sailing, canoeing, photography and IT skills.”

Fellow Scout leader Liz Gray said: “He was a very good friend to us and to Scouting. He will be greatly missed.”

During his time in the movement, Mr Collins enjoyed many Scout camps and trips around the country. The tribute added: “He was a good friend to many, a good leader in activities he was involved with and a natural facilitator encouraging the youth of the area to develop their potential.

“He will be greatly missed, not only by the Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and Leaders, but also by his brother and sister and his nephews and nieces of whose achievements he was very proud.”

It is not known what caused Mr Collin’s sudden death and a post-mortem will be carried out before his funeral is held at Basingstoke crematorium on September 6.