Scouting has always played a big role in my life. I joined the Scouting movement when I was just five years old, and I have been involved as a participant for over thirteen years. The Scouting program has given me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills, make lifelong friendships, and experience amazing outdoor adventures.
From emceeing Scouting events to becoming a role model for younger sections, there are many ways to get involved and gain leadership skills. My role as a Youth Spokesperson for Scouts Canada (YSP) has provided me with a platform to share my Scouting stories, and inspire young Canadians to join the movement.
I have been fortunate enough to have had the same Scouters in my Group for the past thirteen years. They have watched us grow from shy beaver Scouts into mature young adults. Through the program, I have made unbreakable bonds with all the Scouts in my Group, and even youth from other areas in Vancouver and across Canada. I can firmly attest that all the friendships I have made through the program are lifelong, and my fellow Scouts have become friends who I can rely on, and spend time with outside of Scouting. The innumerable amount of hikes and camps that we have attended has also provided us with fond memories to look back upon.
One of my favourite camping stories occurred at Elfin Lakes in Garibaldi Provincial Park near Squamish, BC. We spent the entire day hiking with our gear, and when we finally reached our campsite we decided to drop off our packs and climb the Gargoyles, one of the peaks located north of our camp site. Our excursion required an additional two hours of hiking through the snow to reach the peak. While the view from the top was phenomenal, we found ourselves at the top of the mountain while the sun was setting, and feared hiking back down in the dark. With little time to spare, we needed an efficient way to get back to the campsite, and decided to slide down the mountain on our rain jackets. Needless to say, the amount of time it took us to reach the base of the mountain was significantly shorter than travelling up!
Scouting has provided me with the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of my city, try new outdoor activities, and become a well-rounded individual through the various aspects of the Scouting program. Scouts has been an extremely rewarding experience with lots of memories to share, and I look forward to continuing my Scouting journey as a Rover Scout this year.