The program helped me progress into a natural leader, environmental steward & outdoor enthusiast
My Scouting journey began as an excited four year old with a passion for exploration and a lot of excess energy to burn off. I don’t actually know the reasons my parents decided to register me for the Scouting program, but out of all the amazing things they have done for me over the years, I appreciate this action the most. It’s been 12 years since I joined Scouts and I am forever grateful for the impact Scouting has had on my life. Joining the Scouting Movement at such a young age meant that it has been a constant for me throughout my life. From preschool to elementary school and the massive transition to high school, Scouting has always been a major part of who I am, and I would not have it any other way.
I have gained confidence, unique experiences, a love for the outdoors, and an amazing group of friends during my years as a Scout. Scouting has made me a stronger and more resilient person who is not afraid to stand up for what I believe in. I love how the program embodies a youth-led aspect because I have developed into a leader and a team player, while getting to plan events that matter to my community and myself. Scouting has also inspired a love for the outdoors and the environment. I love hiking, biking, and paddling. I care so much about the environment because I have been able to experience some of the beautiful ecosystems of British Columbia, and I do not want to see those destroyed.
From the Scouting Movement, I have gotten to have experiences and make memories that really are once in a lifetime. I’ve been able to do everything from shoreline cleanups to 200 kilometer bike rides to snowy winter camps. And while these adventures have occasionally been a bit of a struggle, they make for amazing stories. I can now only look back on these Scouting adventures with fond memories.