Group: 27th Oshawa Scouts
Council: White Pine Council
Section: Cub Scouts
Number of years as a Scouter: 8 years
What do you find most rewarding as a Scouter?
As a Scouter, one of the most rewarding things is teaching the kids a new skill, giving them the opportunity to practice the skill, and seeing their pride when they master a skill that they never thought they could learn. Being a part of that process is one of the most rewarding experiences.
At Scouts Canada, our mission is to develop well-rounded youth better prepared for success in the world. During your time as a Scouter, how have you impacted the mission?
During my time as a Scouter, I have discovered that I am in a unique position where I am able to provide youth with opportunities to push their own personal limits and meet any challenges that may be thrown in their direction. To do this, I work with the other Scouters to create a positive and respectful environment, with high expectations and clear consequences, where youth can feel safe enough to take risks and experience both failure and success. By exposing the youth to a variety of different experiences, I am able to help the youth develop into well-rounded individuals who are prepared to invoke change in the world.
As a Scouter, you play a key role in bringing Scouts Canada’s vision of Canadian youth making a meaningful contribution to creating a better world to fruition. How have you contributed to helping achieve this vision?
By creating opportunities for the youth to make meaningful contributions, I challenge my Scouts to think about different ways that they can incorporate the Scout Law into everything that they do in order to create a better world for everyone. To be the driving force in the creation of a more inclusive and progressive society, I work to instill the core values that make up the Scout Law into each and every scout and encourage them to be the one who is helpful and trustworthy, kind and cheerful, considerate and clean, and wise in the use of all resources.
If you could offer one piece of advice to a new Scouter what would it be?
The main piece of advice that I can offer is to set clear expectations with rewards and consequences, and maintain consistency in everything that you do. That way, your Troop will be able to develop strong relationships that will bind them together to create a stronger unit, which will allow them to make meaningful contributions in their communities and create a better world.