Amy Kehoe (Youth)
Scouting has been a fundamental part of my life for the last 14 years. During that time, I have been a Beaver, Cub, Scout, Venturer, Rover, Area Youth Commissioner, Council Youth Commissioner and Troop Scouter, as well as volunteering at Jamborees and camps. Over the years I have earned my Chief Scout Award, Queen’s Venturer Award, Medal of the Maple, and Medal for Good Service. I have also worked as the High Ropes Coordinator (Resource Counsellor) with Camp Opemikon, a Scout camp near Perth, Ontario. These experiences have given me a lot of familiarity with Scouting, from a youth’s perspective as well as a volunteer’s. I believe that this varied experience and ability to analyse issues from multiple different perspectives could be very beneficial in a voting member for Nova Scotia Council.
I have served on two different Council teams for a total of two years, and on an Area team for three years. My work with Council means that I am aware of many of the issues facing Nova Scotia Council and Scouts Canada as a whole. As a Scouter as well, I also understand the issues faced by our Scouters that are providing programming to our most fundamental members, our youth. Without our volunteers and our youth, there would be no Scouting. As a voting member, I would vote for what is best for our youth and Scouters, Nova Scotia Council, and Scouts Canada as a whole.
Outside of Scouting, I am a university student at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax taking Engineering. I have spent many weeks in Nova Scotia visiting my brother and appreciate its unique culture. Since moving East, I have learned so much about the amazing people of Nova Scotia. I grew up Scouting in my local group of 1st Drummond near Perth, Ontario. I have been involved in many different extracurriculars over my life, ranging from the dramatic arts to sports teams to Students’ Council, but nothing compares to Scouting for me. It is the activity I have chosen time and time again to put first as I believe that it has helped to shape me into who I am. I know that the opportunities provided in Scouts are like no other, and now volunteer to help provide those opportunities to others.
The youth led component of our programming is exceptionally important to me. I know that the chances I had to understand the process and have real life practice at organising events, for example, has made me more confident in my abilities. I believe that anyone should be able to have that experience. I will always speak out for the involvement of youth at all levels of Scouting. Our youth bring new ideas and direction to any meeting, and it is incredible what they can accomplish with support from Scouters who want to see them succeed. Speaking as one who experienced the program, the feeling of completing something that you didn’t think you could is exhilarating and character building. It shows youth that challenges are surmountable, and that also gives us an understanding and appreciation of those around us for all the hard work they do. I will vote according to this belief, that our youth can do incredible things, and so can our Scouters, when they are given the support they need. That support may not look the same for everyone, but all our groups deserve support.
I greatly appreciate everything that Scouting has done for me and the many others like me. I will work hard to represent the interests of all members of Scouting to ensure future youth will have an amazing experience.
Thank you for considering me for a Voting Member for Nova Scotia Council in 2020-2021.