Graham Enns has spent his life immersed in Scouting. Described by others as reliable, courteous and hard-working, the influence of Scouting can be seen throughout the development of Graham’s years—from Cub Scouts through Rovers.
Recently Graham became a recipient of the Scouts Canada Scholarship, a scholastic financial award that subsidizes academic materials for Canadian Scouting youth in full time studies. To acknowledge his many achievements, Scouting Life chatted with Graham about how Scouting has contributed to the person he has become today.
“Being a Scout helped to develop my socialization with other people,” Graham explains. “When I was younger, I had so many issues with communication—I was very awkward.”
After experiencing issues with bullying, Graham’s parents enrolled him as a Cub Scout, and he immediately began to grow. Within the welcoming and inclusive Cub environment, Graham became a leader. “Since fellow Cubs were following me, I needed to improve my communication, and they helped.”
Thanks to his “fantastic leaders”, of whom Graham considers himself to have been highly influenced and mentored, Graham’s confidence skills strengthened and gave him courage to confront bullying, so that by the time he reached high school he had overcome his communication and social issues.
“Being able to communicate with others has been really great in high school and university,” adds Graham, who went on to be a Beaver and Cub leader, while working in service on the side.
Furthermore, skills and leadership training from Scouting enabled Graham to progress further in his job, receiving a promotion due to his excellent problem solving abilities and reliable dedication. While he pursues his studies in Mechanical Engineering full-time, Graham continues to work part-time while maintaining an active role in Scouting.
“I really believe in the Scouting program, and I just enjoy it a ton.” While school is his first priority, Graham considers Scouting to be his second, and continues to “carve out time” for Rover activity and volunteering with Beavers and Venturers.
“I think that doing something other than academics and work—something fun like Scouting—helps me to take a break so that I can be better at school and my job,” Graham observes.
Beyond providing variety to his current life, the influence that the Scouting community had on Graham runs deep. “I wouldn’t be who I am today without the leaders throughout my whole Scouting life. In Scouting I have been accepted, made great friends and I’ve learned a lot—all while having fun. The value of Scouting to my life has been immeasurable.”