Scouting has influenced my life by giving me a chance to do many things that I wouldn’t have tried otherwise. What you ask? Well, similar to other Scouting youth, I have had the opportunity to make a difference in my community by taking steps to protect the environment. This consists mainly of bottle drives and park clean ups, and practicing the Leave No Trace principle, which requires us to clean campsites so they are in the same shape as we found them or cleaner. Another example is helping the people around me through events such as Good Turn Week. This has allowed me meet new people in my community by doing good turns like cleaning up our community green space or taking care of a dog owned by an elderly gentlemen who asked for help walking his dog.
Other ways Scouts has influenced my life is by giving me the chance to go to many once in a lifetime events like the Canadian Jamboree and getting a youth role in the largest youth organization in Canada. But aside from all that, here is how Scouting has affected me personally, although I suspect that if you are a Scout or become a Scout you will create your own experiences that will have an impact on who you are.
- I now look for activities I can do to make myself a better member of the community. For example, when I see someone drop or lose something I try my best to help them retrieve that item.
- Scouts has made me realize time has value, by giving me choices between camps and other events. It has made me realize that time spent Scouting is so much better spent than sitting on a couch watching TV. Plus I get to have some of the best times of my life like, when my Scout Group embarked on a link camp with Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Venturers. Through this event, we were able to teach skills to the younger sections.
- Scouts has helped me overcome my shyness. Previously, a natural introvert, I can now make friends in many different circumstances. For example, at the Canadian Scout Jamboree I became friends with another Scout named Warren, and even though we had never met before, we became friends instantly. The sad but cool part is that we will probably never see each other again but, once you’re friends in Scouts, you’re friends for life. As Glendale 101 Scout Group says, “make friends, don’t add them”.
Scouting has influenced my life and will continue to do so, by driving me to make a difference in the world, and striving to be the best person I can be.