Together, Scouters Paula and Wayne Daley share a valuable connection to Scouts Canada. With 6 children between the ages of 6 and 13 in the program, the Daleys are an outdoor-loving, adventure-seeking family who have benefited from of our No One Left Behind program for the last 4 years—in addition to being dedicated members of the Scouting community for many years prior.
“All six of our kids have been involved with Scouts since they were very young, and my husband and I both volunteer as Scouters,” says Paula, “Scouting is a huge part of our family’s life, and I can honestly say I don’t know what we’d do without it.”
Paula and Wayne’s children – Lucy May, James, Caitlyn, Phillip, Faith and Khloe Rose – have each flourished in their own unique ways through Scouting. Being outdoors – connecting with nature, learning new skills and burning off energy – has been particularly advantageous for two of the Daley children who have ADHD/ODD1, and ADD2 respectively, as well as for two of their daughters who are selectively mute. Both Paula and Wayne strongly believe that being involved in Scouts Canada’s programming has brought out the best in each of their children.
“They’ve worked hard, and are proud of their accomplishments,” says Paula, “every badge represents a step they’ve taken to becoming a more empowered and more confident person”.
“When you take any young person, especially those with disabilities, out hiking or camping, it gives them a chance to open up and be themselves. It gives them the confidence and the willingness to try new things.”
With six kids, the Daleys embrace generous support from Scouts Canada’s No One Left Behind program, which has continuously provided their blended family with subsidized fees – including assisted coverage on the costs of sleeping bags, uniforms, camp fees and other related dues. Without No One Left Behind, Paula states, “[Scouting] would not be possible.” She goes on to say that she is a “firm believer that all kids and young people with an interest in Scouting should have the opportunity to be a part of its life-changing experiences, even if their parents can’t afford it.”
Scouting has become the only extracurricular activity that the Daley children have. “Without it,” says Paula, “they would lose their joy, their outlet, their friendships.” Paula and Wayne have seen the impact that Scouting has on their kids, as such, they’ve decided to give back to Scouts Canada – an organization that has given them so much over the years – by becoming Scouters.
“Being a Scouter is an amazing opportunity to be a strong female role model. And I just love giving kids experiences they’d never have otherwise … It’s an unbelievable feeling to know that you are giving a child skills and experiences that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”
In the 2018/19 Scouting Year, Scouts Canada is aiming to raise $500,000 for No One Left Behind program, providing families facing economic barriers with full access to the Scouting experience they deserve and giving all youth an opportunity to build a positive future for themselves and the world.
“Scouting builds kids’ self-esteem, grows their knowledge base, and gives them the chance to get to know people outside of school and home,” says Paula, “it surrounds them with loving and committed adults who truly care about them and want them to be the very best they can be.”
Last year, with help from our generous supporters, Scouts Canada was able to register 3,224 Canadian youth through No One Left Behind subsidies, enabling growth in leadership, self-development, community engagement, environmental consciousness and active living through adventure.
“Far too many kids aren’t able to have these experiences,” says Paula, “and a lot of families – like ours – can’t afford these experiences without help.”
While Scouting is quite affordable for some families, there remain more than 3,000 youth from across our country whose families face financial obstacles, hindering their opportunity for participation in our youth-led programming. With our No One Left Behind program, Scouts Canada is able to provide all youth with the guidance necessary to find their way forward, match skills with their interests and ensure that they receive the mentorship required to discover their potential.
“When kids spend time outdoors, challenging themselves while surrounded by people who care about them – that’s when the magic happens. That’s when young people discover who they really are, and what they’re capable of.”
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1 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Oppositional Defiant Disorder
2 Attention Deficit Disorder