Have been involved as volunteer at Greenbank Scout Group since April 2010. First starting as Cub Scout Leader, I completed my advanced training as Cub Leader in 2014. In 2016, I moved across to Group Leader and completed advanced training the same year.
As a youth, I was a Cub, Scout and Venturer in Toowoomba making life-long friends and memories. I wanted to give back to my own children as they came of age for Scouting and found I loved mentoring and supporting youth on their scouting journey. Scouts is unique, providing non-formal education for life. The skills, experiences and knowledge that the youth learn will help them become better citizens in the future. What is more important, is the personality traits our youth learn. Empathy, resilience, teamwork, confidence and self-reliance are just some of the personality traits they learn which will make a difference to their lives in the future. I like to call it “grit”. Our own internal grit is what we rely on when life gets tough. When things go wrong, when life throws us a curveball, when plans go awry, we rely on grit. Our own self confidence and resilience allows us to deal with these stresses and issues and not let them completely derail our lives.
For me, that’s what Scouting is all about. Providing our youth with the coping mechanisms for life. And the longer they stay involved, the better the outcome.
As a youth member I went through Cubs and Scouts and attended the 14th Australian Jamboree at Cataract Park in 85/86.
My kids both started Joeys as soon as they were old enough and I quickly fell into the role of Joey Scout Leader which was great fun for a couple of years.
I spent the next 4 years as an Assistant Scout Leader with the Wednesday night section and during that time I attended AJ2016, back at Cataract Park as an Assistant Jamboree Troop Leader and then had the privilidge of attending AJ2019 in South Australia as a Troop Leader.
At the end of 2019 I took on the role of Assistant Group Leader, helping Jacala out where I can.
For me, the joy in Scouts comes from watching the youth members grow in confidence and gain skills that will set them up for life.