Before getting into this post, I would first like to have a little rant about how I am a little bit irritated by my MacBook because it is slipping all over my lap. Why don’t they have grippy things to hold them in place? Or better still why don’t I change to more grippy leggings? Or indeed why don’t I save myself from future back problems and sit up properly at my desk? These are all questions that I do not know the answer to… and will now stop chuntering on about.
Onwards… to the point of this post – last weekend – Scout Leader Training.
Last weekend I went to a Scout Leader training camp at a campsite called Pax Hill. I love that as a child I thought that Pax Hill was a massive campsite…. as it turns out, as a grown-up (hehe, how grown-up can I be if I’m calling myself a grown-up) I can run around the perimeter in about 35 minutes.
Me taking a “role-modelly” self inflating, selfie
Scout Training involved going through a number of ceremonial traditions, talking about policies, laws, and strategies for working with children. I learnt quite a lot by talking to the other leaders and to hear about their own challenges and triumphs in leading different troops.
As a “non-parent” leader I found it particularly interesting to listen to the perspectives of those leaders that are parents, and also to hear about the motivations of other “non-parent” leaders for joining the movement.
For me, I have become a Scout Leader for two big reasons and many small ones.
Firstly, I feel that I am very community orientated and wanted a way to give back to Australian society without having to change the organisation that I volunteer with every time that I move interstate. (I’ve lived in about 5 states and territories in 10 years) Scouts Australia is a national organisation that I can volunteer with across Australia!!!
Secondly and probably primarily, I want to be a role model for young people.
I feel that in the 11-15 age bracket, children often don’t come into contact with many adults in their 20s. It seems to be almost an elusive age group that is missing from community organizations aimed at developing children.
I have a job in a traditionally male-orientated industry. I am university educated. I am unmarried but am happily committed in a long-distance relationship. I live in an apartment in the city.
When do young people come into contact with people like me?
How can young girls be made aware of all their options if the only women they come into contact with are in traditionally female orientated, care-giver roles? (Side-note: I am in total awe of women in traditionally female orientated industries and care giver roles – often such roles are far too undervalued in our society)
I want to be able to passively provide an example of an alternate option to traditional female roles and also to show what it is to be in this phase which is “after-leaving home – before (if ever) having a family… and to be able to actively answer any questions they might have.
And on that note here are a couple of picies from my weekend.
Perfect blue skies all weekend
Pax Hill is a lot smaller than I remember
Traditional Camp Breakfast, egg in a hole, toad in a hole