On Thursday I was walking my dog Oscar when I bumped into my local GSL, we got chatting about what they get upto and how the group was doing in my relatively new housing estate. The three youngest sections have been filled for the last 2-3 years so I’ve keenly been waiting for the Scouts to mature into a fine Explorer blend.
I’ve been really looking forward to this because the beginning of my career has not been as rewarding as I need so I’ve been strictly following the super-secret ninth Scout Law: “A Scout is Thrifty” and being selective in what I commit to. I’ve been helping at a Explorer Unit for the better part of a year now, its been good and I’ve learnt a lot but I’ve not been very dedicated to it, with a local group I don’t have to worry about the cost of travel, I can walk/ride there every Thursday so I can make a greater commitment.
What I really like about this is apart from the 4-5 year old practically new and good condition equipment is we’ll be starting starting everything fresh. With everything blank we’ll have the first meeting sorted trying to create an identity, what do we call ourselves and the up and coming generations? Eagles, Panthers, Stags, Cobras? (My Scout Patrol names) or go for something abstract like Viking, Ayers or Solar? Its going to be very exciting!
However this raises the considerably minor problem; I’d be then working in 3 Districts in 2 Counties, I already have a a lot of badges on my right sleeve I can’t put them all on there! I could have separate shirts for each Unit but thats 3 times as much Ironing, not to mention how hard it was getting one new set of badges for my new Uniform I brought especially for Gang Show this year, let alone three!
I expect there are several people in multi-district Cities that don’t really mind that their badges are either wrong 1 or 2 times a week or just have the county badge on their right arm, but I spend the majority of my time in Northamptonshire and do some Scouting in Buckinghamshire a whole other county, I can’t even be unspecific about my district!
I’m not so keen on being right but now that I am taking on a greater commitment I want to show a greater dedication, even if it is just a 2 inch patch on my arm. As far as volunteers go Scouters (and Guiders) are very passionate about what we do so I imagine I’m not the first to deal with this sort of quandary, how do you show your involvement?
- * Actually its not really a super secret its one of the original 9 Scout Laws.