3 Districts, 2 Counties, 1 shirt sleeve!

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[1] 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?

  1. * Actually its not really a super secret its one of the original 9 Scout Laws.

Happy New Year!

Two Thousand and eight has been a long slog, or at least it seemed long, perhaps because its the first year in the last 3 where I haven’t had a summer ‘holiday’. EuroJam happened in 2005, GlosCamp was 2006 and the Scouting Centenary and Jamboree in 2007.

There is one advantage to not having time off, I’ve kept myself productive enhancing my design skills, I’m certainly a lot more confident in Photoshop although I do produce a lot more junk which I inevitably ends up on here, luckily here is a playground and not a portfolio. I’ve also switched some jobs to InDesign and Illustrator, but I’m nowhere near as confident as I would want to be for a Design firm, but then I’m assuming that my colleagues there are naturals compared to the proficient individuals at my current place (then again I don’t get enough time to do my best work so presumably they don’t either…)

Speaking of portfolios, I’ve overdue to publish one about now, I’ve got some pretty snazzy pieces that I’m happy to show-off, and aslong as I’m willing to publish them in a professional capacity that’s all that matters really.

Real life play, I’ve watched less movies, 151 to be exact, 20 less than 2007. Still it sounds like a lot, almost 3 a week! But I’ve been out to see at least 20 of those at the cinema on social occasions so they don’t really count :p

I’ve never really been one for resolutions, I suppose I could watch less movies, and I want to watch more independent ones, just because the stories tend to be better. Luckily at the end of 2008 I was introduced to a quaint little joint in Northampton which I can keep an eye on. I suppose I could find some fellow Northants Bloggers and do meetups, actually yes, that’s my resolution, I’m going to be a more social blogger. I’m going to make it to at least one WordCamp before the end of 2009!