I joined Scouts 9 years ago. Infact it was 9 years last week to be exact. The reason was because I moved to London and wanted to make some Adult friends and a work colleague suggested joining Scouts, so I did and as they say “The rest is history”.

It got me thinking, what I’ve seen in Scouts in these 9 years, the up’s and Down’s, the tears or joy and the tears of dread come to my mind.

I’ve mentioned many times the amount of pleasure I get from being a Scout leader, seeing so many young people come up through the sections in my Group and achieve so many wonderful things and make so many happy and exciting memories, summer camp for example

 

So, it got me thinking how I describe Scouting to someone whose never been involved in the movement. To the outsider does it still look like its all about camping and singing ging gang gooley?

 

What I did was asked Scout Leaders from all over the word to “Describe Scouting in one word” and this was the results.

 

In no particular order……

  • Life!
  • Friendship
  • Passion
  • Family
  • Headache!
  • Circle
  • Adventure
  • Everything
  • Educative
  • Passion
  • love
  • Inclusiveness
  • supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
  • Family
  • Life-changing
  • Over-regulated
  • Service
  • Vocational
  • Laughs
  • Commitment
  • Busy
  • Opportunity
  • Learning
  • Challenging
  • Rewarding
  • Twohoursaweek
  • Inspiring
  • Search
  • Underpaid
  • Scouting
  • Trust
  • Team
  • Rewarding
  • Teamwork
  • Knackering
  • Politics
  • Bacon
  • Smashing
  • empowering
  • Loyalty
  • Fun
  • Fantastic
  • Worthwhile
  • Marvellous
  • Humbling
  • Forever
  • Development
  • Growth
  • Skills
  • Cheating!!
  • Fire….
  • Madness
  • Evergreen
  • Doing
  • Action
  • Scouting
  • Itisnotpossibletodescribescoutinginoneword
  • Draining
  • peace
  • lifesaving
  • Marshmallows
  • Toast
  • Opportunity
  • Experiences
  • Badges
  • BUSH FIRE
  • Community
  • Character
  • Game
  • Mental
  • Wow!
  • Assume
  • Entertaining
  • Heart
  • Jamboree
  • Enabling
  • Independence
  • Superb
  • Rewarding
  • pyromania
  • Addictive
  • Honourable
  • Cool
  • Me
  • myself
  • Achievements
  • Privilege
  • Camp
  • Pride
  • Spirit
  • Fulfilling
  • Endless
  • Brotherhood
  • Consumed
  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Sun
  • Services