I started Scouting as a young cub at year 2003, where I went through many scout activities that couldn't show me what I thought Scouting was. After moving on to secondary school, I begun Scouting as a scout, where I learnt from foot drill to knots, tall towers to fostering brotherhood amongst my patrol. That was where I learnt the most so far.
Looking back, it has been a long, yet enjoyable journey, where I realized the importance of an exciting yet happy childhood, that will impact the child forever. As a appointed Assistant Group Scout Leader of the 1st Leaders Council in Stallion Scouts (open), I was tasked to take on Colugo Scouts as a Scout Leader, to lead, train and inspire them to be leaders of tomorrow.
What is my main purpose of Volunteering at Colugo Scouts?
I've always believed in inspiring future generations and touching the hearts of many. At the same time, I wanted to nuture young boys who previously were Cubs, to have a great Scouting experience yet fostering skills and knowledge via our progress schemes.
What do you think you can gain from this experience?
When I see my boys reach new heights, gain their progress Badges and reach their goals, that gives me some satisfaction to see that I was part of their journey. I can also gain some leadership experience in managing young scouts.
What are some of the difficulties you faced when volunteering at Colugo?
Some of the difficulties include time management, progressive planning for scouts, and managing scouts. As they are young and energetic, it's hard to impose discipline in them especially with a small group. However, I believe all this boil down to one's responsibility in the appointment, to uphold its task and move on with it.
How will your experience help you in becoming a better leader?
By putting theory into practice, volunteering every weekend enabled me to practice my skills yet learn a thing or two from leading young scouts. Through weekly objectives I've learnt to be adaptable to change, see things in different perspectives and communicate much better to them.
In future, I would like to see them grow up to be a good person, to be an active contributor to the world and inspire more to follow. For those that came for a part of my life, I like to mention that this entry is a reflection for my Woodbadge Course that I am currently pursuing.