Yesterday we were extremely busy and it was hard to go do an ‘activity’ as such but I had a wonderful time watching Rooks at school, marvelling at their crafty cleverness and their raucous sound. I love to watch birds at school and tell everyone what species they are. I probably drone on a bit too long though!
However, a really cool thing did happen at Scouts last night. I was awarded my Chief Cub Scout award!!! I didn’t know they were coming and it was such a surprise! This award is the highest accolade for young scouters and I was taken aback to receive it. I’m the fourth person in the history of Fermanagh scouting to receive it along with my good Scouting friend Kylah.
I received the award for my commitment to making the world a better place – environmentally, socially and practically. I carried a range of hikes, challenges, bushcraft (the art of living in the wild without modern implements) activities and environmental projects. I studied bat populations, ecology and bat rescues. I made graphs and complied a project; it was such an enriching experience.
I have been a scout now for four years and they have been the best years of my life so far. Before I was a scout I had no physical outlet for my energies and passions. I had no friends who shared my passion for outdoor learning and although many of my fellow scouters maybe didn’t share the same intensity for nature – at least they liked to be outside!!
My leader Tony, has been a very special person in my life. We met him on one of our weekend walks and as mum knew him from her childhood she asked about Scouts – my life changed from that point. He has taught me so much and helped me develop as a person who is more connected with people as well as nature. He’s one of the few people I can be myself around. His humour, compassion and drive to reach your potential has no bounds. I would be a different person if it weren’t for him and my scouting family – all my leaders, mentors and fellow scouts, I am so grateful for the help and support you have given me.
Scouting is such a positive thing for young people to do, it teaches us how to be the best we possibly can – to be messengers of peace, to do good work, to be positive role models and most of all how to embrace and enjoy all things Wild! I have completed many challenges and learned so much.
I am an innate naturalist but thanks to Scouts I’m now also an adventurer – that was the spirit that Tony brought out in me. He taught me to believe in myself and my potential – and here I am, now the recipient of a Chief Cub Scout and my journey is far from over. I look forward to my continued scouting journey!
Yours in scouting ⚜️