Bear Grylls’ antics have made him a household name and it’s certainly no bad thing.
In fact Nicky Prior reckons it’s part of the reason her Scout group has seen a resurgence over the last few years.
Five years ago she took over as the group leader of the St Heliers Glendowie Scout Group and has loved every minute of it.
The busy mum manages to find time for meetings almost every night of the week with groups of Keas, Cubs and Scouts.
‘‘I co-ordinate everyone, organise group camps and activities,’’ she says.
Since taking over membership has increased from 55 to 110.
‘‘The kids just sell us. They have such a good time and they tell their mates and then they come along,’’ she says.
‘‘My leaders and committee are fantastic, wonderful people.
‘‘The biggest issue is we can’t get enough leaders.
‘‘We have a waiting list of kids but no leaders,’’ she says.
Getting outside in the great outdoors seems to be the mantra of the group and Prior says they don’t spend a lot of time in their Scout hall.
‘‘All the way through from Keas to Scouts you give the kids a fire and give them marshmallows and it’s just heaven to them,’’ she says.
Highlights of the job include the chance to get involved in activities like camping, making bivouacs and going down mudslides.
‘‘You’ve got 24 Keas going crazy in the mud and they just end up with the whites of their eyes showing,’’ she says.
She says sending kids to Scouts is a great way to instill core values in young children.
‘‘Kids need somebody around that can give them that time, time is more important than money.
‘‘If you give them the right values, then they can go a long way in life,’’ she says.
Prior also plays a large role in organising the hugely successful St Heliers Anzac commemoration.
It started out in the Tamaki Ex Services Association Hall.
But Prior spearheaded the idea to take the event outside to the St Heliers Bay War Memorial.
Last year the commemoration attracted more than 3000 people. Organising the service takes her all year and involves a lot of help from others in the community.
‘‘We finish one year and straight away start organising the next,’’ Prior says.
‘‘Next year with the centenary it is going to be enormous,’’ she says.
Her work on the commemoration in 2013 earned her an Orakei Community Volunteer Award.