Don’t doubt the Scouts... they’re su­per troop­ers

Sunday Mirror - - KHAN SAIRA -

DYB-dyb-dyb, dob-dob-dob is ig­no­rantly shouted at Scouts by those who have never been in­volved in this fine move­ment.

As a child I re­call get­ting this mild “abuse” fre­quently – al­though those say­ing it prob­a­bly had no idea where it came from. Dyb – do your best. Dob – do our best. What’s so wrong with that?

I al­ways won­dered why there was an aver­sion by those not in­volved to the Scout move­ment. Per­son­ally, from the age of eight to 20, Scout­ing only gave me in­of­fen­sive, fun op­por­tu­ni­ties to have a more var­ied and en­joy­able life.

Last week I at­tended a re­union of War­spite – my lo­cal Sea Scout Group, named af­ter the bat­tle­ship, in Stoneleigh, Sur­rey. It was or­gan­ised by my amaz­ing Scout leader Dave Ayres and there must have been around 100 peo­ple there. I didn’t know them all but what we had in com­mon was a will­ing­ness to get on with each other and be in­ter­ested in each oth­ers’ lives no mat­ter what.

As you can imagine, not hav­ing seen many for 30-odd years, we were all catch­ing up on ca­reers, births, deaths and mar­riages.

We also re­flected on what we learned in our younger days thanks to peo­ple like Dave.

I guess in a pre “health and safety” world, many of the things we did would not be al­lowed now with­out tighter su­per­vi­sion (not that any­thing ever went badly wrong).

What Scouts, like many youth or­gan­i­sa­tions, gave and still gives is the abil­ity for young adults to learn life skills in a safe en­vi­ron­ment with no re­dress for fail­ing if they tried.

My youngest has been in­volved with War­spite since he was six and I can say it’s the one thing that he al­ways wants to do with lit­tle fuss. And that speaks vol­umes in to­day’s video game world.

I hope that next time you see young peo­ple do­ing some­thing in a youth group you sup­port them as, I prom­ise you, ev­ery one of them will be a bet­ter per­son be­cause of their ex­pe­ri­ence.

Un­til next week

I learned so much... it gave me a chance to de­velop my skills – a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity


SEA ME? Scout days, back row - sec­ond right

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