This weekend I had the pleasure of taking part in a long honored tradition in the UK; Guide camp!
Guiding and Scouting has been in my family almost since the start of the movement. My Maternal Grandparents had been Scout leaders, my mother was a Brownie, a Cub leader and a Brownie leader, and my father was a Scout leader.
It comes as no surprise then that when our time came, my brother and I were shipped off to the local troop and pack respectively to work our way up the movement, until we both finally left to go to university and no longer had time to fit this into our busy schedules. It was a big part of my life and I have a lot to thank the Guide association for helping me become the woman I am today.
Some people scoff at the idea of taking part in clubs such at these, but to them I say they are missing out on something key. That is, being part of the community. So naturally when I got to a stage in my career where I could then commit to taking part in guiding again, I didn’t hesitate in contacting my local commissioner.
When you agree to take part in something like this, not only are you doing it to develop yourself or your child, but you are agreeing to support the community. Guides and Scouts do a lot of work to help take care of the local community, as well as developing the next generation.
Widen Your Circle
But the point I am trying to make is not just about Guiding, it is about any club, group or society which takes place in your local area. Taking part in something which is outside work and your usual group of friends is very rewarding. I have met a lot of very interesting people over the years, and have learnt an awful lot from them. I have also supported a lot of people in my community, which in itself is very fulfilling.
Giving back can be challenging when you come home from a long day at work and all you want to do is slob in front of the TV. There have been many an evening I have had to force myself to go out, but I always come back feeling glad I did push myself.
It’s easier than you think
I think some people assume that giving back to the community has to be hard. Yes, I was exhausted after a weekend of what is effectively voluntary work, but it certainly wasn’t hard work. I met some amazing people and had fun with children and adults alike. This is, in my opinion, because we all have the same values and interests. We have a common goal.
If you can find something like this in you community, something that you are passionate about and something which gives back to others, it can be incredibly fulfilling. Since starting back in January, my mental and emotional wellbeing have greatly improved.
I urge you all to go out into your local communities. Find a group, club or service you are passionate about. Meet new people and give back to others. I guarantee if you find the right one you will love it!