Jamie Cashin (jamie@HAGAR.UDC.NEWEAST.CA)
Sat, 6 Aug 1994 10:27:59 -0230
I'm new to scouts-l and Scouting in general, having been involved as
a scouter only since last October. I'm a cycling fanatic,
volunteering in my provinces cycling association, and an outdoors
nut. I like to get out there and do things, I like to be active.
I decided to read the list to see how people were doing their
introductions and model mine after theirs. Well, people are
people and all are different and that's what makes this world
interesting! Besides, after what happened to me a few months ago
you think I'd have learned:
I was walking through a mall in my home town of St. John's on the
island of Newfoundland (as far east as you can go in North America,
incidentally) when Scouts Canada had a booth set up trying to recruit
members and leaders. I was given an invitation to attend "Scouting
Explained" and decided to attend.
When I was eight years old I wanted to be a Cub. My mom said "No,
you wouldn't enjoy it" and I dropped the idea. Boy was she wrong!
She was a bit overprotective, and I guess I have remained a bit of
a kid at heart because of it all, but not in a bad way.
After thinking for some time, I decided I would try out "this
Scouting thing" as I put it to a friend. I was no longer requiring
my Moms permission at age 29! I haven't looked back since, and
I am looking forward to the new year starting in September.
Well the year went by and the Parent Son banquet came around and I
was asked to speak on behalf of the Scouting leaders. Now, we have
a very very successful program here at 3rd St. John's Wesley
with active parents and leaders, and boys in all sections, Beavers,
Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers (I've also become a Rover). So
here's little old me being asked to do a response to a toast. There
were so many better choices! The Provincial Commissioner is a member
of 3rd St. John's Wesley, he could have done it.. no way. They wanted
me to do it. So I was in a panic for a week.
I think I have been getting alot more out of Scouting than I ever
would have thought possible. I have grown more in the last year,
learned more about myself and others, and met more nice people than
I have at any other time in my life.
My toast response went something like this:
"I joined Scouts for many reasons, one of which was to
"teach what I know, to share my life experience. I have
"found that I am learning more than I am teaching.
"Some of the things I ve learned?
"I ve learned that I like onions and mushrooms with my steak.
"I ve learned that marshmallows stick to adult hair too.
"I ve learned that life is both serious and not serious
"at the same time.
"At spring camp last Sunday, we were getting ready to
"leave. One by one the boys asked if they could ride
"back to town with me. I was confused as to why so
"many of them wanted to travel with me. I expected
"some profound reason, some deep inner characteristic
"of mine that most adults have lost touch with that
"some of these boys were seeing in me. So I asked
"one of the Venturers why. I was told 'you like the
"same kind of music we do and you let us turn it up
"I m learning not to be so serious all the time and
"how to have fun.
"A wise person once said:
"100 years from now it won t matter what kind of car
"I drove, where I lived, what I did for a living or
"how much money I made. But the world will be a better
"place because I was important in the life of a child.
"Well, the person who said that was wise but they forgot
"one thing. Children are important in the lives of adults
"too. So with that I thank the youth for giving me the
"opportunity to be a leader and to learn from them. I
"hope I ve been and will continue to be of some benefit
"in their lives.
Well that's what I said, and that's how I feel.
I love Scouting, and the people I've met, and that's why I've joined
scouts'l, to meet more of the kind of people I have met locally.
Well, as usual, I've gone on raving far longer than I had intended,
so I'll veave it at that.
We're having a provincial Jamboree in Lomond, in Gros Morne
Provincial Park next year from Saturday July 8th to Saturday
July 15th. It's a beautiful place on Canada's youngest province.
I'm looking forward to meeting more great Scouts, Scouters and
volunteers from across this beautiful province of mine. I hope
some of the readers of scouts-l might come up to Newfoundland and
Yours in Scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City