Zambarau Moot #12 - Australia!
‘Adventure’ was one of the three words that kept coming up from the ‘Choose 3 words to describe Scouting’ campaign a while ago (if you didn’t see it, it was started by Bear Grylls and the idea was to choose 3 words that described Scouting to you), but at some point you want to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. How about help develop a Leader training program for a foreign nation? Go and do several months of service at Kandersteg International Scout Centre? Find time to git in a World Moot at some point? Travel with some old faces (and some new ones) around different parts of the world?
How about doing them all? You could even say that it’s heaps good?
This has been ThisThriftyBusiness (http://thisthriftybusiness.tumblr.com/) life for the last 8 months. Starting in Cubs after having local Leaders visit his school, TTB is a Rover from Australia, Chairman of his state’s Branch Rover Council, an Assistant Director of his local Gang Show, involved in planning elements of the upcoming Australian Venture, involved with Rover Training. Simply put, Scouting is his life.
“Rovering is the final youth section; it was the brainchild of our founder and it was such for a reason. Young adulthood is an incredibly significant part in a person’s life. It’s a very vulnerable and changeable time, where a person is finding their feet in life and their place in the world. Rovering exists to support people through this time and to assist them through this development. I think it is important for Rovers to serve as leaders as well… whether that’s with an appointment as a Leader or generally utilising leadership qualities.”
Spending time with Scouting in Asia, Europe, and the Americas has given TTB a whole new perspective on Scouting. “I learned a lot about the world, Scouting, and myself.” He’s currently filling in the stories on his Tumblr with more photos of the many days that he spent travelling. Aside from that, he’s looking to return to Kandersteg someday, and travel again.
Indeed, the premise of TTB’s Tumblr page was to explore the Scout Law of “A Scout is Thrifty” through his travels. Without wanting to give away any spoilers (although TTB sums it up quite well in this post), ‘thrift’ is more than being about just money but the way that you look at things and appreciate them.
Rover Crews in TTB’s area aren’t attached to any Scout Group, and all run independently. His Crew has over 40 members, and a highly active program. Scouts in Australia have five age sections, open to both boys and girls:
- Joey Scouts (6-7),
- Cub scouts (8-10),
- Scouts (11-14),
- Venturer Scouts (15-17), and,
- Rover Scouts (18-25).
In answer to the big question why do you do Scouting, TTB answered “for personal development, unique opportunities, friendships and something to do!”
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A little background information: TTB is a member of Scouts Australia, founded in 1908. There are a range of Scouting and Guiding organisations in Australia that are affiliated to different international groups, including the World Federation of Independent Scouts and the Order of World Scouts.
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- rahrahrainbows said: Also TTB is one of the coolest people i know!
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