As another year winds down and we look forward to another (assuming the Mayan calendar or a zombie attack doesn’t do us all in), we often take a moment to reflect on how things are going. Much of our thinking goes into evaluating what we’ve done and how we can do better going forward. After reading a post in Recognize This!, a blog written by employee recognition and reward consultant Derek Irvine, I got to thinking about my own experiences in Scouting and why I keep doing it. The post is titled Ten Signs You Love Your Job (Really) and his list is a counter to all those lists of reasons you might be unhappy. I’d like to offer some of my own reasons I enjoy being a Scouter, based on Derek’s list:
- Scouters are my friends. I love what we do and the people who help me do it.
- A Scout is helpful and I enjoy helping others. We share common goals.
- Time flies when I’m on a campout, at summer camp or just talking to other parents behind the scenes at a troop meeting.
- I don’t like missing campouts or troop meetings if I’m sick or otherwise can’t make it. I like to be there to support the Scouts and the troop.
- Scouting helps me “recharge” for the week ahead and gives me inspiration to do better outside of Scouting.
- I enjoy helping others succeed and recognizing them for it.
- I’ll do a bit more if it helps the boys.
- Other Scouters and parents may sometimes be troublesome but they don’t bother me because I’m focused on the boys.
- I look for ways that we can support the boys rather than finding ways to tell them “no”.
- I always keep the main aim in mind – the aims of the movement – and realize that I make a difference, no matter how small.
Let us know in the comments if there are any more ways you enjoy Scouting, based on Derek’s list, my list or your own experience.
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