Welcome to the first edition of this year’s Thinking Times. Feel free to print them out and display them somewhere where you can take a few minutes during the day to think.
We hope that these provide you with daily stimulation giving you ‘food for thought’, a smile, a challenge, and maybe all three.
“We hope you have had a good time reminiscing about the Blair Atholl Jamborette and your experiences of it. Week by week, our Scouts Scotland volunteers empower thousands of young people to learn new skills, make new friends and stand on their own two feet. They’re our everyday heroes. They shape young people’s lives for the better, and find out a whole lot about themselves in the process, too.
Today, there are nearly 60,000 young people on the waiting list to join us in the UK. We’re more relevant and more needed than ever, but it’s not always easy to keep up with the demand.
That’s where you come in.
You don’t need to be Bear Grylls to join us. You don’t need to have been a Scout when you were younger. You don’t even need to know how to put up a tent. Our door is open to people of all ages, genders, races and backgrounds, and we’re only able to change lives because people like you lend a hand. We’re talking about tea makers, tidy-uppers and skill sharers. We’re talking about mini bus drivers and first aiders. We’re talking about students who want to boost their CV, and parents who volunteer so they can spend more time together as a family.
Whatever your skill set, lend a hand for as little or as much time as you can spare, and we promise you’ll get more out than you put in. Because whether you’re helping a leader to run an activity in the local town hall, organising a night away, or buttering 120 slices of bread a group of very hungry eleven year olds – no two Scout meetings are the same. The difference you make, though, is always great.
We provide the training. You show up, get stuck in, and make memories for life.
If you are not currently involved in Scouting but would like to volunteer please visit scouts.org.uk/volunteer
A regular performer in the Staff Club, Sandy Black will be streaming live music from home after the campfire. Leaders from all round the world are invited to join us after the Campfire on Saturday night for a selection of Scouting songs that all are sure to enjoy.