Judging a Book by it’s Cover

I’ve often thought that the 80’s song “It Doesn’t Matter” by Coleman Wilde would be a great Scouting song. “Where you’re from, it doesn’t matter. What you wear, it doesn’t matter. The way you move, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter how you cut your hair. It’s what’s inside that counts.” It makes you think doesn’t it? The cover of a book doesn’t tell the story inside!

People can be fooled by what they see, or what they think they see. Even the most open-minded person sometimes makes assumptions based their first impression of a situation. However sometimes things are not what they seem.

Have a look at the following video. What do you see? What do you think you see?

Back tomorrow with more, so until then…

Be fair, be open-minded, and keep Scouting!

Project: Together we can change lives! – via Daniel Haigh A Personal Blog…

Several months back when I posted the very first Leader Daze article it was about the power of Social Media. In that post I highlighted the YouTube video made by the 4th Golcar Scouting Group in England and how it energized a new group of flexible volunteers for them. Scouter Daniel Haigh, one of the creative team for the video recently wrote up how the idea was conceived and carried out for his own blog Daniel Haigh – A Personal Blog.

Below you will find the article (click Read more for the complete post). It is well worth the read and is inspiring to any that might wish to try making their own video. Have a look!

Till next time…

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!

Project: Together we can change lives!

Scouting is a charity, all the leaders are volunteers, volunteers who commit a huge amount of time to helping young people get the most of out life. 4th Golcar provides fun and adventure to over 200 young people each and every week, but a lack of adult support was a growing concern for both the leader team and the trustees.

The Leaders and the trustees were having to put more and more time into fundraising and running group events, for the events to go ahead with very little support or even very little attendance in some cases. The team were getting disillusioned, they could not provide all the exciting opportunities to the young people, without the support of one group of  key stakeholders… the parents.

The idea was discussed one evening, why don’t we create a video showcasing what we do, and get the young people to explain the need for help and support.

Our brief was simple, we needed each family to volunteer with us for just one hour each year. If every family provided just one volunteer, for just one hour each year, that would give us a huge 200 extra volunteer hours every year!

How we did it:

So along comes Group Camp; I’ve arranged for one of our Assistant Explorer Scout Leaders to bring along his camera with external microphone so we can capture video and audio in high quality. I’ve also wrote a script for the young people to read out. Read more…

Ever Wonder What The Kids Do At Camp?

Besides being a Scout Leader I am also a proud scout parent as well. Being a believer that sometimes my children needed to walk a path without mom (also a Scouter) or myself we didn’t attend every Scout camp with our children. Afterwards when the gear was loaded back in the car we would ask “So what did you do”?

Most every time they would respond with “stuff” or some similar noncommittal answer. Now don’t take this as an sign that the camp was boring. Knowing my Scouting Group, they experienced wonderful camps! They just seemed to forget somewhere between the camp site and the car. I have often suspected that the other leaders had gotten hold of a Nurilizer from the movie “Men in Black” and blanked their minds as they left camp. This would also explain their forgetting to pick up their rooms or taking out the garbage too.

Sorry straying a little from the topic! Anyway have you ever wondered what camp looks like to a 9-year-old. The 19th Leicester Scouting Group have helped answer that question. While attending the County Cub Camp this year they outfitted a Cub Scout with a Go Pro head camera and let him loose for the day. Kudo’s go to the Leicester Media team for coming up with this fun video! It’s got me thinking about Cuboree next spring! (really must buy some video equipment)

So buckle up for “A day in the life of a Cub”!

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!