Being a parent
I've just returned from the airport having waved my daughter off with her Network Unit (she turned 18 just before we disappeared to the US for a holiday, where as she pointed out, the minimum age is 21 much to her frustration!) as she went on her first expedition with them to Ireland.
Spending last evening helping her pack her rucksack (well, to be honest before my wife Julie posts a comment, I was "advising" the two of them on how to pack) also brought back very many memories.
On the drive home (you'll appreciate that in Guernsey, this wasn't a long time!) I was thinking about the hundreds of thousands of parents that have done something similar over the past few months as you have taken their children on camp or other outdoor adventures. Not only do we know that these are amongst the most popular activities that young people enjoy doing, we know also that they give us the greatest opportunity to help their self development; all whilst having great fun. On behalf of all those parents, a very big thank you to all leaders and helpers who have taken their sections away recently.
Interestingly, we have learnt also that camps and other residential experiences are one of our best opportunities to recruit new leaders from helping parents. This was why we launched "The Big Adventure" this year. I've recently seen a summary of the interim review and the results are very encouraging and confirm how great a source of potential volunteers we have.
It would be good to hear from those of you who have used this theme, or any others to recruit people?
I look forward to seeing many of you at Gilwell Reunion next week, please come and join me and other members of the national team on the Buffalo Lawn sometime between 3pm and 5pm for a drink by way of a small "thank you" for all you are doing.