Today, we're celebrating #NationalActsOfKindnessDay. Here are five reasons that Scouts volunteers are the kindest people about.
1 You show up every week. You’re a constant in many young people’s lives, you really care and they can tell (even though they may not show it when they’re running around like headless chickens). As a result, Scouts are proven to have better mental health and wellbeing.
2 You listen to your Scouts. You respect their opinion and what they want to do. You help them to find their voice when other adults are too busy to listen. Take a look at young people leading the way with #YouShape.
3 You give your free time to ensure everyone's included. You’ve dedicated so much time and effort to planning a Programme of activties which everyone can take part in. You know it’s worth it because seeing a happy bunch of Scouts is far more rewarding than a night in front of the TV (most of the time). Read about some of the ways you went above and beyond in 2016.
4 You help the community. You encourage your young people to care about the world around them and strive to make a positive impact. 225,000 young people are now making real and lasting change in their communities with #AMillionHands.
5 You change lives. You support your young people and really believe in them. That support helps them to develop the confidence they rely on throughout their entire lives. Meet the 6-year-old who knew exactly what to do in an emergency, thanks to the skills you taught him.
To all of the 115,000 Scouting volunteers out there, thank you for being so kind!