Iona Scouting Group has expanded rapidly over the past 12 months and as a result are looking to train more leaders to join the team. They are looking for outward-focused people from all walks of life who would like to invest in the lives of the next generation, and to spread the load of Iona’s team of leaders.
Perhaps you are at a life-stage where you have some time on your hands and are looking for a meaningful activity. Or maybe you’re a grandparent, or an aunt or uncle, and your family don’t live close by. Involvement with Keas or Cubs or Scouts could fill that gap for you.
Scout leadership could suit a young adult who enjoys the outdoors or educating kids. Maybe you are moving into a career such as childcare or teaching and want to have more experience working with kids.
Grandparents, do you have a grandchild who would like to join scouts, but their parents are overcommitted? Would you consider bringing them and helping out yourself?
Parents are often time-poor, and the commitment of being a scout leader just isn’t practical. But the grandparent generation are ideal. They’ve got the time and the patience, and it’s a really practical way of helping not just the kids, but easing the burden of parenting. You remember how tough that could be?
Full training is given so there’s no need to worry about your experience level. Also, there are a wide range of activities in scouts so if you’re not that physically active don’t let that put you off. Leaders with all sorts of skill sets will find a place. Active types might take the lead on the more physical activities, but others might find their niche in a cooking or craft activity.
So, what does a Scout leader do? You would be involved in a team who run an activity each Wednesday night for about an hour and a half, meeting at the Blockhouse Bay Community Centre. Activities range from cooking and craft to campfires, badge work, bush walks, and community services like picking up litter. There are also camps from time to time on weekends.
If this sounds like something you could get involved in, phone Colin on 021 208 1103 to have a chat.