Getting to know them
So last weekend was my first proper camp with the scouts (the family camp didn't really count). While it's true that I knew many of them from cubs it's also true that kids change as they get older and it's also true that you see a different side to the same kids when they are asked to step up a level and take more responsibility both for themselves and for each other. They responded pretty well. Some have some skills to learn, others need to learn to do what they can already do quicker, the fact is though that despite faults in what they could and couldn't do their attitude was truly magnificent.
We hear so much these days about kids are rubbish and useless and have a bad attitude, and these kids do exist, yet I also know a bunch of kids who will work their arses off and I am incredibly proud of all of them (even our resident pyro who wouldn't leave the fires alone, even he worked hard). It's also nice to just get to know them properly personally, see what makes them all tick and develop that relationship of trust that leaders need with their scouts.
My scouts have so much potential, and I'm looking forward to telling you about it!