I am thoroughly enjoying a new role in Scouts as a training advisor. I am supporting volunteers in reflecting on and increasing their skills. Scouts courses are really high quality and informative, either online or in a course.
You combine the course content and the experience of others around you and what you already know and put it all into action. Learning by doing feels like a great way to learn something like building rafts, map reading, identifying trees.
I want to make sure that volunteers know that they can access all of this great training. For any of us, taking some time to think about what skills we have and how they can be transferred, or reflecting on what we would like to learn next and working out how to go about it, is not something we do easily, it never feels like a priority. I want to encourage people to spend just a few minutes checking what they are learning, and what they want to learn next and to show them just how very skilled they are. Believe me, Scout volunteers are hugely skilled – amazing, inspiring people.
Learning has always been a priority for me, but more so as I get older. I get a real buzz from learning something new, it was why I volunteered with Scouts in the first place. It’s uplifting to be involved in an organisation that sees learning new skills as a lifelong passion for all. The more we can create an atmosphere where people enjoy learning for the sake of acquiring skills for life and increasing their own confidence and resilience, rather than to acquire a paper qualification, the better. And demonstrating that to the children in our local communities will reap rewards far into the future.