Learning all my life

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.

Finding a hobby

Pastimes are funny things aren’t they?  We all manage to find something to do with our time, but I wonder whether we choose them or fall into them really.   I am in the choosing category.  I am considering a new type of volunteering, but am deciding against it as it involves meetings, managing processes and strategies and well, fairly much what I spend time doing at work.  I have spent various evenings this week at meetings and that does not feel like a hobby.

I think I am looking for some very specific things from a hobby.  It needs to be something different from what I do at work, so less about doing something that directly builds my business skills and more about being practically creative or physical.

Learning new and different skills is important to me too, I am challenged by my job and a lot of the volunteering I do, but I would like the challenge of learning a totally new skill, not necessarily getting good at something, just trying to learn it.  And I am certain I am not looking for a hobby for life, I just want to try out some new things.

I am fascinated by how people fit hobbies in. Someone I know has interests as diverse as Scouts, photography, pyrotechnics and trains, alongside working and having a beautiful family.  He may even be reading this in a spare moment.  It’s impressive and it’s that diversity I am aiming for.

Interestingly people I meet in Scouts seem to have very diverse hobbies, I think it is because as an organisation Scouts encourages acquiring a wide range of skills for life and offers a taste of many potential hobbies.

I think I need my own personal Scout programme.

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