In the wake of this article regarding lasting mental health for those who were involved in scouts/guides as kids (apparently the research is adjusted for societal factors, but who ever really knows with these kind of stats), anyone interested in talking about the scouting/guiding organisation in general?
Scouting has always sort of had a bit of a reputation for being slightly twee/rubbish in my mind, but nonetheless plenty of kids are involved at some point in their growing up. I was a cub when I was at primary school and although it involved occasional church stuff which I wasn’t a fan of, the opportunity to do stuff like archery, football, go-karting, air rifles and the like punctuated what otherwise was a bit of a boring semi-rural childhood. Plus earning badges and stuff. Joined the scouts when I was old enough but only lasted a couple of months as it felt like too much of a demotion going from top dog (well, ok, a sixer) to being a total junior member again.
Does scouting/guiding still have a place in the 21st century for kids? My step brother is a scout leader and seems to enjoy it very much - he’s great with kids and has got to travel the world doing scout stuff which is not to be sniffed at. Plus I think they scaled back on the god/queen angle a bit these days. When my kids are old enough I think I would definitely float the idea past them to see if they were interested, as if nothing else it’s a good way to get them away from the virtual reality/legal highs/whatever it is that kids are into these days.
You can also use this thread to talk about how awesome your Duke Of Edinburgh was if you really want to be that person…