For those not involved in Guides (or Scouts) this day will have little significance, for those who are it is time for reflection and a party 😉
I am most unusual in Guiding terms in that I didn’t become a Guider because I’d gone through Brownies/Guides and stayed on (lasted a few months as a Brownie and hated it), or because I was helping at my daughter’s (don’t have one) unit. Instead I saw an appeal for help on a poster in the village and stepped up.
Why step up? The flippant answer is why not? If we want our children to be able to have the opportunities to join volunteer led organisations then somebody has to be the volunteers.
The volunteers I know who run these organisations are amazing, they all manage jobs, families, and often other volunteer roles. It isn’t always easy, often it seems thankless, most of the time I am up at 6 and still working at 11pm, 7 days a week, just to keep up with my life. But I believe in community and I try to give back as much as I can to the communities in which I live.
And in giving back I gain so much, I get to help shape the lives of children, encourage, support and challenge them and watch them grow up. I keep my enthusiasm for life as constantly seeing it through children’s eyes. I’ve made good friends and I can walk into a room of complete strangers and within minutes every one is laughing and chatting, the bonds that bind us are strong. And I get to have fun, I get to be daft, make things, try new things and join in online ‘sing-alongs’.