1.0 The site and organisation
Every Tuesday night, Indooroopilly Scouting Group opens their hall and hosts two separate scouting sessions that cater for youths between the ages of 7 and 12, both of which I attended. Running the programs are two qualified scout leaders, Andy Hall and Brenton Rasheed and an array of helping parents and Blue Card'-carrying volunteers. Andy and Brenton were welcoming and encouraged me to join in, even allowing me to attend their annual weekend Scouting Camp. It is on the camp when I particularly had the opportunity to engage with the youths by leading them in activities as well as actively observing them in the camp's more informal context. In the formal setting of the Scouting hall, the activities the leaders initiate are typically small-scale games due to space restrictions, as well as Boomerang work', which is practically Scouting study'. The Boomerang work is when the Scouts sit and listen to a leader teach about a specific topic such as health and hygiene, survival in the bush, tying knots, et cetera. What can be practiced within the hall is practiced, but the Scouting Camp was a great opportunity to exercise the knowledge they have gained in the Hall. These activities included such things as setting up tents, collecting wood, constructing fires and bushwalking.
1.1 Available resources
The resources the Scouting Group has available are fairly basic, and are possibly restricted due to the inexpensive cost of attending Scouts. The hall is relatively small with cement floor (which is useful for many of the games that require chalk outlines), and the activities are limited to the use of equipment such as balls, ropes, paper and pens and buckets and batons. In the context of the camp, first aid supplies, tents, and larger ropes and tarpaulins were used, but many forms of technology such as phones, game boys, et cetera were still prohibited. The activities the Scout leaders... [continues]
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