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Stefan Pullicino

 

What is so great about scouting?

I see scouting as a complementary educational process for our boys through a “learning-by-doing” approach. 

I fully believe in the Chinese proverb which states:

“Tell me and I will forget,

Show me and I will remember

Involve me and I will understand”

I think scouting is great because it enhances the boys’ independence, builds their character and self-discipline, enhances their self-confidence and decision-making skills and above all, gives them the chance to explore and discover the beauty of outdoor activities.

What types of activities does scouting offer?

Since I am responsible for the younger cub-scouts who are aged between 7 and 11 years, I can say that scouting offers cubs learning and socialising in a fun way through active games and outdoor adventures.

In all our activities we try to provide fun, challenging activities for our active cubs and these include camping, hikes, nature walks, crafts, active games promoting teamwork and effort as well as other practical sessions which may not be covered fully at school such as basic first aid, basic knotting and communication skills.

Which are your favourite scouting activities and why?

My favourite scouting activities revolve around camp activities. My greatest reward is seeing the smiling faces of our cubs at the end of a camp which is the end-result of long hours of meticulous planning beforehand by all the leaders.

Has scouting made you a better person and in what ways?

Initially I had my doubt about the values of scouting but today I can say that scouting helped me throughout my study years, as in my work environment as well as life in general. The basic values instilled by scouting are still something which I could not have acquired anywhere else.

Why did you choose scouting over sports or other activities?

Whereas there are many other events that promote team-work, I see scouting as the place where children are given the freedom to explore things on their own, under the monitoring and guidance of their leaders. As opposed to other activities, scouting provides a holistic development of a person’s character throughout the formative years.

How would you promote scouting with someone who isn't familiar with the idea?

I would simply say “You are welcome to come and see for yourself the scouting way  and I am sure you will start enjoying and rediscovering the adventure element in you!”

How long have you been in scouting? What kept you in for so long?

I have been forming part of the St Aloysius College Scout Group since 1991. What keeps me going throughout the years is mainly the challenge of finding a fun and creative approach in all the activities.

Have you travelled with the Group?

I travelled with the group on a number of occasions, which included amongst others Sicily, Rome, Russia and the UK.