Posts Tagged ‘teamwork’

What You Learn at Scouts Training


Being a scout is more than just selling cookies at your neighbours’ doorsteps. Scouts teaches you valuable life lessons that are often best taught in the great outdoors. Working in a team and wandering through the bush are often great ways to build your character and gain perspective on life.

Here are some of the things you learn at Scouts:


When you are hiking through the bush and the night is approaching, it’s not about who can get to the campsite first. Scouts work together and no scout gets left behind. Communication from the front of the line to the back of the line is key to making sure everyone stays together and everyone stays safe.


Scouts offers a range of activities including abseiling, overnight hiking, rafting, canoeing, canyoning, snow activities, rock climbing, sailing, archery and even hot air ballooning. Whether it’s a fear of heights or water, these activities help you to push your boundaries, to overcome fears and to find just how much you are capable of.

There’s nothing better than the feeling you get when you just scaled your way down a 100 metre cliff or paddled your way through raging torrents.  The things you accomplish in Scouts will equip you for life with a confidence and resilience that empowers you to face any difficult trials.

Cheerfulness and Helpfulness

When your mate is standing over the edge of a cliff, nervously about to abseil down, they could use some encouragement and reassurance. Scouts look out for one another and build each other up. It’s not unusual to find a crowd of scouts at the top and bottom of the cliff cheering their friends on.

When you are faced with challenges, it is your friends that help to carry you through.


When you are camping out in the wild with only a few supplies and a self-lit bushfire, you realise that humans can live off very little and you start to appreciate the things you do have in life. It’s easy to get caught up in the little worries of life, but being surrounded by nature and the starry sky gives you perspective on how simple life can be. It gives you time to reflect and relax and admiration for the world around you.


Scouts teaches you not only respect for authority but also for those around you. In life, we don’t always agree with everything we are told but that doesn’t give us a right to be disrespectful. It’s very difficult for a team to function without respect and discipline.

Whether you are 6 years old or 25 years old, being a Scout builds your character and gives you mates for life. It tackles contemporary issues of youth health, responsible risk-taking, vocational skills, and issues pertinent to Indigenous Australians. Best of all, you get to experience the amazing Australian outback!

If you are from the ACT and are interested in joining Scouts, check out Scouts ACT . There are already 66,000 people who are Scouts members in Australia. You could be next!

Celebrating a Big Win

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Yankees, Game 6

Win or lose, the end of a key sporting match is sure to bring a dual sense of euphoria and relief to spectators and participants alike. This surge in emotion will often need some sort of outlet – a means of expression. Sometimes, the rituals that follow sporting wins are grandiose and over-the-top; others are more to do with teamwork and mateship.

Ideally, celebrations will combine both elements, as evidenced by the extravagances of the Red Sox following their World Series win in November this year. Traditions and norms will vary from team to team, and fan-base to fan-base, but there are a few rites that are observed more than others.

Victory lap

Perhaps the most traditional method of celebration for athletes and race car drivers, the victory lap has featured in many a film, usually accompanied by a sweeping, emotional orchestral arrangement of some kind. During the lap, clenched fists will be held aloft, crowds will cheer with excitement, and runners-up will ease to a halt.

Obviously the victory lap tends only to be a short celebration, so it can be observed in conjunction with other, more prolonged methods. But the immediacy and adrenaline release offered by a quick circuit makes it difficult to pass up for many sportspeople, with a national flag often strapped to athletes’ backs in a show of patriotism.

Have a drink (or several)

Again, the post-win drink is a conventional practice – thinkslo-mo, champagne showers-style spraying. However, bubbly isn’t the only choice available when it comes to choice of alcoholic beverage – Burch Family Wines from Margaret River, for example, could represent a more civilised, if slightly less explosive, method of relaxation and festivity.

Public urination

For most of us, anointing the site of your win with wee wouldn’t seem like the ideal way to celebrate. However, earlier this year the English cricket team did just that at London’s The Oval after their Ashes victory. Word has not yet emerged over whether the Australians mimicked this unconventional method after they secured an Ashes win this week.

Homecoming parade

Homecoming_Parade10_8147For teams who have emerged victorious away from their home ground, the return to familiar sites and faces is sure to be at the pinnacle of any celebratory campaign. All participants and observers can expect lots of ticker-tape, chanting,  winners standing in convertibles, and probably a fair dosage of alcohol. The relatively tasteful, formal nature of a parade means that respectable alcoholic options like Burch Family Wines should be preferenced over cheap spirits.

Homecoming parades represent the culmination of merriment, usually. It’s events like these that provoke the fierce loyalty and devotion of sporting fans around the world.

Throw a party

Once back on home soil, most teams will throw a do that can be attended by players, WAGs, administrators, and a select number of fans. Self-congratulatory speeches, club theme songs, and yet more alcohol will be out in force. Given the potential number of attendees, organisers are usually sure to stock up on supplies well in advance. Purchasing liberal amounts of Madfish Wines online, for instance, would avoid the dreaded bar-running-dry debacle that could potentially kill the party and its mood.

After months of strict exercise and diet regimens, celebrating after a sporting win is the right of every sporting star. And, of course, it’s only fair that fans join in. Just be careful of exactly how excited you get; there’s a long history of rioting resulting from the exhileration that a big win can prompt.