Scouting in Slovakia

16.03.2021 | Written by Victoria K. - Y13

Scouting is a voluntary, non-political, and educational movement for young people that looks for "something more" in their lives and helps them to become better versions of themselves. Scouting contributes to the development of young people through six areas of personal development. These are physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, and development of character. All these areas are embodied in games, interactive activities and adventures that are provided for the children by a leader of their group. Scouting leads young people to be more open towards other people and opinions and to protect the environment and people around them. It also provides an opportunity for young people to leave their homes and go for a hike and learn many useful things from the nature.

I joined scouting when I was 13 years old and it was so far the best decision I have ever made. I have met amazing people who inspire me every day by their hard work and dedication for the projects they work on. I found friends that I have had so much fun with over the years I would never be able to have anywhere else. I was also able to explore the beauty of Slovakia. Scouting is very different  from other clubs because it allows you to move forward and learn new things, while still having fun and experiencing new adventures.

I became a leader of a group of 7 children aged 10-14 when I was 14 years old, and it has given me so much experience I wouldn’t have been able to gain anywhere else at such a young age. To have the responsibility over 7 children is quite hard to manage when you are a child yourself, but it teaches you to respect adults and their work. It helped me to mature quite quickly. When I was almost 18 years old, I have become a leader of a group where I am responsible for 30 young people.

Scouting has taught me how to cooperate with other people on different projects, how to be a role model for younger people and how to work with them, how to use a map, a light, a fire, how to build a shelter just from wood and leaves, how to save someone´s life, motivate others, plan a hike. But most importantly, it has given me so many life experiences I cannot keep count of.