International Women’s Day: Heather

Name: Heather

Role/Position in Scouts: NSW Ambassador / State Adviser

How did you get involved in Scouting?

My mum was a Queen Scout and signed us up for Scouts when I was 12 years old. I’ve been involved ever since.

What is your favourite thing about Scouting?

The connections you make with the people and the access to the outdoors.

What do kids learn from Scouts that is hard to learn elsewhere?

It’s a gateway for kids to gain outdoor skills and experience that allows their knowledge and trips to grow with them as they continue with the older sections of the movement. I did my first day hike as a Scout and my first multiday, multisport overseas expedition as Rover.

How does Scouting uplift and empower women and girls?

Scouting gives girls equal opportunity as boys to be involved in outdoors activities, be part of a team, and try new things that they might not have experienced otherwise.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

For me, International Women’s day is a showcase of positive role models. I’m always so inspired to see the leadership, bravery and achievements highlighted on International Women’s Day that I otherwise might not have known about.

Heather Porter is the State Adviser and Ambassador for Scouts NSW. While representing Scouts, she hiked the 4000km Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, Scouts NSW is bringing you several profiles of inspirational and empowering women in the Scouting movement, keep an eye out on our Facebook and Instagram throughout the week for more.