Name: Robyn Hope
Role in Scouts: Cub Scout Leader
Day Job: Cleaner
Hobbies and Interests: Pencil drawing mainly Australian wildlife. Water sports including swimming, snorkelling and canoeing. Scouts programming.
Favourite moment in Scouting: A Cub's first camp and first time leaving Mum and Dad. He said, "I loved it! When can we camp again?"
What inspired you to work with youth members? Initially I felt I could pass on many skills in a fun and interesting way. Now I feel the Youth Members inspire me to be the best Leader I can.
What key thing has a youth member said to you that has stayed with you? "I love Cubs! When do I get a badge?" This came from a new Cub Scout. This same Cub Scout in 1 year has achieved many badges through commitment and perseverance all while having fun.
Why did you become a Youth Safe Advocate? To learn new important skills and to enable a conversation between myself, Scouts and other Leaders, such as, "What does the YSA woggle stand for?". We as Scout Leaders need to never stop evolving and thriving to empower and protect the Youth Members that are entrusted to our care.
Why is the Youth Safe Advocate scheme important for Scouts NSW? To keep fresh in all our minds our responsibility to keep our members safe and informed. I would hope that many more Leaders do the training.
What is the key message you would everyone to remember about the Youth Safe Advocate scheme? Scouts NSW and Scouts Australia care about their members. The eLearning was informative, and at times hard to read as it highlights why we as Leaders need to be vigilant and advocates for the Scout Members we are in contact with in our Group and in the wider area.