Our Scouting Story | The Raymond Family
We’ve been talking to parents to find out more about the positive impact Scouting has made upon their children’s lives. Gareth Raymond tells us how his sons Evan and Lloyd have benefitted from amazing international experiences through Scouting.
"We moved from Edinburgh to Dunblane when the boys were aged nearly 5 and 3. Fairly quickly after the move we investigated how to enrol Evan into Beavers and found our local group online. The group was also looking for new Leaders, so I volunteered to help out. I subsequently became a Beaver Leader for four years and both my boys have been involved in Scouting ever since, and are now Explorer Scouts.
“Through Scouts, they’ve had amazing opportunities to travel. Evan went to Utah and Wyoming in 2013, when he had just turned 13, and embraced the whole experience. In 2015, both boys travelled to the Sierra de Gredos mountain range in Spain, and then this year Evan went to Namibia, while Lloyd also travelled to Utah and Wyoming."
“Both boys enjoy trying new experiences and have increased their confidence, thanks to their time in Scouts. They’ve each spent more than 100 nights away from home, and every time they go away their independence grows even more.
“It’s not just the camps that my sons have benefitted from. The weekly activities they enjoy are interesting and varied and include debating, cooking, film nights, hiking and more. As one of the older members of his Explorer group, Evan has the chance to suggest ideas for activities and get involved with the planning and running of the evening – all good practice for the real world!
“From water sports to helping the Forestry Commission with land clearing, our boys have had so many varied and different experiences over the past 11 years. I think it’s a credit to the Scout Movement – and to the commitment and drive of the various leaders involved – that our teenage sons are still thoroughly enjoying being involved in Scouting.”