I’m Glad I’m a Scout Leader…

As you tend to be able to cope with the unexpected. For example –

A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I’d run an option group for the kids at work on photography (bearing in mind I’m not a teacher). So I said I’d have a think about it and let the assistant head know. We were just back from the holidays and my colleague is off work after an operation, so I’m covering 2 jobs on 2 sites 6 miles apart.

However, the assistant head asked me again on Monday and asked in a way that implied that it was really needed that I do this session. So I said yes and then thought what to do.First thing I did was to look up the criteria for the Scout’s photographers badge! That gave me the ideas and I was sorted.

Today when it came to running the session, I didn’t get all the kids I was expecting and got one I wasn’t. Quick rethink to adjust for the new student who has slightly greater learning difficulties than I planned for and we were away. This particular student hadn’t initially wanted to do anything and was found hiding under a table. However, once we got going she had a great time and took some lovely photos.

So a quick bit of rethinking and the session was saved. You have to be able to think on your feet as a Leader, so this was a good opportunity to do so.

End result, happy students with nice photos, happy assistant head and relived Nick at job well done!