What’s in it for me?

WIIFM – What’s in it for me? or in this case, What’s in it for the Scouts?

The development of independence, tolerance, consideration for others, leadership skills, team work, looking after themselves and many more things are ‘What’s in it for the Scouts’, but they won’t see it that way. They will see a jamboree as fun and adventure and this 22nd NZ Scout Jamboree will be just that and more.

Here are a few things you can mention to the parents that they should relate to and in return lend their support to the project.

• Scouts self-reliance and self-confidence increases hugely through being away from home for at least 10 days and often longer.
• Scouts learn to look after others by taking turns working as the duty patrol responsible for the cooking and cleaning for the other 30 scouts and 6 leaders at least once during the Jamboree.
• Scouts learn to eat food cooked in bulk because to be fussy means going hungry.
• Scouts can meet Scouts from other countries and have the chance to share meals with them, providing opportunities for greater understanding of other cultures.
• Camping together for 10 days or longer creates friendships that often last a lifetime.
• Scouts become more self-confident by tackling challenges such as abseiling and challenge valley and learn that they can in fact extend themselves.
• Scouts learn that working hard at fundraising throughout the year brings rewards in terms of adventurous activities and many new friends gained at the Jamboree.