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Why saying thank you is important

Words by Glasgow Scout Shop

on 13/06/2020 13:31:46

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The world has changed. But one thing’s stayed the same – the outstanding generosity of our volunteers. You’ve proved time and again just how dedicated you are, even in these toughest of times. Seeing the countless stories of our volunteers going the extra mile appearing across social media inspires me every day.

You’ll remember that the first week of June is Volunteers’ Week. It’s a time when we traditionally say thank you to the 160,000 adults who make Scouts possible. This year, it’s going to feel a little different. It’s not a time to celebrate, and it’s probably not the right moment for cake and balloons. But it definitely is a moment for us to recognise the incredible efforts and positive impact our volunteers are making on the lives of young people.

Why recognition matters

It’s not easy to keep twenty Cub Scouts engaged and entertained on a Zoom call. It’s not something any of us were trained for and so many of us are simply doing the best we can. But that’s totally in the spirit of Scouts. In my experience, having a go at something with enough enthusiasm and kindness usually means it’ll succeed in the end. That kind of response deserves a really meaningful thank you.

I’m sure many of you saw the BBC One Show special on Sue Flynn, a Beaver Scout Leader who’s worked for the NHS for 40 years and volunteered for Scouts even longer than that. She’s been juggling her responsibilities as a key worker, while still delivering meetings to young people online. Truly inspirational – but I know Sue is just one of many going the extra mile. 

In Scouts, we never take our volunteers’ generosity for granted. That’s why it’s so important we think about how we can reward and recognise our volunteers. Because we can’t meet face to face, this requires a bit more thought than usual. There are two particular gifts that you can buy from us to thank someone. The World Scout Thanks Badge and the Scouts Thanks badge. You could also buy one of our FDL greetings cards and write someone a thank you note.