Talking Cultural Exchange

By: Kyle Doman

"In Scouting, a boy is encouraged to educate himself instead of being instructed," stated founder Lord Baden Powell. From my perspective, Scouting is an amazing experience. Although often underestimated by people due to a lack of knowledge, Scouting is instrumental in the all-round development of any individual.

In 2015 there were amazing experiences and in 2016 these can only get better. As scouts, especially the older ones, it’s all about community service, self-development, leadership, finding passion/purpose, exploring strengths/weakness and mastering strengths. As we consistently work towards these things, doors open up, opportunities that make us wonder, “how in the world did this happen?”

Last year we went to Japan and as told by Rafael in the December issue, this was a spectacular experience. It provided opportunities with regard to making friends and exploring and
exchanging cultures. I was in awe that more than 151 different cultures lived together harmoniously on one camp site for 10 days. It just goes to show that the world is a peaceful place, or at least it could be.

In a global village where trade and commerce is rampant, especially where globalization plays an important role in spreading cultures, exchange is important to break the communication barrier and to facilitate the preservation of peoples’ cultural identity.  It is therefore essential to provide a social balance, so people of the world could receive equal opportunities.

Most of our behaviours are based on our culture, attitudes, demeanour and the like, which in turn reflects some of our characteristics as individuals. This helps to give foreigners an understanding of our culture, who we are and what we are about, making room for networking and relationships. Traveling gives us the opportunity to acquire first-hand experience relating to these fascinating things - so don’t let these moments past you by!

In February I will have the opportunity to travel to Sharjah, UAE to represent the ScoutsTT and experience the heat of the Arabian culture and also share a little of ours.  I am open-minded towards this experience and I am expecting to gain a better understanding of the Arabian culture, Scouting and tourism world-wide.

We see the world through scouting and as Walt Disney said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

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