Scouts take to the waves

Members of the Scouts and Guides association in Latvia have been developing their skills at a camp with a watery theme.

A video produced as part of LSM's offerings to young people shows them capsizing and righting boats, and other activities, but also gets their thoughts on why they joined the Scouts and what they get from Scouting.

Scout Ēriks explained that the purpose of one exercise is to learn to stay calm and concentrate in order to flip the boat back after capsizing.

"In Sea Scouts, we go in the water quite a lot, we're already experienced, we all swim, we're on the water all the time," Ēriks explained.

Meanwhile Sea Scout Līna added: "In general, it's quite a difficult task, as it's mentally tough, because you fall over in the waves and then don't know what to do anymore. Then you have to learn to keep a sharp mind, know what to do. Physically, it's not easy, because you have to concentrate and know where to put your feet, keep your balance. That's how we learn to pay attention, learn to keep a cool head in crazy situations."

Līna said: "Safety on the water is also very important to us, almost before every lesson we check that everyone knows all the rules, everyone has to wear a life jacket, because the water is still dangerous, there is a sea, a current right there. Safety is very important."

Līna has been a Scout for five years and says it has helped her overcome shyness.

"I was very, very shy. I came to the scouts, everyone was friendly, I also learned to be friendly, more confident in myself. The scouts are not judgmental, everyone is like a family - it's very cool. In the scouts, you can also test yourself, get out of your comfort zones. That's also really cool."

Ēriks agrees, saying: "I like to compete with people, but I also like to be friendly and accommodating. Scouting is very special."

You can see their adventures in the video above.

 

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