For International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the stories of women in Scouting and the contribution they make to our movement. Julie Creed is one.
BC Youth Program, DC Kingborough District, Leader Trainer, Assistant Chief Commissioner
ACSL, CSL, AVL, ALT, LT, BCATD, Deputy Chief Commissioner, BC Venturers, Member APR Program Sub-Committee, NCYP, Vice Chair APR Program Sub-Committee, Member of the APR Consultancy Team, DC Huon District
I joined Scouting as a 15 year old Guide wanting to gain my Cub Instructors badge.
I continue to enjoy working with the many close friends I have made during my 50 years in Scouting, but I love sharing my Scouting knowledge with both Leaders and Scouting youth.
Apart from the many wonderful experiences I’ve had in Scouting in Tasmania and the rest of Australia, I have enjoyed sharing many international experiences with our youth members. This has included the APR and World Youth Forums in particular, as well as Program Development workshops in Thailand and the Maldives.
I think Scouting gives both men and women an incredible opportunity to work with youth members and to develop skills which they might not otherwise have. Scouting gives women the chance to become Leaders in the largest youth organisation in the world and to experience the many opportunities, both local and overseas, which are available. Scouting is also a great pathway for women to follow to gain personal achievement in Diploma courses across a wide range of areas.
I think women can bring a range of skills to Scouting which may not be as strong as in men – reasoning, consideration of risk, nurturing, caring, empathy and sensitivity.
Outside Scouting I am very involved in many things –
We spend time at our shack on the Tasman Peninsula, where I love to sit and read, do jigsaw puzzles, or just enjoy having the family down.
Queen Elizabeth and Quentin Bryce – two amazing women who have done so much with their lives.
I also admire both Julia Gillard and Julie Bishop for the roles they have held in politics.
Peter Blatch – a leader who gives 100% plus in what ever he does. He is the most dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic Scouting person I know – and he enthuses everyone around him.
To continue to maintain the passion and enthusiasm and to share my knowledge with others in Scouting – both Leaders and youth members alike.