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International Women’s Day

Maria Christofilopoulos – VIC

For International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the stories of women in Scouting and the contribution they make to our movement. Maria Christofilopoulos is one.



Joey Scout Leader

What Brought You Into Scouting?

My fiancé has been in Scouting his whole life and introduced me to Scouting 1.5 years ago. I have always had a passion in helping the community and joining Scouts as a Joey Scout Leader enabled me to put my passion of helping other people into action.

What Keeps You In Scouting?

My Joeys. The smile on their faces when they have accomplished something that they thought they could not do is everything. To be able to continually educate and teach our Joey Scouts the values of Scouting is what motivates me.

What’s the best thing you’ve done in Scouting?

The best thing I have ever done in scouting is earning my Wood Badge in 1.5 years.

Would you recommend Scouting to other women and why?

Definitely would recommend Scouting to other women. It gives you a sense of fulfilment whilst having the ability to give back to the community and playing a role in educating our youth. It’s a very rewarding role. You learn so many things that you can use in your everyday life, but you also meet so many wonderful people that can become long time friends.

What do you think is the most important thing that women can bring to Scouting?

The most important thing is diversity. Women being in Scouting teaches our children for generations to come that our world should be inclusive regardless of gender, race, ethnicity etc. Having women in Scouting shows that everyone is equal.

Who is your female ‘hero’?

My female hero is Princess Diana. Although she was married into the Royal Family, she always remained humble and helped the community in various ways. Especially communities that were less advantaged.

Do you have any other ‘heroes’?

As I am studying for my Law Degree, my other hero is Carrie Morrison who was the first ever woman to be admitted as a solicitor in England. She showed that no matter what happens you will always succeed in everything you set your mind to do.

Do you have a personal philosophy that motivates you?

Yes. A quote from our founder B-P: “The real way to gain happiness is to give it to others” resonates to me as everyone deserves happiness. It is why I joined Scouts. It enables me to give back to the community in a positive way and and seeing the happiness in Joey Scout faces is what keeps on motivating me. Not only have I met wonderful people who have become friends, I have developed as a person and have learned new skills.